The modern design of the Chiesa del Buon Ladrone

The modern design of the Chiesa del Buon Ladrone

Anna Cardaci · 2 months ago · Design

Usually, when we think about what a church looks like, the first thing that comes to mind is something structured, full of statues of different martyrs and paintings, a rather complex environment. Well, get this image out of your head and welcome a new one, the Chiesa del Buon Ladrone, a church that combines modern design with spirituality located around Bologna. This was designed by a group of local architectural firms including INOUTarchitettura, LAMBER + LAMBER and LADO Architetti.

The project, guided by the community, wants to be a sacred, recognizable and inclusive space without renouncing symbolism of course. The building takes its cue from the archetypal image of a church, faithfully reflecting its essence and seeking an architecture devoid of pity. The facades of the church are white and evoke the marble of classical architecture without taking anything away from the modest geometry of the building. The perimeter consists of walls that bend and detach one from the other, evolving into large openings that allow two access points to the main hall, in addition to the primary entrance.

Chiesa del Buon Perdono | Collater.al 20
Chiesa del Buon Perdono | Collater.al 20
Chiesa del Buon Perdono | Collater.al 20

Throughout the Chiesa del Buon Ladrone there are niches embedded in the walls which house the baptistery, the weekday chapel, and the choir area. The benches are arranged in the space forming a semicircle around the altar, evoking an embrace. All the elements of worship, such as the altar and the baptismal facade, are made of selenite stone, a local material from the Bolognese hills.

The floors are made of wood and complete the palette of natural materials. Outside the Chiesa del Buon Ladrone there are two other parish buildings that are arranged inside a tree-lined courtyard that serves as a filter to and from the urban environment. There is also a sloping roof that connects the church to one of the buildings and acts as a community roof garden, further underlining the church’s link with the urban context.

The concept of liberation and redemption is a cornerstone of this structure and is further reinforced by the direct involvement of the prisoners in the construction phase of the La Dozza prison in Bologna, who, at the end of their sentence and after a period of training, contributed to the development of the project.

Chiesa del Buon Perdono | Collater.al 20
Chiesa del Buon Perdono | Collater.al 20
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Woven City, the city of the future according to Toyota

Woven City, the city of the future according to Toyota

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

It was presented a few days ago at the CES – Consumer Electronics Show, the city of the future by Toyota and designed in collaboration with Bjarke Ingles and his studio Bjarke Ingles Group. The first Woven City will be built in Japan, at the foot of Mount Fuji and will host the employees of the Toyota Motor Corporation itself, starting with a minimum of 2000 people and increasing its capacity year after year.

The project follows the latest trends in the architectural field, which seems to commit all the studios to design a new type of city – as we saw with Stefano Boeri’s Smart Forest City -, for this very reason the Woven City will be entirely powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

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As stated by the president of Toyota Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda: building a complete city from the ground up is a unique opportunity to develop the technologies of the future.

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In fact, the prospectus has also been a pretext for experimenting with new technologies, or developing new ones, and founding a city on them, where digital operating systems connect infrastructures, buildings and vehicles, exploiting them to 100% of their possibilities and where artificial intelligence will merge with everyday life.

The actual design of the Woven City, however, starts from the road network, distinguishing three types of roads: one that can only be traveled by fast, electrically powered, zero-emission vehicles; one dedicated to vehicles capable of reaching low speeds, such as bicycles; and the last one designed exclusively for pedestrians.

The design of the streets, but also of the squares, the many common areas, and buildings, will provide for the almost exclusive use of wood, following the centuries-old tradition of Japanese carpentry; while the roofs of the buildings will consist of photovoltaic panels, allowing the city to produce all the useful energy inside.

Moreover, to make the Woven City totally eco-sustainable, spaces throughout the city will be dedicated to the cultivation of native and hydroponic vegetation.

The inauguration of the first Woven City is scheduled for the beginning of 2021 and we hope it will represent a valid and functional alternative to today’s cities.

photo credits: toyota

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Modular AC Hotel Nomad, the highest modular hotel worldwide

Modular AC Hotel Nomad, the highest modular hotel worldwide

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Design

In New York City, the world’s tallest modular hotel, the Modular AC Hotel Nomad, is under construction among the largest luxury skyscrapers. Designed by Danny Forster & Architecture, the components were produced in Skawina, Poland and then shipped to the United States.

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The modular construction industry is booming worldwide and could save $22 billion a year, as it produces up to 80% less waste than traditional construction. Developed mainly due to soaring land and property prices, modular construction has reached the hotel industry. In fact, these types of buildings ensure that the high quality meets the specific standards set by investors, saving time and money and maintaining control over the traditional construction process.

