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The wall slips, floats in the air, and falls under the crack: the whimsical architecture of the artist Alex Chinneck

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British famous sculptor Alex Chinneck set up his first permanent installation, "Six", in Hammersmith, London, on the hip-hop mixed-shop and shopping mall Smiths Square this summer. Pins and a Half Dozen Needles. Alex Chinneck graduated from the Chelsea College of Art at the age of 33. He has been immersed for nearly a decade, and this time he returned to the world with "Six Pins and a Half Dozen Needles" and received more and more attention. Alex Chinneck is known for his “intervention” of the city's landscape from a dramatic perspective, combining art and architecture. Over the years, his work has been created with landmarks or abandoned buildings, blurring the line between architecture and sculpture, and his style of rebellion has shown his enthusiasm for constantly challenging new things. The sculptures that Alex Chinneck briefly appeared in the city in the past also proved the continuation of the shock and surprise of his works. From the early upside down building "Under the weather but over the moon"; then to "From the knee of my nose to the belly of my toes" (From the knees of my nose to the belly of my...

Build a cottage and spend the storm on the rent: London's The SHED new state residency program

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London, England, a world-class city that has risen since the seventeenth century is now facing a serious housing crisis. Brexit has not slowed the trend of rising housing rents every year. The number of young people moving to the outskirts of London has also increased year by year, and the age of street wanderers has also declined. Whether London can retain talents, whether it can retain its creative industry chain, and whether it can survive the housing crisis is one of the keys. The property management company Lowe Guardians and Studio Bark, an architectural firm based in London, have jointly developed the “The SHED” plan (a hut plan) with the wisdom, spirit and creativity of London. It is expected to be implemented by the end of this year. "I used to be a poor administrator. This experience is my source of inspiration. I came up with the idea of ​​building a self-contained small room in an abandoned building." - Tim Lowe, head of Lowe Guardians, "The SHED" program The concept is: use the resources of the property management industry to apply more and more abandoned building space in the city; build the SHED small room inside, rent it to the people who need it at a low price, and the renter will also be Building managers, buildings can not be occupied or destroyed, in order to achieve a win-win situation with the property owner. Renters build their own cottages with their own hands, and psychologically build and generate their own emotions. According to the survey, the business of abandoned building management in the UK has increased year by year, such as warehouses, commercial buildings, office buildings, etc., with a total number of 600,000 pieces, and many of them are located in the center of London. In the short term, this is a flexible and temporary choice; in the long run, it is also an environmentally responsible solution. The main character in the "The SHED" project - the cabin, designed by Studio Bark. With a footprint of only 120 square feet, each cottage uses recyclable polyester fiber, formaldehyde-free oriented fiberboard (OSB) and wool velvet for warmth and sound insulation, and is inexpensive, yet environmentally friendly. The tool can be built in one day. The tool only needs a drill bit and a hammer. It can be dismantled within one day, and can be reused and transported easily to avoid waste. The "The SHED" program was initially targeted at young people with low incomes, or less stable creative workers, social service workers, etc. (such as nurses and guards), whose income is low, on average. To help these people and improve their situation, the rent for this project ranges from £300 to £400 a month, and tenants can live in central London, compared to London's average minimum rent of £500 to £600. It's much cheaper. In the future, this program will expand the service target, including tramps and refugees. “Even if our priority is based on abandoned building property management, The SHED may change the residential style of London, the UK and even the world in the future, even Help and ease the number of visitors, or provide a solution to the refugee problem." All Images via Studio Bark....

