Friday, January 22, 2010

Spaghetti Inspired "Al Dente" Dining Table / Chairs by Jason Phillips

Designer Jason Phillips specializes in visually captivating furniture and here is his "Al Dente" dining table and chairs that are still in the conceptual stage but all great ideas make to reality eventually. Phillips was inspired as the name may indicate by "uncooked strand of spaghetti". See more of the modern furniture from Jason Phillips Design here. Via

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Burj Khalifa Could Get Some Competition Soon: Plans For Building ‘Miapolis’ In Miami

Few weeks ago we have witnessed the opening of one of the world’s most amazing buildings, Burj Khalifa, that surely can be classified as one of the wonders of the modern civilization.

But, the race in building megastructures is continuing and there are some plans that could take that world’s tallest building title from Burj Khalifa. Miami could soon get some attention if the plans for building a ‘city within a city’ called Miapolis become real.If those plans realize, the new superscraper in Miami will be a 183 metres taller than the Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The future of this project is not certain but if they find investors for such megastructure Miami will certainly become a new attraction for thousands of tourists.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Eco-Friendly Urban Center: Sustainable City of the Future via Dornob. Read more: Eco-Friendly Urban Center: Sustainable City of the Future | Designs

MVDRV is an (post)modern architectural and urban design firm well-known for their surrealistic interpretations of city living and fantastic visions for the future of urban design, but few of their conceptual designs see the bright light of day – or the cool layered lights of night, shown above in their winning design for a new city center in Korea.
The mixed use set of mounded towers are at once clearly artificial but also layered with organic material, each level having its own green terrace to the outside world and exposure to the surrounding environment, natural hills that ring the new development.
Live, work, shopping, entertainment and educational spaces are all built into the layers of this futuristic urban design. Exterior homes ring interior atrium spaces that are filled with institutional uses from stores and restaurants to museums and theater spaces.
On the lower levels of the design, thin layers give way to thicker ones packed with commercial uses and common spaces for public interaction.
The cultural life of this self-contained city is focused internally yet the structural forms of the rising buildings and the box-hedged terraces that ring them speak to and have views out on the surrounding natural landscapes, tying this new urban design to existing environmental formations.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canopy Living: The Ultimate Tree House

There’s the tree house your Dad built for you in the backyard, and then there’s the tree house Robert Harvey Oshatz built in the forests of Portland, Oregon. Designed in 1997 and completed in 2004, the Wilkinson Residence is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Built on a steep sloping lot, the living space resides amongst the forest canopy, making your morning coffee most enjoyable. With more curves than Lombard Street, the Wilkinson Residence is a property you have to see to believe.

Description from the architect: Robert Harvey Oshatz

A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.Project Details
- Project Name: Wilkinson Residence
- Site Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
- Architect: Robert Harvey Oshatz
- Project Type: Residential
- Client: Roy Wilkinson
- Site Area: 2200 square meters (23,680 sq. ft)
- Built-up Area: 480 square meters (5,162 sq. ft)
- Designed in 1997, construction completed in 2004

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Amazing Fountains Shot at Burj Khalifa

The biggest trading complex – Mall of Dubai to have supper with friends and to see the fabulous fountains show. The fountains were blowing 50 meters high and the show was accompanied by music. Affecting spectacle!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Future was Yesterday - Futuro.

Less UFO (unidentified flying object) than an IPO (identified prefab object), Futuro is like finding yesterday’s houses of tomorrow. Striking design. Portable. Prefab. Although not quite eco friendly, we wish that some aspiring prefab enthusiast would take the Futuro and develop it into a practical alternative.

And there is interest, as the latest auction on June 2, 2009 at Wright proved. The Futuro house went for $50,000.

What about offering you this ‘hotel room’ for your next escape/retreat or even honeymoon? We actually located one which you can rent, they call it PodUpNorth. Only 98 Futuro’s ever built since it’s introduction in 1968 when it was designed as a modern ski cabin in Janakkala in central Finland.

The circular house, 11 feet high and 26 feet across, was designed by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect, in 1968. A hatch door in its lower half opened down to reveal steps, like the door of a small airplane, and led into a room outfitted with six plastic bed-chair combinations and a central fireplace slab, as well as a kitchenette and a bathroom.

Futuros have been spotted all over the world. From Dombai Russia, Raglan New Zealand, Munson Texas to Taiwan and there used to be at least one Futuro in Africa.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tae a Little Tour in Facebook Office

In keeping photos of Google offices around the world, here are those of Facebook, the social network’s best-known world with its 350 million members. A Working Studio O + A, for the company based in Palo Alto, California. Gallery available later.