Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures

Why settle for one building when you can have a dozen seemingly piled on structures that entertain as well as take advantage of differing views and interesting inner spaces? The following are a round up of contemporary examples from some rather distinguished architectural firms.
Dutch studio MVRDV’s proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Jakarta.

VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Tokyou Apartment by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Shelter of Nostalgia by Worapong Manupipatpong (Polehouse)
Zaandam-hotel-by-Wilfried-van-WindenPhotographs are by Roel Backaert.

Hedi Slimane: Saint Laurent Homme SS13

Saskia de Braw is the newest muse for Hedi Slimane in his campaign for the launching of Saint Laurent Menswear…Yes, the model’s a girl. With a sprinkle of Mick Jagger louche, it’s bound to cause a ruckus as everything he does lately but it drips style and is at the essence of YSL itself: androgyny. Styled and photographed by the man himself.



Insta-House: Just Add Dirt

The 89 m2 Insta House, designed by MAZIAR BEHROOZ ARCHITECTS, is available in the U.S. and comes with sliding windows, electrical fixtures and all wall, ceiling and floor finishes. The basic is US$99,800, including delivery and the upgraded Insta House is created from four recycled shipping containers (two on top of two) to create a high-ceiling, low cost home ready on site in 7 days! It is the winner of the AIA PECONIC DESIGN AWARD.
The Insta_House* recycles four 40′ by 8′ shipping containers (two on top of two) to create a comfortable, high-ceiling, low cost alternative to conventional construction. The units are retrofitted in a factory-setting. delivered to locations within the continental US and erected in a week.
Insta_House is the only pre-fab of its kind in the market: recycled material, high-ceiling, low-cost. It can provide multiple uses including art studio, living space, work-shop and relief housing.
Source: http://www.mbarchitecture.com/instahouse/


The Poseidon Adventure: Underwater Resort

This Jules Verne fantasy is to be found in Fiji and contains 25 amazing suites. One enters from a lift. This along with a bar, gym, spa, meeting room, chapel, lounge and more…a lot more for a very hefty, 30,000$ for a week for 2! There are, naturally, home versions. Well, if you have to ask, it’s too $$$. See POSEIDON




Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike

On the heels of (excuse the pun) Lululemon and other yoga-pilates outfitters, Nike has decided to get in on the action with studio based footwear. A hybrid between minimalist barefoot pads and ballet shoes, it is useful for those who do not want to go bare or use sweaty socks. After much research and many, many prototypes, it is set for release come spring 13 for about $100 US. Cue the dreamy music…

The Empress’ New Shoes: Andreia Chaves

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her 3D printinvisible shoe series. That is not a surprise…

Nest in the Cocoon Tree Pod: Sweet Dreams

Suspended from branches or on legs, it takes camping to a different level, literally.
It is 3m (9.84 ft) in diameter, weighs 120 kg (264 pounds), and features analuminum frame covered with waterproofed white tarpaulin and mosquito net windows. Lugging it to that beachside oasis might prove a little daunting but well worth it, although the price might be a hindrance at 8000$

Raindrops keep falling on my Rain Shield

Rain Shield is a Red Dot award winner designed by Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, two taiwanese students with vision and ingenuity. Using a flat, portable pop-up tent structure, it miraculously emerges in an instant and has none of the usual archaic components and can be redirected towards fending off driving wind and rain. RAINSHIELD

Home Sweet Homebox: Studio Slawik

German architectural studio Slawik has designed a prefab home that fits into the size of a standard shipping container. It is made in wood as to be warmer, easily and cheaply repaired as opposed to metal.
With a small base footprint of just 7 m2 (75 ft2), the HomeBox differs from traditional container homes by being upright rather than horizontal. The base measures approximately 2.9 m by 2.4 m (9.5 ft by 7.9 ft) and thus the home is a standard international dimension ready to transport round the world for one of may purposes. The public (dining+kitchen) are on the ground floor, bedroom on second and lounge with view on third. Another addition can be attached on top as well! Lane homes, anyone?
The HomeBoxes will soon be available for purchase with a starting price of approximately €25,000 (US$32,500).
http://www.slawik.net/



Poetry in Motion: Alpha Lyrae

Alpha Lyrae,the latest collection from Vega Zaishi Wang, was recently showcased at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) as part of The Creators Project, a global platform launched by Intel and Vice.She is Beijing based and a 2008 graduate from St. Martins, perhaps explaining the visual link to McQueen and Chalayan. Inspired by a BBC documentary about deep sea creatures—in particular, colorful jellyfish and the magic of bioluminiscence, she utilized EL technology upon advice from her electronic engineer parents. The result makes for some very poetic atmosphere. See more at: Vega Wang



Cozy Retreat: Maine Coast

Although I am an advocate for starkly modern, never-done-before architecture, I still have a soft spot for the comfort and cosiness of stone houses as a place to get away from the world. Here is a sample of such dream house of Bob and Kate Horgan of Maine. The commissioned the Knickerbocker Group who did an excellent job of retaining period features. The property includes a main house with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a bunkhouse with 1 bedrooms and 1 bath with the main structure covering a surface of 1,570 square feet.