Olafur Eliasson unveils his first building, a sculptural stunner in Denmark

June 8, 2018 by  
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The prolific Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has unveiled his first building—a sculptural castle-like mass that rises from the waters in Vejle, Denmark. Dubbed Fjordenhus (Fjord House), the solar-powered structure was created as the new headquarters for holding and investment company KIRK KAPITAL and features both green roofs and solar panels. The project was created under Studio Olafur Eliasson’s new international office for art and architecture, Studio Other Spaces, which was founded in collaboration with architect Sebastian Behmann and will execute similar large-scale experimental architectural and public space projects in the future. Located next to the man-made Havneøen (The Harbour Island), Fjordenhus comprises four intersecting cylinders that rise to a height of 28 meters. The historic harbor warehouses and silos in the area inspired Fjordenhus’ curved facade and brick cladding. Inside, the building is organized around circles and ellipses, from the curved windows and furnishings to the round vestibules and spiral staircase. The double-height ground floor will be open to the public and partly flooded by water. The KIRK KAPITAL offices are located in the upper three floors, while the top of the building is decked out with a green roof and solar panels. “In the design team, we experimented from early on with how to create an organic building that would respond to the ebb and flow of the tides , to the shimmering surface of the water, changing at different times of the day and of the year,” said Olafur Eliasson in a statement. “The curving walls of the building transform our perception of it as we move through its spaces. I hope the residents of Vejle will embrace Fjordenhus and identify with it as a new landmark for the harbour and their city.” Related: Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger In addition to custom furniture and lighting, the contemporary building also incorporates site-specific artworks by Eliasson. The Fjordenhus officially opens to the public on June 9, 2018. + Olafur Eliasson Images by Anders Sune Berg

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New solar-powered mini lamp produces 2 types of light for 4 hours

April 5, 2017 by  
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Olafur Eliasson is renowned for creating solar-powered lamps that help people living without reliable energy, and now he’s got a new mini lamp lighting the way. With Little Sun Diamond, the designer builds on his previous solar lamps with a more sophisticated diamond-esque variety that can produce two types of solar powered light for up to four hours – after just five hours of charging. Unveiled at a recent Design Indaba event in Cape Town, the artist’s follow-up lamp is elegant and minimalist, distinguishing it from the original Little Sun , which had a thick yellow frame. The subsequent Little Sun Charge was similar in style to the original, but doubled as a charger. However, feedback from these two lamps suggested that they were too similar to a child’s toy. Related: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World Shooting for a more mature look, the artist has given the Little Sun Diamond version a sleek metal frame. Still compact enough to fit into a pocket, the diamond-like solar lamp can now provide two types of light, a reading light and a “magical, sparking glow” similar to a disco ball. Although the lamps are small, so far, their impact has been great. Aside from providing the basic necessity of light, the solar lamps also provide an alternative to petroleum-based services. According to Eliasson, “[Because of Little Sun] $55 million was released for things other than petroleum. So this is such a small lamp. And yet it is the biggest project I’ve started on.” + Olafur Eliasson Via Dezeen

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Mark your calendars for a chance to score an organic mattress from My Green Mattress

April 5, 2017 by  
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Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is a good start for personal health, but toxins might be lurking where you least expect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers , which are linked to thyroid problems, allergies, asthma, hormone disruption , and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so exposure to harmful chemicals that off-gas fumes while you sleep is no joke. Fortunately, for those of you looking for a new mattress, we are giving you the chance to win an organic, USA-made, non-toxic Natural Escape mattress, courtesy of My Green Mattress . Read on for a chance to win the healthiest sleep of your life. HOW TO ENTER: Want to throw your name in the hat for a chance at winning your own Natural Escape mattress ? Here’s what you need to do: 1. Follow Inhabitat on Facebook 2. Put the date on your calendar and RSVP for the LIVE event 3. Tune into our LIVE Facebook event on April 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST. Follow along as we live stream the details of the giveaway on our Facebook page and remember to share or comment on the live video in order to enter. The Natural Escape Mattress Designed to offer contouring support and a springy bounce, the Natural Escape mattress is made with a layer of 100% all-natural Oeko-Tex Certified Dunlop latex foam, topping GOTS certified organic cotton batting, and a natural wool quilted cover surrounding the mattress. Natural Latex boasts a range of benefits- from its anti-microbial properties that repel dust mites, mold, and mildew, to it breathability in all seasons. In addition to keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, latex offers optimal support and relieves pressure, stiffness, and pain. The wool quilting acts as a natural flame barrier so you can sleep soundly, knowing that your mattress has passed all of the required flame tests without

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The 10,000-year-old East Coast Grand Canyon 100 miles from NYC

