Virtual Architecture

Virtual Architecture

A recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Greg Tran’s thesis prize winning concept, Mediating Mediums, provides a thought-provoking glimpse into the future functionality and application of augmented reality. According to Greg, digital 3D is currently confused with the digital 2D representation of 3D material like that of Pixar animations or computer models. As he sees it, true digital 3D has potential to converge what is real and what is imagined

0 Designer: Greg Tran

New Taipei City Museum of Art

New Taipei City Museum of Art

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture

Bungaloo!

Bungaloo!

Designed as a getaway from the hustle of the city, this minimal “Bungaloo” design by Paul Cremoux has a stripped-down feel that leaves little to be desired. A blend of low-carbon concrete, interesting textures, and beau-coups of natural sunlight compliment its raw aesthetic. Using eco-friendly materials and appliances run on methane discharges, the bungalow’s CO2 footprint is calculated to be a mere 1 ton during production and 400 kilograms per year.

0 Designer: Paul Cremoux

Dutch Design in Battery Park

Dutch Design in Battery Park

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s waterfront Battery Park sits the recently completed New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, a $2.3 million gift from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to New York City in honor of their shared values of innovation, creativity, diversity, & progress. The structure will be a major transportation hub, serving over 150,000 visitors & residents with visitor information & locally grown food at one of Lower Manhattan’s newest & most dynamic cultural gateways.

0 Designer: Architect Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

Herman Miller Showcases 5 California Architects

Herman Miller Showcases 5 California Architects

Herman Miller recently launched a new section of their website called POV (point of view). The website includes stunning photography and exclusive video interviews with architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, Kim Coleman, James Meyer, Jim Jennings and John Friedman. What a beautiful way to check out these inspired spaces. I may have to visit them all. There’s also a contest to win Julius Shulman’s “Modernism Rediscovered”- a collection from the photographer’s personal archives.

0 Website: Herman Miller POV

Edition29 ARCHITECTURE iPad App

Edition29 ARCHITECTURE iPad App

For all you architecture buffs, there’s this wonderful iPad app called Edition29 ARCHITECTURE. It’s a visual showcase of stunning, minimal and modern homes from all over the world with audio interviews with many of the architects themselves. The current issue (006) features the work of Ben Van Berkel’s VILA NM in upstate New York. This classic example of a modern glass house led to an era of sculptural modernism.

0 iPad app: Edition29 ARCHITECTURE ($2.99)

I'd Kill for this Office

I’d Kill for this Office

Industrial/product design consultants No Picnic have outdone themselves with their new office/studio in downtown Stockholm. Enjoying the highest level of historical protection, the 19th century buildings required that architect Elding Oscarson be super meticulous about conservation, even down to each new screw hole. The result is a 21st century office with bright and creative interior design that also displays the structural materials of the building while owning its unique imperfections.

0 Designer: Elding Oscarson for No Picnic

Galleria Centercity

Galleria Centercity

It’s called the Galleria Centercity in Cheonan South Korea, designed to respond to the current retail climate in Asia. It’s a massive department store that also operates as a social a semi-cultural meeting place – a museum if you will.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Stunning Views and Foodie Experiences

Stunning Views and Foodie Experiences

The Cube by Electrolux will offer guests wonderful, exclusive food experiences. Guests enjoy the evening and interact and learn from the professionals chefs at work on Electrolux appliances. By sharing professional shortcuts, Electrolux wants to show people it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to create great experiences as long as you have the right tools.

0 Designer: Electrolux

When Architecture Takes a Backseat to Nature

When Architecture Takes a Backseat to Nature

-and it works. With it’s super minimal (even dark) interior, the Juvet hotel uses modern design elements to bring focus to the natural beauty of the Norwegian fjord landscape in which it is situated. Each of Juvet’s 10 rooms are positioned in the most stunning spots of the topography, and each sports at least 1 glass wall facade with it’s own unique view of the picturesque landscape. A perfect retreat for nature lovers who believe that less is more.

0 Designer: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor

Imaginative Architecture in Natural Seclusion

Imaginative Architecture in Natural Seclusion

This swanky villa has got it goin’ on. Located in Phuket, Thailand, Villa Amanzi combines the best of contemporary design and ultra modern architecture to create a sublime cliffside sanctuary. Built into the granite rock face, Amanzi features panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, an open-plan living area that stretches from the garden entrance to to the infinity pool, and even it’s own mountain stream. This is where modern design meets natural beauty.

0 Designers: Various

At Home in the Trees

At Home in the Trees

OMG OMG OMG I love these treehouses! Or Treehotel, rather. Located in Harads, Sweden, this unique collection of hotel rooms is sure to bring you back to your childhood days of club-housing and hide-and-go-seek. Nestled high in the woods, there is a room for every personality: the Cabin, Blue Cone, Bird’s Nest, and most intriguing of all, the Mirrorcube (if you can find it).

0 Designers: Various

Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

This is one of the most interesting building concepts I’ve seen in a while. The Kinetower’s exterior window elements respond to sunlight or user control much in the same way a flower blooms in the morning, transforming it’s hard facade into a softer and almost unrecognizable version of it’s former self. The metamorphosis is made possible by the use of material that is rigid when taut but flexible enough to bend. This is dynamic design at it’s best.

0 Designer: Kinetura