TERA, the house designed to live on Mars

TERA, the house designed to live on Mars

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Design

The mission of AI SpaceFactory is fully understood only by reading the description of the company that is proposed on their website “AI SpaceFactory is a multi-planetary architectural and technology design agency, building for earth and space.” and their latest project could not represent it better. It’s called TERA and it’s a home that offers perfect accommodation both on Earth and on Mars

Yes, following the latest discoveries and studies in the field of space, it seems that the possibility of spending a few days on Mars is not so far away, so the AI SpaceFactory team have designed a house that would allow a stay on the red planet with all the comforts you want. 

First of all, TERA is entirely made of a biopolymer basalt composite, made from corn and sugar cane waste, printed in 3D. It is thanks to the use of a 3D printer that it was possible to build TERA in a cylindrical shape, with a diameter that widens at the center and narrows at the ends. In addition, the material used, in addition to being an environmentally sustainable material is much more resistant than the classic materials commonly used such as concrete or steel and is entirely compostable. This feature makes TERA the perfect home for both Mars and our Planet. Adopting this type of construction in the construction sector would greatly reduce the waste of non-recyclable materials. 

But if for an extra-planetary stay we still have to wait, for one inside TERA no, in fact, has been placed a little outside New York, hidden in the woods and overlooking the river Hudson and can be booked online. 

TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
TERA AI SpaceFactory | Collater.al
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Tai Soon Bar, a modern Chinese brewery

Tai Soon Bar, a modern Chinese brewery

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Design

If there’s one thing Bangkok is famous for, it’s street food, and the food in the Thai capital is offered by canteens or small street activities. Here, a stone’s throw from the famous Pad Thai Pratu Phi, has recently opened the Tai Soon Bar, a real modern Chinese brewery. 

The style of the place, designed by the design studio Taste Space, confirms the gastronomic proposal. The aim was to recreate a Chinese atmosphere, without affecting the dilapidated beauty of the building that houses the Tai Soon Bar. 

Developed on three floors, the brewery manages to blend different styles, but also different cultures and traditions: the almost decadent facade immediately contrasts with the red neon lights that almost entirely illuminate the spaces. The three levels are joined by Chinese lanterns that start from the ceiling of the top floor and descend, through an empty space created on the second floor, to the lower floor. 

Thanks to the Tai Soon Bar, you can switch from the scents of Thai cuisine to French tradition in just one step. 

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The retro Italian nightclub in Shanghai signed by ALL

The retro Italian nightclub in Shanghai signed by ALL

Claudia Fuggetti · 3 months ago · Design

Inspired by the mysterious and fascinating character of Don Vito Corleone in the Godfather, ALL design studio imagined a private themed room for a new night club in Shanghai, China. The nightclub has a striking entrance, composed of red and blue neon glow: at the entrance, the red light reflected on the curved brown glass turns into an immersive experience for guests.

In the stylish living room there is a huge curved bar followed by a long backlit cabinet at the back: inspired by the iconic Colosseum in Rome, the designer has chosen to use some brass cylinders to imitate the aesthetic impact of the Italian arena.

The dance floor is surrounded by red and blue laser beams to recreate the image of a cage, all contributing to create a unique atmosphere to offer the public an extraordinary experience. The VIP room on the corner of the disco is a secret night garden covered with beaded curtains and surrounded by tropical plants, this secret room offers absolute privacy for guests who do not want to be disturbed.

It can be said that nothing is really missing from the club. If you want to know more, check out the ALL design website here.

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Breaking Ground, the Phaidon book about architecture designed by women

Breaking Ground, the Phaidon book about architecture designed by women

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Design

The title is “Breaking Ground” and is the last book that Phaidon has launched about architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day. The editor Jane Hall wants to make a pioneering visual manifesto of more than 200 incredible buildings designed by women all over the world. She stars from the epic time Zaha Haid asked ‘Would they still call me a diva if I were a man?’ challenging as she did so more than a century of stereotypes about female architects. 

Featuring twentieth-century icons such as Julia Morgan, Eileen Gray, and Lina Bo Bardi, and the best contemporary talent, from Kazuyo Sejima to Elizabeth Diller and the duo Grafton Architects who curated the last Architecture Biennale di Venezia. Other important names such as Itsuko Hasegawa, winner of the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize of 2018; Frida Escobedo, the youngest person ever chosen to design the Serpentine Pavilion; and of course the one and only Zaha Hadid. However, this new book also includes less familiar figures, such as Margaret Kropholler, the first professional female architect in the Netherlands; Mary Medd, a leading figure in post-war school design; Minnette de Silva, the first Sri-Lankan women to train as an architect; and Altuğ Çinici, an award-winning Turkish architect, perhaps best known for her 20th century educational and governmental commissions. 

This book is, above all else, a ground-breaking celebration of extraordinary architecture. Jane Hall hopes that every young, female reader will buy this book and understand how important is to leave a mark on the built environment “and maybe she’ll end up in a future Phaidon arch book, too”. 

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Phaidon Breaking Ground | Collater.al
Phaidon Breaking Ground | Collater.al
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Phaidon Breaking Ground | Collater.al
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Text by Bianca Felicori

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The Twist, the inhabitable bridge that twists around itself

The Twist, the inhabitable bridge that twists around itself

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Design

One of the Norwegian tourist attractions, an hour’s drive from Oslo, is the Kistefos Sculpture Park, which houses an industrial museum, art galleries and a sculpture park. The Kistefos is cut by the Randselva River, which separates a flatter part from a more hilly part. Inspired by the conformation of the territory and the river, the architecture studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group has designed The Twist, a closed structure that acts as both an art gallery and a bridge. 

The Twist, defined by Bjarke Ingels himself as an “inhabitable bridge“, can be reached on foot through the woods and was created as a natural extension and completion of the sculpture park. 

The real challenge that the architects had to face was to connect two banks of different heights with a closed structure. 

The obstacle was faced by literally twisting the bridge in the middle over itself by 90°. In this way, if the façade on one side measures 16 meters wide and 9 meters high, the façade on the other side will measure 9 meters wide and 16 meters high. 

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In addition, the architects of BIG have thought of creating one of the 4 walls entirely of glass that, thanks to the rotation of the building, on the right bank, forms the side window overlooking the river, while on the left bank becomes a skylight. In this way, inside, it is as if three different rooms were formed, one illuminated only half a day, one always illuminated and one, the central one, illuminated with artificial light. 

Walking along The Twist will be like taking a walk in a world that bends over itself, constantly changing shape. 

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