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Matali crasset has designed a neighborhood grocery shop for toulouse university. Initiated by CNOUS*, ‘Mini M’ has been conceived as part of a larger project that focusses on the availability of food services within student environments. The study has also given rise to the ‘mini R’, a concept which is alternatively centered around providing a place to eat. Graphic design agency praline, assisted by dominique serre from terres nuages is behind the ideation of the branding of the two ventures.
Drawing its name from its size, with the M unmistakably referring to its role as a market, ‘mini M’ fulfills the need for convenient shopping hubs in areas away from city centres and major retail zones. It has been envisioned to pop out from the conservative concrete architecture of the student housing that surrounds it, painted primarily in green and orange, with white and turquoise accents, clearly defining its role as an extension of student life, while spontaneously creating a confirmed identity for itself.
Bunk bed booths provide sleeping sanctuaries at this hostel in Split, Croatia, by local designer Lana Vitas Gruić. The new hostel houses 15 beds divided between two rooms accessed from a lobby, which features branding also by Gruić of Atom Design.
In the largest room, colourful units with simple white rails and ladders each house two beds, while the blue block in the centre of the largest room is double-sided to accommodate four. Two more units are situated in a smaller all-white room, with an extra bed raised high above the ground that appears to balance on lockers. Desks and shelves accompanied by a mixture of chair styles offer space for guests to eat or use laptops within the dorms. Photos of lesser-known sites around the city have been blown up to cover walls.
Owners Mila and Toni Radan worked with Gruić to convert the disused apartment, located close to the city’s port and historic Diocletian’s Palace. ”From the beginning, it was our desire to create a comfortable, functional and modern space that has the spirit of a Split street,” they say.
22 Jun / ICRAVE NYC office design
Award-winning New York City-based design and branding firm ICRAVE is the studio behind some seriously high-profile projects, including many nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels, so it only seems fitting that they were the perfect creative minds to design their own offices in Manhattan. The company’s rapid growth over the years prompted the new 8,000-square-foot space on Madison Square Park, which boasts flexible workspaces to encourage employee interaction and collaboration.
The reception area was designed just like a hotel lobby, welcoming visitors into the space. The desk even doubles as a DJ booth. The conference room has enormous doors that swivel around 360 degrees to open and close the space off as needed. Chalkboards in the conference room are there for brainstorming ideas. They also hide the kitchen.The chalkboards can be raised via a pulley to make way for a bar between the kitchen and conference room. Larger tables are set up for breakout sessions.
The crit room allows the teams to display their work for the office to view.The open concept office is divided into rows with yellow cork boards used to help with sound proofing and pinning up ideas. The library houses samples for the designers and clients to view in natural light. Photos by John Bartelstone.
There is something incredible about Architecture Photography, it can transform the most boring of buildings into an explosion of geometry and perfect symmetry.
And there is no one that does this best than Filip Dujardin, the Belgium photographer created his latest work “impossible architecture” by mixing different photographs of building around ghent, Belgium.
This photomontages seem like actual buildings at first glance but if you look at the details of each photograph long enough you will start seeing the different and impossible angles they take. This collection of architectural photographs shows how the most believable things are those close enough to reality.
When looking at the problem of bird populations shrinking in urban areas due to loss of habitat, Nethlerlands-based product designer Klaas Kuiken was struck with the idea of improving a common bird home: residential roofs. In consultation with the Vogelbescherming (the Dutch bird association) Kuiken designed a ceramic birdhouse that adheres to the ubiquitous roof tiles found throughout the country. The house contains a removable basket to aid in maintenance after mating season and is made with materials that can resist extreme cold in the winter. First designed in 2009 the birdhouses have finally gone into production and 100 are now available for sale.
ENDESA Pavilion is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock, within the framework of the International BCN Smart City Congress. Over a period of one year it will be used as control room for monitoring and testing several projects related to intelligent power management.
The pavilion is actually the prototype of a multi-scale construction system. A facade composed by modular components, like solar brick, that respond to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting … The same parametric logic adapt façade geometries to the specific environmental requirements for each point of the building. It is is a single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs.
From “form follows function” – to “form follows energy”. The facade opens reacting to the solar path, being active and becoming permeable towards south, while becoming closed and protective towards north. The behavior of this skin makes visible the environmental and climatic processes that surrounds the prototype.
This Pavilion is part of the series: Smart Designs for Social Good.
French artist Olivier Grossetête used three enormous helium balloons to float a rope bridge over a lake in Tatton Park, a historic estate in north-west England. Though visitors weren’t allowed to use the bridge, it would theoretically be strong enough to hold the weight of a person, according to Grossetête.”My artistic work tries to make alive the poetry and dreams within our everyday life,” added Grossetête.
Located in the park’s Japanese garden, the structure comprised a long rope bridge made of cedar wood held aloft by three helium-filled balloons. The ends of the bridge were left to trail in the water. Replacing the usual foundations and joints of a bridge with three balloons leads us to question our perceptions, the artist explained. ”My artistic work tries to make alive the poetry and dreams within our everyday life,” added Grossetête.
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