Thursday, March 31, 2011
posted in: Strange | posted by: Ian Harrison on April 1, 2010 |
April Fool’s Day is one of those annual traditions that people either follow fervently or ignore with blatant indifference. Sort of like Valentine’s Day or Halloween if you will. Well now that the day is upon us, we thought it rather appropriate to look at some international April Fool’s day festivals, pranks, events and other assorted odds and ends.
But then we thought of a better topic. Why not focus on some crazy, otherworldly architectural marvels that defy description and seem to scream “April Fool’s!”?
So with that in mind, check out some awesome, unorthodox “April Fool’s” architecture.
Eminent British architect Lord Norman Foster has been at the helm of some of the most notable structures of the past century. These include a ridiculous array of skyline classics, such as “The Gherkin” or 30 St Mary Axe in London, London City Hall, Al Faisaliyah Center in Riyadh, Millau Viaduct in France and Hearst Tower in New York City.
One project that stands out in the Foster + Partners roster however, is in Astana. The capital of Kazakhstan is going through a comprehensive renaissance and transformation of late, at the ambitious behest of controversial President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Foster + Partners is already behind three projects in the city of 800,000 people, from the spectacular Palace of Peace and Reconciliation opera house to the Astana Markets supertall skyscraper development.
Foster’s most eccentric and avant-garde contribution to Astana’s new cityscape however, has to be the Khan Shatyry Entertainment Centre. The Foster + Partners corporate website calls the project “a dramatic civic focal point” but to be honest, the term seems to vastly underestimate the multi-purpose facility’s peerless design. Khan Shatyry is basically a massive elliptical tent which spans 100,000 m2. Complete with climate control systems, the development will feature a massive urban park, concert hall, public square, cobblestone promenades and beach resort.
The Sage Gateshead is another April Fool’s-like structure that completely punctuates the River Tyne skyline of Newcastle. The controversial project is another Foster + Partners baby and one that draws scorn and praise from locals. No matter what you think of the bulbous, shiny, metallic “slug” however, you simply can’t ignore the multi-purpose cultural landmark when you visit the fine city of Newcastle.
Architect Jean Nouvel won the Pritzker Prize in 2008. While his name may not resonate with most people, those who visit or live in either Barcelona, Madrid, Cologne or Copenhagen know Nouvel’s works well (whether they realize it or not). The architect is the creative force behind the Torre Agbar, Reina Sofia Museum addition, KölnTurm office tower and Copenhagen Concert Hall.
Nouvel’s Louvre project for the city of Abu Dhabi is going to turn heads. Set to finish in 2013, the branch of the famous museum on the U.A.E. capital’s new leisure and entertainment island of Saadiyat is without precedent. While Louvre Abu Dhabi is cause for controversy within the artistic and “museums are not for sale” community, those who question the institution’s motives can’t fault Nouvel’s unorthodox approach to the development. The museum will certainly not resemble any other on the planet. Louvre Abu Dhabu will also have a formidable competitor on Saadiyat Island in Frank Gehry’s monumental Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Another April Fool’s shout-out to Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, the Swiss firm behind such memorable landmarks as the Tate Modern and Laban Dance Centre in London, M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco and brilliant Allianz Arena football stadium in Munich. The firm’s most unusual creations however, may just be the CaixaForum art gallery in Madrid and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lest we forget, Herzog & de Meuron was the brainchild behind Beijing National (Bird’s Nest) Stadium.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
vogel's: ringO iPad mounting system
designed to permit use of usb ports, cameras, and other buttons when attached, 'ringO' device holders are available for iPad, iPad 2 nd samsung's galaxy tab. the cases can be used on the back of the device to interface with other elements of the 'ringO' system, or placed over its front for safe transport.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Architecture of Malaysia,Malaysian Architecture,Malay Archtecture,Malaysia.
more at AsiaRooms
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
what is architecture in general. great short film from youtube
"This is a short film about architecture in its broadest sense. This film is a companion piece to our film about information. For more information and a hi-res downloadable version of the film visit: http://www.maya.com/the-feed/what-is-information-architecture"
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This alterations and additions project addresses a briefing requirement of providing space for a young growing family with 3 children under the age of 10.The initial idea was to challenge the conventional ‘box on the back’ type addition with a sculptural form born of site restraints; such as the ResCode setbacks along the south boundary; the ideal internal programmatic arrangement, the desire to maintain as much back yard as possible and inspired by the rooftop topography of hips and valleys of the existing Edwardian house. Three kids bedrooms and a bathroom were placed cantilevering above the garden, above a large living space below. This programme was then wrapped in a seamless timber skin, covering roof, windows and walls
Monday, March 21, 2011
Mak Architects has submitted their proposal for the Kaohsiung Library Competition. The 38,000 sqm library, which will become the region’s main library, placed third in the competition.The library responds to its surroundings by facing famous Shou Mountain and Kaohsiung harbor to the northwest, and also connecting the multi-level public spaces to the green belt of Sin Guang Boulevard. The public spaces of the library consist of an amphitheater plaza, a bookstore along the promenade and a roof top garden. The structural facade of the main library not only derives from the indigenous bamboo baskets but also represents the industrial engineering know how of the city.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Union of Russian Architects, in co-operation with DuPont, YEM, Architizer and Karo Film, are pleased to announce an international competition to redesign the facade of the Pushkinsky Cinema, not to restore it to past glory but to create a landmark of the future.
24th February - Istanbul, Turkey
28th February - St. Petersburg, Russia
2nd March - Yekaterinburg, Russia
4th March - Moscow, RussiaProject submission deadline:15 May 2011 @23:59 GMTProject assessment: Starting from 16 May 2011Results notification:(to be also published on Architizer)7-8 June 2011 (TBC)Awarding ceremony: 7-8 June 201
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Henkel Adhesive Packaging Design Contest is about developing innovative ideas and designs for the packaging of Henkel consumer adhesive products. Join the community to submit your ideas and designs and to comment on those of fellow participants. Win attractive cash prices for submitted ideas (up to 3,000 Euros) or become the Most Valuable Participant and receive valuable non-monetary prizes.
The contest addresses packaging designers, design students and amateur designers as well as users of Henkel consumer adhesives from all around the world who are interested in sharing and discussing innovative packaging ideas and solutions.
You are invited to provide us with a new perspective and creative designs. Your designs should be convincing for consumers e.g. due to new features and benefits, innovative technical solutions or materials or emotional and aesthetical appeal.
Join the community and contribute your ideas!
BMW re-developed mini as per Geneva Autoshow
with the premiere of its 'rocketman' concept at geneva motor show 2011, BMW MINI has designed the smallest vehicle the brand has produced since 1959.
measuring just under eleven feet in length, the three-door vehicle features three seats, with a fourth optional to add to the rear. the trunk capacity is likewise flexible, and accessible through a design that splits the cars tailgate into two parts: a top segment attached to the roof that lifts upwards, and a lower component which extends outwards from the body like a drawer. the car's doors are double-hinged, sliding forward and out in addition to swinging open, to provide easy entry and exit even in close quarters.
Designboom and TopGear
Tokyo Sky Tree passes the 600m mark on its way to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world
Nikken Sekkei’s chainmail-style broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo is hot on the heels of the Canton Tower (610m) on its journey to becoming the second tallest freestanding structure in the world. Now measuring an incredible 601m in height, the Tokyo Sky Tree (formerly known as the New Tokyo Tower) may soar above its neighbours in Japan but resides firmly in the shadow of SOM’s highly regarded Burj Khalifa (828m).