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Patchwork Orange: Art of Fixing Buildings with LEGO Blocks. A missing brick here and chipped stone there show the normal marks of wear and tear on the structures and streets of a city, but filling them in with multi-colored LEGO bricks makes them stand out in sharp relief with their surroundings – especially in a place like Berlin. Titled ‘Dispatchwork’ (a linguistic play on ‘dispatching’ and ‘patching’ the holes), this is part urban art installation, part historical highlighting (since many of the gaps date back to World War II) and part method of calling attention to buildings that could use some help. Jan Vormann has been toying with LEGO pieces for a long time in various artistic capacities – as well as infilling structural holes with mirrors and other attention-getting materials.

It may look haphazard at first, but there is an art to the process: identifying gaps is naturally subjective, and filling them in is both a creative and crafty act that can involve turning corners and working with existing structural details. 100 Abandoned Houses. Weird and Wacky Furniture By Straight Line Designs. EmailEmail Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind workshop that has been operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 25 years. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, designer Judson Beaumont and his staff of eight full-time craftspeople have designed and constructed a variety of wacky cartoon-style furniture and projects for public institutions and children’s exhibitions throughout North America and abroad.

Focused on quality and custom design, Judson’s studio stays far away from mass production and is as imaginative as children themselves. Website: StaightLineDesigns.com 1. Little Black Dresser 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.Daddy Long Legs. Angelic Architectural Lighting via Wall-Mounted LED Rings. Each of these halo-shaped circles is an independent LED light fixture that casts a round ring of light on the wall. What makes them more interesting, however, is the way they can be combined into more complex shapes to create decorative patterns. A simple singular Flos Architectural Wall Piercing ring creates a flower-like arrangement, while an untidy line adds some asymmetry into the mix. They can be layered up and interlinked as well, though the effect starts to overwhelm the viewer a bit (perhaps more appropriate for a night club than a living room) if the patterns become too pervasive.

While they are attached to the wall, they look like hoop earrings actually piercing the surface from a distance – or as if someone stuck the each ring in while the plaster was drying. Definitely a neat effect and is multiplied through creative combinations and overlaps. The Safe House In Poland Is A Modern Fortress With Sliding Walls. ShareThis It looks like a modern fortress and is built as such. The Safe House by architect Robert Konieczny of Polish architecture firm, kwk promes, is a giant concrete cube whose walls were designed to move. The house was recently a shortlisted entry for the 2009 World Architecture News Awards.

The House is situated in a small village at the outskirts of Warsaw. The surroundings are dominated with usual 'polish cubes' from the sixties and old wooden barns. The most essential item for the clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security in their future house. The body of the building is a cuboid in which parts of the walls are movable. Even the staircase is built to be concealed until use: Accomplishment of this idea required a lot of technically complex solutions. A giant roll-down gate closing the southern elevation also functions as a movie projection screen. Once the house opens, the interior merges extensively with the garden. Construction and materials. Serie architects / chris lee and kapil gupta: the tote, mumbai. Dec 07, 2009 serie architects / chris lee and kapil gupta: the tote, mumbai the tote, mumbai by chris lee and kapil gupta of serie architects image courtesy serie architects all photos by fram petit UK architects chris lee and kapil gupta of serie architects have designed ‘the tote’, mumbai, a banquet hall, restaurant and bar. their brief was to incorporate a series of disused buildings from the city’s colonial past set within the mumbai race course and convert them to form a series of restaurant and bars. the conservation guidelines called for the preservation of the roof profile for three-quarters of the buildings and full conservation for the remaining one-quarter. image courtesy serie architects image courtesy serie architects image courtesy serie architects their proposal attempted to continue the idea of a continuously differentiated space, with no clear boundary, into the envelope of the conservation building. a new structure was proposed within the old building envelope.

Vitsœ | Good design. Climbing wall at Bjoeks, Groningen. Space Saving Tiny Apartment, New York. This tiny but highly sophisticated studio apartment in the East Village of NYC has made us very proud, thanks to JPDA. Not only was it built as a super efficient multi-functional unit but with the use of detailed mill work, the storage capacity was very cleverly executed and resulted in a super stylish studio with a decent amount of floor space. Shouldn’t all NYC dwellers aim to live like this? You decide… A schematic rendering demonstrates a realistic plan for this tiny apartment.

