36 Things You Obviously Need In Your New Home
A Fire Pit IN THE POOL
A Door That Turns into a Ping-Pong Table
Chilled Produce Drawers in the Kitchen
A Wine Cellar Trap Door
A Sleepover Room
A Door Handle That Automatically Turns Off Electricity and Gas When You Leave
A Swing-Set Dining Table
A Built-In TV for the Bathtub
A Glass-Encased Fireplace
A Loft Hammock
A Hot Tub That Flows from the Inside to Outside
A Huge Round Bedroom Window
A Stained-Glass Door
A Library Staircase/Slide
A Bone-Shaped Pool for Your Dog
A Labyrinth Abstracted: Tree In The House by A.Masow Design Studio
Buried in the trees of Kazakhstan’s sweeping Almaty forest is a cylindrical glass house, a space designed to help one with spiritual and creative development. At the moment, the four-story tree house designed by Architect Aibek Almasov, founder of Amaty-based A.Masow Design Studio, is a still in early concept phases. Soon, the home will be a tranquilizing escape from Almaty – Kazakhstan’s largest, most developed, and culturally diverse city.
Almasov designed the ‘Tree in the house‘ as a tool of meditation, an abstract labyrinth of sorts. For thousands of years, human beings have created the spiral paths that fold back on themselves within labyrinths for reasons ranging from decoration to art and myth. Used as a meditation tool consisting of a walkable single line path, a labyrinth can be a source of solace and can quieten a distracted or over-reactive mind. For some, walking a labyrinth can help resolve inner discomfort and still the mind.
Iceberg by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
With help from the Canadian Geographical Survey, an iceberg was reconstructed using aluminum tubing and plastic joints.
Gabriel Dawe’s site specific colorful installations seem like fragmented rays of light frozen in space. This body of work, ‘Plexus No.19′ was exhibited in the atrium of Villa Olmo in Como, Italy, in the context of ‘Miniartextil’ an annual exhibition of contemporary art linked, in one way or another, to textiles.
Dawe’s installations explore the implications of thread and fibers as loaded materials that relate to the complicated construction of gender and identity throughout the western world as well as the artist’s origin, Mexico. These installations are related as well to the human need for shelter and man’s ultimate vulnerability. One thing fashion and architecture have in common is their function of protecting the human body. In his work he manages to create something that is symbolic of the non-physical structures humanity uses to survive as a species by using the main component of clothing—sewing thread—and generating an architectural structure with it, scale and material are reversed to create a new construction that no longer shelters the material needs of the body. By using the full spectrum of color – the fragmentation of natural light – Dawe alludes to the order hidden behind the chaos of nature.
Contemporary Art Museum Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Oscar Niemeyer
Young Jodie Foster rides a skateboard through New York because she’s basically living the life you want.
So far, one of the highlights of our time in Berlin has been the dome of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building.
This architectural wonder has a mirrored central pillar which directs sunlight into the parliament chamber below. A sunblind automatically rotates, shielding the mirror from direct sunlight and excessive heat. At the top of the dome is an opening for ventilation and capturing rainwater with a giant funnel.
Surrounding all this is a double-helix walkway (one helix for walking up, another for walking down) with audioguide stations where you learn about the history of the building, its architectural and engineering features, and about the sights surrounding you in every direction.
Topping all this off are World War II bullet holes and Soviet soldier graffiti (“Hitler kaputt”) which have been preserved as historical elements.