Singapore's jungle tower Oasia Hotel, building a vertical ecological habitat

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When I was in elementary school, I went to Singapore with my family. At that time, my memory was a bit fuzzy. It was probably the sultry weather of Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sentosa and Southeast Asia. After the visit, it was after the university, but the eyes and eyes were all kinds of surprises and surprises that were completely inconsistent with the childhood impression. The small lion city has excellent transportation, business people from all over the world, the second Universal Studios in Asia, and the new building that is taller than one. In recent years, Singapore's commercial district buildings are lined up, and the locals have long been eccentric about the construction of the non-stop cover. However, completed in 2016, the Oasia Hotel, built by WOHA Architecture Studio, has successfully attracted the attention of residents, tourists and even the media. The building itself combines the hotel and office space with the idea of ​​“different commercial buildings”. In the saturated orange and red metal hollow sandwiches, a whole piece of greenery is designed, and a little green is seen from the orange red. It has indeed reversed the cold image of the average high-rise building – and WOHA is proud to call it “The Living Wall”. The wall of life not only refers to its appearance, but also establishes a visual buffer zone to allow the eyes of the malls and high-rise buildings to be seen together, to incorporate different landscapes. In addition, the use of 21 plant varieties is also carefully screened; the first consideration is the ability to adapt to various types of light, and then the "growth pattern" is considered as another important condition, in addition to the visual beauty of the wall surface, It also has the effect of absorbing heat and making shade. WOHA said, "These selected plants and flowers can attract different birds and insects throughout the year. Ideally, small animals such as squirrels will appear as a vertical habitat; By then, the facade of the building will be more diverse.” The floor is like a sandwich, using stacking and mezzanine technology to interlace the office, hotel room and sky garden. In other words, WOHA does not rely on urban streetscapes to provide a look outside the window, but instead recreates its own landscape. It is worth mentioning that the open design also enhances the overall ventilation and improves the sultry feeling that is common in high-density cities. Think about it carefully, this mode effectively brings natural light and air into the lives of passengers and office workers, thus saving a lot of power and air conditioning, and successfully functionalizing this area, creating a comfortable green space. The creation team behind the Oasia Hotel, WOHA, is a local studio in Singapore. Since 2007, they have developed a series of environmentally-friendly designs that always empathize with nearby residents, thinking about how to minimize the impact of new buildings on their lives; Nor did it ignore the environment and the local people. It is worth mentioning that, in fact, this wall of life is not a new idea from zero to zero, but accumulation and persistence year after year; "green space ratio" has always been the concept of their promotion. Over time, they have become theirs. Unique style. If you have the opportunity to visit Singapore again, feel a little tired of the intensive city scene, it is better to sway near the Oasia Hotel, or simply stay in their hotel, I believe it will be an unexpected green experience. Oasia Hotel 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333 T: +65-6881-8888 Image Sources: WOHA & designeboom. Join Polysh...

Create an alien cave with a goblin and a hobbit: Gumpha House

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When I wake up in the morning, I think about the Hobbit village in the movie "The Lord of the Rings" - "Shire", where flowers and grass are in line with the blue sky, and the low houses are connected with the mountains; people are self-sufficient here. The troubles and sorrows seem to be disintegrated in the sunset. Going back to reality, human beings abandoned the birds and called them to build civilization, and they were willing to imprison their souls in the jungles of steel and concrete. We have to dream in the dream, the body is compressed by a certain amount of energy - small without the need for cumbersome cloth, small enough to escape the eyes of the pressure monster, return to the embrace of the mother of the earth, willing to barefoot like a hobbit Feel the intimacy of the dirt and feet. Thanks to this eagerness, Shainsh Devi, the designer of Within 'N' Without Construction Team, built a whimsical world of Gumpha House in Nashik, India. This twisted building carved out of rock is in the plains, like the sanctuary in the universe, standing in the darkness and looking up to heaven, it seems that it is so long to wear the mysterious history of fantasy literature. When you come here, you will be attracted by the natural and rough texture of the building. The building integrates the original and exotic atmosphere, and forms a retro futuristic language. It constructs a dramatic context and is worthy of detailed interpretation. "When urban residents are tired of the pressure of daily life, they will want to return to nature to find inner happiness and release their energy into nature." - Shailesh Devi. The process of going indoors is like going through a million years of time and entering a primitive organism; you can't help but think of yourself as an uncut creature with big ears, big nose, and a pair of still clear. Eyes. Along the path, the space and the scenery slowly extend. The quaint stone wall reflects through the simple curves and the furniture cast by the stone, carefully explored, just like the unknown world under the ground. The field that seems to be full of magic, through the introverted and calm design to replace the grandeur, as the designer's original intention, Gumpha House aims to connect the minds and desires of urban travelers, face the pursuit of nature, in order to get the inner peace. This "elf-style residence" on the plain is like a forest. It meets you and the world, attracting people to explore and feel its spatial significance. At the same time, it is also like a meditation room, let people find themselves in the poetic light and shadow in the lonely monochrome cave; when they return to the city, they roam in different places, and the rich feelings only know themselves. All Images via archdaily. Join Polysh Facebook to read the latest and interesting architectural and design articles.

