UK Start-Up Hopes to Manufacture World’s First Intelligent All-Glass Living Suite

A proposal for the Photon House, a large scale variation of the Photon Space for permanent living. Image Courtesy of The Photon Project

UK start-up company The Photon Project has announced its plan to launch the Photon Space, the world’s first intelligent all- living unit. Motivated by the major positive benefits that natural light can have on our energy levels, sleep pattern and overall health, the goal of the Photon Space is to create a dwelling that allows its occupants a maximum connection to the outside world.

Posited as an ideal addition to hotels, spas, health retreats, medical centres, and other resorts, the skin of the Photon Space is made of smart glass supported by curving glass beams, switching from transparent to opaque in seconds with the help of an iPhone app.

Dressing Room for a Garden with a Pond / Clara Nubiola

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Interior Designers: Clara Nubiola
Location: 43143 El Milà, Tarragona,
Project Design:
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Regent Road / architecture:m

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Architects: architecture:m
Location: Location House, 109 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, Bolton BL2 2DL,
Year: 2014
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House IM / Miyahara Architect Office

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Architects: Miyahara Architect Office
Location: Gunma,
Architect In Charge: Teruo Miyahara, Naoko Taniguchi
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke
AIA National Award Winner: Prahran Hotel / Techne Architects. Image © Peter Clarke

Open Call: 2015 Australian Architect in Residence Program

Applications have opened for the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 Droga Architect in Residence program. The Droga residency, one of only a few architectural residencies worldwide, offers successful applicants the opportunity to engage with the Australian architecture community over a 12 week period. Submissions are invited from practitioners based outside Australia for residencies available between June and December 2015. More information, after the break.

Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

Street View of Exterior. Image © Kjellander + Sjöberg

Kjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to ’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

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Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at ’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Glass Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive glass shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

Astor Hellas HQ / MALVI

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Architects: MALVI
Location: ,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Giorgio Papadopoulos

KILO Pitches Woven Tent Outside of Jean Novel’s Arab World Institute

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In conjunction with the Contemporary Morocco exhibit (Le Maroc Contemporain) at the Jean Nouvel-designed Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, a giant tent has been constructed on the plaza in front of the building. Designed by Tarik Oualalou and of KILO, the tent harmonizes contemporary design and technical innovation with traditional fabrication methods. Constructed from more than 650-square-meters of camel and goat wool woven by female cooperatives in the Saharan desert, the tent serves as an urban landmark and a symbol for the Contemporary Morocco exhibit. The rhythm and scale of the tent’s silhouette renders a topographic dimension to the structure which pays homage to the nomadic traditions of southern Morocco.

Excerpt: Edwin Abbott’s ‘Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions’

Published in London in 1884, Edwin Abbot’s amusing short novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a biting critique of Victorian social hierarchies and a canonical work of scientific and theological commentary. It is also a remarkable spatial allegory, challenging conceptions of visual reality and postulating on the existence of unfamiliar dimensions that are obscured by the learned limits of our own knowledge. The book’s narrator, A Square, lives in a two-dimensional planar world inhabited by geometric shapes that are stratified into social classes based on the number of their sides. Polygons constitute the highest classes, while the laboring isosceles triangles exist only above the women, straight lines condemned to tirelessly wiggle back and forth to make themselves visible. One day, A Square receives a strange visitor—a Sphere—from a three-dimensional place called Spaceland, who reveals to him the limits of his conceived reality. Posing enduring questions of knowledge, reason, and faith, this deeply architectural novel is simultaneously among the most entertaining articulations of a phenomenological approach to our sensory understanding of space.

The first three sections of the book are excerpted below.

Bakery in Pozoamargo / Isabel Escudero Herrera

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Architects: Isabel Escudero Herrera
Location: 16708 , Cuenca, Spain
Area: 236.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Isabel Escudero Herrera

London’s Olympicopolis Site to Receive Government Funding

’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring, from left to right, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Olympic Stadium by Populous. The Olympicopolis site is on the far left. Image © Flickr CC user Martin Pettitt

The UK Government has announced £140 million in public funds will be granted to the planned “Olympicopolis“ cultural quarter in East London, in the former 2012 Olympic Park. The museum and educational district is planned to feature a new outpost for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum and Sadler’s Wells theatre, and a new campus for the University of the Arts London.

The site, which is just North of Zaha Hadid‘s Aquatics Centre, is the focus of an ongoing design competition which reportedly attracted almost 1,000 expressions of interest in the contest’s pre-registration phase. The winner of the competition will be announced in March.

Video: Olafur Eliasson Gives Advice to Young Creatives

“Be very sensitive to where you are, in what times and in what parts of the world, and how that constitutes the artistic practice,” says Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in this recent video from Louisiana Channel. In Advice to the Young, Eliasson deliberates on creative practice, urging young artists to take risks and produce meaningful work. “Just because you think about a work of art,” says Eliasson, “it is not necessarily a work of art.” Most recently, Eliasson has made headlines for his immersive exhibition Riverbed at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which explores the intersection between nature and the built environment. Revered as one of the world’s leading sculptural and installation artists, Eliasson is adamant that the practice of working with art remains to be “very fierce, very strong and very robust.”

POWERHOUSE – KL Pilates Studio / Jacobs-Yaniv Architects

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Architects: Jacobs-Yaniv Architects
Location: Kfar Saba,
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoav Gurin

Elementary School S. João Brito / CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos

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Architects: CorreiaRagazzi arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Year: 2004
Photographs: Alberto Plácido

Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture

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Architects:
Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi,
Architect: FENG Lu
Engineering: SRIBS
Area: 503.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: SU Shengliang, Courtesy of Wuyang Architecture

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

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Architects: DDA Despacho de Arquitectura
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Omar Rendón, José Luis López de la C.
Project Team: Artemio García Diaz
Translation: Pilar IslasE
Area: 356.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

The Room at Technicolor Postworks / Rafi Segal Architecture

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Architects: Rafi Segal Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Rafi Segal A+U , Sara Segal
Project Manager: Bill Topazio (PostWorks)
Area: 1400.0 ft2
Photographs: Kate Joyce