Author: Design Guru

NEON’s giant musical object recreates the sound of running horses at a roman cavalry fort

design studio NEON has completed ‘cavalry 360°’ — a vast site specific musical instrument in the english countryside. the device uses the force of the wind to recreate the sound of the roman cavalry troops who moved across the landscape 1,600 years ago. commissioned by the english heritage organization, the design brings history to life at chesters roman fort — the best-preserved roman cavalry fort in britain. image © anthony chappel-ross     the artwork stands at 3.5 meters high and measures 12 meters across. NEON arranged the instrument in a circular form which creates an experience much like being...

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et al.’s caza luz center for creative studies invited artists to practice indigenous techniques in oaxaca

  architecture and research practice et al. have designed a new center for creative studies in oaxaca, mexico. the space acts as gallery and residence, housing a series of international artists visiting throughout the year. artist will be selected by the community and will have an opportunity to expand their practice while learning local indigenous techniques in areas such as textiles, tile making, plastic arts, culinary arts and ceramics.  the geometric façade invites the community to peak inside the center   by fusing contemporary aesthetic with traditional materials, et al.‘s designed space provides a unique take on oaxaca’s approach to fine craftsmanship. the center straddles the line...

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franck bohbot snaps saturated spaces at the colorful ‘jussieu campus’ in paris

at pierre and marie curie university in paris, the jussieu campus forms a vibrant and engaging laboratory for the school’s science students. designed by périphériques architects, the building’s main atrium is a colorful and geometrically-influenced space defined by a series of pill-shaped apertures cut out of the different levels. photographer franck bohbot visited the site and documented the campus’ pink, blue and yellow halls, the custom seating designed for the space, and the building’s complex metal façade. all images © franck bohbot     the voids piercing each interior balcony at UPMC’s jussieu campus offer glimpses of candy-colored hues, forming...

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the kolos data center in norway mimics a glacier’s movement

global architecture and engineering firm HDR has proposed a design for the world’s largest data center to be built in ballangen, norway — 225 kilometers (140 miles) north of the arctic circle. in developing the ‘kolos data center’, the architects took cues from its setting, a fjord surrounded by mountains and glaciers. organized along a central spine, the building’s forms are arranged ‘to mimic a glacier’s movement as it displaces swaths of land, like a mountain’. the spine creates a collision of landforms reinterpreted as modules, or data hallsall images © HDR     kolos’ data halls are organized...

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italian workshop REcycle transforms old bike frames into custom cargo bicycles

REcycle is an italian artisanal workshop that since september 2016 is producing cargo bicycles recycling old mountain bike frames. each bicycle is unique, bringing together the story of the recycled bike frame and a new CNC-machined front loading, designed with only three bent tubes to reduce welding and improve robustness. welding the old frame to the new front loading structure     REcycle‘s design is inspired by the old italian frame building tradition: small tube diameters, smooth welds and classic triangles. each bicycle is handmade in the workshop, based on the specific request of the customer regarding geometries, accessories and...

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