Transforming any object into a unique piece of design is Nendo‘s main feature, the one that has made the Japanese design studio a leader in the sector and the latest object made confirms it.
It’s called the Cubic Clock and, as the name suggests, it’s an aluminum clock in the shape of a cube. While one vertex has been cut to allow the object to remain in balance, another edge has been cut to obtain the hands. Twice a day, precisely at midnight and noon, the hands return to their original position and the Cubic Clock returns to being a real cube.
Nendo designed this small piece of design to mark the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass and will be sold exclusively during the Then Now Beyond exhibition at The Hour Glass store in Singapore until January 31, 2020.
Unfortunately, 10 Cubic Clock models have been produced.
Architectural and interior design studioSheppard Robson has made official the projectCiticape House, a building that will be built in the heart of London and that aims to contribute to the improvement of the local air of the city. In this period the theme of environmentalism is very much alive, and this is why the English capital wants to be avant-garde with a totally eco-friendly project.
The building will be completed in 2024 and will create a distinctive architectural addition to the City of London’s financial district. What distinguishes the structure from the existing ones in the area will be the facades completely enveloped by about 400,000 plants. The aim is to capture over eight tonnes of carbon each year, producing six tonnes of oxygen, and to lower the local temperature from three to five degrees Celsius within a few years.
The wall will, therefore, make a significant contribution to improving the quality of the local air and will work for the greening of the area so as to demonstrate that the structures, if designed in this way, can be able to make improvements and find a solution to climate change and air pollution.
Once completed, the Citicape House will be built on 11 floors and will house the 328-key, a five-star hotel with workspaces, co-working areas, a sky-bar on the tenth floor, meeting and event spaces, a spa and a restaurant on the ground floor.
The plants that surround the building extend to the roof where there are spaces designed for the flowering of native and endangered plant species. Here there will be a second restaurant that will offer a panoramic view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, the Holy Sepulchre and the entire skyline of the city.
Who has never dreamt of living in a house surrounded by trees, without walls, and without neighbors? Alexis Dornier, with his latest projectStilt Studios, seems to give shape to all our dreams.
Alexis was born in Germany where he studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts. He then moved to New York, until in 2013 he decided to move to Ubud Bali, a choice that radically changed his career. It was here, in fact, that he began to work as a consultant for architectural projects designed and built locally, then moving overtime to work independently.
The last project he was involved in is called – as anticipated – Stilt Studios and combines the increasingly recent trend towards the design of prefabricated houses and the architectural tradition of Bali.
Stilt Studios are small houses built on piles that can be easily transported and moved from one place to another. The idea came to Alexis Dornier as he tried to find a solution to the current situation in Bali, where a lot of land is rented but only for a limited number of years.
The houses can then be placed in the middle of endless plains, on top of hills, hidden in the forest or even in the courtyard of the house and used as a personal studio. In addition to being raised above the ground, the Stilt Studios have large porches, a rainwater collection system, and solar panels, making the house almost totally eco-sustainable.
Russian studioNiko Architect has designed the House in the Landscape in the capital, a futuristic house built in a partially artificial landscape. The structure is developed on two floors and has harmonic forms that tend to be rounded and integrate perfectly with the external environment becoming part of it.
The project foresees a great interconnection with the space outside and forms a sort of continuity and harmony. The building seems to be built on a hill and for this reason, part of the roof is formed by the green lawn enriched with plants. In the construction of the house, the concept of “harmonious adaptation” between design, architecture, and nature prevails. As in a living organism, each element of the project is well balanced and connected to the whole, like the external space that intertwines with the living room, the bedroom and the other rooms of the house.
A further connection is given by all the circular skylights that make possible natural lighting throughout the house. These are designed to provide plenty of air and natural light. Outside of House in the Landscape, there is a terrace that is flanked by a swimming pool while, inside, the house is divided into several areas which include: a kitchen, a dining room/living room, open area with fireplace and a coffee corner, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The kitchen is visually separated from the main living area by a partition wall with a circular hole, which, according to the architects, makes possible a continuous dialogue between the areas and refers to the “classic symbolism of Japanese culture”. The house is furnished with a minimalist style and the furniture is interpreted as a work of art that enriches the house even more and adapts perfectly to the context.
The next Winter OlympicsGames will be held in 2022 in China in Beijing. For this reason, the Chinese state is preparing to welcome the best athletes from all over the world by buildingthe first Winter Olympic Museum in the world.
The work was commissioned to the studio Maison H, who presented the project for a museum that will expand the legacy of the Beijing Olympics held in 2008 and promote sustainable social and economic development by converting existing buildings.
The museum will be built in Chongli‘s Chinese reason and will host all the events on ice, including curling, hockey and skating, snowboarding and skiing. Built on the slopes of the mountain, the project uses natural resources and will offer long-term opportunities for the entire rural region. The museum includes a dedicated Olympic academy with libraries and research facilities focusing on the Winter Olympics. It also offers a youth Olympic training center, a VR experience center, a (mountain) sports center, and a funicular station to further boost the region’s economy in a sustainable manner.
The design team developed the concept of the Winter Olympic Museum taking full account of the central role of the urban and natural site, as well as the symbolic nature of the building’s Olympic heritage.
The latter will be built respecting the surrounding natural environment and the land where it will develop, being sloping, will allow direct entry into all floors. A ski slope will also be built, which will pass under the existing motorway and end in the heart of the new building.
Visitors to the 2022 Beijing Olympics will be able to reach the top of the ski slope and the adjacent Hall of Fame via a direct connection to the cable car from the building’s central point.