The Whale, Norwegian design blends with nature

The Whale, Norwegian design blends with nature

Collater.al Contributors · 5 months ago · Design

In 2022 an architectural design work entitled The Whale will be completed in Norway.
Its construction was taken over by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, a Danish studio based in Copenhagen founded in 1996 by Mandrup.

The Whale will be a major new Norwegian tourist attraction in Andenes, in the northernmost part of Andøya, an island located in the Arctic Circle and a strategic point to appreciate the view. Compared to many other places in the far north, the Gulf Stream creates a welcoming climate for many migrating whales, which is the reason why it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The building rises like a soft hill on the rocky shore.

The shape of the roof is defined by three high points on the site and the foundation is influenced by the landscape below.
The roof surface is covered with unprocessed natural stone from the area and the large windows that open towards the archipelago underline the link between landscape and building and the contrast between sea and mountains.

The curved roof becomes a new point of view on which visitors and locals are invited to walk. From here you can look out over the archipelago, admire the reflection of the midnight sun in the ocean and the Northern Lights – preferably visible in the period of the year between the end of September and the beginning of March -.

The interior of The Whale will feature a minimalist and functional design to welcome many tourists. 

The Whale will also be used as an exhibition space with offices, bars, and shops and relax areas to allow tourists maximum comfort. The exhibition inside will focus on the encounter between whale and man, nature and culture. Through art and science, the visit to The Whale will be a poetic exploration of different universes – under and over the water – inspired by the whale’s journey around the world. A journey into the oceans where boundaries are not defined by geographical lines, nationalities or drawn by culture.

The aim of this work is to create an innovative building in the heart of Norwegian nature but also raise awareness of people’s respect for the species especially through the information on the cause of poaching and the protection of their natural habitat.

Text by Anna Cardaci

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365typefaces, one typeface per day

365typefaces, one typeface per day

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

365typefaces is a special Instagram profile, at first glance it may seem trivial, but it is not.
Born in Rome in 1993, Andrea Biggio lives and works in Milan as a graphic designer and just over a year ago he created 365typefaces, an account created to promote and present contemporary and experimental typefaces, created by independent designers and digital foundries.

His page is now a real point of reference for all those designers looking for inspiration, looking for the right font to best realize their idea.
Founded with the aim of publishing one project a day, whether it’s a finished and finished font or one that’s still being worked on, until now 365Typefaces has collected a lot of fonts, becoming a digital archive perfectly updated on the latest trends in type design.

365typefaces also has big plans for the future, it would like to expand its community and become a brand partner of foundries and events related to the world of printing, but not only.
An ambitious project, which among other things gives the opportunity to many graphic designers to show the fonts they create and share them with everyone.
In December a 365TChallenge was also created, inviting designers to create an alphabet inspired by the shapes of sound.

A useful and inspiring project for many graphic designers, a way to share their work, through a simple Instagram profile.
An excellent showcase for designers, driven by the authentic nature of the page, always ask to be published to increase their visibility.

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Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

If there is an object of universal use and comprehensible to anyone in the world that is the flag. Since the time of the Crusades, flags have represented the belonging of a group of people to a country, but not only, to a belief, an ideal, a current of thought. Think, for example, of pirates, Italian lordships, political parties or the most popular rainbow flag of peace. 

Because of its deep meaning and its powerful symbolic force, Rirkrit Tiravanija, a New York artist born in Buenos Aires, has made the flag an inevitable object of his artistic research. 

One of the best known is completely white, presenting light, almost invisible, the silhouettes of the stars and stripes of the American flag, above them in cubital characters appears the inscription “Fear Eats The Soul“. The sentence is taken from the film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, one of those films that forty years later still manages to be particularly relevant, dealing with themes linked to racism and class struggle. 

The same flag with the phrase in Italian appeared yesterday on the facade of the Church of San Paolo Converso in Milan, headquarters of the Fondazione Converso that will host the works of Rirkrit Tiravanija throughout the year, including six flags that will be waved in turn at the entrance. The first one is “La Paura Mangia L’Anima” (Fear Eats the Soul) and, unfortunately, it couldn’t be better suited to the current climate in the city (and throughout Northern Italy), which is forced to close schools and museums because of the Coronavirus.

Although it remains a white flag, do not mistake it for a gesture of surrender. 

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Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Apple released an all-female version of Behind The Mac

The 2018 campaign is renewed every year with short commercials that show both well-known personalities from show business and music, but also normal users, working behind the screen of a Mac. The interesting aspect of this campaign is that every country has the possibility to customize it, for example, a few days ago we talked about the commercial made by Apple Japan that instead of known faces used cartoon and anime scenes. 

But Behind the Mac can also change according to the occasion to celebrate, so in this spot, always busy working behind a computer, we see personalities ranging from Lady Gaga to Malala, from Greta Gerwig to Diane von Furstenberg. In the background? “***Flawless Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” by Beyoncé. 

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Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

Cheyne Gallard is a famous illustrator born in beautiful Honolulu. Like almost every colleague, from an early age, he loved to draw and scribble whatever paper was in front of him.
As a child, he enjoyed watching cartoons and drawing them on paper on Saturdays. We can undoubtedly say that his style is clear from the beginning, you have never sought inspiration from other currents because he has always been dedicated to comics.

Self-taught, his life changed after picking up a copy of Stan Lee’sHow to Draw the Marvel Way“. Even today, his main inspiration continues to be comic book king Jack Kirby and some modern illustrators like Dave Gibbons and Joe Quinones.

Cheyne’s works are absolutely a continuation of pop art, in which he combines his love for ferocious women and Golden Age comics. Flamboyant, full of colors and details, his works are very similar to the comics of the most famous Marvel superheroes.

His latest work is dedicated to one of his favorite series, America’s Next Drag Queen. It’s an American reality show based on a competition between drag queens. The presenter of the show is RuPaul, who is also a judge and mentor. The contestants must show their skills as entertainers and style by competing in various competitions.
Since the sixth season, Cheyne Gallard has started to dedicate comics to the strongest competitors.
He decided to combine his love for drag queens with the vintage and retro comic book look and thus my unique mix was born.

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