Watervilla De Omval

What is it? First seen on an Inhabitat post, Watervilla De Omval is a floating 2-bedroom house on a canal off the Amstel River in Amsterdam. Designed by Dutch architecture studio +31 Architects, the houseboat is permanantly moored and has no means of propulsion, but does rise and fall with the tides and also has a jetty... Continue Reading →

Sublimely utilitarian: Joseph Joseph utensils

The objective: This is the second in a series of posts showcasing the sublimely utilitarian. To qualify, a product must understand and address its purpose perfectly, must comprise nothing that isn’t essential. But it must also go beyond the expected - it must suprise, pleasure and delight. It must respond to this great saying: “Only do something... Continue Reading →

Pixar

What is it? Pixar is a CGI animated film studio started in 1979 as the Graphics Group, creator of films like Finding Nemo, the Toy Story trilogy and, our personal favourite, The Incredibles. What do we think? Having recently watched the third installment of Toy Story, we remain amazed at and impressed by the consistently exceptional quality of... Continue Reading →

Now and When

What is it? The Australian exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale, open these past three months and closing in just 3 days. Curated by the well-known architectural photographer, John Gollings, together with architect, Ivan Rijavec, it comprises two spaces of stereoscopic projections accompanied by a haunting soundtrack by Nick Murray and Carl Anderson. The first space, Now,... Continue Reading →

Ark Hotel

What is it? A 15-storey hotel in Changsha, China, built in a total of 6 days - check out a timelapse video of its construction here. What do we think? ArchDaily, where this video was posted, notes that the building is "level 9 earthquake resistant and incorporates some sustainable practices". From what we can see,... Continue Reading →

A Forest for a Moon Dazzler

What is it? A house in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica, by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe for his mother. It was presented last week at the World Architecture Festival, deservedly winning its category. What do we think? The plan and section are both straightforward and easy to understand, the former shaped by use - living, sleeping... Continue Reading →

Sublimely utilitarian: Samsonite luggage

The objective: This is the first in a series of posts showcasing the sublimely utilitarian. To qualify, a product must understand and address its purpose perfectly, must comprise nothing that isn't essential. But it must also go beyond the expected - it must suprise, pleasure and delight. It must respond to this great saying: "Only do... Continue Reading →

2010 World Architecture Festival – an overview

What is it? The third installment of the annual World Architecture Festival, running in Barcelona since 2008 under the creative direction of Paul Finch. It comprises seminars, an exhibition and project presentations by architects who have entered the festival awards programme. What do we think? We had the good fortune of witnessing high quality projects... Continue Reading →

House in A Coruña, “Chiaroscuro”

What is it? A residential project completed this year by MAS Arquitectura in A Coruña, Spain. We became aware of it through the excellent architecture blog, Coolboom, though cannot be certain who gave the project its name, either Coolboom or the architects themselves. What do we think? The term, Chiaroscuro, has a rich history in... Continue Reading →

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