Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
That isn't a screenshot from an underwater Pixar film, it is an actual water park in Beijing, China! It is located in the former home of swimming and diving events during the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing National Aquatic Center. Designed by Forrec Ltd., the colorful fantastical world sits in one of the few structures to remain in use and profitable following the event.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The Sagrada Familia church began construction in 1882 and is anticipated to be completed in 2026. The UNESCO World Heritage Site recently released a video depicting the final stages of construction of what was Antoni Gaudi's last project and "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 24, 2013
White Walls is pleased to present Augustine Kofie’s Structurally Sound, as the artist’s third solo show with White Walls, directly following his sold-out exhibition in Paris. From our point of view, it seems as if Kofie's work becomes more and more complex, more alluring in its experimentation, and more original in its balance between fine art and architectural drawing structure. Definitely go check this one out.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Birmingham Library is the largest public library in England and the largest public cultural space in Europe. The beautiful new structure houses over 400,000 books, 240 computers, an art gallery, two cafes, a music library, a performance space, shop, and green outdoor spaces. We say less malls, more libraries, but whose going to listen us...
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 16, 2013
The Efuge du Gouter is a self sufficient hut located on Europe's highest peak and is meant to house mountaineers after they reach the end of their climb. A helicopter was used to transport materials, wood was cut from nearby forests and the 69 pilings anchor the structure 12m into the mountain rock. Withstanding winds up to 300 km/h the building also as a melting unit to keep off the snow!
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Living wall inventor Patrick Blanc's latest installation called L'Oasis D'Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) includes plants from 237 different species planted in diagonal waves. Coinciding with Paris Design Week (Sept. 9th-15th) the wall occupies a five-story building and brings some much-needed green to the inhabitants of the city. We think there should be more of these out there!
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Standing in Tokyo like a left over prop from a science fiction movie made in the 70s, the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa faces the threat of demolition. The building was a prototype for 21st century living in an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. The building is composed of two concrete towers housing 140 prefabricated modules (capsules) that are self-contained units. The capsules can be connected or combined to create larger spaces and are designed to be replaceable.
Street Art // Friday, August 23, 2013
With a mouth as an entrance, a tale as a slide and two circular windows for eyes, this kitty-cat-kindergarten is truly a one of a kind educational experience for children in Wolfartsweie, Germany. Designed by artist Tomi Ungerer and architect Ayla-Suzan Yöndel, the cuddly kindergarten structure holds 100 children and has multiple classrooms, a coatroom, a dining room, a kitchen and the paws serve as indoor playrooms. We are slightly jealous and how come Japan wasn’t the first to be doing this? Cat cafes but no cat schools?
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 22, 2013
Milano-based architecture firm Santabrogiomilano has designed a transparent house concept that is ready to be built almost anywhere in the world. The inhabitants of the house would be completely surrounded by glass except for the ground floor. Every structural element of the house is composed of glass pieces and by pressing a button the glass can instantly be turned matte for privacy!
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tomas Saraceno, the man behind some of our favorite installations, is working on yet another incredible project. This one came from the idea of creating a building so light that it could take off and elevate into the air. Whether it is a flying sculpture or a flying observation tower, the vision is to create a structure that will float up with the wind and that people can occupy. Awesome! Watch a video and see photos of early models and prototypes after the jump!