Filled with color and texture, here's a hostel located in one of my favorites sectors in Mexico City, La Condesa. An eye catcher for the contemporary urban traveler with a pink double skin facade, the hostel La Buena Vida does stand out from it's neighboring buildings.
Inside, the surprises keep visitors intrigued. The colors yellow, blue and predominantly "mexican pink" plus graphic skulls in the walls integrate the mexican tradition into the spatial experience of the hostel. Would love to stay here and drink a michelada with lots of hot sauce looking at the city view from the terrace. Maybe i will, when I visit Mexico City again.
Hostal La Buena Vida (The Good Life Hostel) @ La Condesa, Mexico City by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea, 2011.
Icosidodecahedrons.. yupp, yupp, that's exactly the word i was looking for. This diamond looking ornaments are easy to make with a "cut & fold" method. Choose any color or size you like and you have a conversation piece made out of paper for an important area. Simple, economic and most of all: FUN !!
A distorted, amorphous, very interesting "sail" inspired volume emerges as a small residence called K House in Japan. With the site being a steep slanting slope, nature nearby and feeling of the town close were the clients aspirations to integrate into the design. From a practical point of view, the cliff also inspired the form based on what the client wanted. For the firm a "sail" was used as the main concept to create both spacial impact and form. Talk about poetry, uuh ?
This is a different & dynamic approach for a Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, wouldn't you think so? It's facade talks about movement and energy as it folds all around. The building is entirely clad with a double skin, and inner envelope of concrete and an outer envelope of glass. The main focus of this CSET located in Ningbo, China is the diffusion of sustainable technologies such as solar power, photovoltaic energy, wind power etc... Innovative !!
Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies @ Ningbo China by Mario Cucinella Architects, 2008.
Inspired by simple geometric shapes and curious textures, this is a funky way to organize/decorate your space. Made of 100% recycled cardboard, specifically die-cut from e-flute cardboard, shipped flat, & have an adhesive-free assembly. You cluster the pentagons the way you want for your particular purpose. Who doesn't love that type of freedom?
" AND ABOVE ALL WATCH WITH GLITTERING EYES THE WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU BECAUSE THE GREATEST SECRETS ARE HIDDEN IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES. THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN MAGIC, WILL NEVER FIND IT. -ROALD DAHL
Lot 176 is a residence with a carved out two story volume in the centre to allow light and ventilation to all interior spaces. The carved interior provides an internal focus visually and functionally. It is largely opened on the short access to allow views out of site with the living level utilising sliding screens to opening the interior completely to the exterior.
In this house, light and the immediate landscape transform into invite guests with the use of wood panels, as they enter through. The inside and outside are united by seamless transitions and the consistent use of a restrained palette of materials: timber, zinc and self-finished oxide renders.
Lot 176, Elysium by Richard Kirk Architect @ Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Light has become an increasing source of inspiration for artists, designers and product developers, who are harnessing cutting-edge scientific and technological developments to produce amazing results. Like this chair, strung with 200 meters of electroluminescent wire to shine, when powered, in a rainbow of color. It can also be switched to a flash/pulse mode for a disco-style lighting effect. Makes me feel like dancing disco around it welcoming you to the future..
Here'a a building where spatial and functional qualities result in a light, sustainable and dynamic whole, creating a "gate" effect, where you look through the building rather than at it. From the ground floor, in this Centre for Life Sciences, arises a zoology wing connected with the animal housing; the south wing is dedicated to botany.
Light from above through the open ares and views of the sky connect the interiors with the outside world.I would look if i saw something like this, wouldn't you?
Here's a sculptural gallery located on the Dong Jiang Bay Coastline with three main spaces that coexist into a coastal showcase: a tourist information center, a show gallery & a discussion lounge.
Tectonically this "artsy" building (at least for me, it is) not only beautiful, but responds to its setting with weather-sensitive corten steel panels on the outside and timber strips on the inside to create a more natural feel.
Vanke Triple V Gallery by studio Ministry of Design @ Dong Jiang Bay, 2011.