3D Printing: The Evolution

The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels andContinue reading “3D Printing: The Evolution”

Hiroshi Nakamura: Architectural Haiku

This poetic structure is in the bustling Hiroshima centre and is the work of Hiroshi Nakamura, a disciple of Kengo Kuma. It has a 92 sq.ft. optical glass brick wall supported by steel frames that acts as an acoustic barrier and backdrop for internal drama. There is a garden pond with glass bottom that overContinue reading “Hiroshi Nakamura: Architectural Haiku”

Ma Petite Maison: BLDG Workshop/608 Design

This micro dwelling,The Bunkie, caught my eye. Yes, it’s small but charming with 2 beds that unfold from the wall AND ceiling (see pic). By BLDG Workshop/608 Design of Ontario, Canada. A little place to get away…at least at the foot of the garden.

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 aContinue reading “Insta-House: Just Add Dirt”

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 toContinue reading “The Poseidon Adventure: Underwater Resort”

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, althoughContinue reading “Nest in the Cocoon Tree Pod: Sweet Dreams”

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 aContinue reading “Poetry in Motion: Alpha Lyrae”

Band Together: The UV Wristband

Catching some rays just got safer. Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Michael McFarlane, from the University of Stratchclyde, Scotland has come up with an ingenious invention with this colourful paper bracelet that changes from yellow to pink when UV rays have reached safe limits. The acid in the paper degrades and changes colour. There isContinue reading “Band Together: The UV Wristband”

The Beach Hut: CCC Architects NZ

In an ongoing analysis of tiny, simple and functional homes/spaces, we bgin with this beach hut from New Zealand. Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects is an Auckland based architectural practice and has won numerous architectural awards locally and internationally. They have designed a monolith of weathered planks that opens to reveal a 2 storey interior, completeContinue reading “The Beach Hut: CCC Architects NZ”

Mirror, Mirror: Treehotel, Sweden

OK, I know it’s been covered already but the sheer beauty of the concept and execution merits another posting. The mirror cube at the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden is a 4x4x4 of reflective glass with a pale plywood interior that is simple and cozy. With incredible views, it has a futuristic yet harmonious monolithic qualityContinue reading “Mirror, Mirror: Treehotel, Sweden”

The Urban Oasis: Ha House

Nestled in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, architects Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd have created another in the series of vertical gardens, this time as a private house. This lithe white tower is 4-storeys, 20m deep and imbued with complete privacy and yet feels like it is immersed in nature, a fine combinationContinue reading “The Urban Oasis: Ha House”