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A field of motion sensitive rods provided the first opportunity for interaction inside the ESI Design’s Shanghai Corporate Pavilion at the World Expo 2010; photo by Basil Childers

Few aspects of product development have seen more innovation in the past decade than lighting design. Legislation and consumer demand have hastened the evolution of energy efficient solutions and programmable software now enables infinitely customisable lighting scenarios. Architonic examines some shining examples of products and projects that demonstrate the diverse and unusual possibilities offered by these new technologies. (by Alyn Griffiths) (more…)

The University of Chicago's Mansueto Library by Helmut Jahn; photo courtesy of the architect

In The Time Machine, HG Wells wrote: “there is a tendency to utilize underground space for the less ornamental purposes of civilization.” In that book, Wells imagined a future in which industry had been completely located underground, whilst above ground all was green and leafy. At the end of the 19th century, it was perhaps understandable to imagine a future where this was the case. After all, as Wells put it, referring to the working class areas of London: “Even now, does not an East-end worker live in such artificial conditions as practically to be cut off from the natural surface of the earth?”

(by Tim Abrahams) (more…)

Control Tower at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, the mebrane is illuminated by night; Zechner & Zechner Architects, Vienna; Photo © Zechner & Zechner

Most children have at one time or another spent time with their parents or grandparents in the panorama restaurant of an airport and have watched in fascination as the planes take off and land — moments in which we, too, take off in our imaginations in order to land again later and have terra firma beneath our feet once more. (by Susanne Fritz)


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Thu 27.10.

Fair Review: CERSAIE 2011 Bologna

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 27.10.2011 - Tagged as: , , , ,

The minimalist OiO Bathtub and wash basin by Antoniolupi, presented at Cersaie 2011

Cersaie 2011, which took place in Bologna at the end of September, once more put on a fascinating show thanks to the intrinsic diversity of ceramics as a material, combined with new developments in bathroom design and innovative bathroom fittings. Architonic was there on your behalf and – after our Facebook photo series — can now provide you with a report on the exhibition and a selection of our discoveries. (by Susanne Fritz)


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Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm by Gunnar Asplund, 1928

The development of writing in ancient Egypt also gave rise to the first libraries as places of storage for these witnesses to a new, revolutionary cultural technology. However, the library was not just a collection of cultural treasures but also a place where the entire knowledge of the state was concentrated, a central collection of important information. (more…)

the fibreglass 'Formula chair' by Eero Aarnio for ADELTA, 1998

In the visual arts the term ‘plastic’ is used for any form of creation involving a medium that can be sculpted or moulded, but it is also the term for a type of material that revolutionised the twentieth century. The name of no other material describes so clearly the inherent property which makes plastic so unique – the ease with which it can be shaped.


Using a number of plastic chairs as an example Architonic outlines the metamorphosis of this item of furniture which more than any other is deeply involved in cultural history, charting how its design idiom and technology have changed in recent decades. (by Susanne Fritz)


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Leimondo Nursery School in Nagahama, Japan by Archivision Hirotani Studio; photo by Kurumata Tamotsu

A number of recently completed kindergarten projects have proved that designing user-centred environments for the more diminutive among us shouldn’t be at odds with creating highly expressive structures. Architonic takes a look at a selection of nursery schools with a grown-up ambition.

(by Simon Cowell)


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Orange Cube by Jakob + Macfarlane; photo: Roland Halbe

Perforated walls, panels and screens have been used for centuries as a way to control the level of light entering a building or to offer privacy to the occupants. The functions of perforations have remained largely the same, but the materials and methods of manufacture have altered considerably. No longer cut or carved by hand, developments in computer-controlled technologies mean that detailed patterns can now be quickly and easily etched into various materials for interior or exterior use. Architonic looks at some recent projects demonstrating the contemporary effects that can be achieved using perforated materials. (by Alyn Griffiths)


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