Architect companies HOK and Beck Group are currently designing a museum in St. Petersburg, Florida that will house the wonderfully surreal artwork of the great Salvador Dalí. The mueseum’s director shares that it will ”combines elements of the classical and the fantastical”, just as Dalí would have wanted it. The spiral staircase you see above is described as a ”structural tour-de-force, with the reinforced concrete spiral functioning as a tensioned spring held at ground level and at the third floor, with the stair treads cantilevered from the central spiral.” Its design is influenced by Dalí’s fascination with DNA, the golden rectangle, and the Fibonacci series. The organic, triangulated glass that houses a part of the museum represents a “contrast between the rational world of the conscious and the more intuitive, surprising natural world”, another one of Dalí’s infatuations. The entire structure is enclosed in reinforced 18” thick concrete walls designed to protect everything valuable inside from destructive hurricanes. The walls are so strong that they can resist a 165mph Category 5 hurricane, if one were to fly by. Here’s quick rundown of archetectual specs: the museum covers 66,000 square feet, contains three floors, and its build budget is $30 million. It’s expected to open to the public January 2011.
Scintillation, by Xavier Chassaing.
Combining 35,000 photographs, stop-motion, and live projection mapping techniques, Chassaing takes us on a semi-trippy adventure through architecture and nature.
The Marina Bay Sands Skypark, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, features a 150 meter long infinity swimming pool that stretches across three skyscraper structures 200 meters in the sky. With the edge of the swimming pool so close, how come the man pictured above is practicing his breast stroke without any sign of fear? It’s because falling off the edge won’t result in death by falling 55 stories to the ground; swimmers fall into a catchment area where excess water is re-released back into the main pool area. The hotel is the current record holder for having the largest pool at this height. Construction cost was around $80 million dollars. Other amenities include a “bar, restaurant and spa, botanical garden with 250 species of trees and 650 plants, and an observation deck that provides a panoramic view of the waterfront.” The observation deck can hold 900 people, while the Skypark itself can fit 3,900 people total. Look in the gallery below for images of the visually splendid Singapore-based hotel.
Pearl River Necklace, designed by NL Architects.
This proposed bridge has two objectives: to act as a “crossing facility” by connecting Hong Kong with mainland China and to solve the driving-on-the-right-side-of-the-road problem:
Hong Kong has traffic on the left where china has traffic on the right In principle this has to be taken into consideration with the border crossing facilities. Within the proposed master layout plan this leads to fairly unarticulated intersections. It solves the switch, but does not communicate it ‘explicitly’.
The “flipper” aims to redirect traffic in an efficient safe way. Here’s the design under consideration:
In an image series called If I Were President photographer Joseph Ford dreams of a world where city landscapes are defined by the distinctive curves of video game consoles. And if I were president, my lair would be exactly what you see above–the NES House. Check out a couple other designs in the gallery below.
Russian art collective Electroboutique has gone ahead and created this impressive, Tatlin’s Tower-inspired constructivist iPhone monument. Says the builders:
A giant distorted iPhone 3G, shaped as Tatlin’s Monument to the 3d International. Tatlin’s work is considered one of the avant-garde icons, whereas iPhone is a bright techno-consumerist icon of today. Back in the 20′s of the last centuries avant-garde artists have invented design as a way to bring art into people’s homes. During the 20′s century designers were gradually taking artistic ideas and implementing them into product design. Today we see companies claiming their products are art objects themselves; art has to re-define its role in the society again. The Monument to 3G links together the beginning and the current state of nearly a century of art-to-design dialogue and follows the strategy of re-claiming the designers’ ideas back into art.
Tokyo Mode, designed by Prop Studio.
Prop Studio has submitted this proposed building design into an international architecture competition to be constructed at a fashion museum in Toyko’s Omotesando district.
The structure aspires to provide an introspective for visitors to contemplate how fashion has shaped humanity in the 21 century. The building is divided into rotary levels that sit over top of each in an undulating fashion. Each floor houses a thematic fashion collections from past eras ranging from the 1920s to our contemporary period. Complimented with a skybar, the open terrace overlooks a fashion runway on the level below it.
