Tiny futuristic plastic homes in France look like they’re from Mars

August 1, 2017 by  
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The tiny house movement is on the rise today, but architects have been crafting tiny mobile homes long before the trend was given a name. In a throwback to the retro tiny houses of the 1960s and early ‘70s, the sculpture park Friche de l’Escalette curated Utopie Plastic, an exhibition of stunning and sci fi-esque homes made of molded colorful plastics. Set against a stark post-industrial landscape south of Marseille, these prefabricated buildings set the groundwork for futuristic transportable homes from the UFO-like Futuro House to the “Bubble House” Bulle homes. Plastics revolutionized design, particularly in the 1960s and ‘70s when designers explored new possibilities offered by injection-molded plastics. Until the 1973 oil crisis pulled the brakes on the plastics boom, architects also took advantage of the malleability of plastics to craft modular housing with unusual shapes in bright, eye-catching colors. The season-long Utopie Plastic exhibition celebrates these organically shaped homes of a bygone era in an open-air gallery where visitors can sit and dine among the prefabricated structures. Perhaps the exhibition’s biggest draw is the Futuro House , a UFO-shaped house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the ‘60s and ‘70s. The prefabricated home is elevated on steel legs and accessible via a folding staircase and hatch door. Two versions of Jean-Benjamin Maneval’s Bulle a Six Coques (“Bubble House”) are on display as well, one with its original interior fit-out and the other as an empty shell. Related: UFO-shaped Futuro prefab pod lands in London The low-lying orange boxy house is the Hexacube, designed by Georges Candilis as a mobile holiday home . Other futuristic and unusually shaped plastic furnishings, from Maurice Calka’s Boomerang Desk to Wendell Castle’s Baby Molar Chair, dot the landscape with bright pops of colors. The Utopie Plastic exhibition is on view by appointment from July 1 to October 1, 2017. + Friche de l’Escalette Via Architectural Digest Images via Galerie 54

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A rural Montana Farm is converted into spectacular outdoor art center called Tippet Rise

August 2, 2016 by  
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The main feature is Oliver’s Music Barn, designed by Gunnstock Timber Frames and Arup engineers and collaborating with the art center’s director, Alban Bassuet. A 150-set concert hall and visitor center are found underneath the wooden-clad, gabled roof. An open air venue, named Tiara, is also a central part of the project. The wooden roof , held up by abstractly angled columns, is mean to echo performances’ acoustics right back at the audience and the surrounding Beartooth Mountains serve as breathtaking scenery. Related: 6 new inspiring & sustainable museums you must see now Ensamble Studio was commissioned to create three architectural structures for the property. One of the structures, named Domo, is mean to represent an inverted mountain range, allowing guests to walk underneath stark peaks and intriguing caverns. Beartooth Portal and Inverted Portal, the other sculptures , incorporate two concrete formations leaning up against one another in a triangular fashion. Sculptures by Patrick Dougherty , Mark di Suvero and Stephen Talasnik , from the center’s permanent collection, are also featured. On loan from the Smithsonian Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden are two works by Alexander Calder , Two Discs and The Stainless Stealer, which were originally created in the 1960s. Cathy and Peter Halstead, the center’s founders, stated, “After six years of planning and work and a lifetime of dreams, we are about to have the pure joy of opening Tippet Rise by adding the only element that’s still missing: the public.” Visitors are welcomed by geothermal hydrology systems and an upcoming 80,000 watt solar canopy to charge electric vehicles. +Tippet Rise Art Center Via Dezeen Images via  Iwan Baan

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2 Girls Building in Melbourne blurs the line between art and architecture

December 29, 2015 by  
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“Invisible” art exhibition installed in the exclusion zone is a critique on the Fukushima disaster

December 11, 2015 by  
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Earlier this year, a group of twelve artists opened Don’t Follow The Wind , the least accessible art exhibition in the world — displaying their work in four contaminated sites within the Fukushima exclusion zone. There is no catalog for the show, and no photographs of the art available anywhere online. The exhibition opened without any of the usual previews, promotions, or launch events one might expect. Instead, the Japanese art collective Chim?Pom announced the opening with a completely blank webpage and a simple press release . Read the rest of “Invisible” art exhibition installed in the exclusion zone is a critique on the Fukushima disaster

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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

February 28, 2015 by  
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5,000 Arms to Hold You: Mike and Doug Starn Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

June 25, 2014 by  
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Artists Mike and Doug Starn just built the largest bamboo structure ever out of 10,000 bamboo poles and 80,000 meters of climbing rope. Over the course of seven weeks, 25 rock climbers built the 17-meter-high installation without using a single architectural sketch. 5,000 Arms to Hold You was built at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and visitors are welcome to navigate and explore its intricate structure. Read the rest of 5,000 Arms to Hold You: Mike and Doug Starn Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , bamboo art , bamboo installation , green building materials , Israel Museum art , Israel Museum bamboo installation , Jerusalem art exhibition , largest bamboo structure , light-weight materials , Mike and Doug Starn , twin artists

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Climate Change Art: Art of a Changing World

December 4, 2009 by  
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Image from Evening Standard: Kris Martin, 100 Years, 2004 It’s a bomb, but a quiet rather beautiful one . It will blow up in a hundred years and self destruct. Just like the world if we don’t watch out

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