Archive for the ‘architecture’ Category

Yumiko Ishihara

Friday, October 28th, 2011

OK, I am back, so let’s get back to it.  Beautiful installation at the Koganecho Bazarr by Japanese architect Yumiko Ishihara.  Ishihara made this display using 3,000 chopsticks and bamboo sticks as part of the Yokohama Triennale.  Not only is the pure simplicity of the piece striking, it also allows for visitors to look through to different areas keeping the sight lines open.  Everything about this just seems so elegantly delicate – I am not even sure what was displayed, but I imagine they are gentle tiny little works.


Ruin Academy

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I have been thinking obsessively about the Ruin Academy since I came across the project a few weeks ago.  The Ruin Academy is a research center in Taipei based on the, “Third Generation City – the organic ruin of the industrial city.”  It is a joint project between two universities, the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and the Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture.

Using an abandoned apartment building as an experimental platform, students explore the practices of urban architecture, sociology and environmental art.  The structure has been stripped to the bare bones by removing the interior walls and windows to let the elements inside.  Six inch holes punctuate the walls (middle right) to let rain inside to grow bamboo and vegetables. As the project explains, “the Academy is a constantly changing mixture of a ruin and a construction site.”

Inside the space, the universities hosts classes and workshops, while also providing ad-hoc sleeping space for participants.  In the top right picture, you can see one of the rolling beds.  I love the idea of an unused building becoming a canvas for researchers to experiment and play.  Nothing seems too precious or planned.

Terri Chiao: Cabin in a Loft

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Located in a former textile factory in Brooklyn, ‘Cabin in a Loft’ is an architectural project conceived by Terri Chiao.  Rather than constructing dividers to help define the large space, Chiao built an elevated tree house and cabin to serve as the bedrooms.  The kitchen and living area sit between the two structures, while storage was built into both elevated rooms.  As a result, “living in the space can feel like living outdoors, in a small community of two houses.”  Thanks to Marc for the tip.

Harads Tree Hotel

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Thanks to my friend Stephen for sending me the link to this tree hotel in Sweden.  Harads offers a variety of unique hotel rooms set amongst the trees in a small village in northern Sweden.  The Mirror Cube (seen here) is made from lightweight aluminum with a reflective outer shell.   The hotel room, which contains a double bed, bathroom and rooftop terrace, can be accessed by a rope bridge.  The hotel only has a handful of rooms available at the moment, but plans to create over 20 different kinds of unique rooms in the next few years.

Studio Makkink & Bey: Crate Series

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

One of the last exhibitions I helped with at Spring Projects was the Crate Series by Studio Makkink & Bey.   The show is currently on display at the gallery until mid-January.  For the exhibition, Studio Makkink & Bey created a collection of new furniture pieces reinterpreting the wooden shipping container.   Each unit contains a common household item, offering travelers the ability to use familiar spaces in unknown places.  The BathCrate and BedCrate are particularly nice, creating a small intimate zone within a larger setting.  Also on displays is the Blue Cabin, a mobile unit made from blue architectural foam which serves as a blueprint for possible living environments.

Catie Newell: Salvaged Landscape

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Amazingly beautiful installation by artist Catie Newell in Detroit.  Constructed with salvaged pieces of wood from a burned out building, Newell created a passageway through the charred structure’s frame.  The geometric front facade shows the unburnt cross sections while the back reveals the story of the burnt wood, piece by charred piece.

Newell’s installation is part of a new Detroit non-profit called the Imagination Station.  The story of this space is inspiring, I’ll post more about it on my other site Poesy & Praxis here.  Newell was invited to create the installation in the burnt remains before the building is torn down to make way for a new artist space.

(via Core77)

Moss Your City

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Norwegian architecture studio PUSHAK recently presented Moss Your City at the Architecture Foundation in London.  “Responding to a long history of moss in architecture from traditional Japanese gardens to Victorian mosseries,” the designers filled the exhibition space with a lush moss landscape.  After the show, the living moss was transported to a community garden in Dalston.

Concrete Canvas

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Concrete Canvas is a company started by two RCA graduates, Peter Brewin and William Crawford.  The two developed a new material that can be inflated, watered down and dried to form a temporary structure within twelve hours.

Terunobu Fujimori: Treehouse

Monday, August 9th, 2010

My future friend Terunobu Fujimori has created an amazing treehouse inside the Victoria & Albert museum in London.  As part of the ongoing exhibition 1:1 Build Small Spaces, Fujimori was one of seven architects asked to create full scale small structures within the museum.  Fujimori’s work often relates to the natural world with a focus on architecture before civilization. For his treehouse, Fujimori charred all of the wood, which helps make the structure waterproof and resistant to bugs.  You can see a wonderful video about the project here.  The exhibition will be open free to the public until August 30th.

Dre Wapenaar: Tree Tents

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Dutch artist Dre Wapenaar designed these tree tents several years ago, originally for an English protest group that was fighting a deforestation project.  Wapenaar created the tents as a way for the activists to remain comfortably in the trees they were trying to protect.  The tents have since been set up in a campsite in Holland for people to rent.  The structure houses a round interior floor, which spans nine feet in diameter.

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