Artist Philip Beesley Merges Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence, And Interactivity To Create “Living” Architecture

Multidisciplinary artist and architect Philip Beesley weaves together such a broad array of technologies and systems in his artworks that they legitimately defy description, but the immediate impact of encountering these sprawling interactive installations is visceral and awe-inspiring. His latest work, Astrocyte, connects chemistry, artificial intelligence, and an immersive soundscape to create a living piece of architecture that responds to the presence of viewers.

The piece further incorporates 3D-printed lighting components and masses of custom glasswork that contain a combination of oil, inorganic chemicals, and other solutions to form a sort of chemical skin. At the core of Beesley research is the question of whether architecture can truly be “alive,” opening the possibility for self-repairing structures or deeply responsive organic environments, where artificial intelligence exists at almost every level of design. Regardless of the complexity and heady ideas, the works are deeply aesthetically intriguing, something directly out of science fiction.

More info: Philip Beesley, Instagram, Flickr, Vimeo (h/t: colossal)





































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The Finalists For The 2017 Art Of Building Photography Awards

If you have a good eye for a photograph and are passionate about the built environment then take part in this year’s Art of Building competition. It is free to enter and your photograph could inspire thousands of people. Previous winners have been featured on the BBC website, throughout the UK national press and in international titles across the globe.

The overall Art of Building winner is chosen by both experts and the public. It is a competition that celebrates buildings and the relationship people have with the built environment. Selected photographs feature in real public installations as the competition transforms construction hoarding into gallery spaces.


“Bicycle Rider” by Hans Wichmann; Avilés, Spain. “The photo shows the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre in Avilés, northern Spain. It is a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site. A place for large and small people”. (Photo by Hans Wichmann/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)

More info: The Art Of Building


“Inception” by Hanqing Qu; Kuala Lumpur. “This picture was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. When the sunlight enters this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene. It reminds me of the movie Inception”. (Photo by Hanqing Qu/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“The Showstopper” by Linda van Slobbe; Bar-du-Lac, France. “This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape which has the stage at one end and multiple floors and balconies all around. This one has beautiful decorations”. (Photo by Linda van Slobbe/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Bones” by Francis Meslet; France. “This picture was taken in a well-known French memorial for the centenary of the first world war. You can see the other side of this memorial looking up over your head. Another point of view”. (Photo by Francis Meslet/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Eye of the Tower” by Mehmet Yasa; Verona, Italy. “The staircase and the bell looks like an eye. Architecture can fascinate us in many ways”. (Photo by Mehmet Yasa/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Geometric Concept” by Dmytro Levchuk; Dubai, UAE. “New architectural concept forms in a modern residential building. A sky-view through floors from the lobby”. (Photo by Dmytro Levchuk/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“From the Carpet to the Throne” by Hossein Younesi; Iran. “A special look at architecture, by defining the move to God-conceptual. The conception of architecture for man and his purpose”. (Photo by Hossein Younesi/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Cross Bridge Waltz” by Guo Ji Hua; Guangdong, China. “This work uses unmanned aerial vehicles. The intersection has an abstract line of beauty”. (Photo by Guo Ji Hua/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Cemetery of the 21st Century” by Petr Starov; Ryazan, Russia. “The image was shot in Russia in summer 2010. The photo reveals the suspended construction of a shopping centre”. (Photo by Petr Starov/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Manmade Cave” by Gautam Kamat Bambolkar; New York, USA. “Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like pattern. They ran from the edge of the entrance towards an infinite end. It looked like nothing less than a scary manmade cave”. (Photo by Gautam Kamat Bambolkar/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)


“Abandoned School in Fresno” by Robert Cassway; Montana, USA. “This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay after the families that lived in Fresno moved away. It is part a larger series of photographs titled The Vanishing West”. (Photo by Robert Cassway/Art of Building Photography Awards 2017)

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/12/finalists-2017-art-building-photography-awards/

Photos Of The New Colossal Futuristic Library In China With 1.2 Million Books


Ossip van Duivenbode

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Ossip van Duivenbode‘s images of the library will be a feast for your eyes.

