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Ancient church revived by David Closes

Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 11:54am

This 18th century church built for the Sant Francesc convent has been revived by David Closes.

The church's ancient architecture has been preserved in this new design, whilst also reinventing the building in a contemporary way.

The project aimed to convert the unused church into an auditorium and general cultural facility for the local Catalan area.

Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if you think a church near you could do with some of this architectural inspiration.

Tagged David Closes, architect, architecture, interiors, design, installation

Apple's new campus

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at 12:46pm

Apple has unveiled their plans for a new campus, which is set to be completed by 2016.

British firm Foster + Partners were commissioned to conceive this design, which is predicted to cost Apple 5 billion dollars.

The 260,000-square-metre campus will provide for 13,000 employees and will include; a company fitness centre, a 1000-seat auditorium, a private park and much more!

Take a closer look at these designs here, and tell us if this workplace would inspire you.

Tagged Foster + Partners, Apple, architecture, design, innovative, architect

The Architect@Work trade fair comes to Paris

Thursday, 17th October 2013 at 12:21pm

Last week we visited the sixth edition of Architect@Work, a trade fair aimed at architects and interior designers, which took place on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October in Paris.

The exhibition emphasizes innovation, quality, knowledge and design in the built environment. This year's main theme was 'The Sensory Architecture'.

Visitors could discover a selection of innovative materials and technologies which, by employing our sense of touch, sight, smell and sound, can increase the perceived sensory quality of spaces and products that surround us.

The fair was also home to the 'SENS UNIK, sensory experiences' exhibition by the Innovathèque / FCBA, the French resource centre for innovative materials established to meet the needs of architects and interior designers.

Our client Formica Group was present at the fair, celebrating its 100th Year Anniversary while showcasing their Anniversary Laminate Collection. The fair also saw the preview of the new Formica® – Unilin MFC Collection, introducing exclusive designs inspired by the latest trends.

Architect@Work is a great fair and we definitely enjoyed the continuous supply of free catering throughout the day, especially the small éclairs au chocolat and apple tarts for the afternoon snack!

You can find out more about this trade fair here.


Tagged Architect@Work, exhibition, trade fair, architecture, architects, fun, Formica Group

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013

Friday, 11th October 2013 at 2:05pm

This year's awards ceremony for the best designed restaurants and bars in the world has recently taken place in London.

The ceremony included a unique pop-up bar and restaurant concept called 'The Box Project', featuring five different themed bar areas created by 'Best Restaurant/Bar' winners of the past. 

The overall Best Bar Award was won by Atrium Champagne Bar in London - designed by Foster + Partners, and the overall Best Restaurant Award was won by Höst in Denmark - designed by NORM Architects.

Take a look at the other winners and shortlisted entries here, and tell us if you fancy visiting one of these award-winning bars and restaurants.

Tagged Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, design, awards, architects, architecture, Atrium Champagne Bar, Foster + Partners, Höst, NORM Architects

Weston Williamson wins Brasilia Stadium Competition

Friday, 11th October 2013 at 11:47am

London studio Weston Williamson has won the Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition, which called for designers to envision a 70,000 seater stadium in the nations capital.

The competition challenged designers to feel 'free from constraints' and 'push the boundaries of what is possible with design'.

This design featured a roof made up of petal-like sections, each able to move independently and respond to weather and light conditions.

The structure of the stadium is modeled after a bird in flight, and reflects the utopian spirit of Brasilia itself.

You can take a closer look at this award-winning project here, and tell us if you plan on paying it a visit.

Tagged Weston Williamson, Brasilia Athletics Stadium Competition, Brasilia, design, architect, architecture, awards, creative, innovative

A house fit for Lionel Messi

Thursday, 10th October 2013 at 3:55pm

Architect Luis de Garrido has designed a fantasy home for his ideal client - Lionel Messi.

Named the 'One-Zero Eco-House', the themes of the architecture are designed to fit the lifestyle requirements of Lionel Messi.

Luis de Garrido is renowned for working with 'sustainable architecture' and there are elements of that in this design, most obviously in the fact that half of the roof would be covered in grass.

Other notable features are in the shape of the design - which is that of a football, and also the giant swimming pool located to the rear of the building.

You can see more of this project here, and tell us if this is the sort of house you could live in.