Sure it’s a site to behold, but just one construction error and everything comes toppling down. Check out more pictures of “Tokyo Mode” in the gallery below.
Five meters below the Indian Ocean sits a restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. To celebrate its five year exsistence the hotel is converting it into a private bedroom for two. This underwater loft is encased in plexiglass and is accessable by walking down a spiral staircase. Tranquility is the first word that pops in my mind.
Danish architect Christian Bay-Jorgensen wants to make it happen. Here’s the scoop: About two years ago the land that the famous Hollywood sign sits on went up for sale about two years ago. The non-profit Trust for Public Land is trying to save up enough money to buy the land and save it from being sold to real estate developers. I understand where the sign supporters are coming from; as Bay-Jorgensen puts it, “I know people are scared. I know they are afraid this idea will turn it into Disneyland.” However, it’s no secret that the Hollywood sign isn’t at all what it’s cracked up to be. It’s old, tiny, and has simply lost its shine since it was introduced in the 1920s. It’s time for a change, and turning the sign into a bigger and more expansive hotel is an intriguing possibility. If given the opportunity, Bay-Jorgensen would turn it into a boutique hotel, doubling the size of the sign. He explains: “…when tourists from other countries come to see the sign, they imagine a majestic structure. Instead, they see plywood and white paint. This area should be more public. I think this could be something that could improve the experience of the LA resident, to let them see the sign in a new way.” I couldn’t agree more.
The sign supporters have been given a 16 day extension to come up with $12.5 million to preserve the land. If the deadline comes around and they can’t cough up the money, it’s likely we might see Hollywood Sign 2.0, hotel edition sometime in the near future. Check out some conceptual images of the hotel in the gallery below.
Update: The Hollywood Sign has been “saved” according to the latest reports. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner donated $900,000 to the non-profit trust that just tried their darndest to keep the sign as it is. And with that huge chunk o’ money, the $12.5 million total was reached. And any dreams of a hotel have been crushed. [Via Stuff.co.nz]
‘Nested’ Skyscraper, designed by American architects Ryohei Koike and Jarod Poenisch.
Projected to be situated in Tokyo, the architects observed that this location is known for its extreme climate changes, densities, earthquakes and flows. ‘Nested’ skyscraper looks to counteract these extremes with lightness, flexibility and transparency. Using primarily composite materials and a dual layer fascade composed of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene), the entire building can be lightweight and flexible, while the construction process uses far less energy.
Speaking of the construction process…
Building this structure involves a series of robots that stretch over a network of carbon sleeves sprayed with fiber-laced concrete. A second set of robots wraps the structure with a steel mesh to allow for lateral movements and can increase or decrease its density according to structural and programmatic needs.
And what makes it a “nested” skyscraper? “The building acts as a series of nests that stretch between and around compressive elements as the vertical circulation wraps around and pierces through the entire project. Together the materials and volumes create a hybrid relationship between compressive and tension elements, public and private spaces, and static and dynamic forms.”
I would totally live in this concept skyscraper of the future. Wouldn’t you?
American architect and ‘cardstacker’ Bryan Berg broke eight past records (all held by him!) for constructing the largest house made of stacked playing cards. Over the course of 44 days, Berg used 218,792 cards (4,051 decks) to create a replica of the Venetian Macau, a hotel located in China based on Vegas’ Venetian. At 600 pounds and meauring 33 feet by just under 10 feet, the massive house of cards is made without the aid of tape, glue, or any other foreign substance. Says Berg:
“This has been the most ambitious project I have undertaken to date. It’s really like a real construction project because you have to engineer every single adjacency and every support that’s supporting everything above.”
A worthy induction into the Guinness World Record books. Look in the gallery below for some more shots of the structure and after the break for a video news report.