Rotating the dance of Sophie: the Bahá'í Temple covered by flaps, Bahá'í Temple

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Located at the foot of the Chilean Andes Mountains, the Bahá'í Temple (also known as the Baha'i Temple) is shaped like a veined road, surrounded by clocks and twisted into a spiral by a nine-wing panel. The flaps. Light passes through the gaps in the glass, submerging the auditorium inside the white marble. This temple, built by the Hariri Pontarini construction team, has a warm orange glow echoing the sunset after sunset, quietly shining in the night, like a guide. The lamp, under the criss-cross structure and marble, shines on the pious heart that comes to pray. The birthplace of the Bahá'í religion is Iran. This sect believes that mankind has a "scientific soul" and is convinced that the existence of God and the universe is eternal, without beginning or ending. As a blessing place for the Bahá'í Faith, the construction team cites the related Islamic mystic “Sufi Whirling” as the design concept of the interior roof. In Sufism, it enters the state of meditation in a rotating way, and then gains inner peace; while the spiral and light transmission of the roof allows the blessing believers to have a closer connection with the sun and the sky. Like the philosophical abstraction of the temple structure, Bahá'í Temple is not only the building that is generally seen, but also the interaction between contradiction and reality; static, rotating and intertwined in simple and complex lines, the construction team hopes this Baja The temple of Iraq can "have eternal commemoration." Responsible architect Hariri Pontarini mentioned that his inspiration resonated with the sect's atmosphere; like, the sun-baked, harmoniously interwoven Japanese bamboo baskets sitting under a tree, and the shattered glass that refracted light and shadow. . Not only as a cult, but when the construction team built the Bahá'í Temple, it also pursued the outstanding performance of new technology. After a period of thorough research, the construction team chose two special materials as the base of the temple – the inner layer is made of translucent marble from Portugal, the outer layer is covered with 1129 separate cast glass pieces, and the smooth, curved lines are woven out of the film. Glossy. This piece of glass is from the glass artist Jeff of Canada. Jeff Goodman's work, he melts glass tubes and culture vessels in the kiln at high temperatures, and combines hundreds of individual rib structures to form nine identical appearances with wings turning clockwise. . Bahá'í Temple, the Bahá'í Temple in the world's eighth place of blessing, was completed in 2016 and took 14 years to complete. In the daytime, the reflection of the white and the sun shines; at night, the warm glow reflects the surrounding mountains, and in the complex and innovative design, quietly contains the words of contemplation and prayer. Image Source: dezeen & archdaily & designboom. Join Polysh Facebook to read the latest and interesting architectural and design articles.

Use the building to record the sun's trajectory: Miami Sun Path House

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Sundial, a device that displays the time of day through the position of the sun; typically the shadow projected by a squeak is on the dial, indicating the time through the marking on the disk. If such a device becomes a building, what kind of way will it be presented? The “Sun Path House”, a residence in Miami, created by designer Christian Wassmann, expresses the original design of the building quite directly; the exterior is unique in shape, not like a rectangular building, with a column like a trunk. At the same time, it has a square of residential space. Christian Wassmann's design concept is a display of the sun running in the day from the "Sunday"; under the building, from the perspective of the view, you can see its special vortex-like structure. Christian Wassmann's design inspiration comes from the beautiful weather in Miami. In this city with abundant sunshine, the lack of sunshine is the main reason for his design: "I used to design a temple to express my respect for the sun. So when I saw the sun's trajectory map I suddenly realized that I could turn it into the design of this house.” The main body of the building has a swirling shape that gives the building a curved wall; this curved wall records the longest in a year. One day - the summer solstice. Every summer solstice, the sun is at the location of the building, which is the trajectory of the 24,48'55 north latitude. Christian Wassmann spent nine years making this concrete tree house a "sunset", while the buildings are surrounded by palm trees, not only to successfully display their design ideas, but also to reach the hope of the owners. Can have the wish of "tree house". This sculpture-like building not only has a special design meaning, but also has a bright and comfortable appearance. It makes a concrete building suddenly have more soul and warmth. Under the sunshine in Miami. It is recorded that the scenery is bright again and again. Text / Irene Hsu. All Images via Christian Wassmann unless stated otherwise. [This article is a Polysh x La Vie activist collaboration article] Join Polysh...

