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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

17-12-2010 Design Trend: Ring Fit for a King (literally)

 Imagine your dream house. Now imagine it’s on your finger. Okay, let’s back up a minute and explain. French Jeweler Philippe Tournaire has designed the Villa de Reve, a collection inspired by the architectural rings from the Merovingian age. These carefully crafted 18k rings are miniature depictions of actual buildings, monasteries, chateaus and homes from New York to Dubai. Set in Paris, the brand is making its way to the United States. So wrap the entire city of Paris around your finger. Oh la la!

Image Source: www.sliceofstyle.com

Content Source: www.philippetournaire.comwww.luxist.com

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08-06-2010 A Haven for Bicycles

Have you ever just wandered along on your bicycle and thought about how rude car parking spaces can be? They take up so much space, only allow for cars to park there and worst of all, they usually don’t look very nice. Which is why it’s no surprise that Annie Scheel won first prize in the 2010 Delaware Valley Green Building Council Competition for Sustainable Design in Philadelphia. Annie created a clever redesign of car parks, which she turned into a very cool bicycle park that makes more use of the space we have. The most amazing part is that as a car park it has a capacity to store up to 100 cars and yet as a bicycle car park, it can store up to 690 bikes! That’s a whole lot of happy, bicycle-riding folk let me tell you.

Image Source www.inhabitat.com

Content Source www.time.com

 

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27-05-2010 The Radical Workplace

Imagine little adaptable neighbourhoods for employees to work in and you’re slightly on the way to understanding the uniqueness of Macquarie Bank’s unusual yet quirky interior design. Clive Wilkinson Architects are behind this creation in Sydney Australia. It has it’s own ‘meeting tree’ which represents its interconnected relationship with clients. Green enthusiasts will be proud to learn that the building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 50% with many revolutionary technologies being introduced like zone controlled lighting and

harbor water cooling. The rest you simply have to see for yourself.

 

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Content Source www.archiwork.net

18-09-2009 New Concept of Rooftop Living

Here is a mobile home you’re not likely to see in a typical community. Called the Loftcube and created by Berlin-based designer Werner Aisslinger it is a futuristic squared unit designed to sit atop previously existing buildings. Aisslinger believes that the cube is a good fit for cities like Berlin where space is limited, but there are plenty of flat rooftops. This unit aims to remain as open as possible, using translucent sliding panels in lieu of standard walls. There are also windows on all side to allow occupants to enjoy full views. If you can afford it you can also transport the unit by helicopter when you want to move house.

Picture from: www.loftcube.net

 

05-03-2009 Urban Restaurant Gazing

Marvel in the architectural genius of Office dA, a Boston based architecture firm with innovative designs. Chief partners of the firm Monica Ponce de Leon and

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Nader Tehrani strive for restaurant design that is both edgy and
urban. They specialise in urban design and infrastructure, architecture, interior and furniture design. Our personal favourite is this restaurant here. It’s a guarantee that you’ll spend more time admiring your surroundings than all that other unimportant stuff that people do in restaurants (like eating).

 Picture from: www.officeda.com

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13-11-2008 Elementally Exposed

Here’s a structure that is meant to move when a storm hits. Conceived as two eight metre high pavilions, Windshape was built to respond to wind in a variety of ways, with oscillations to ripples seen across the surface depending on the force of the wind. The different forms pay homage to the landscape of Provence, Windshape’s home. It’s also an experiment of how a building can respond to the elements. Rather than only sheltering us, buildings like Windshape connect us with the environment, reminding us of its beauty and strength. Nature never looked so beautiful.

Picture from: www.archdaily.com

18-09-2008 Sheila the Solar Queen

Architect Sheila Kennedy’s new solar energy device works like the photovoltaic cells in solar panels but are membrane like surfaces, able to be draped like curtains or used to cover walls or roofs. The Solar Textiles absorb light, converting it into energy, changing the way buildings receive and distribute energy. As principal architect of Kennedy and Violich Architecture in Boston, as well as a lecturer at MIT, Sheila Kennedy is an expert in solar cell technology. She used 3D modeling software to design her Solar Textiles, which are sure to impact greatly on the energy efficient world.



Picture from: web.mit.edu

 

 

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04-07-2008 Setting up Camp with Loftcubes for Tents

Welcome to every nomad’s dream. As we restlessly move from place to place, occupying a lot more space than ever before, the German creators of the Loftcube Project have finally found the temporary solution for those who want to live comfortably on the rooftops of the world. Customised to suit varying personal taste, each living unit has four window spaces measuring a total of 7.25 x 7.25 metres. Inside the cube the layout is designed to save space and the windows give a panoramic view, making the abode seem much larger. It takes about two days to install the Loftcube, providing the ultimate in transient living and a cosmic rooftop community to boot.

 

Picture from: www.loftcube.net

19-06-2008 A House Fit for a Hobbit?

It takes a little self belief and a lot of determination to make eco-building work. Fortunately for Welsh family members Simon, Jasmine, Cosmo and Elfie, this self belief resulted in a self-built eco-home, both close to nature and cost efficient. Features of The Low Impact Woodland Home include a skylight to allow natural light in, solar panels to fuel lights and electronics, a refrigerator cooled from underground air, water supplied from a nearby spring, and a roof water collection for use in the garden.

 

Picture from: www.simondale.net/house

 

05-06-2008 A passive-agressive Approach

Passivhaus (or passive house) is taking our minds off the housing crisis by developing a new and exciting way to live. Imagine a system that saves up to 90% of most household energy by simply recycling natural resources in and around the house! To achieve this, the Passivhaus simply takes the warm air inside the house and uses it to heat up the cold, fresh air from outside.
Window shades help keep the house cool whereas lighting a candle or two can warm things up, creating a nice ambiance in the process. The energy efficient housing people do expect things to fluctuate so an additional heating system for those chillier nights is included.
 

Picture from: www.passivhausprojekte.de