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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viereck’s ‘house t’ coalesces its interior living space with the surrounding nature

the concept for the ‘house t’ began with the owners, who are a gardener and a florist by profession, and had the idea of building an airy tree house — living among treetops, so that you don’t have to look at the plants, trees and flowers just from below — in the northeastern region of austria. the design team has a working background with this kind of floating concept, and so the idea of a house lifted above the ground had been clear for the clients and architects. it went without saying that timber as the main material is the preferred choice,...

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pop-up pavilion by PUP architects masquerades as mechanical rooftop equipment

PUP architects has erected a temporary structure clad in reversible tetra-pak shingles atop a complex of artists’ studios on a canal in east london. the design of the ‘antepavilion’ exploits existing UK building legislation, which allows mechanical rooftop equipment to be installed without planning permission. titled ‘H-VAC’, the project suggests that if dwellings could be disguised as air conditioning infrastructure, thousands of pop-up micro dwellings could be built across the city. all images by jim stephenson / video by tapio snellman     the scheme, which is the the first in an annual series of experimental structures to be...

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virtual vegetation: teamlab to bring blossoming green tea to maison et objet

teamlab is bringing an immersive and ever-changing digital art experience to maison et objet 2017 in paris this september. in collaboration with en tea — a newly launched green tea brand from the hizen province of japan — teamlab’s installation sees an endless bounty of flowers and botanical life grow and blossom inside a cup once tea is poured inside. as visitors move the vessel or pick it up, floral petals scatter and spread across the table and surrounding area.  flowers and botanical life grow and blossom inside a cup once tea is poured inside     at maison&objet, visitors can...

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unveiling the latest passenger terminal at franjo tudman international airport zagreb

in 2008, an international architectural design competition was held to select the best project for the passenger terminal at franjo tudman international airport zagreb in croatia. wanting to ensure architectural excellence, an international competition jury invited ten world-renowned architects together with ten acknowledged croatian architects to participate, ultimately awarding first prize and commission to the entry designed by croatian authors-architects branko kincl, velimir neidhardt and jure Radić.  aerial view of the franjo tudman international airport terminal image © studio HRG     the french concessionaire started building in 2013, executing the design delivered by authors-architects and design companies IGH projektiranje d.o.o., kincl d.o.o....

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AL_A and DS+R on shortlist of six to restore 18th century palladian mansion in surrey

six design concepts have been unveiled as part of a competition to restore and rebuild ‘clandon park’, an 18th century palladian mansion in surrey, england. the international contest was launched in march 2017, with a brief tasking entrants to reimagine the grade II listed structure in the wake of a devastating fire in 2015. the proposals, which include schemes by amanda levete’s london-based firm AL_A as well as US practices diller scofidio + renfro and selldorf architects, are set to go on display at the historic estate from august 23. see the complete shortlist below. AL_A’s design was developed...

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ai weiwei to install fences around 300 new york city sites

set across the multiple boroughs of new york city, world-renowned chinese artist ai weiwei has collaborated with the public art fund on a powerful new exhibition called ‘good fences make good neighbors’ addressing human rights. comprised of over 300 outdoor sites, the public art pieces take into consideration the international migration crisis and the tense sociopolitical battle surrounding this issue. by taking the metal wire used to build fences, the artist aims to transform this material into a powerful artistic symbol.  ai weiwei: good fences make good neighbors will be on view october 12, 2017 – february 11, 2018  ...

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mercedes-maybach 6 cabriolet concept: the study of a 6 meter electric vehicle

at this year’s gathering of marvelous classic cars in pebble beach, california, mercedes-benz has showcased its exclusive ‘vision mercedes-maybach 6’ concept, a sensational luxury-class cabriolet. the two seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. the convertible reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way. the ‘vision mercedes-maybach 6’, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric automobile. the drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). the shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the...

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beats by dre collaborates with balmain in high-fashion headphones collection

linked by a love for music, fashion and culture, beats by dre and french fashion house balmain have collaborated in a special collection. delivering premium sound and expressing balmain’s iconic style, the new headphones and earphones are finished in safari colors with metallic gold accents, representing olivier rousteing’s — balmain’s creative director — dreamlike vision of an urban safari. the collaboration celebrates diversity, innovation, and the constant challenging of status quo, while sharing the belief that without the multiplicity that music brings, our world would be nothing. the beats by dre balmain collection comes in two colors that reference...

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volkswagen takes bold decision to put I.D. BUZZ electric campervan into production

volkswagen announces it has taken the bold decision to put the ‘I.D. BUZZ‘ concept car into production at the pebble beach concours d’elegance in california. within the framework of further development, the german-automaker has also set a launch date for the electric campervan to arrive in 2022, after the compact four-door ‘I.D.‘ makes its world debut.     the volkswagen ‘I.D. BUZZ’ electric campervan is a multifunctional vehicle combining nostalgic design cues with innovative technology. the concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the wolfsburg brand and its electrifying future. like the I.D. self driving concept car, this is also based on...

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sans arc studio designs an off-beat fish and chip bar with a japanese twist

  award-winning australian architecture firm sans arc studio has created the design for adelaide’s latest off-beat seafood bar with a japanese twist. smallfry is an inner city fish and chipper restaurant that brings warmth and homeliness to a concrete-clad environment. the design draws upon  nostalgic ‘fish shop’ vibes, but re-frames them in a contemporary, textural and immersive space.  the wood clad exterior adds a sense of warmth to the space     after accumulating numerous awards for their various designs, sans arc studio‘s smallfry bar is on its way to collecting yet another one. the space embraces the unique culinary...

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