Although we’re not too sure how realistic that cubbyhole at the crown of the loft is in a NYC apartment building, the rest of the space makes perfect sense. This tiny living/work space is beautifully masked with natural light and looks so inviting! This mezzanine bedroom is constructed with beautiful teak wood that houses hidden storage compartments… What great use of typically neglected storage space…. Well lit and highly efficient modern kitchen has beautiful appliances and plenty of counter space. UK pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010. Apr 20, 2010 UK pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010 UK pavilion at shanghai expo 2010 all images © katarina stuebecourtesy UK foreign and commonwealth office with just under 2 weeks to go until the shanghai world expo 2010 opens, the UK pavilion has been complete and is being used for testing ahead of the event. designed by thomas heatherwick studio the 20 meter high cube like structure is pierced by 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods. the centerpiece of the pavilion is the seed cathedral, where visitors will be able to explore a variety of seeds of different plants featured on the end of each rod. the UK foreign and commonwealth office have sent in images of the construction process. construction of the pavilion the union jack on the pavilion entrance into pavilion rods being inserted into the wall rods rods with seeds at the end rods being inserted in the wall ridhika naidoo I designboom.

From Majestic to Decay - Michigan Central Train Station. The building is of the Beaux-Arts Classical style of architecture, designed by the Warren & Wetmore and Reed and Stem firms who also designed New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The price tag for this 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) building was $15 million when it was built. Detroit’s Roosevelt Park creates a grand entryway for the station.

Photo:Jean-Pierre Lavoie, photojpl.com At the time of its construction, the Michigan Central Station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS) was the tallest rail station in the world. It was built in 1913 for the Michigan Central Railroad. The introduction to Detroit’s Michigan Central Station says the Michigan Central Station was designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stem, the firms who were the architects of New York’s Grand Central Station. . [25 Pictures] The station’s most distinctive architectural feature lay not inside but was the office tower rising above the station proper.

Main MCS waiting room facing west. MCS Ticket booth. Emergent Patterns: Game Wallpapers Beat Dull Wall Decor. Repeating patterns are at the heart of most wallpapers, as they are part of the core of many simple, old-school, paper-and-pen games. While elementary in design (and execution), these basic black-and-white wallpaper designs feature an element of creative, unique and ultimately unpredictable emergent design that makes them grow more complex with tiime. The first layer – the original printed design – is as simple as it gets: a series of mazes, tic-tac-toe boards and crossword puzzles that naturally lend themselves to virtually infinite extension in any direction.

Created by CinqCinq, these have been placed as the backdrops of art installations and waiting room interiors- perfect places to encourage spontaneous interaction. By setting out specific colors of pencil, pen, crayon or marker, the designer (or space owner) gets to exert another level of control but ultimately leaves the finished product in the hands of people who pass through a given space. House With a Swimmingpool on The Roof and Panoramic View of The Surroundings. Can you imagine looking at the ocean during the day and up at the stars durning the night while chilling in the pool on the roof of your house?

Sounds like a dream and those who own the Universe House located in Roca Blanca, Mexico live in this dream. The house was designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, and built by architect Tatiana Bilbao. The house is opened onto its surroundings thanks to an observation platform and the swimming pool on its roof. It’s made of cast concrete, prefabricated blocks, whitewashed plasterwork and wood. Dream homes, dream house, dream house design, home swimming pool, house design with swimming pool. Subway architecture. Dec 01, 2009 subway architecture london’s underground became the first subway system in the world when it began operation in 1863. Since then, underground subways have been built in almost every major city of the world. from new york and paris to hong kong and dubai, subways are an essential part of public transportation in cities.

