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CMA CGM Headquarters by Zaha Hadid photographed by Hufton+Crow Zaha Hadid's 142-metre tower for French shipping company CMA CGM in Marseille is documented in these new images by London photographers Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). The 33-storey structure, which was completed in 2011, is currently the tallest building in the city and features a glazed facade with a seam of tinted glass running up through its centre. The darkened glass tapers outwards at the top, creating the illusion of swelling upper storeys although the building actually has a rectilinear body that only curves outwards at its base. Located within Marseille's 480-hectare Euroméditerranée development zone in the north of the city, the CMA CGM Headquarters functions as the primary offices for the transportation company, bringing together over 2400 employees that had previously been located on seven different sites. Zaha Hadid Architects also designed a 135-metre-long annex building, which is joined to the tower with a curving glass bridge.

TEDTalks Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Diseño Archives Como todos los años por estas fechas, la casa PANTONE® ha publicado el seleccionado como PANTONE® del año 2014. Si color del 2013 el PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald destacaba por simbolizar el crecimiento y la renovación, la armoniosa combinación de fucsia, morado y rosa que presenta el PANTONE® Radiant Orchid 18-3224 invita a la innovación y anima la creatividad y la originalidad. Como explica en ésta entrevista la directora ejecutiva de Pantone Color Institute®, Leatrice Eiseman, la selección del color Pantone del año es un proceso largo que recoge influencias de todo el mundo, incluyendo cinematograficas, coleciones de arte, nuevos artistas, destinos de viaje, tecnologia, nuevas texturas e incluso proximos eventos deportivos.

Crónicas de vario lugar He dejado hace rato Montpeyroux y ruedo hacia Vézelay. Así que circulo, pero al revés y motorizado, sobre varias etapas de un importante camino de Santiago. El llamado “camino de Vézelay” arranca desde esta villa y llega a St.Jean-Pied-de-Port. Los bravos caminantes se hacen 1087 kilómetros en unos 43 días de marcha y cuando emprenden la subida de los Pirineos aún tienen por delante 791 y otros 33 días de peregrinaje hasta llegar a Santiago de Compostela. En la Edad Media se iba a pie a Santiago para hacer penitencia, ganar indulgencias y conseguir el cielo. Para ello se dejaba si era necesario a la mujer y a los hijos y se lanzaba uno a los caminos poseído por lo que Erasmo de Rotterdam denomina en su Elogio de la Locura, “la locura de los peregrinos” y que Hans Holbein el Joven ilustró en una de sus viñetas al margen de un ejemplar de la obra.

Arquitectura Archives comenta Luis Fernández Galiano en rueda de prensa en el Museo del Traje el pasado martes 25 de marzo, con el motivo de la experiencia de haber entrevistado a los protagonistas de la próxima edición del DVD: Arquia / Maestros de la Fundación Arquia. Los tres arquitectos protagonistas de esta nueva edición de arquia / maestros, Oriol Bohigas, Rafael Moneo y Juan Navarro Baldeweg se sumergirán en un entorno de penumbra acompañados por un entrevistador, Luis Fernandez Galiano que facilitará la natural expresión de las ideas y la reflexión personal. Las entrevistas están organizadas en seis módulos, “un esquema de malla modular donde se traduce el color de cada arquitecto” destaca el Arq. Fernández Galiano.

Jennifer K. Gorsche Tweet Elastic deformation of the pavilion's glass-fiber reinforced plastic lamellas gives its facade movement (Soma) A 34,000-square-foot kinetic media facade represents the themes of Korea’s international exhibition FRAC Marseille by Kengo Kuma and Associates A contemporary art centre with a chequered glass facade by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is the latest in a string of cultural buildings to complete this year in Marseille. The FRAC (Fond Regional D'art Contemporain) Marseille was designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates as a local art centre for the Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur (PACA) region of France and it joins buildings by Boeri Studio and Rudy Ricciotti in the city's harbour-side district. Hundreds of opaque glass rectangles create a chequerboard of solid and void across the glazed exterior of the six-storey-high building and are arranged at opposing angles to create a variation between light and shadow. "By this treatment, the building is given openness and transparency that are hard to gain from a conventional glass box," said the architects. This uniform facade is punctured in just two places. "What we wanted was not a closed gallery but an elevated street that could work as an exhibition space and a workshop," added the architects.

Glass solar shading for facades - FINS - Levolux Dynamic in their distinctive architectural aesthetics, Levolux glass fins provide an extremely efficient external solarshading system which offers all the advantages of a conventional brise-soleil in controlling solar heat gain and glare while allowing the occupants of the building a greater view to the outside. A huge level of design flexibility is possible and co-ordination with the building’s external façade may be achieved through the use of glass which can be coloured, silk screened, etched or has other surface finishes or coatings tailored to specific design requirements. Glass fins are ideally suited to the modern low energy building and can be installed in vertical, horizontal or angled situations and may be either fixed or adjustable to allow precise control of the building’s internal environment. Total Design Freedom The full potential of glass fins may be explored since Levolux offers bespoke systems with total design freedom.

socializarq Seven Firms Short-Listed for Mexico City Airport Expansion It’s a battle of the starchitects in Mexico City—and the Brits are leading the pack. Out of the seven finalists short-listed to design an expansion for the capital city’s airport, Benito Juarez International, four hail from the UK: Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Pascall+Watson. They are joined in the final round by Teodoro González de […] Sigue leyendo TU Delft: Research Projects a. Real-time interactive spaces: MUSCLE Prototypes This research and prototyping initiative is specifically aimed at developing real-time interactive architecture which allow for multiple usability via adaptation of their spatial constituents. The prototypes (Fig. 01) are visualized as complex adaptive systems, continually engaged in activities of data-exchange and optimal augmentation of their spatial and ambient components in accordance with contextual variations. Tactile variations of static but flexible spatial skins by means of pneumatic compression and the skin’s own material properties are used as the underlying principle for attaining spatial augmentations. In order for the proposed tactile variations, to attain a meaningful substantiation, materializing an intuitive interactive behaviour towards the occupants of these spatial prototypes becomes quintessential.

reBlog presents: Live Cinema Nights #3: WATCH AND DANCE Saturday, 24 February 2007 Free Entry, Doors at 21:00 In The month of February, continues the exploration of the live cinema form with two renowned performers from the UK: *spark and dr. mo. These two artists have defined and participate in pushing the envelope in the live performance of audio visual entertainment both in the UK, and worldwide, performing to ecstatic audiences at acclaimed festivals such as The Big Chill and Burning Man. Live Cinema Nights provide an environment to watch, dance, and communicate, where ground breaking examples of live visual art are combined with accessible music genres, and provides a platform for national and international artists to explore new forms of visual communication and entertainment. present: WATCH AND DANCE dr. mo (UK) "exhilarating visual flights and breathtaking perspective shifts"

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper "melts cars" News: Rafael Viñoly's Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London is reflecting a beam of light intense enough to melt cars, according to a series of recent reports. Update: a CGI artist predicted the effect a year ago - read more in our latest story. Claims surfaced over the weekend that the glare from the curvaceous glass facade of the 37-storey tower - currently under construction at 20 Fenchurch Street - have caused vehicle paintwork to melt and bodywork to distort. This Amazing Mirror Cabin Almost Seems See-Through This unique cabin nestled in Joshua Tree in California’s Mojave Desert is really something else. Mirrors were added to the walls and windows to create the illusion that you can see right through the cabin, making it seem half transparent at times. The 70-year-old abandoned shack acquired and re-appropriated by artist Phillip K. Smith III has even been given a name, Lucid Stead.