The new Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye.

More info: Ossip van Duivenbode, MVRDV (h/t: petapixel)


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/photos-of-the-new-colossal-futuristic-library-in-china-with-1-2-million-books/

This Street Library In Bulgaria Encourages People To Read

“Rapana” is the first street library in Varna, Bulgaria created by a team of young architects and designers.

Nowadays young people’s lives are almost entirely based around the digital era and this decreases the popularity of books among this generation. A team of architects and designers (Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva) decided to do what they can to partly solve this issue by building a street library.

Varna is a city located at the seaside and is often called “The marine capital of Bulgaria”. This is the main reason why the chosen concept shape of the library resembles the shell of a sea snail. The design was inspired by nature and its organic shapes. The installation takes into consideration the most important aspects of the city’s identity – the sea and its value to Varna’s citizens. The abstract construction unravels from a single focal point and develops into a semi-circle whilst creating a public space and shelves for placing books at the same time.

“Rapana” was designed using the parametric design tools Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper, which give architects the possibility to try different shapes and variations. Using the software, the team tested over 20 variations, changing the number of vertical and horizontal wooden pieces and their width and height. We ended up with the final design, fitting the budget and the open library’s concept, providing easy access for the readers, sitting spaces, plus a tiny stage for street artists and lounge sessions. Using the Rhinoceros 3D tools the construction was divided into pieces, which were produced using a CNC machine from a 250 x 125 cm. wooden sheets. The street library was built using 240 wooden pieces and the full capacity of the library is 1500 books.

More info: Facebook (h/t: boredpanda)







SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/this-street-library-in-bulgaria-encourages-people-to-read/

The Family Dog Was Considered In The Design Of This Toronto House


Sarjoun Faour

When Studio AC were designing the renovation of a house in Toronto, they made sure to include a design element for the family dog.

As part of the design brief, the clients requested that a space for a dog bed be included in the design, and as a result, the designers created a small dog house that fits into the overall design. A central plywood box was designed as part of the renovation process that connects the kitchen, dining, living and entry, but it also has a small nook cut out for a little white dog house that pops against its plywood surroundings.

More info: Studio AC (h/t: contemporist, dezeen)


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/the-family-dog-was-considered-in-the-design-of-this-toronto-house/

Reimagining The Simpsons’ Home In 8 Popular Architectural Styles

What better way to demonstrate America’s diverse architectural styles than through the country’s most infamous family — The Simpsons?

The Simpson family residence is instantly familiar to all, yet their dwelling could have been completely different if they’d embraced one of these popular housing styles.

More info: HomeAdvisor

Tudor

Tudor housing is perhaps one of the most recognizable architectural styles. Characterized by slanted timber beams decorating the front-facing portion of the roofing, this style often contains small groups of tall, narrow, and multi-paned windows for lots of natural light.

Colonial

American colonial architecture is a throwback to the period in U.S. history when settlers were colonizing the continent. This style, found in both urban and rural settings, is characterized by square floorplans, symmetry, and straight rows of windows on the first and second floors.

Log Cabin

The roomy, light-filled log homes we find today aren’t quite the log cabins of the 1800s. Traditional frontier-style log homes were rectangular, contained only one room, and had at least one glass window. They were built to be sturdy and inexpensive. More contemporary takes on this style often feature grand porches, numerous windows to let in natural light, and a larger footprint.

Victorian

Blending several styles that were popular in the second half of the 19th century, Victorian housing is certainly not subtle. It’s based on grand designs, often distributed over several stories. Common in the suburbs of New York and San Francisco, Victorian architecture features lots of brackets, spindles, and scrollwork and remains one of the most striking styles in the country.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod housing, which is associated with the New England region of the same name, is one of the most beloved styles in the country. Designed to cope with the frequently grisly weather conditions in the area, Cape Cod houses occupy a single-story and are dominated by moderately steep, durable roofs that can handle heavy snowfall. The rectangular footprint makes it relatively easy to expand to accommodate growing families.

