Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

3x3x3 Purity in Pre-fab

November 28, 2009

Paco Cube in the Forest

Paco cube marries the benefits of modular housing with the less-is-more lifestyle. Schmata Architecture Office’s perfect white box is adaptable to any environment and, with its included kitchen, toilet, shower, and built-in desk, it is a kit ready for most any activity. The white epoxy interior is ideal for a mini art exhibition in the forest and the propped-open hinged roof provides an excellent setting for an afternoon snooze in the hammock.

Check out what Cool Hunting had to say about the Paco Vacation Home.

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H+…A House with Benefits

September 23, 2009
Bioscleave House

Bioscleave House

Want to live longer, maybe even forever? Artists, poets, and architects Arakawa and Madeline Gins along with their Transhumanist colleagues believe a rough and challenging terrain inside the home is key to making this possible. According to their philosophy, living in a colorful and mountainous home like the Bioscleave House (aka Lifespan Expanding Villa) in East Hampton, NY, disturbs inhabitants’ equilibriums enough to power their immune systems and fight the effects of aging (aka death).

The LM Project: Crossing the Cable-Stay Bridge

March 22, 2009

On Halloween of 2008, Steven Holl Architects unanimously won the international design competition titled The LM Project for their design connecting two civic and business buildings with a public walkway 65 feet above the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. This monumental design is reported to be profitable, elegant, civic-minded, and ecological, all wrapped into two piers connected by an angular bridge. It looks like Holl’s obsession with porosity is moving toward a delicate handshake. Meanwhile, Copenhagen will gain what was sought: an iconic landmark and new urban spaces on the tips of the Langelinie and Marmormolen Piers.

Edith Wharton’s Estate: No Longer Troubled By Foreclosure

March 22, 2009

Behold The Mount! Edith Wharton designed this estate and gardens overlooking Laurel Lake in Lenox, MA for herself; it was completed in the fall of 1902. Wharton, renowned for her often frustrating Victorian novels and novellas was also highly informed about architecture, interior design and landscape design. In addition to her works of fiction, she authored several books about design and travel, including The Decoration of Houses in 1897, which she co-authored with Ogden Codman, Jr.

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Disguises by Design

March 20, 2009

Today I thought a lot about privacy. It was just one of those days in NYC when you get tired of trying to pay attention to everything going on around you, just to make it through the day. When I found OOOMS City Hideout, I really understood why someone might need such a mobile human-locker. I can’t say that I would want to carry it around all day, but it makes sense to have this kind of urban camouflage. It also seems like something Superman could benefit from, especially today, as phone booths are far more scarce.

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