Thu 26.5.

LZF Life Size Dreams Found in the Koi, Elephant and Fish

Posted by Walter Phillips on 26.05.2016 - Tagged as:

Photo courtesy LZF Lamps

Photo courtesy LZF Lamps

What size can a lamp be? The Life Size collection from LZF Lamps completely re-engineers the concept of what a lamp can be, both in shape and size. Dreaming big, LZF Lab worked with award-winning Spanish illustrator and designer Isidro Ferrer to create the Elephant and Fish floor lamps, then with Inocuo The Sign to create the Koi pendant lamp. All three lights are wonderfully surreal, their sculptural forms conjuring notions of a fantasy world filled with possibilities and treasures.

 

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TR Residence by Vincent Van Duysen Architects, photo: Koen Van Damme

TR Residence by Vincent Van Duysen Architects, photo: Koen Van Damme

The basic volumes are of a utilitarian typology where the function is reduced to a minimum and openings are limited to large sliding gates. The design omits any ornament by the application of the façade materiality – gutters, drains, and ridgelines are abstracted to the point that they become almost invisible. (text by Vincent Van Duysen Architects)

 

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Architonic Newsletter 05.2016

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.05.2016 - Tagged as:

Elephant House, Zurich Zoo, Markus Schietsch Architects GmbH & Lorenz Eugster, Zurich 2014

Elephant House, Zurich Zoo, Markus Schietsch Architects GmbH & Lorenz Eugster, Zurich 2014

A raft of new public-zoo projects internationally push utility and fitness for purpose to their limits, having to cater for both their animal residents and their human visitors. The days when the animal was purely an object on display are over, as small compounds have given way to new interior realms and exterior landscapes, both of which have done much to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants.

 

Perennially popular and increasingly designed with preservation and ethics in mind, these creatively progressive eco-cultural destinations are anything but white elephants.

 

Contents in brief:

 

Event Agenda June 2016
Architonic Disco Copenhagen
Going Ape: new zoo architecture
Material Tendencies N°19: Odosdesign
Further articles from the Architonic Magazine
Inspiring Search Results N°53: Flowerpots/Planters
Inspiring Spaces N°45: Kindergartens/Day Nurseries
Architecture and design projects on Architonic

 

Architonic’s newsletter for May 2016 can be read (and subscribed to) here.

Tue 24.5.

Going Ape: New Zoo Architecture

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.05.2016 - Tagged as: ,

The giraffe shelter at the Auckland Zoo by Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson pays attention to the collision of human and giraffe scales

The giraffe shelter at the Auckland Zoo by Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson pays attention to the collision of human and giraffe scales

Building for zoo animals is no easy task. It means designing complex facilities to ensure that diverse species are appropriately housed, while also creating an attractive, immersive experience for visitors. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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Against The Grain

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.05.2016 - Tagged as: , ,

TRAPA's hand-assembled panel-parquet flooring is available in 3D-panel patterns. Its angles make for a rich floor design. Shown here: TRAPA Cantone

TRAPA’s hand-assembled panel-parquet flooring is available in 3D-panel patterns. Its angles make for a rich floor design. Shown here: TRAPA Cantone

Wood needs time and a deep understanding of its materiality to truly reveal its innate beauty. TRAPA invests not only these, but also top-notch craftsmanship, in its products, which marry the contemporary and the functional with the compellingly tactile. (text by Aljoscha Weskott)

 

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Mon 23.5.

La Taule – Training center by Microclimat (CA)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 23.05.2016 - Tagged as: ,

La Taule - Training center by Microclimat, photo: Adrien Williams

La Taule – Training center by Microclimat, photo: Adrien Williams

The new sports centre, La Taule, designed by the architectural firm Microclimat, embodies the vision of a former Olympic athlete; the design is focusing on the users: the mezzanine’s structure that supports the horizontal bars, and the wide stairway can also be used for training, the 25 feet high roof allows the athletes to train on the gymnasts’ rings. (text by Microclimat)

 

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Harcombe by forresterarchitects, photo: Adam Scott

Harcombe by forresterarchitects, photo: Adam Scott

Forrester Architects excavate to create a more generous room volume. The roof provides an enlivened architectural language to the rear gardens of this mid-terraced house in North London. The ‘butterfly’ roof is expressed internally as exposed timber rafters and provides a dynamic architectural feature and natural warmth to the living room. (text by forresterarchitects)

 

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Sun 22.5.

Casa CM by Paolo Carlesso (IT)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 22.05.2016 - Tagged as: ,

Casa CM by Paolo Carlesso, photo: Simone Bossi

Casa CM by Paolo Carlesso, photo: Simone Bossi

The project by Paolo Carlesso follows the orientation of the existing farm, with the long side in the direction East-West. This approach is taking advantage of the direct contribution of the sun: few windows facing North and more openings on the south side. (text by Paolo Carlesso)

 

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