Mediterranean

Designed with stucco walls and shallow, red-tiled roofing, Mediterranean architecture is a blend of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese building styles. These homes often boast prominent arches alongside details like heavy wooden doors and ornate carvings. Featuring large windows, verandas, and balconies, it’s the ideal dwelling for those in warm, southern climates.

Art Deco

Art deco signaled the beginning of modernity in architecture. Originally from France, the style features flat roofs, smooth stucco walls, and often bold exterior decorations like zigzags, swans, lilies, and sunrise motifs. The Chrysler Building in New York is one of the most famous examples of art deco architecture, but the style can also be found throughout Miami’s South Beach area.

Contemporary

Bringing much-needed warmth to the modern designs of the mid-20th century, contemporary homes emphasize spaciousness, sustainability, and regional character. You’ll often find simple, rustic materials, large windows and skylights, and perhaps even a living roof of green plants.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/reimagining-the-simpsons-home-in-8-popular-architectural-styles/

Japan’s Earthquake-Tesistant Dome Houses


Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nestled near a volcano in southern Japan, 450 quake-resistant dome houses put up by a health resort and decorated with flowers and dinosaurs are drawing visitors from across Asia. A dozen polystyrene foam pieces, each so light that two adults can pick it up, are glued together to make the houses. Cabins modelled after Japanese sweets and made from polystyrene foam withstood last year’s deadly earthquakes in Kumamoto prefecture.

The head of Aso Farm Land resort, Katsuyuki Kitagawa, designed the dome-shaped cabins after being inspired by his work in the Japanese sweets industry, Konishi said. One day, Kitagawa thought it would be interesting to put people inside “manju” – traditional Japanese sweets that are round and filled with red bean paste – and decided to make rooms shaped like the confection.

Interior of a quake-resistant dome house decorated with Japan’s popular “Kumamon” bear character is pictured at the Aso Farm Land resort.

“These dome rooms were completely unharmed”, Konishi told Reuters. “Not a single pane of glass broke”. Wind and earthquakes do not easily damage the dome houses because they have no beams that can be broken, Konishi said.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/japans-earthquake-tesistant-dome-houses/

This Instagram Account Dedicated To… Japanese Water Towers

The Instagram account Top of Water Tower proves that paying more attention to your surroundings leads to interesting visual sights. Dedicated to the tops of water towers in Japan, all colorful and graphic, this is an ongoing photographic collection by Osaka-based @watertoweruc.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/this-instagram-account-dedicated-to-japanese-water-towers/

Would You Feel Safe In A Building Like This?

British artist Alex Chinneck has completed his first permanent public installation – a 10-tonne ripped page made from 4,000 bricks.

The site of Assembly London – a campus of offices, retail units and restaurants situated in Hammersmith – is the canvas for this monumental work of art entitled ‘Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles’. The installation is a tribute to the publisher that had called the area home for twenty years.

Chinneck explains: “I try to introduce sculptural interventions in unexpected contexts, heightening a sense of discovery when you encounter them. With this in mind, the archetypal nature of the building’s upper elevation makes it a perfect platform for surprise.”

More info: Alex Chinneck (h/t: dezeen)







SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/would-you-feel-safe-in-a-building-like-this/

“Under”: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant To Open In Norway

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s very first underwater restaurant. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to Lindesnes – to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.

Under’s namesake holds a double meaning: In Norwegian, “under” can just as well be translated into “wonder.” Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s monolithic form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface. With meter-thick concrete walls, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.

Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, Under will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.

More info: Under, Snøhetta




SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2017/11/under-europes-first-underwater-restaurant-to-open-in-norway/