Within these systems, architecture plays a big role in defining the environment of the subway. here is a collection of some of the most architecturally interesting subway stations. t-centralen station (photo via flickr) stockholm tunnelbana stockholm tunnelbana station (photo via flickr) solna centrum station (photo via flickr) westfriedhof station light installation by ingo mauer (photo via flickr) munich u-bahn candidplatz station (photo via flickr) georg-brauchle ring station with installation by franz ackermann (photo via flickr) st. quiren platz station by hermann + ottl (photo via flickr) bilbao metro station by foster+partners bilbao metro prague – line a.

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning. 15 Incredible Libraries Around the World | Photograph, Library, These, University, United. Moldova National Library - Photograph by Daniel Zollinger These pillars of higher learning are also home to some of the world’s most incredible architecture.

Below is a small collection of stunning libraries around the globe. From the historical to the modern, these centres of knowledge and learning also preserve the history and culture of their respective periods. Personally, I would find it hard to concentrate in some of these places, they are too beautiful for the eye not to wander. 1. Photograph by Peter Bond Photograph by Peter Bond 2. Photograph by James Gillard Photograph by James Gillard 3. Photograph by Lauren Manning Photograph by KAALpurush 4. Photograph by Tani Livengood 5. Photograph by Sam 6. Photograph by Ognipensierovo 7. Photograph by Waltonics 8. Photograph by Jose Maria Cuellar 9. Photograph by Pedro Vasquez Colmenares Photograph by Aurelio Asiain 10.

Photograph by Ruy Barbosa Pinto 11. Photograph by Marj-Liisa 12. Photograph by Christopher Chan 13. Photograph by Fadi J 14. 15. Casa Batlló. Web oficial. Museo modernista de Gaudí en Barcelona. X-Ray Kitchen: Custom Cabinets with Built-In Back-Lighting. New to a kitchen and not sure where to locate which dishes?

No worries: this clever custom kitchen cabinet system will light your way to the right serving bowls, plates, utensils and gadgets, showing their forms as shadows directly on the doors of these cabinets. Ever the hybrid architect, artist and minimalist designer, Jean Nouvel has accomplished a great deal with this design idea – the find-anything functionality of see-through cabinetry, the animated and ever-changing artistry of light and dark shapes and the naturally and of course the built-in lighting itself that can illuminate the kitchen background while you cook. The components are surprisingly simple, cheap and low-tech considering the complex effects: standard translucent white panels and aluminum hinges on the cabinets combined with conventional lamps along the back wall behind the objects they store. Cipher - Drinking glass. Psychic. | relogik.com. Project info Type:Personal, conceptField:Product designDate:Feb, 2009Phase:Concept, Visual prototypeShare: twitter facebook delicious digg stumbleupon friendfeed tumblr Awards / Publications:2009 - reddot design award winner 2009Info / Description:An empty glass resembles a meaningless colorful mosaic, until a liquid is poured into it, revealing its name.

Each side of the glass is reserved for a specific drink. … moreThe Dekrypt glass though complex in appearance in fact runs on a very simple idea. Differently colored shapes are scattered across the glass surface in a seemingly random pattern, however their position is hardly accidental. Other projects. Almost Invisible Mirrored Tree House Built In Sweden. Invisible TreeHouse? Really? They said it couldn't be done. When we first wrote about the almost invisible treehouse to be built in Sweden by Tham & Videgard, 899 commenters thought it was AutoCad eye candy, impossible to build and death for birds.

But they built it, one of six units in a "Treehotel" opening this weekend 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The four meter glass cube looks as spectacular in reality as it did in the rendering. Kent Lindvall, co-owner of the TreeHotel, says: Everything will reflect in this - the trees, the birds, the clouds, the sun, everything. And what about the birds? The units are constructed from sustainably harvested wood and have electric radiant floor heating and "a state-of-the-art eco-friendly incineration toilet" (I have owned an incinerating toilet and they are anything but eco-friendly, using a huge amount of electricity, creating noise and a pall of burned poop smell when the wind isn't blowing.

Where do I sign? Sun Jar: solar-powered lamp that looks like you caught a firefly. “King Kongs” of Architecture? Muti Randolph | Muti Randolph. A bench made from nails… | Home Design. Architectural Types - Styles - Historical Periods - The Great Buildings Collection. Bluelounge StudioDesk for Computers. Untitled.