CARDIGAN ROW: When we think of sustainable design, we think natural light, airflow, lots of wood etc. But this is sustainable. Besides being sustainable, recycled materials have a story. They are completely authentic - and will add soul to any project.
FROM THE ARCHITECT: Within an empty 10,000 Sq. Foot Ground floor space, STUDIOSC was commissioned to envision a creative co-working office in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The concept was to create a refined working environment using materials that would normally be considered trash.
CARDIGAN ROW: Excellent example of experimentation in how we can make our cities more livable and sustainable. Through small experiments funded by private or public institutions we can start to map our way through an unchartered waters. What Bloomberg, Amanda Burden and her team did for New York is another great example of this small scale experimentation. She has an inspiring and insightful talk on TED here.
OF SOIL AND WATER: THE KING'S CROSS POND CLUB
CARDIGAN ROW: We're not sure to put this, so listing naked words in lineage of no exact order is what we thought best. Poetry, harmony, permance, timelessness, authenticity, technique and context. We should also mention that, not only does Design Office produce incredible work, but they're amazing people.
FROM THE ARCHITECT:
DesignOffice have just completed this simple home located in the heart of Victoria’s Goldfields region, just over an hour from Mel- bourne. The 100sqm pavilion sits on an elevated site surrounded by native bushland.
The brief was to create a live music venue that would appeal to ‘inner-city locals’ in particular. We immediately looked to venues in London and NYC for inspiration. We wanted to retain the laid back feeling of the existing pub downstairs, but as the venue was intended to attract international acts, we were also keen to introduce a touch of glamour.
This project was won through an invited architectural competition undertaken by VicRoads, who are responsible for managing the Victoria road network in Australia. The brief called to elevate a historically rudimentary building type (the toilet block) to a piece of architecture that delighted and engaged. The facility was to be made up of a collection of urban elements including a relocated memorial, a new picnic structure and carport and toilet facility. The project was constructed by the civil contractors completing the Highway upgrade adjacent to the site.
Bassoon opened in May 2011 in Corinthia Hotel London, formerly the Metropole Hotel. A music bar for the next generation, the space achieves both theatre and intimacy with melodic references to a heady 20s jazz heritage complemented by elegant art deco details.
Inspired by a 1920s music room, the design features textured eau de nil shagreen walls, eclectic bespoke furniture in bold ochre, rich chocolate and greys and jazz age William H. Johnson paintings.
Located in a privileged area, surrounded by woods yet close to Guatemala city, Chinkara house is presented as a dual housing, which explores the contrast between nature and man-made; the primitive and the modern.
From the architect. The renovation of the historical outdoor pool complex “Les Bains de Géronde” is designed as a renaturalization of the shore, recreating a sensible connection to the lake. The new pools are conceived as two water surfaces hovering slightly over the lake of Géronde with stairs and boardwalks providing swimmers direct access to the lake. The design of landscape follows organic forms. The shores are re-naturalized using local vegetation such as water lilies, reeds and other indigenous species.
Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth.
Author: Kirsten Ritchie
In case you haven’t noticed, health and wellness has quietly become a consequential issue within the business community. Businesses and organizations are preoccupied with making sure their employees are as healthy and happy as can be, and they are willing to invest significant amounts of money to achieve these ends.