Vessel, Antony Gibbon’s latest project

Vessel, Antony Gibbon’s latest project

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Design

We talked for the first time about Antony Gibbon a few months ago, on the occasion of the Twine project, the habitable sculpture that managed to merge indoor and outdoor spaces. Today we are talking about it because the Mexican architect and his studio have published images of a futuristic project, to say the least. It is called Vessel, the building that Antony Gibbon designed inspired by the profiles of the Swiss Alps. 

Like all of the designer’s work, Vessel aims to create a link between the structure and the surrounding environment, trying to merge them in the best possible way both from an aesthetic point of view and minimizing the environmental impact. 

Vessel consists of two thin stone disks positioned perpendicularly to the ground, between which a space enclosed by large windows is created. The style of the building is very different from the typical design of this area, but at the same time, it blends in with the landscape, camouflaging itself among the Alps. 

Discover other projects by Antony Gibbon on the site.

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Exspozita Building, the green project for Tirana

Exspozita Building, the green project for Tirana

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 week ago · Design

The young Italian architect Mario Cucinella has designed the “Exspozita Building” that will rise in the capital of Albania, Tirana.
It will be a unique building 93 meters high, including commercial, residential and public spaces.
An unusual shape, a complex design that pays a lot of attention to the climate of the capital, called “humid temperate”, with summers reaching a peak of 30°. The Exspozita building will in fact be highly thermally insulated, i.e. it will not benefit from heating and air conditioning.
The design team has calculated that the building will consume about 30% less energy than the other complexes.

The architecture will reach its maximum height at the rear and will take its cue from the Balkan mountains, in particular from Mount Dajti.
The project will be developed on a total of 24 floors and each of them will have its own function.
On the lower floors will be parking lots and other large offices for the health area. On the ground floor, however, the building will consist of large commercial spaces, while the upper floors will be used for comfortable private residences.
The project does not stop here, however, will also include a second building, slightly smaller, which will be divided into two floors and will be used as a nursery.
On all levels there will also be a very large selection of plants and flowers, which will give the building a unique view.

The architect Cucinella tried to make the most of the rectangular plot of the Exspozita building, cutting the corners of the building will create a space open to the public, where you can relax.

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Denpaku the beachfront Mijora, the dream villas in Japan

Denpaku the beachfront Mijora, the dream villas in Japan

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Design

Denpaku the beachfront Mijora is a complex of 13 independent villas located in Japan in the Amami archipelago and designed by Okuto atelier.
It all started in 2016 when both the local government and the few residents of the area, given the unpleasant situation that had arisen, decided to turn to Yasuhiro ‘hiro’ Yamashita.

The villas belong to a brand of tourist accommodation, DenPaku (伝泊), founded by the architect.
Yasuhiro Yamashita and his studio began renovating these vacant houses with the aim of passing on the local and traditional architecture and culture to future generations.
After several visits, the architect and his studio restored and converted all the existing structures, returning them to their original state as much as possible. Thus in 2016, they opened the first two rooms in Denpaku in the northern part of Amami Oshima.

Denpaku the beachfront Mijora has been designed to meet the demand for luxury accommodation on the island, while there are already plans for the future to build an intimate outdoor space, a place where guests and residents can meet and interact.

The 13 dwellings are divided on two plots of land, consisting of a bold origami-like reinforced concrete structure, topped by wooden roofs, inspired by traditional Amami architecture. The window that goes from floor to ceiling connects the interior with the exterior, creating a sense of uniqueness with nature thanks to the strategic location of the villas that makes them a dream place.

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Max Siedentopf and the alternative masks for the Coronavirus

Max Siedentopf and the alternative masks for the Coronavirus

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Design

For some weeks now it seems that the world has stopped, there are no more economic crises, impeachment, Brexit or armed conflicts. Everything is “Coronaviruscentric”

The front pages of the newspapers, the first reports on the news, the insights in the magazines, the homes of our social networks talk about nothing else. And, as often happens, when a news is on everyone’s lips it generates chaos. 

Among the main effects caused by what has been defined by many as psychosis is the disproportionate sale of hand sanitizing gels and masks, which have really flown off the shelves. This has led many people to make some of them homemade with different kinds of objects, from orange peels to water bottles. Who would have thought that the images of these pseudo masks would have inspired one of the most promising designers?

Born in 1991, Max Siedentopf, of German-Namibian origin but London by adoption, has created the project How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus, a series of 12 shots that offers as many alternative solutions to the classic mask that we find in pharmacies. 

In fact, if the orange peel is fine, why not use a shoe, a bra or even a tampon?! 

Since the virus is currently spreading globally, the series offers handy solutions how you can use simple everyday objects to protect yourself.

Find out all the alternative methods to protect yourself against Coronavirus offered by Max Siedentopf, maybe you’ll find the one that’s right for you! 

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“Bagh Chal”, a sunken courtyard in the desert

“Bagh Chal”, a sunken courtyard in the desert

Emanuele D'Angelo · 5 days ago · Design, Design

Iranian architect Davood Salavati and his studio “Team group” are designing a “Bagh Chal” literally a submerged courtyard that will rise in the middle of the desert, among the arid regions of Iran.
The project is designed to be a restaurant and a boutique, completely immersed in a silent place, far from everything.

With the “Bagh Chal” the architects wanted to demonstrate how there are alternative solutions to the obvious climatic problems of the region, and in particular how Iranian architecture manages to blend naturally with contemporary architecture, creating an innovative and undoubtedly futuristic structure.

The courtyard is undoubtedly one of the most significant elements of Iranian architecture, its typology, in this case, is thought of as an introverted brick monument. Even the fence has been designed with a shell-like structure that detaches itself from the surrounding landscape, forming a sort of caesura with the courtyard, clearly all decorated with a large green oasis that blends with the desert.

In addition, strategic excavations have been made in the ground in order to allow easier access to the underground springs that introduce moisture into the dry atmosphere of the place.
The natural underground water supply allowed the architect and his team to incorporate a system of small streams running through the courtyard and into large pools. This system ensures that the environment becomes habitable and the lush garden flora continues to grow between the laminated steps of the fence.

The reasons for the construction of Bagh Chal are certainly the global climate crisis and the scarcity of energy resources, problems that did not stop the architects, but rather was a motivation to make their project even more unique.

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