The designer's exploration of experimental paradise: Asia's largest! Bangkok Materials Library Material ConneXion

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In May of this year, the Thai Creative Design Center was reopened in the old postal building in the old town. The interior of the Material ConneXion Bangkok "Full-Service Library" is a long-standing and unique place in addition to the 6 strongholds in Italy. Active material library. Together with the Materials Library, which was established in Chiang Mai in 2013, it became the second branch of the Material ConneXion Materials Library in Thailand in the expanded layout of the Thai Creative Design Center. The strong Bangkok design is backed by the government-funded Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC), Thailand's largest design resource and information exchange center. Since 2004, it has been in the design circle and creative business community in Thailand. Enjoy high visibility. The most widely known of these is a dream library and a very special material library; the material library has tens of thousands of materials, which is operated by Material ConneXion Bangkok. The criteria chosen are based on chemical innovations, innovative materials, and the most environmentally-friendly materials that companies value today. In the past, TCDC intelligently set up external service units such as exhibition halls and libraries in the city's The Emporium shopping mall, which is not only convenient for brands and designers, but also a local cultural landmark in Bangkok. Because of the greater responsibility – to revitalize the old district of Bangkok, Charoenkrung, with creativity and sightseeing, this year TCDC moved the base to the Grand Postal Building on Charoenkrung Avenue. For Material ConneXion Bangkok, the Materials Library also moved to the TCDC to join the TCDC to revitalize the old town. On the other hand, TCDC is in...

Technology Settlement in the Forest: Cylinder House, Lyon, France

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In the woods on the outskirts of Lyon, France, a huge tube-shaped glass cylinder is juxtaposed with the woods, like a technological settlement in the future. This is the "Cylinder House". The white column-shaped dropper interweaves the modernity of the original native landscape. It is like a laboratory in the mountains, injecting new life and vitality into the earth, and launching a realistic and imagined chemistry. The high and low tubular shape cuts the space into different blocks, including full open and semi-open forms; this is from the work of French architect Cyril Lancelin, which uses the arrangement of the cylinders to amplify the interior layout, and the external shape is also Let the shape of the house be more free, breaking the stereotype of the architectural pattern. Unlike the traditional compartment mode, Cylinder House builds the aisle connections in a “tube-over” fashion, creating different areas and functional locations. Cyril Lancelin, who has worked with many famous architects and artists, was born in Lyon. This bold work is like avant-garde gift to his land. Since the creation of the studio town and concrete in 2016, Cyril Lancelin has been committed to building an anti-traditional form of architecture; the style is avant-garde, and other architectural proposals he has created are not difficult to see how he loves to break the traditional style of architecture. Like the pyramidal pavilion "Pyramid" made up of pink balloons, it seems to be close to a colorful paradise or dreamland; the other work "Green Chapel" is also a green spheroidal combination into a church, naturally The light is projected between the spheres, and the fantasy shape makes people enter the future world, avant-garde and unique. Cyril Lancelin is not limited to the existing cutting and delamination, based on the building as a whole, with simple three-dimensional stacking of geometry. Perhaps it is actually not the first priority, but it has increased countless possibilities; it can be said that it is very good at emphasizing the imagination of the sky, the practice of architects in the building. The uniform system of cylinders side by side allows the house space to be magnified, but at the same time blurs the boundaries of the outdoors. Perhaps for the living environment, we will have a framework and an established impression, just like the preconceived concept of looking at things; however, the biggest limitation to creation is to be self-limited, and everything has infinite possibilities and plasticity – even the space filled with borders. building. At Cylinder House, we see rules and opportunities, and discover new possibilities and opportunities. The ink and definition of “residence” may be like Cyril Lancelin's work, and bold imaginations bring more possibilities. This creative spirit, I think can be applied to anything and life. All images via designboom unless stated. Join Polysh Facebook to read the latest and interesting design and architectural articles.

