Archive for August, 2009

August 31, 2009

Where modern kids grow – charming, modern kindergartens

Kindergarten Sighartstein by kada wittfeld architektur

Kindergarten Sighartstein by kada wittfeld architektur

Kindergarten Sighartstein - “kindergarten-in-motion”

Kindergarten Sighartstein - “kindergarten-in-motion”

by german kada wittfeld architektur

The kindergarten Lotte in Estonia by Kavakava

The kindergarten Lotte in Estonia by Kavakava

Kindergarten in Lotte - exterior view, by Kavakava

Kindergarten in Lotte - exterior view, by Kavakava

by estonian Kavakava

A Folded Mat - Kindergarten MB by njiric+ arhitekti

A Folded Mat - Kindergarten MB by njiric+ arhitekti

Kindergarten Medo Brundo in Zagreb, Croatia by njiric+ arhitekti

Kindergarten Medo Brundo in Zagreb, Croatia by njiric+ arhitekti

by croatian njiric+ arhitekti

Kindergarten Taka-Tuka-Land by Susanne Hofmann Architects

Kindergarten Taka-Tuka-Land by Susanne Hofmann Architects

Kindergarten Taka-Tuka-Land - interior

Kindergarten Taka-Tuka-Land - interior

by german Susanne Hofmann Architects

via urbarama and mies arch

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August 31, 2009

Modern goes spiritual – Villa 1 by Powerhouse Company

Villa1 amongst the trees, in the mist - modern goes spiritual

Villa1 amongst the trees, in the mist - modern goes spiritual

It is this group of French, Norwegian, Dutch and USA architects who call themselves “The Powerhouse Company” that was nominated for The Mies Van der Rohe design award for their work Villa1.
Some of the photographs of the Villa 1 are truly inspiring, especially the one showing how the building correlates to the surroundings by way of pure contrast – as is so characteristic of Mies`s works.

 cetral core of the building - villa 1

cetral core of the building - villa 1

outside view of the veranda

outside view of the "veranda"

August 31, 2009

Klein Dytham architecture

Narita Airport, Terminal 1 Klein Dytham architecture

Narita Airport, Terminal 1 Klein Dytham architecture

Just discovered this prolific design/architecture studio made of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, both “internationalists”.

On the Klein Dytham site you can find some intruiging tag-lines:

“Design is often like playing jazz. Lay down a structuring rhythm, find a snappy theme, and then improvise.”

Moku Moku Yu - communal bathing

Moku Moku Yu - communal bathing

House at Jingumae - living space and hair salon

House at Jingumae - living space and hair salon

August 31, 2009

The 7 principles of Universal Design

On Universal`s Design site you can find loads of info about – well, Universal Design.

What is Universal Design?

It`s design for everybody. And it`s more – check these 7 principles:

Principle 1: Equitable Use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

Principle 4: Perceptible Information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

When you stop to think about these principles, a question comes to mind – How many designs do you know that can boast to comply with these principles.

This is a good point for designers and design-users alike.

Check out more on universaldesign.ie

August 25, 2009

Found new site – 100 abandoned houses

the site featuring photographs of 100 abandoned houses

the site featuring photographs of 100 abandoned houses

Photographer Kevin Bauman`s photos of 100 Abandoned houses in Detroit area make for a unique memory of an era, both present and past.
The empty houses resemble discarded clothes, with the owners presence still hoovering.
Simultaneously, they make a striking presence – they are also the “now” we are living in, in contrast to the fast-moving everyday life, the glitter and the new.
For those interested to find out more, there is a NewYork Times article here.

August 22, 2009

Now you see it – now you don`t: small apartment remodell in Warsaw

centrala apartment in warsaw - now you see it, now you don`t

centrala apartment in warsaw - now you see it, now you don`t

The “Centrala” team from Poland is architects Małgorzata Kuciewicz & Jakub Szczęsny.

Their design for a small apartment in warsaw comprises of with a unique single piece unit called the ‘hardbox’. The room is then surrounded by a curtained wall that contrasts with the ‘hardbox’ in the center. The ‘hardbox’ is clad in recycled wood from furniture that belonged to the owner’s grandmother. It features a kitchen, bathroom and an extra sleeping space for two people.
Very clever use of space! Check out other Centrala projects on their website here.