Take a long gander at the Vitrahaus, a house-upon-a-house designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron. DesignBoom’s got the scoop:
The five-storey structure is comprised of 12 ‘houses’ – five houses are set at the base in which seven other houses are stacked upon one another. Each of the structural volumes appear as if they have been shaped by an extrusion press and are cantilevered up to 15 metres in some places. The floor slabs intersect the underlying gables, resulting in a three-dimensional assemblage or ‘pile of houses’.
Located between the border of Switzerland and Germany at Weil am Rhein, the Vitrahaus resides as a presentation space for Vitra, a Swiss furniture manufacturer. To no surprise, the interior of the home is just as flat-out spectacular as the exterior. It oozes modern and minimalistic curves and other unconventionalities. Definitely worth a look in the galleries below.
Change It! Designed by Amirko.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the ability to change the look and feel of the rooms in your home without the hastle of dealing with messy paint? Concept designer Amirko has thought up a way to do just that. The wall of colorful squares you see in the image above is actually made up of many small triangles. Each triangle features a different color; some are black, white, and rainbow-colored. With slight manipulation you can spin the triangles to create various designs to decorate an entire wall. Neat, huh? Check out the gallery below for some more designs.
JDS Architects have come up with a wild n’ wacky idea to fill up the void at the Guggenheim Museum, that is, the wide open space inside the building. JDS invites you to “experience the void” by bouncing your way from the top to the bottom of the museum via a trampoline net. Design Boom points out that “this idea plays on Frank Lloyd Wright’s original scenography for the Guggenheim in which he envisioned patrons visiting the exhibition from the top, downwards.” Problem is, this method of transportation in the building would likely result in one too many tragic body traumas. Take a deep breath, it’s only a concept; and due to such safety concerns, it will likely remain just that. But it’s a fun idea, is it not?
From NuFormer Digital Media comes intruiging wall projections on buildings. They’ve created these “high-skill 3D video mapping projections” that can be custom-made to fit a variety of buildings. My favorite projection is the one that makes the structure look like water is shooting out from all crevices. What’s yours?
The MercuryHouseOne, designed by Architecture and Vision, is built from Carrara marble and the rooftop is fitted with solar panels to power the interior space. This bubble home can be occupied as ”a portable pavilion, an outdoors office, a room, or even an off-grid natural retreat.” I can totally see myself using it as a “blogger’s pad,” a place to retreat when times get busy. The roundess and space-age theme add to the modern touches that I have become accostomed to. Well done, A & V, well done. Additional images below.
This giant tree house dubbed “The Wilkinson Residence” is located in Portland, Oregon. It is made entirely of natural wood and contains modern archetectural designs such as curved edges and round windows. Take a peek into the gallery below for some detailed exterior and interior shots of the home. Just imagine living in this thing!
The world’s tallest man-made structure is finally open for business. The Burj Dubai skyscraper stands at 2,717 feet tall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Having followed its construction cycle, it’s time to finally celebrate its completion with the most intricate fireworks display. Also make sure to peek after the break to see a beautiful time lapse of the Dubai skyline.
Glass concept home. Designed by Santambrogiomilano.
This home constructed from “extraclear” glass is a very modern beautiful residence that would make me feel relaxed and worried at the same time. On one hand a completely transparent home can provide for a great viewing of the night’s starry sky; on the other, I would constantly be worried about breaking a piece of glass that could potentially shatter the entire structure into pieces. Any way you look at it, this is one fine design by architectural group, Santambrogiomilano.
As we inch closer to the official grand opening of the largest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Dubai, I share with you a 2.3 gigapixel photo of the massive 2,684 foot tall structure. Well technically the image you see above is just the antenna that sticks out at the very top tip of the structure. (But what detail!) The image file is so large it would “break the Internet” if it were to be sent through the pipes. In fact, if this image was printed out at 150 pixels per inch, it would be over 37 feet high! Because of this, photographer Gerald Donovan has created a video “tour” of the photograph where he zooms in and out of detail:
The Burj Dubai opens January 4, 2010.