Colorful hut made of 2,500 LEGO-like bricks invites visitors to return to their childhood

September 7, 2017 by  
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Montpellier’s summer  Festival des Architectures Vives is a fun annual event that sees various architectural installations from emerging designers tucked into various courtyards around the city. This year’s exhibitions are all unique, but one funky hut made of 2,500 plastic bricks brings some vibrant color to the event. Created by Atelier Micromega , La Madeleine is a large cube structure that invites adults and kids alike to explore its LEGO-inspired fun. The yearly event is aimed at fostering the relationship between historic urban environments and contemporary architecture . Every year, various teams of young architects and designers install their unique installations in the city’s many courtyards. The 2017 edition is showcasing ten emerging design firms whose work was designed to reflect this year’s theme of “emotion.” Related: These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200 Atelier Micromega, whose team includes five young architects, installed La Madeleine in hopes of bringing visitors back to their childhood. Thousands of colorful plastic bricks were used to create the hut, complete with an open-air skylight in the ceiling. Some of the bricks on the interior are interchangeable so visitors can modify the bricks to change the hut’s interior during their visit. According to the team, their design was inspired by nostalgia, “The installation rests on architecture, space and matter to play with our nostalgia. It invites the visitor to be moved by traveling through it, interacting with it, echoing his childhood memories. The smooth, perfect cube refers to adulthood. The world that it contains: evolutionary, creative and malleable appeals to the child, making the space of the cave his cabin.” After the event, all of the plastic bricks will be donated to several child-care facilities around Montpellier as well as the national charity organization, Les Restos du Coeur . + Atelier Microméga Via v2com Photography via Paul Kozlowski  

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Amazing green-roofed school melts into the mountains of France

February 10, 2017 by  
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In the 1960s, the Jean Moulin High School in Revin, France was artfully tucked into the town’s grass-covered hills. However, over the years, the old building began to fall apart due to neglect and severe weather. When the town decided to renovate the damaged structure they called upon Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture , who retained the school’s strong connection to nature with a series of tiered “forest balconies.” Although officials were open to various ideas for a new building, they were adamant that the design retain the strong symbiotic relationship between the manmade structure and its natural environment. However, the state of the original building was so bad that renovating the complex would have been a massive operation, especially considering the asbestos that was used in its construction. Accordingly, the project began by demolishing and rebuilding the entire complex, all while trying to maintain minimal impact on school activities. Related: Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France The volume of the school is divided into lateral rows made up of low-rise terraces that are gradually stepped into the mountain’s natural topography, covered in a dense vegetation of tall trees, bushes and ‘rock chaos’. Built onto the mountain bedrock, the building’s layout stretches out to the crest of the plateau, which overlooks the river below. The classrooms are located below the green terraced “strips” and, thanks to strategic orientation and an abundance of windows, have tons of natural light as well as beautiful panoramic views of the green valley below. The lowest part of the complex has a sports area with a running track, a smart gym, and indoor basketball, volleyball and handball court. On the interior, the school’s “Agora” also follows the natural slope of the site, with ramps on either side that lead to the classrooms and workshops. “La Place” is a community area used for breaks and recreation. According to the architects, the school’s “panoptical” design not connects it to its surroundings, but also serves as a strategic measure to help monitor the student body more efficiently. + Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture Via Archdaily Images via Duncan Lewis, Matthieu Tregoat, and Cyrille Weiner

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Artist transforms recycled materials into beautifully intricate, life-sized sculptures

February 10, 2017 by  
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At first glance, its easy to mistake artist Kate Kato’s works for the real thing. The Bristol-born artist of Kasasagi Design masterfully transforms recycled materials into life-like sculptures that capture the intricacies and beauty of plants, insects, and other found objects in nature. Each of her works, no matter how small, is an amazing undertaking of mixed media and art techniques, from wirework to carving. Inspired by a love of nature, Kato attributes her beginnings in art and the name of her design studio, Kasasagi, a Japanese word that figuratively refers to a person who obsessively collects things, to the time she spent as a child collecting random bits and pieces during her walks through the countryside. The artist works mainly with paper that she cuts out and carves from the books and magazines she collects, and she combines the medium with wire , thread, and fabric. From a distance, Kato’s artworks look startlingly lifelike, especially when presented in specimen boxes, but the truth unravels when a closer look reveals printed lettering or loose threads. Related: Japanese paper artist replicates amazing wild animals using intricately bound newspaper “I like to use materials in a way that provokes this curiosity in the viewer too by leaving sections of the original object visible in the new sculpture ,” writes Kato. “I want the sculptures to look real and not real at the same time inviting the viewer to consider details they may normally over look and stimulate curiosity for the made item and the real thing.” Kato hopes to encourage curiosity about nature and a greater awareness of the environment and our role in the ecosystem. + Kasasagi Design

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Raw oak planks create a stunning facade for Kengo Kuma-designed office at the base of Mont Blanc

June 17, 2016 by  
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The Blue Ice headquarters seem right at home at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. Kengo Kuma ’s choice to use raw, unskinned oak panels in the exterior design serve as an homage to the surrounding woods. The roof, topped with the oak planks , follows the curvature of the mountainside and prevents snow build-up. This feature is overshadowed, however, by the thick wooden panels on the building’s façade, which are both striking and non-obstructive to natural light. Related: Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station Skylights wash the interior lower and mezzanine levels with bright, snow-reflective daylight . The spacious offices are central to the headquarters, with staircases on the sides of the floorplan. Views of the mountain are all the artwork the space will ever need, and the view is expansive. Just one look this marvelous design may have you asking, “Is Blue Ice hiring?” +Kengo Kuma and Associates Via Design Boom Images via Michel Denance

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French architects unveil exciting ‘inside-out’ design for a bio-climatic office building

November 24, 2015 by  
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Scientists discover 308-million-year-old tropical forest in the Arctic

November 24, 2015 by  
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A recent study published in the journal Geology shared some surprising findings : the icy landscape of Svalbard, Norway was once home to an ancient tropical forest. A group of researchers from Cardiff University found fossilized tree stumps belonging to lycopsids , a tropical tree, during the course of field work in the area. Read the rest of Scientists discover 308-million-year-old tropical forest in the Arctic

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Coop Himmelb(l)au complete their reflective Musée des Confluences in France

January 15, 2015 by  
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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

January 2, 2015 by  
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France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube

August 6, 2014 by  
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La Grande Arche in La Défense has dominated Paris’ skyline for twenty five years, however the immense structure has fallen into disrepair as its marble facade crumbles and threatens to fall on people below. Fortunately, the French government has decided to invest €200 million to renovate the iconic building and work is scheduled to begin in October. Read the rest of France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building restoration , Danish architects , french architecture , iconic building restoration , Johann Otto von Spreckelsen , La Défense cube , La Defense , La Grande Arche renovation , paris architecture , Paris architecture renovation , Paris skyline , Paul Andreu buildings

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

August 6, 2014 by  
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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi , bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes. Read the rest of Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle charges electronics , bicycles , e-bike , electric bicycle , electric bikes , Flux project , gadget charging bike , green transportation , inductive bicycle lanes , Inductive coupling , Offer Canfi , Royal College of Art

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