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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.
Online Architecture Degree & Education: If you want to study architecture online, read this article before you attempt to because unfortunately most articles written about available online architecture degrees are not up-to-date. Many websites don’t update their sources, and many are deceiving. At last, advances in technology made it possible now to have a fully accredited online architecture degree. But, there is only one fully accredited online architecture degree available which will be accepted worldwide, especially in Canada and the United States.
February 16, 2012 A team of German scientists recently decoded the molecular structure of the unusually sturdy spines of sea urchins , a discovery that they believe could eventually prove useful in helping engineers construct stronger, more stable buildings. Biologists have long known that the spines of the globular little marine animals are made of the compound calcium carbonate, a chemical commonly found in the shells of various invertebrates, not to mention egg shells, calcium supplements and the antacids you take for heartburn. Like a multipurpose tinker toy, calcium carbonate has the ability to bond with itself and other compounds in numerous ways, making it one of the essential building blocks in nature’s toolkit. But for researchers looking for an explanation as to why those little sea urchin spines are so remarkably strong, the versatility of the molecule and its numerous possibilities for bonding has long left them scratching their heads.
Wayfinding is the organization and communication of our dynamic relationship to space and the environment. Successful design to promote wayfinding allows people to: (1) determine their location within a setting, (2) determine their destination, and (3) develop a plan that will take them from their location to their destination. The design of wayfinding systems should include: (1) identifying and marking spaces, (2) grouping spaces, and (3) linking and organizing spaces through both architectural and graphic means. Architectural Wayfinding There are five primary architectural wayfinding elements: (1) paths/circulation, (2) markers, (3) nodes, (4) edges, and (5) zones/districts. These, along with visual accessibility, are the design criteria for highly legible and comprehensible urban environments.
first image 'sugamo shinkin bank' by emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design, tokyo, japan images courtesy of emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design / nacasa & partners inc. japanese practice emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design has completed 'sugamo shinkin bank', a credit union located in shimura, japan. the design, an offset volume of rainbow-like layers, is the third branch designed by moureaux, with the first two located in tokiwadai and niiza . overall view stacked slabs in twelve saturated colors dominate the exterior facade and contrast the stark white panels that enclose the building. looking to create a refreshing atmosphere with a palpable sense of nature, the colors gently transition until they disappear into the sky. softly reflected onto the white surfaces, the hues create a warm and diffused exterior which provide a sense of ease and solitude. at night, the layers are faintly illuminated, varying in accordance to weather and the season.
It's something you would never expect to go missing, but one of the world's brightest glow-in-the-dark mushrooms has been rediscovered after an absence of more than 170 years, according to USA Today . The bioluminescent shrooms had become a Brazilian legend of sorts. They were first spied in 1840 by an English botanist named George Gardner, who was alarmed after he saw some boys playing with a glowing object in the streets of Vila de Natividad, a village in the Goiás state in central Brazil. After that, no more sightings of the brightly glowing fungus had ever been reported.
Two students working on load-bearing systems in the architecture department at Kassel University, Mischa Proll and Andreas Günther, have taken advantage of the wide range of design techniques available and breathed new life into a one-hundred-year-old construction concept. The traditional reziprocal frame consists of short wooden joists, whose ends are carpentry-joined to a surface structure. With consistant types of profiles, lengths of elements and positions of the knots on the axises, a dome shape is created. The first documenting of such a framework, also called a „mandala roof“, dates back to the 12th century, according to the students' research, when a Buddhist monk by the name of Chogen created designs for temples, whose influence can still be seen today in the architecture of domes in China and Japan.
For beautiful bathroom ideas blend nature with minimalism, with the new Ambrosia bathtub by Pearl Baths, a division of popular bath staple Maax. Simple lines, sweet curves and a purist, plain palate of the bathtub, rustic flooring and natural water features are blended together to bring a sense of serenity to these beautiful bathrooms. While the modern Ambrosia bathtub is minimalist when it comes to looks, it maximizes indulgence with an array of five therapies. The elegant freestanding bath will surprise you with air therapy, heat therapy and chromatherapy, while the drop-in tub also offers aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and optional Ozonator Whirlpool System and back massage jets as part of your luxury home-spa experience. Measuring 66 by 36 by 24 inches, this contemporary bathtub will be your escape – if only for a while.
We started out on this by analyzing the area and its surroundings from the point of view of circulation ( more on how we did this ). How would people move around? The conclusions from this study where integrated later on in the project. Next we took on the task of (re)creating the landscape – modify the terrain in a functional yet unobtrusive way. Formal concepts revolved around radiolaria , foam , water, waves etc. Luckily we had a working circle packing applet in processing ready (which was used for this ).
Here is a cheeky little graphic exploration via underconsideration . I would like to see more architecture have graphic design legs like this. Built in 2005 by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA in the city of Porto, Portugal the is, without a doubt, a significant architectural statement — further emphasised by its intense angles and towering presence. By using the building as a visual source, Stefan Sagmeister created a dynamic, faceted and endlessly varied identity — all literally speaking.