April 5, 2017 by  
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The East Coast has its own Grand Canyon -like natural wonder – just 100 miles southeast of Lady Liberty in New York City. And the mile-deep Hudson Canyon brims with biodiversity , but it is at risk of being exploited for oil and gas exploration. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s New York Aquarium recently nominated the canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary in a bid to protect endangered creatures dwelling there from the fossil fuel industry. The Hudson Canyon formed around 10,000 years ago during the last ice age, but few New Yorkers or East Coast residents know it exists. It’s under around 60 feet of water on the continental margin, or ocean floor zone separating thin oceanic crust from thick continental crust, at the Hudson River’s outlet. Scientists don’t even know a lot about what is at the bottom of the canyon, which is the East Coast’s largest submarine canyon , but they do know it’s home to endangered whales , sea turtles , sharks , and hundreds of plankton species. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio gives Seychelles $1 million for monumental marine sanctuary New York Aquarium visitors will get a glimpse into the canyon in the upcoming 57,000-square-foot exhibit “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” set to open in 2018. The exhibit will include Canyon’s Edge, a recreation of the experience of sitting on or standing just below the edge of Hudson Canyon. WCS wants to preserve the Hudson Canyon from fossil fuel exploration and extraction through nominating the site as a National Marine Sanctuary. They say such a designation will also sustain recreational and commercial fisheries and whale and bird cruises. WCS vice president Jon Forrest Dohlin also told NYMetro a sanctuary designation could also help scientists obtain resources necessary to explore the canyon further. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) did determine the Hudson Canyon meets criteria necessary to be “an ecological site of national significance worthy of protection,” according to WCS, and they have a petition going asking NOAA to rapidly start the designation process. You can sign the petition here . Via 6sqft and NY Metro Images courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 – Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS and Dominic Sherony on Flickr

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The Icefjord Center in Greenland will be a place for the community to learn about climate change

July 1, 2016 by  
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Once completed, The Icefjord Center will be a place for education and understanding about climate change. The building consists of wooden framework, designed as a truss, that bridges across the landscape. The building replicates the feeling of hiking across a fjord and gives visitors a place to relax and commune. The building is scheduled to be built on a UNESCO-protected site in Greenland , will present 4000 years of cultural heritage and knowledge on the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which scientists have been studying for centuries.  MIR and  Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter  beat out renowned architectural firms and designers, including Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, and Kengo Kuma and Associates, to win the proposal. Related: Accessible sail-shaped viewing tower hovers over the edge of Denmark’s Aarhus harbor Dorte Mandrup’s proposal won the competition and was lauded by the jury for its poetic qualities and simplicity. Its framework is covered by a gently sloping wooden boardwalk that functions as the starting point of the World Heritage Trail. Reminiscent of a hilltop, the volume allows visitors to move across its roof, and overlook the route before descending onto the trail. Gathering points and informal seating areas are created along the length of the volume, offering undisturbed views of the icefiord. + Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Via Designcurial Images by MIR

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Spectacular waterfall takes over the Palace of Versailles

June 7, 2016 by  
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Eliasson’s transformative works were commissioned as part of a recurring summer project that previously invited artists including the likes of Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor . The breathtaking Waterfall Installation cascades down from a height of around 40 meters and was created to realize the plans of Louis XIV’s garden architect, André Le Nôtre, who had wanted to add a grand waterfall to Versailles but never did. Related: Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger “This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past. It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see—a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination,” said Eliasson in a press statement. The exhibition’s outdoor installations also include the Fog Assembly, which shoots out a circle of mist, and the Glacial Rock Flour Garden that evokes imagery of retreating glaciers . The palace interior is also transformed with the power of light and mirrors in the works Solar Compression, a suspended mirror ringed with light, and The Curious Museum, an installation that uses mirrors to create large-scale optical illusions . + Olafur Eliasson Via Dezeen Images via Olafur Eliasson

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

October 1, 2015 by  
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Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project . Eliasson discusses his Little Sun – a solar-powered LED lamp that can run for up to 5 hours on a single charge. One in every five people on the planet has no access to electricity, so Eliasson sought to harness solar energy in a creative lamp that provides an affordable and sustainable light source for all. Check out the video above! + The Creators Project Images via The Creators Project

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Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

September 3, 2015 by  
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Is it real? Redditor claims to show first glimpse of futuristic Hyperloop test track

September 3, 2015 by  
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One bold Reddit user claims to have captured a photo of a high-speed  Hyperloop test track being built outside of Los Angeles at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The post, which originally went up yesterday, has Hyperloop enthusiasts and graphics experts in a tizzy, debating about the authenticity of the Redditor’s claim. If this image is genuine, it marks the very first glimpse of the futuristic public transportation system that could someday allow commuters to travel up to 700mph between major cities in California. Read the rest of Is it real? Redditor claims to show first glimpse of futuristic Hyperloop test track

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Old Testament nomadic tents in Tel Aviv recreated with high tech materials

September 3, 2015 by  
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