2 de outubro de 2012

Best of... Materials

It has been happening to me, more often than ever, that on discovering new products I focus mainly in the material they are made of. Never before have I valued the quality of the prime-materials so much! Might be because I understand their importance better now, might be because some of the books I read over Summer (such as Cradle to Cradle) made me realize their impact. Or it might just be the case that everything that looks true to itself is unpretentiously beautiful and undeniably elegant.

You can find these images and more at my Best Of... boards on my Pinterest account.

Benno Vinatzer

John Galvin

Graypants - cardboard lights

Sfera - hammered brass jugs

16 de agosto de 2012

Product design - a selection

Today I bring you a selection of Product design items I've pinned. To find me on Pinterest click here!

10 de agosto de 2012

The Offices of Buck O’Neill Builders

Architects: Jones | Haydu
Location: , California, 
Project Team: Paul Haydu, Hulett Jones
Project Area: 1,200 sqft
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

A young general contractor with a strong belief in sustainable building practices wished to create a new, LEED certified office space that demonstrated his considerable construction skills.
While the selected raw space was not large (1,100 S.F.), it offered high ceilings, a mezzanine, and a large glass storefront.  Numerous low partition workstations, a private office, a conference area, and a kitchenette were carefully placed within to maximize function and daylight penetration while providing spatial interest with a flow that fostered communication. Given the size of the space and the amount of program, the materials palette was kept to a minimum. Particular attention was given to green and recycled materials.
Reclaimed Douglas fir was used at the partitions, entry wall, and cantilevered stair. Workstation counters are recycled paperstone. Cork tile was used in the conference areabathroom, and kitchenette. No VOC paints were selected for all walls and ceilings. Energy efficient fixtures were selected and instead of a traditional HVAC system, each workstation has an independently controlled radiator. The focus of the space is a living wall of mixed plants that takes filtration a step further.
The plants are affixed to a perforated stainless screen that is connected to a fan. Air is drawn through the plants, thus providing natural filtration, and then recycled back into the space. The office space is on track to achieve a LEED (R) Gold rating.

6 de agosto de 2012

Most original buildings

I dare say that most people are quite tired of the cubic shaped, too minimalist, all in white houses. I know I am. Which is why, even though I wouldn't like to live in any of those buildings, I like being surprised by a totally different building when I go around the corner.
Here is a selection of the most original buildings we could find!

Atrevo-me a dizer que a maioria das pessoas já se fartou das casas cúbicas, demasiado minimalistas e completamente brancas. Eu sei que eu estou. E é por isso que, ainda que não queira viver numa destas casas, gosto de ser surpreendida por um edifício completamente diferente quando cruzo uma esquina.
Aqui está uma selecção dos edifícios mais originais que encontrámos! 

Dancing House, Prague

La Pedrera/ Casa Milá - Gaudí

(unknown) Macau

Earth House, Switzerland

Robert Bruno's steel house
Bodega de Los Herederos del Marques de Riscal, Spain - Frank O Gehry 

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain - Frak O Gehry
Acqua Building, East View
Milwaukee Art Museum - Santiago Calatrava

Casa da Música, Porto - Rem Koolhaas 


Le Futuroscope

Cube Houses

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