Supermarkets, we go there to do our groceries, in some countries we can even buy make up and clothing but it is al very basic. Most of the time or actually almost always, it doesn’t really look attractive and it would be weird to talk about “architecture“. Amsterdam’s architect agency NL Architects is developing a new kind of supermarket. A supermarket that goes beyond its basic function. The architects are creating a green roof with a rice padded construction by sinking down the supermarket itself to a lower level. This supermarket will be constructed in Sanaya Lane Park in China.
17 May 2013 1 Comment
04 May 2013 1 Comment
Living paint, flowers on the wall. An awesome way to give the city streets some colour. Scientist based in Barcelona are working on a way to make it possible to grow flowers on concrete walls. Ignacio Segura Perez is one of the supervisors on this project. How it works:
“The team carbonates conventional concrete to make it more receptive to plant growth: by keeping it in a humidity-controlled chamber, they can bring its alkalinity down to a level similar to that of water. A normal concrete layer is overlaid with a waterproofing layer, followed by the biological concrete.”
27 Jan 2013 Leave a Comment
In september I read an article about Dutch architecture firm DUS. They have made the first mobile 3D printer with the capacity to make inhabitable pavilions. In this way architects and designers are able to work on site. Sounds great, but it gets better. Last week I read an article about architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, who is going to print a whole building called landscape house, inspired by nature. Looks like 3D printing is opening new doors for architects. With the 3D printers they can make different architecture considering the form and materials. What could this mean for the future? Maybe we could make more ‘Fitting buildings” to use all the space we thought was useless. What do you think, would love to hear your opinion about this.
08 Jan 2012 1 Comment
Lucia Nova is a boutique self-catering accommodation in Valletta, Malta. This place is wonderfull because of it’s historic value and the combination of old elements with new ones gives this place a luxurious feeling. The great thing about this house is the No Hotel philosphy. Wich is a way to avoid the old conventional hotels. The No Hotel philosophy means:
- No to unneccessary large spaces
- No to single dose toiletries
- No to overlit hotel facades
- Yes to small functional spaces
- Yes to eco-friendly accommodation
- Yes to personalised service
- Yes to privacy
23 Nov 2011 4 Comments
The exchange is a hotel where fashion meets architecture. The rooms are styled by students of the Amsterdam Fashion institute. The rooms are ‘dressed’ like models on the runway. The hotel has a lot rooms, each different and inspiring. They also have a restaurant for late breakfast and a shop, you can find those next to the hotel.
The concept is made up by Otto Nan and Suzanne Oxenaar. The hotel is part of ‘De rode loper’ an urban-renewal project that is aimed at giving the Damrak a more diverse and fashionable look.They also have a collaboration with the Textielmuseum, because it is known for their lab-function and together with them, fabrics are being developed after designs by the students of AMFI. The exchange hotel is opening the third of December.
06 Nov 2011 1 Comment
What stood out to me in the sectors appearance and living is the use of the old trompe l’oeil technique. This is an old technique, the Romans already used, you paint something to make it look like something real. For example a window painted on a wall, it still is a wall, but it just looks like a window with a view. Nowadays designers use this as an inspiration for their products. With the new techniques for creating new kinds of materials there are a lot of possibilities. You can make floors, that look and feel like they are made of real wood, but in fact they are just made of plastic. This also applies in the fashion scene. Coats don’t have to be made of real fur, because we can make good look-a-likes now.
01 Nov 2011 1 Comment
A lot of citybirds are listed as endangered species, because they can’t find a place where they can construct nests. Fanny Hofstra, graduated from the product design department of the Dutch Design Academy, designed Bird Bricks. These are components that contain nesting space. The bricks are set into the walls during construction. This product shows that there is a need of city nature balance. We can find a lot of innovative concepts that focus on making the city greener, but saving the animals is also very important. Klaas Kuiken also made a product for birds, wich you can see on the first picture.
20 Oct 2011 2 Comments
The Michelberger hotel is a low budget hotel in Berlin. This hotel expresses the feeling of Berlin, it’s raw, creative and rebellious. Tom Michelberger founded this hotel together with a couple of friends. They wanted to make the best hotel they could, the kind of hotel they’d like to stay in. They thought from the point of view of the guest, what did they really want? Some fancy design or just a place where you can be an actual guest. The hotel is a former factory, this fits the ambiance of the hotel. Everywhere in the hotel there’s a sense of play, rebelliousness, new textures, humour and ingenious combinations and for everything they use budget pricing. Tom Michelberger says “perfection does not create memories, because memories only result from movement, from a lively experience of interaction – with people, the surroundings and the atmosphere.”
This hotel has become very popular because they made the rooms cosy and personal and that is what people want nowadays. People are getting tired of mass consumption and they want things bases on their wants and needs. The second thing they used is experience, they make an experience of sleeping at the Michelberger hotel. They have a story for everything, the products, the interior, the exterior and also the whole concept. This creates a better connection with the guests.
25 Sep 2011 3 Comments
Godiva is a famous chocolate store, originally founded in Brussel, but now you can find them all over the world. Godiva also has a flagshipstore in Harajuku. The interior design is done by Wonderwall, a famous interior design firm based in Japan. The idea of Godiva was: “threat thyself”.
13 Sep 2011 2 Comments
Silencio is the name of a new Parisian nightclub whose interiors were designed by zany polymath and David Lynch. The design of the club is inspired by a nightclub featured in a film of Lynch. In this club creative people can meet, watch movies, performances and concerts.
When you are entering the club you must descend the six flights of stairs to Silencio before you realize a transformation is afoot. Once you are inside, you can browse in the art library and smoke in the ‘dream forest’ while standing at the ‘Buddhist cocktail bars with their own bijoux cinemas’. This place is enchanting, one minute you are in the dark, the next you are in a golden tunnel of mini-mandalas.
Lynch said: ”Silencio is something dear to me. I wanted to create an intimate space where all the arts could come together. There won’t be a Warhol-like guru, but it will be open to celebrated artists of all disciplines to come here to programme or create what they want.”