Into The Upstairs

Into The Upstairs

Welcome to a private home in the inside of Islington, London. It’s here that an unnamed client asked some design heroes (listed below) to replace their lowly ladder to their loft with a permanent staircase. This loft was to be turned into a study and the connection needed to be improved! This staircase, thusly, was to fit inside a space of 140 cm x 90 cm (aka approximately 4.59 feet by 2.95 feet.) Wowzers!

0 Designer: Tamir Addadi

VERY Public Sauna

VERY Public Sauna

Welcome to the Mjölk Sauna! This project is a contribution to the world made by the fine designers over at Mjölk Architekti, a public space utilization in the city of Liberec in the Czech republic. It’s a sauna, a standard enough sauna in which you can go for a nice steam, but the location is quite significant: on an abandoned concrete platform located several dozen meters away from a popular public promenade and beach.

0 Designer: Mjölk Architekti

No Stopping Public Relaxation

No Stopping Public Relaxation

Welcome to the future, where no road, train track, or body of water is barrier to the enjoyment and relaxation a person living in a city finds in a simple day in the park. As designer Mark Warren writes, “the city is made up of many urban barriers. These barriers provide and obstruction of the urban fabric. The area ABOVE these barriers can be used to provide not only a connection to the other side, but a space that can be used [for] more than just a bridge.” What a magnificent discovery!

0 Designer: Mark Warren

For the Dank of the Sea

For the Dank of the Sea

This rather dank looking project is a masterpiece of our watery other-world of the ocean, called “House on the Beach” by designer Hugon Kowalski. This house is inspired by the tetrapod, that four legged beast of a beachbreaker, made to stop all on-comers. Because this shape was constructed to stop all water and alien attacks and whatnot, it makes, instantly a great sort of structure for architecture, as it defends against corrosion and dissipates oncoming waves.

0 Designers: Hugon Kowalski

Loopy Home

Loopy Home

This stunning architectural piece called the 360 House in Madrid, Spain eschews standard conformity by looping in on itself. The roof is at once protective and accessible as a walkway. Of course this means that almost no wall inside is flat but I suspect interior designers are up for a new challenge nowadays. Congrats to Andrés Silanes, Fernando Valderrama and Carlos Bañón. We must visit this house! Want to give us a tour Subarquitectura?

0 Designer: Subarquitectura

Towers of Water in the Sudan

Towers of Water in the Sudan

In celebration of 2010, it marking 50 years of the United Nations adopted a resolution of independence, freedom, and sovereignty for all African nations, designer Hugon Kowalski has decided to create a water tower project. Availability of fresh water in the Sudan, an area where only 2% of the land is arable, is one of the most important issues for the entire population. In 2007, University of Boston scientists discovered an underground lake that might solve everyone’s water problems, thus, they must pull it up!

0 Designer: Hugon Kowalski of UGO Architecture and Design

Single Airline Terminal of the Future

Single Airline Terminal of the Future

Welcome to Airbaltic Terminal potentially the future Riga International Airport, Latvia. Herein lies a lovely structure. The terminal in the center of this lovely airport is a simple 20m x 20m structural model. The roof of this terminal is a made up of 18 parallel portal shapes, each of them extruding along a curve creating “an undulating wave composition” with no parallel. The modules on the North and South edges of the building extend beyond the main terminal envelope creating terminal piers supporting gates to Schengen or Non-Schengen flights respectively.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture Studio

A Hut of Paper and Light

A Hut of Paper and Light

The following project is called Empapeladas Espacio Efimero and it was made by Kumi Furio and Yolanda Herraiz. This is more of an art project than a design project, but then again, who’s to say? Made entirely out of paper, created by a series of paper laminas, repeated and repeated until a space was formed, one where you go inside and you’re only surrounded by paper and light. Such an experience have I never experienced. Are you experienced?

0 Designer: Kumi Furio and Yolanda Herraiz

Car Shelves Galore

Car Shelves Galore

So you’ve got your bike-sharing situation in the city, do you? We’ve got one over here in Minneapolis, and it’s working great! Electric bikes for everyone! Mister Roberto Dei Lidi liked such an idea, but wanted to spread it on over to cars. Car sharing, you say? Not just any car sharing, electric car sharing! How would you do such a thing? With a tower of cars, of course.

0 Designer: Roberto Dei Lidi

Socialize With Me Here

Socialize With Me Here

It’s called the Habitbox. Its form is designed to encourage socialization behaviors a.k.a. it’s a cool place to chill – a hang out spot. Not quite sure if those surfaces are hard or soft but I know I rather sit in one of these things than a park with grass where ants poop. Yeah, I said it. Ants do poop. Same reason I don’t like swimming in the ocean. Whales poop too.

0 Designer: Jairo Lucena

Maniacal Webbed Metal

Maniacal Webbed Metal

Based on a 1995 NASA experiment in which spiders were exposed to various chemicals then were tested based on the patterns of webs they spun. Fun! This project goes by the name SOD_Project and is a three-dimensional re-addressing of the webs these bonked-out spiders spun, but this time in metal. Each of these objects seems to be created as a sort of art-objects, but I bet you could put your apples in there too.

0 Designer: Guillaume Lehoux

Underhill House

Underhill House

This architectural project goes by the name “Stay Grounded” and it’s all about a house which doesn’t take a bite out of the Earth we live on. It’s a house lowered into the ground, one where every square meter used to build the inner space of the house is given back to the Earth in the form of perimeter walls and green roof and garden. And think of the benefits for the human who wants to be smart with the money! Take heat and cold for example – what’s better than having a load of earth around you all the time – constant basement!

0 Designer: Materica Studio

Little Birdy Architect

Little Birdy Architect

Who knew that a tiny little beak-and-feathers could create such a thing as this “Niao” eggshell home. It’s too good to be true! Non-avian human designer Fuquan Junze hath created this. It’s 150mm in length, weighs a tiny 86g, and is made entirely of fiberglass mat. Junze describes the art of architecture as one that “places light, wind, and heat all together in space.” What a brilliantly simple way of putting it, then putting it out into the world with this amazing work of transparency.

0 Designer: Fuquan Junze