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Enlightenment is neither a goal nor a destination. It’s a process of awakening to one’s inner light. External Stimuli : Olafur Eliasson ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’ , Movement Microscope (video) Related Stimuli : Math, Computation, Beauty and the Construction of New Realities Themes : Architecture , Sculpture Nodes : colorful , enlightenment , light , Olafur Eliason , rainbow , sensory , spectral
The Pierre is one of the most beautiful houses I’ve seen in a long time and its view over the San Juan Archipelago is incredible! The house celebrates the materiality of the site and that combined with a green roof makes the house blend with the surrounding, making it almost invisible from certain angles. I’m having a hard time finding anything wrong with the exterior or the interior for that matter.
Profile Bates Masi + Architects LLC, a full-service architectural firm with roots in New York City and the East End of Long Island for over 45 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. The attention to all elements of design has been a constant in the firm’s philosophy. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean.
first image 'st. petersburg pier' by BIG architects, st. petersburg, florida all images © BIG architects all images courtesy of the st. petersburg design competition the proposal created by danish firm BIG architects is one of three shortlisted submissions for the st. petersburg pier international design competition . the masterplan will organize and harmonize a variety of individual events along a network of paths, merging to form the iconic pier structure which will gradually flow into the waters of tampa bay. the branching pattern will collectively form the 'tributary park' containing native plantings of diverse color schemes. the gardens will highlight the programmatic sectors of the park including the museum, observation deck, playgrounds and natural forested areas. aerial view
Here’s a truly glamorous idea for a pool. A sinking pool! The apparently permanent stone floor in this room literally slowly drops to reveal the pool underneath. In the raised position, you can walk on the same surface radiantly warmed from beneath. And of course, having the swimming pool convert itselfÂ into a floor makes it child-friendly too: this is not a pool that a child can fall into. Once it is sunken it looks like any other indoor pool – as permanent as you could possibly want.
photo © Fernando Alda Project : Metropol Parasol Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain Function : archeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants Site area : 18,000 square meters Building area : 5,000 square meters Total floor Area : 12,670 square meters Number of floors : 4 Height of the building : 28.50 meters Structure : concrete, timber and steel Principal Exterior : timber and granite Principal interior material : concrete, granite and steel Designing period : 2004-2005 Construction period : 2005-2011 Building/Cost : 90 Million Euro photo © David Franck W hat is there not to like about Metropol Parasol ? The waffle-like crown structure in Seville , Spain has been finally completed in April 2011 after a competition held by the city of Seville in 2004.
The world is full of beautiful strange and fantastic buildings that are the examples of amazing architecture. Architecture Photography brings this beauty to the world, and for this reason, architectural photography is as thrilling as it is heartwarming. In this roundup, we have compiled an amazing collection of some bizarre yet interesting buildings that are reflected through architectural photography.
Over the past seven years, at our creative agency, Access , we have worked with a number of residential and commercial property developers from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, helping them with development and strategy. Yet we see so often the sad sight of yet another mediocre building going up. We see city councils approving mediocre design and we see cities looking uglier because of it. We see property developers rushing to get their building up, wanting to make a quick sale and profit, and not really caring or thinking about the aesthetics of the building. Does the building enhance the surrounding area or make it worse?
Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaboration between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983), have built a see-through church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw. Project Details: Location: Limburg, Belgium Type: Cultural - Public Architects: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - www.gijsvanvaerenbergh.com Photos: Kristof Vrancken / Z33 – Mine Daelemans photo by Kristof Vrancken / Z33 The church is a part of the Z-OUT project of Z33, house for contemporary art based in Hasselt, Belgium.
I’m sure you’ve seen this office plenty of times on the internet. This office is all about fun: it has a lot of specially decorated rooms in which employees can do their work. There’s even a game room for relaxation and a gym where you can work out.
For those that aren't terrified of the infinite dangers and unknown terrors of the deep, there can be something quite relaxing about the sea. Just ask hotel room designers. For years they've been pushing their sea-agenda on us, with an endless stream of easily replicated water-logged paintings, usually involving a yacht and a spot of sunshine. This time though, they've taken it too damn far. In the Hilton Maldives, they transformed their underwater restaurant into a suite for those willing to brave a sleep with the fishes.
UPDATE: Treehotel are now offering their Mirrorcube treehouse as a turnkey solution available to the public Don’t get me wrong, cities are great. Hell, I currently live in London and before my days are over want to spend a serious amount more time in New York, LA, Tokyo, Paris, Sydney and more, but when you need to really get away, it should be to the Treehotel , not the Waldorf. An eco-based design hotel concept, each “room” is wonderfully individual with stunning design and even better views.
Saint-Hypolite is small town in the Laurentide, a scenic region used mostly as a weekend getaway for Montrealers. The house is built within a dense forest on a slight hill, bordering the opening of a small river. Through the trees, we perceive the body of the black building, divided into three blocks that get linked through glass passageways. These blocks are at split-levels from each other and are all in direct contact with the earth; three sections with their individual identity, offering intimacy from each other opening up towards the natural surroundings. The entry block, open on two levels, comprises the family’s teen quarters and family room. The middle block hosts the living room; a friendly central space that opens onto the terrace.
Haugen/Zohar Architects have designed an outdoor fireplace in Trondheim, Norway. Full description after the photos…. Photography by Grethe Fredriksen & Jason Havneraas Outdoor Fireplace by Haugen/Zohar Architects Together with the standard playground facilities we wished to combine an enclosed space for fire, storytelling and playing. Given a very limited budget, reusing leftover materials (from a nearby construction site) was a starting point that led the design to be based on short wooden pieces.
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