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Solarcity Kindergarden / x architekten

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Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm technology provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT's SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in urban design for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

Building Transformed Into Giant Rubik's Cube

For his thesis project, Javier Lloret turned a building into a giant, solvable Rubik's Cube. Making use of the media facade of the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, he projected the world's most famous handheld puzzle onto a huge scale - inviting passers-by to solve the puzzle. In the process, Lloret transformed the nearby area, showing that (when used correctly) technology can make the urban environment more fun.

Read on to find out how Lloret did it...

© Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova © Javier Lloret & Michaela Lakova

City Cemetery St. Martin / Heidl Architekten

  • Architects: Heidl Architekten
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Landscape Architecture: DI Barbara Bacher, Linz
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Josef Pausch

© Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch © Josef Pausch

Domplatz / hohensinn architektur

© Paul Ott photografiert
© Paul Ott photografiert
  • Architects: hohensinn architektur
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Team: Pair Dicke, Ognjen Persoglio,Thomas Klietmann, Klemens Mitheis, Mario Mayrl, Franz Jelisitz
  • Area: 7100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Paul Ott photografiert

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Opera House Linz / Terry Pawson Architects

  • Architects: Terry Pawson Architects
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Executive Architects: architekturconsult zt gmbh / archinauten - dworschak + mühlbachler architekten zt gmbh
  • Structural Engineering: schimetta consult zt gmbh
  • Lightning Design: kress & adams
  • Landscape Design: land in sicht, wien
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Helmut Karl Lackner, Dirk schoenmaker

© Dirk schoenmaker © Dirk schoenmaker © Helmut Karl Lackner © Helmut Karl Lackner

Kindergarten and after-school Care Center / Alexa Zahn architects

© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus
  • Architects: Alexa Zahn architects
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: Alexa Zahn, Barbara Schwab
  • Building Physics: Office Krückl, DI Thomas Seidel
  • Statics: Office H+W, Werkraum Wien (competition)
  • Area: 1,200 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

House 2y / destilat

© Mark Sengstbratl
© Mark Sengstbratl
  • Architects: destilat
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl, Courtesy of destilat

© Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl © Mark Sengstbratl

Science Park Linz / Caramel Architekten

  • Architects: Caramel Architekten
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Structural Engineering: Werkraum ZT gmbh
  • User: Johannes Kepler University; Linz
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development / Atelier Thomas Pucher

The proposal for the Wimmer Medien Business Center and Urban Development in Linz, Austria by Atelier Thomas Pucher recently won the third prize in the international invited competition. Their main concept is the creation of a 33,600 m2 gross floor area central public space that recovers the mystical feeling of the Italian piazzas, offering flexibility to host the most variety of events and activities, like ice-skating, Christmas market or outdoors cinema. This piazza is also a central point for the social life of the building, providing outdoors spaces for the offices, significant synergies for the commercial area and a feeling of the life of the city to the apartments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

3M House / destilat

  • Architects: destilat
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Architects: destilat
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of destilat

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My Home is my Patio / x Architekten

  • Architects: x Architekten
  • Location: Feilstraße, 4020 Linz, Austria
  • Partners In Charge: David Birgmann, Bettina Brunner, Rainer Kasik, Max Nirnberger, Lorenz Prommegger
  • Client: WAG Wohnungsanlagen GmbH
  • Area: 1650.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Max Nirnberger

© Max Nirnberger © Max Nirnberger © Max Nirnberger © Max Nirnberger

Villa A / Najjar-Najjar Architects

  • Architects: Najjar-Najjar Architects
  • Location: Pöstlingberg, Linz, Austria
  • Architects: Najjar-Najjar Architects
  • Design Team: Julia Martin, Ali Reza Milaninia, Sebastian Brandter
  • Structural Engineers: Dipl: Ing Karl Födermayr
  • Garden Design: Topolis landscape architecture
  • M&E Consultant: Techplan - Franz Mack
  • Main Contractor: Auboeck Bau Gmbh
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Manfred Seidl

© Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl © Manfred Seidl

Mechatronik / Caramel Architekten

  • Architects: Caramel Architekten
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Architects:  Caramel Architekten
  • Structural Engineering: Werkraum ZT gmbh, Vienna
  • Contracting Party, Client: BIG
  • User: Johannes Kepler University, Linz
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009

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Vanilli / x Architekten

  • Architects: x Architekten
  • Location: Hofgasse, Linz, Austria
  • Architects:  x Architekten
  • Client:  Vanilli GmbH
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009

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Multi-Level Parking voestalpine / x Architekten

  • Architects: x Architekten
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Architects: x Architekten (Linz and Vienna)
  • Architects In Charge: David Birgmann, Bettina Brunner, Rainer Kasik, Max Nirnberger, Lorenz Prommegger
  • Client: voestalpine Stahl GmbH
  • Area: 20700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: David Schreyer

© David Schreyer © David Schreyer © David Schreyer © David Schreyer