Archstudio renovates a Siheyuan in China

Archstudio renovates a Siheyuan in China

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Design

In Beijing, China, within a historic district of the city, Archstudio – a Chinese architecture and design studio – has completed the renovation of a Siheyuan, a historic building consisting of three adjacent courtyards and buildings that create a living space that blends with traditional architecture and contemporary design. The project is titled Qishe and has involved the renovation of an existing building in a state of decay.

In tackling the project, the Archstudio team has set two goals: to renovate the old and insert the new to merge them together.
The designers did not just tidy up the houses, repair all the surfaces of the building and reinforce the structures, but pushed themselves to create a more functional and unified living space. To do this, the veranda was designed as a circulation path, reshaping the spatial scheme and layers, and providing a playful walking experience as well as impressive views.

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The three courtyards have different functions: the front one is used mainly as a garage. Archstudio has kept the pitched roof, moved the entrance door to the side so as to leave more space for parking. The design team also restored and preserved many valuable historical elements, such as the front door and the arched door opening carvings, and even a tree.

The central courtyard has become a space for public activity as it previously contained houses. Based on the original layout of the Siheyuan, Archstudio has set up a living room, tea room, dining room and kitchen in this area. Symmetrical arrangement was also adopted to give the structure a sense of formality. The dining room is equipped with a folding door that allows the interior to open completely outwards, thus extending the activities inside the courtyard.

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Finally, the rear courtyard has been used as living space, consisting mainly of two bedrooms, a tea room, and a study; traditional architectural materials have been both maintained but new ones have been added at the same time.

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The house furnished by Japanese influence by Daniel Arsham

The house furnished by Japanese influence by Daniel Arsham

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Design

The American architect, sculptor, and director Daniel Arsham has designed a residence in Long Island, New York. The designer, thanks to his artistic and stylistic background, uses everyday objects to create works that reduce the boundaries between the past and the future. In his works, he explores everything he can imagine trying to question what we will leave behind in several centuries. The materials used are multiple and include sand, marble, rock, etc. Recently Daniel Arsham decided to acquire a residence designed in 1969 by New York architect Norman Jaffe. The influence of Japan on Norman Jaffe’s practice had a great effect on the design of this place located on Long Island.

Admiring the work of the latter, Daniel Arsham has chosen to adapt it to his image and taste without losing the essence and spirit emanating from the walls of this house. There was a lot of work to be done to renovate the rooms while preserving the materials and spaces in the best possible way. For example, the cedar wood interior has been completely sanded to regain all its aesthetic qualities and brilliance.

Arsham worked with Snarkitecture who designed the entire design of the main bathroom while Arsham imagined many elements to invest the space (like his office) and the garden inspired by the Kyoto style. The restoration project of the building took 9 months while the work on the interior design lasted 5 months. The structure has become a second home for Daniel Arsham and his family and is a place where the artist seeks inspiration, creates and at the same time gives him the opportunity to detach himself from the hectic and chaotic life of the city.

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Rubook: the bookcase inspired by the Rubik’s cube

Rubook: the bookcase inspired by the Rubik’s cube

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Design

The Rubik’s Cube, the colorful magic cube designed by Hungarian architecture professor and sculptor Ernő Rubik in 1975, is one of the most famous puzzles in the world, one that everyone has tried to solve at least once.

After ONE, the PANTONE bookcase, it is the source of inspiration for the latest work signed by the communication agency Invasione Creativa: Rubook.
A modular bookcase, solid, fun and very pop, able to move almost like the original cube, two of the horizontal planes can, in fact, rotate giving the bookcase many customization options.

A fun, unique and revolutionary design solution.

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Jungle Bubbles, living in a bubble among the elephants

Jungle Bubbles, living in a bubble among the elephants

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

If your dream has always been to spend a night in the middle of nature, over your head the starry sky and all around the beauty of completely free animals, then the latest initiative offered by Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is for you. 

They are called Jungle Bubbles, the houses that the resort offers its guests, real bubble-shaped suites with transparent walls and ceiling, built on wooden structures raised above the ground that allow guests to enjoy a unique view. 

In addition, the Jungle Bubbles are complete with every comfort, from an air conditioning system, a bedroom and a living area and a bathroom with shower. 

The technology of the suites has been developed and manufactured by Eye in the Sky using polyester fabric and using the prestressing manufacturing method.  

One night in the Jungle Bubbles costs around $500, but before judging the price, one must bear in mind that the experience offered is unique and, above all, that the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort has always been committed to helping and protecting elephants. 

What better way to participate in a just cause than to stay safely in the midst of nature. 

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The Super Mario theme park is coming this summer

The Super Mario theme park is coming this summer

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

If you’re already looking for a destination for next summer, Osaka could easily become the first choice as it hosts Universal Studios Japan‘s latest project, a Super Mario theme park

If you love the Mario and Luigi brothers, Yoshi and Toad, Princesses Peach and Deasy and the terrible Bowser, then Super Nintendo World is the place for you. 

According to Thierry Coup – current Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Universal Creative – the theme park will be a “life-sized, living video game“, so imagine the tracks you’ll drive in the world-famous karts, ride on the shoulders of giant Yoshi, fight other visitors with fireballs, enter Bowser Castle and collect gold coins. 

All this will be possible thanks to an electronic bracelet that will allow you to access all the attractions and interact with other people. 

To present the Super Nintendo World has been released the music video “We are born to play” which gives the first idea of what you can find inside the theme park and which sees the characters of the Super Mario world duet with the singing Charli XCX. 

Watch it below! 

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