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Modular AC Hotel | Collater.al 1

The Modular AC Hotel Nomad has 26 floors, over 100,000 square meters in size, and is currently under construction. Located next to the Empire State Building, guests will enjoy a sweeping view of the New York skyline. The hotel, therefore, combines luxury with functionality and energy-saving, making it an environmentally friendly hotel. The plan has been studied in an angled but at the same time hyper-symmetrical way as it takes advantage of all the efficiencies that can be obtained by building the structure in a factory. The design still allows varying with different types of rooms such as King, Queen, Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites. Although it is a modular hotel, there is everything guests need inside.

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The Vision AVTR by Mercedes-Benz, the car inspired by Avatar

The Vision AVTR by Mercedes-Benz, the car inspired by Avatar

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Design

The future of mobility is here! 

Imagine a car without the steering wheel and connecting to the driver’s body, a car with an essential and clean design made with sustainable materials, a car with a structure that connects the exterior and interior of the cabin. Impossible? No, today it is reality. 

Yesterday at the CES in Las Vegas, the car of the future, the Vision AVTR by Mercedes-Benz inspired by Avatar, the masterpiece by James Cameron, the progenitor of the cinematic genre characterized by the use of special effects and 3D, was presented.  

The link between the title of the film and the name chosen for this jewel in the world of engines is so clear and is also the acronym for “Advence Vehicle Transformation“.

If in Cameron’s film it is the humans who evolve, entrusting their bodies to technology and becoming, in fact, Avatars, that is a better version of themselves; today, in reality, it is the cars to undergo this upgrade, or at least they are according to Mercedes-Benz. 

It is a vehicle that is able to enhance the capabilities of your own body – like the idea of an Avatar in the movie. – Gordon Wagener, Mercedes-Benz chief design officer

The Vision AVTR is an updated version of the Vision EQS presented a few months ago in Frankfurt, which combines Mercedes-Benz technology with a design that cannot fail to remind us of Pandora, its landscapes and its inhabitants, the Na’vi. 

The exterior surface of the car is reminiscent of the skin of the blue humanoids in Cameron’s film, thanks to what have been defined as 33 bionic flaps that create a dialogue between the interior of the car and the exterior. In addition, the AVTR emulates the Na’vi, and their extreme ability to move even when driving in multiple directions, not only back and forth, but also left and right. 

We didn’t want to create a car, we wanted to create something like a living organism. – Gordon Wagener

The AVTR operation is also particularly similar to that of avatars: at the beginning of the movie the former marine Jake Sully is connected to his avatar through his DNA, to drive the AVTR the driver must connect through a biometric reading to the entire technology of the car, only then will appear on the palm of his hand a series of commands through which to select different functions. 

Obviously, since we are always talking about a luxury car, Mercedes-Benz has paid particular attention to the use of recyclable and sustainable materials with an impressive design, such as vegan leather for the interior and rattan for the floor. 

The link between the Vision AVTR and the blockbuster film was definitively established by the presence on stage of Cameron himself during the presentation at CES. 

From now on we will definitely pay more attention to what we will see in the movies, even the fantasy ones, knowing that sooner or later it could become a reality!

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Rafael Esparza-Prieto and the wrought iron Beetle

Rafael Esparza-Prieto and the wrought iron Beetle

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Design

Last February 2019, as we have already discussed here, was the 70th anniversary of one of the most iconic cars of all time, the Volkswagen Beetle. To pay homage to this car, in addition to the commemorative video released by the German car manufacturer, a work by Rafael Esparza-Prieto, a craftsman specializing in the creation of iron and steel objects, was made. The artist created a limited series of Beetles consisting of a wrought iron bodywork.

Rafael Esparza-Prieto, who grew up working in a workshop in Mexico, comes from a long line of blacksmiths. When he took a second job in a spare parts shop where he was asked by the shop owner if he could build a wrought iron car to use as a sign for the company. The product, once completed, was placed on a rotating platform inside the shop where, later, someone from the Volkswagen factory saw it and asked Rafael Esparza-Prieto if he could build another one. Volkswagen ended up hiring him with the aim of having him build promotional facilities for the 1968 Olympic Games and, later, for the car manufacturer’s dealerships around the world.

The Beetle’s design features 2,600 individual floral-inspired curly designs reminiscent of doodles and was created using only two tools: a hammer and an anvil before being painted white. This particular version was presented at the Casa Linda restaurant in Barajas, Montecito, California, in 1985 and has been used for a long time, acting as an occasional shuttle for the restaurant’s customers to the nearby city of Santa Barbara. Its owner, José Barajas, commissioned his own wrought iron piece in the early 1980s and it was recently sold for $78,400 at an auction held by RM Sotheby’s.
Rafael Esparza-Prieto has officially made several cars for Volkswagen, around 20 of them.

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