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Aquatics Centre construction site

Aquatics Centre construction site

Her construction sites are as fascinating as the finished buildings. Recently the wave-shaped Aquatics Centre roof, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, has been successfully lifted and lowered into place. The Aquatics Centre in London is going to be finished in 2011. The 3000 tonnes roof, resting on just three concrete supports, builds the gatewayto the Olympic Park.

Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

more information @ World Architecture News

to the Zaha Hadid Architects website

Sat 14.11.

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 14.11.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Recently the new Langley Academy in Berkshire / UK, designed by Foster + Partners opened its gates.

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

“With an enclosed full-height atrium at the heart of the three-storey building, the social life of the school revolves around this assembly space for 1,100 students. A recurrent element in several other of Foster + Partners’ academy buildings, the atrium is defined by a sense of transparency and openness – like a gallery of learning – which in this case also resonates with the museum theme. Inside the atrium there are three yellow drums raised above the floor on circular columns. These two-storey pods house the Academy’s ten science laboratories, reinforcing the importance of science teaching. A dedicated sports and culture block contains specialist facilities for music and drama including a fully equipped theatre, a TV and sound recording studio, soundproofed practice rooms and a rehearsal space, sports hall and lecture theatre. The academy’s two light and airy covered streets extend from the atrium and are lined with 38 classrooms.”

 The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

“The environmental features save 20% in water consumption and approximately 150 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to a traditional academy and are used in the teaching of science and environmental issues. Students can see the solar collectors on the roof and the workings of the exposed plant room, as well as the network of pipes that illustrate how energy is generated and carried through the building. Rain water is collected and stored and grey water filtered for reuse in sanitation and irrigation; a system of horizontal louvers provides shade; and the building has been configured to allow out-of-hours use by the wider community, ensuring its sustainability over time. Foster + Partners and Buro Happold collaborated on the environmental design.”

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Nigel Dancey, a senior partner and design director at Foster + Partners said:
“Environmental performance and appearance are indivisible at The Langley Academy. The school pioneers a revolutionary new educational concept which draws on the theme of museums and galleries, so that the school itself is like an exhibit, with its physical manifestation a showcase and educational tool for environmental design.”

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

to the Foster + Partners website

'Warp Wall Clock' by Purewhyte

'Warp Wall Clock' by Purewhyte, photo by Alison Tanner

During this year’s London Design Festival the British designer Kirsty Whyte presented her first collection of objects and furniture under the label ‘Purewhyte’ at the Portobello Dock. Amongst others this family of wall clocks made from spunn aluminium.

'Warp Wall Clocks' by Purewhyte

'Warp Wall Clocks' by Purewhyte, photo by Alison Tanner

“I wanted to create a small cluster of clocks that are not just flat to the wall, like so many others, I wanted to explore the third dimension and have them protruding out, playing with space”, Kirsty Whyte explains.

Both sizes are currently available in two finished natural polished aluminium and anodized dark gold. Purewhyte is planning to extend the range with a medium clock and a black anodized finish.

'Warp Wall Clock' by Purewhyte

'Warp Wall Clock' by Purewhyte, photo by Alison Tanner

to the Purewhyte website

'K-Space' by 6a Architects

'K-Space' by 6a Architects, photo by David Grandorge

The London-based 6a Architects created this variable interior for the K-Swiss shop in London. Inspired by library archive storage systems the units which are made of perforated polished stainless steel cladding are specifically designed to combine display and storage and slide on tracks to reveal or conceal products.

'K-Space' by 6a Architects

'K-Space' by 6a Architects, photo by Davif Grandorge

“The brief was to produce a retail space that located new and classic K-Swiss products alongside other culturally related objects (CD’s, books…) representing similar brand values. The key function of the space was its ability to transform at a moment’s notice from a working retail space into an open, unbranded space for music or art events.”

'K-Space' by 6a Architects

'K-Space' by 6a Architects, photo by David Grandorge

'K-Space' by 6a Architects

'K-Space' by 6a Architects, photo by David Grandorge

Project name: K-Space London

Client: Paddy Meehan for K-Swiss

Architects: 6a Architects:

Contractor John Perkins Projects

completed summer 2008


to the 6a Architects website

Fri 2.10.

