Never, 1999. By Nina Saunders
Never, 1999. By Nina Saunders
Remember the wind shaped pavilion? In Dubai they do it bigger. Architect David Fisher designed a skyscraper that rotates by wind power. Each floor rotates independently at different speeds, resulting in an ever changing shape that is not only spectacular but – with a wind turbine on every floor – should also be self-powered.
On the inside: Luxury penthouse villas, which will be over 1,000 square meters, will be completely custom-made to fulfill individual buyer’s personal needs, they will also include an indoor swimming pool, voice activated features, demotic control systems, built in phone system. Villa’s residents will have the possibility to drive directly into the building were a special elevator take their car to their floor and park at the entrance to their Villa’s.
You’ve got to see it to believe it. Although – as we write – construction is yet to start. The rotating tower is one of those structures to become famous already from their computer renderings. Seems to be a whole architectural category of its own nowadays. We call it image building… and Dubai is taking the lead.
Ken Ohyama makes Japanese interchanges look like a beautiful forest. How about a picnic?
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Lilium Urbanus is a collaborative senior thesis project by Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga, recent graduates of SVA. Pretty cool to watch, the video is a metaphor of urban landscapes applied to a flourishing plant!
With their project ‘Rules of Six’ architects Aranda & Lasch envision an unpredictable, self-generating landscape of interlocking hexagons that could represent rooms, buildings or entire urban neighborhoods. The work explores self-assembly and modularity across scales. Using Rhino3D, high-density foam and an algorithm that mimicks the growth patterns of microscopic structures, they create a sprawling matrix of three-dimensional structures that can multiply indefinitely without sacrificing stability. Is this the organic-algorithmic city of tomorrow?
Growing buildings from crystal-like structures not only sounds utterly nextnature & fantastic, but also familiar: I bet these architects loved Superman’s Fortress of Solitude as kids.
You can watch it grow in front of your eyes. Via Core.form-ula.
Every fashionable self-conscious modern bird needs one of these futuristic dwellings, no? Designed by Kevin Sethapun.
Very nice bench, designed to use plants as a building material. Buy them here
Playground Fence by Tejo Remy This is the fence of the week.
Our peculiar object of the week is the ‘Kokon Chair’ created by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey, who wrapped existing chairs with tight, elastic synthetic fiber resulting in a highly imaginative hybrid. Futuristic nostalgics? Sure. The conceptually interesting thing here, is that instead of using raw material, existing products are recycled as a design material for a new product. Furthermore Kokon furniture subverts the idea of an ideal form by suggesting infinite variations of the archetype; Form follows Form.
Who would not need a blobwall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system was designed by Greg Lynn. It is made of a low-density, recyclable, and impact-resista polymer.
Joris Laarman‘s Bone chair takes its inspiration from the efficient way that bones grow (adding material where strength is needed and taking away material where it’s unnecessary). Made using a digital tool developed by GM that copies these methods of construction, Laarman says the ironic result of his biomimetic technique is “an almost historic elegancy” that is “far more efficient compared to modern geometric shapes.”
Bye bye modernism. Hello nextnature? I’m really not sure whether this is a sneak preview into our bright future of grown objects or just an illustrative biomimicmarketing of a clever stylist. Anyhow it is a beautiful piece of furniture and I have no difficulties to image living my future primitive life in a whole bone-grown interior. Pity the production process is so incredibly expensive still.
This week’s peculiar images: Let the forces of nature redecorate your house once in a while… Some think it sucks, others call it a rebirth!
In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had exploded into the public mind as the new phenomenon changed from simple circular patterns into huge and complex, geometric formations. Crop circles are a world-wide phenomenon, however, the main concentration of events are to be found in Southern England, around ancient sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill. Although there are many theories as to their creation, none have been able to explain satisfactorily exactly how the circles are made. Alien spaceship landings or flying light-bulbs? The obvious assumption would be that all the circles and shapes are man-made, but even amongst scientists there are some who reject this theory.
While the Freedom tower, replacing the WTC twin towers, is being constructed at ground zero, I still enjoy looking at some of the earlier submitted proposals. They tend to be more elementary, serene, elegant or characteristic than the final design, which had to deal with all the practicalities and compromises between all the stakeholders.
Especially Lars Spuybroek’s (NOX) proposal Oblique, created shortly after the WTC attacks, is like a schoolbook illustration showing the differences between the 20th century architecture and the architecture of our time. Spuybroek envisions a swirling cluster of porous towers rising from Ground Zero, lifting the street into the sky, while allowing sunlight to the street level: ‘Elevators form a highly complex structure of diagonals where at some platforms more than five or six different cores come together to form larger public areas. It is this network of elevators which makes the buildings not just a new type of tower, but more like a new type of urbanism.‘
Twice the same building, but in a different era. Both illustrative for their time.