Create a green forest in the city: Madrid OJALÁ restaurant

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Come to Madrid in the summer, Sunshine tapas snacks, Sangria bartenders, perhaps the only thing you feel is missing is the beach. However, there is a restaurant that places sand and waves like crystal lattices in the heart of the city – OJALÁ in the Malasana district. Known as one of the most popular areas in Madrid, Malasana's unique hippie tone accommodates a wide variety of ethnic groups, with a variety of specialty shops scattered among them, especially the collection of many second-hand shops. The price of the people can dig into many accidents. Treasures; a young, diverse and creative atmosphere makes this an ideal neighborhood for friends. OJALÁ is no less inferior to the surrounding stores, blue-green and radiant, like a sea wave, bringing a cool summer to the inland Madrid. Designed by local construction team Andre Jaques, OJALÁ tries to reflect the social diversity of its region through spatial style. Therefore, OJALÁ is more like an inland fascinating sea view, not just a building; the owner's idea is in line with Andre Jaques's design philosophy. In modern times, culture is no longer produced in an isolated environment, but in the connection as a network. Andre Jaques intends to explore the cultural role that architecture plays in society through various spaces; he likes to pay attention to how people use space spontaneously, and to plan and imagine various activities in the design. Although it is a restaurant storefront, many of Andre Jaques's interesting ideas are reflected in OJALÁ's space; he creates a different conversational experience between OJALÁ and the space: meeting, dining, and entertainment. Like the large wooden table shared by the guests and the clerk, it has the function of a bar and is wider and more comfortable than the bar; the seat design at the corner of the window encourages strangers who are also greedy with the sun to sit side by side and open the dialogue; or, along the stairs Going to the basement, there is no sun shining, but it is full of soft beaches. You can sit at the table and enjoy lunch normally, feel the chasing of light and shadow indoors, just like bathing in the green forest; you can take off your shoes and socks, walk down the ladder after 6 pm, step on the white sand from Almeria. , lean on the low seat and enjoy a cocktail. The entire room is like a shutter, condensing the last moment of the beach scene before the evening, and with a slowly changing music and neon light, spend a night in a unique summer atmosphere. Chef Javier Brichetto creates simple but refined dishes for the restaurant, like the Gazpacho tomato cold soup that is perfect for summertime, and even boldly adds watermelon to create a new taste, making OJALÁ a space and taste experiment. In fact, every ordinary space is covered with a variety of social relationships; in this huge container, such as Andre Jaques...

Frank Gehry, an old urchin, builds an art hill: LUMA Arles, the South American Museum of Contemporary Art

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Frank Gehry, an old urchin who is not old and creative, has a lot of new work to make everyone feel refreshed. Following the last time in Paris, France, a romantic ship "Foundation Louis Vuitton" that sailed on the land has become one of the new landmarks of Huadu; this time his work is settled in Arles in the south of France, for the blue The quaint town on the coastline builds a bold and avant-garde hill. Located in Nanfa, in the town of Yar, in addition to the Roman amphitheatre, monuments, churches, and the beautiful sights of the famous Van Gogh paintings, there is a world-class contemporary photography exhibition "Rencontres d'Arles" every summer. It is synonymous with Yar. In recent years, Frank Gehry's Parc des Ateliers, a contemporary experimental art center for LUMA Arles, is also located in a beautiful town intertwined with traditional and contemporary art, next to a famous abandoned railway. Founded in 2004, the LUMA Foundation was founded by renowned Swiss curator/art collector Maja Hoffmann to support independent artists and creative pioneers around the world, including art, photography, publications, documentary and multi-media collaboration and creation. Painting, combining environmental, human rights and educational issues. LUMA Arles, which was extended from the LUMA Foundation in 2013, flaunts the art research and thoughts of the "Experimental Culture Center". It is located in the space of the former railway station and named "Parc des Ateliers". Frank Gehry's ongoing tower is the main building in the garden. In addition to its appearance, it has its own irregular expressions. It is also based on the characteristics of the local mountain range, creating a tower shape of 56 meters high; Looking at it, or looking at it from a distant horizon, it has contributed to Yal's unique and unique skyline that has escaped from the original landscape. Two spaces next to the tower, such as the factory building, were planned by the famous American architect Annabelle Selldorf. In recent years, it is not only the main exhibition hall of the photography exhibition, but also the primary venue for various cultural events. Now it has already been in Yar. The important position of Art Hub. ...