Architecture: Edgeland house

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Edgenald residence was conceived by the Bercy Chen Studio and it is actually a pretty smart space. It is conceived to be at the best thermical capacity possible. What I like the most is the backyard, that allows you to observe the migration of birds, or take a relaxing bath surrounded b nature. I think it’s a great mixing between nature and architecture, isn’t it?

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Design: House plans of your favourite series

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Spanish interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde is, apparently, a fan of both floorplans and TV shows. At least this is what you guess after seeing his awesome drawings of popular TV Shows. It is fun because if you follow of any of this shows you’ll see how precise he is with the details of each plan, and how all the elements fit perfectly in each drawing. In his blog you’ll also learn what has been the base to create each plan, as sometimes the flats have changed throughout the seasons of each serie.

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Architecture: Urbanauts hotel in Vienna

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Vienna is a city that is day after day considered as one of the best cities to visit, and to live! It was considered before a classy city, with nothing else to offer besides fancy Sissi palaces. However, it has way too many things to miss it if you are around Europe. And, if you are willing to visit the city, a good idea on where to stay is Urbanauts, hotel rooms that are build in ground floor city shops that became vacancy. Each space consists on a loft in the ground floor, creating a horizontal hotel.

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Architecture: Refuge by Wim Goes Architectur

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I like refuges. They are the perfect place to hide when you want to escape, and also the perfect place to be quiet to do whenever you want. This is probably why this refuge project by studio Wim Goes caught my eye. It in Belgium, and the architects have achieved something quite difficult: to create a peaceful space in a quiet place without saying NO to modern architecture and trends.

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Travel: The Heidelberg project

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In Detroit they have been doing for years an outdoor community art environment project called “The Heidelberg Project“. I am not sure why this project got the name of a famous german city, but the truth is that this project has been creating pieces of art since 1986. They use recycled materials and found objects from the streets of the city.

The aim of the project is to tell a different story with each piece, foucsing on current issues of the Detroit’s society. It wants the observer to think if it’s either art or garbage, playing with the sensible line that is usually between them.


Either way I find it a very interesting project, not only to conscienciate about recycling, but also as a “must-do” thing while visiting this city, which I am sure is not on most bucket’s list…

The Heidelberg Project, Detroit

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More on the Heidelberg Project website.

Rainbow panorama by Olafur Eliasson

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Many museums and institutions are lately building some sort of panorama on their roofs so that people can have a 360 degrees view over the city or the district. Good examples for that are the Reichstag Dom in Berlin or the Guinness Museum in Dublin.

The Aros museum in Cophenaguen (Denmark) is also following this new trend and has recently built an amazing panorama called ‘The Rainbow“. I guess by just looking the picture you can tell why : ) According to the museum, the building of this roof is a connection between the museum and heaven, since the museum is conceived under the Divine Comedy from Dante. Really imaginative.. and really nice as well!

Floathing theater in Thailand

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Cinemas and theater in open spaces are usually a good idea. But, portable theaters in a beautiful place like the rocky shoreline of Yao Noi, Thailand, then it’s not good, it’s just brilliant. That’s what architect Ole Scheeren designed for the new film festival Film on the Rocks Yao Noi.

The better thing about that is that after the film festival was over and that all the actors and producers went home, this floating theater was donated to the people in Yao Noi, so they could use it as an open playground and an open space.

This is what should really be all the time: Thailand gives you the perfect landscape for you show, and in exchange you give something back.

 

Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Film Festival 2012

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Happy New Year with Street Art

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I would like to start this 2012 with something fun. What is better than street art? At least to me, this is a perfect way to freshly begin a new year. Street art always keeps my attention, it is so creative and can be expressed in so many different ways !

It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but I guess my choice would be all the pieces where an already built thing is used (traffic sign, tree) and with the new design it is converted into something completely different. And yours ?

Anyway, happy new year to everybody !

 

 

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Stuttgart city library

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The interiors sport a very open layout with books visible throughout. Some may find the whites a bit sterile, but make no mistake, books are the center of attention here. But, what really caught our attention, and we are sure it caught yours as well are – the stairs! They are so randomly placed, connecting each floor, but also connecting the whole space together. You're not just climbing the stairs, you're exploring the environment around you, the view of the library is completely exposed to your eyes. We bet that climbing those stairs feels so triumphant!

ENG. It is intersting to see special constructions builded around the globe. Some museums, hotels or particular houses catch our eye for its particular design or the materials they’ve used. However, nothing is better than when you see that one of those “special” buildings has been constructed in a city you particulary know or love.

Library from the Outside

This is what happened with the new Stuttgart city library. When I  first saw the picture, I only thaught “wow, such a nice library” but then I realized it was built it Stuttgart and my heart started pumping really hard.

Besides, mixing architecture and literature always makes me really happy. I specially like the concept of this design: outside is like a complicated Rubik cube, with blue illumination at night. On the other hand, the inside is so simple that architecture becomes secondary and the books become the main protagonists. Good job from  architect Eun Young Yi

So after discovering this amazing building I’ve been a bit nostalgic for a while, wondering how long would it take this time to come back to Germany again !

White and the Books

The Stairs

Childrens Nook

Green Sitting Space for Children

Of course, this kind of a monumental library has a Café named LesBar (in translation – Reading Bar) and a space for children to play and acquire the habit of reading. Their space is a bit more colorful, naturally, but still keeps up with the clean, structured vibe of the rest of the space. Books for children are cleverly put in bins, so that they can easily go through them, because we all know that they are mostly attracted to the cover of the book. And we are mostly attracted to this library!