100%Design London

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 02.10.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , , , ,

'Hush ' Chair by naughtone

'Hush ' Chair by naughtone

100%Design London has never been a trade fair in the classical sense. Rather than being a business marketplace for dealers, the concise exhibition of interiors has positioned itself as a rich source of inspiration for architects and interior designers. Besides the harsh situation on the market, this is another possible reason for the absence of some well-known British manufacturers, for which powerful brand presentation is more important. Despite all this, 100%Design stuck to its holistic approach and once again presented a convincing preselection of premium manufacturers.

'Spin' lamp in addition to the 'Spin' tables by Tomoko Azumi for Mark

'Spin' lamp in addition to the 'Spin' tables by Tomoko Azumi for Mark

Established & Sons who had also decided to not attend at Earls Court, presented themselves at their new premises instead. Their showroom and studio look absolutely unimpressive from the outside, but turn out to be really imposing once you have entered the building.

The new Established & Sons showroom

The new Established & Sons showroom

continue article @ Architonic

'mv_alg_#09' by Pablo Miranda at Tent Digital

'mv_alg_#09' by Pablo Miranda at Tent Digital

Interaction with sensory user interfaces – computers, automats, mobile phones – has become part of our everyday life. Interaction designers and software engineers, the masterminds behind those complex systems, make an effort to develop more subtile ways of utilising digital devices ever since. The more intuitive manipulation becomes, the easier it is to embed the technology into everyday life. The procedures which have thereby changed particularly challenge product designers and architects. What does a solely acoustically operated telephone look like? And what about a computer interface working in three dimensions?

'Performative Ecologies' by Ruairi Glynn

'Performative Ecologies' by Ruairi Glynn

Before finding their ways into the most recent mobile phones or facade systems such new developments are mostly exemplified in installations – Ars Electronica in Linz is the major international festival for digital art. In collaboration with the first London Digital Week, this year’s Tent featured ‘Tent Digital’ – an extensive exhibition of digital and digitally supported work by international designers and artists.

continue article @ Arcitonic

Three dimensional textiles by Angharad McLaren

Three dimensional textiles by Angharad McLaren

At this year’s 100%Futures the Britsh textile designer Angharad McLaren presented her recent works, a collection of artfully woven textiles suitable for blinds, screens or wall panels.

A passion for the sea and water-sports such as sailing and windsurfing visually inspire the colours, patterns and textures in Angharad’s designs. Her personal experience of sports and performance textiles has also led to an interest and exploration of hi-tech yarns and finishes such as neoprene and reflective yarns as well as organic, recycled and eco-friendly fibres. In an experimental design process she combines these with new weave structures and updates traditional patterns, sometimes combining industrial production with hand- finishing techniques to create unique innovative effects.

Visually inspired by sea and water-sports such as sailing and windsurfing

Visually inspired by sea and water-sports such as sailing and windsurfing

“As the yarns and materials I use are quite unusual, I sometimes have to experiment with a lot of different weave structures and techniques until I get the right effect. Weaving intrigues me as there are so many possibilities within a logical framework of structures and limitations- I like to push these boundaries and develop new techniques to get the effect I’m looking for, such as using a traditional technique with very modern yarns or combining hand craft techniques with industrial production.”

Textiles by Angharad McLaren

Textiles by Angharad McLaren

Angharad McLaren is currently working on a commission which also looks to traditional textiles for research: to design and produce blinds for the Shetland Museums’ Hay’s Dock Cafe & Restaurant.

to the Angharad McLaren website

'Tou Chair' manufactured by De La Spada

'Tou Chair' manufactured by De La Espada

During the London Design Festival the British manufacturer De La Espada presents within their ‘PRODUCT’ exhibition in a beautiful showroom in Shoreditch its new collections, all created in collaboration with promosing international designers.

'Tou Chair' designed by Leif.designpark

'Tou Chair' designed by Leif.designpark

The ‘Tou Chair’ designed by the Japanese practice Leif.designpark is a formally new appliance of tradiational Japanese craft. The seating is made of rattan which is is intricately hand woven through an upholstered frame.

'Tou Chair' manufactured by De La Spada

'Tou Chair' manufactured by De La Espada

to the Leif.designpark website

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