Tagged Lionel Messi, innovative, architect, architecture, design, clever, Luis de Garrido

Live between buildings

Friday, 4th October 2013 at 11:21am

This innovative idea has opened up the possibility of a new range of housing in urbanised areas - by utilising the space between buildings!

The two Danish architects who are responsible for this idea, Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann, have named the concept the 'Live Between Buildings project'. 

This new range of housing would literally be lofts constructed in the gaps between large buildings in cities, built mostly using window technology to ensure they remained well lit.

This idea recently won the annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, and there have even been brief designs to show how the idea would work in densely populated cities like London or New York.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you could see yourself one day living between buildings.



Tagged Architecture, innovation, innovative, creative, clever, design, award, Mateusz Mastalski, Ole Robin Storjohann

Architectural vision of a 'Never Ending Line' comes true

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 4:56pm

After winning a local architectural competition, a fine art student was rewarded with the facilitation of his ambitions - a project called 'Never Ending Line'.

The Romanian born student called Andrei Costache of University Campus Suffolk said that he hoped his project would "express the connection between place and people."

The piece consisted of a number of coloured posts fixed into the ground at differing angles, these posts lead the way into a vibrant new retail destination called Futura Park.

The project was commissioned by AquiGen, and manufactured and installed by Claydon Architectural Metalwork.

Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this work.

Tagged Architecture, AquiGen, Claydon Architectural Metalwork, design, award, innovative, installation, architect

Campaign for a shape-shifting storefront

Monday, 30th September 2013 at 2:05pm

The miLES Storefront Transformer, designed by Architecture Commons, is a versatile set of amenities and furnishings ready to transform any vacant storefront.

The Kickstarter Campaign hopes to use this to transform a vacant storefront this winter - if they can raise the funds required.

The miLES Storefront Transformer is a 6ft cube designed to “program any storefront,” when unfolded it provides functional elements such as; shelving, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, as well as infrastructure such as; WIFI, speakers and more! 

The flexibility of the design will be utilised to showcase seven different themes: Show, Play, Share, Learn, Make, Shop, and Eat.

The Kickstarter Campaign will run this winter from September the 19th to October 19th, if they can raise the $32,000 needed to fund the project.

You can find more information about this here, and let us know if you would like to see your local stores change shape overnight.

Tagged project, architecture, art, design, pop up, functionality, New York, the miLes Storefront Transformer, Architecture Commons, experiential, interactive

RIBA choose Astley Castle as their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize

Friday, 27th September 2013 at 12:26pm

Stirling Prize WinnerThe Royal Institute of British Architects has announced their winner of the 2013 Stirling Prize, which was awarded to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for Astley Castle.

This beautiful and sympathetic scheme placed a new building at the heart of the old, bringing new life to features that were once dying away. 

Astley Castle is a 12th century fortified manor that was damaged by fire in 1978. Witherford Watson Mann Architects has designed a new house that allows visitors to experience life in a centuries old castle whilst still enjoying all the 21st century modern conveniences.

RIBA comments, “Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted. The decision to put the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special as perhaps the most impressive spaces are the outdoor Tudor and Jacobean ruins.”

Astley Caste - Stirling Prize WinnerWatch a film about this fantastic building below or visit RIBA here to find out more about this outstanding project and the other shortlisted entries.

Images © Helen Binet

2013 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Astley Castle from RIBA on Vimeo.

Tagged Stirling Prize, 2013, RIBA, Architects, Winner, Architecture, Astley Castle, design, creative

100% Design opens its doors!

Thursday, 19th September 2013 at 10:36am

Formica Group100% Design, the UK’s largest contemporary design trade event, opened its doors on September 18th to the trade and press for four days and will be open to the public on Saturday 21st.

100% Design includes six colour-coded areas: Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms, Eco, Design & Build, International Pavillons and Emerging Brands. The event attracts leading UK and international brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood and many more.  

Our client, Formica Group, worked with design resource studio Material Lab to create a unique 'deconstructed' interior environment showcasing essential surfaces in their
natural light.

At ther stand, decors and textures are being featured from the DecoMetal® by Formica Group range, including the red dot award-winning Plex texture, AR Plus® High Gloss laminate, solid through-colour ColorCore® as well as on-trend decors from the Formica® Colors range.

Throughout the exhibition there were a number of great products that caught our eye;

A living room table by Picchio, constructed from cork cylinders of various lengths, resting on a copper footing, creating a fascinating contrast between the refined materials of copper, cork and glass.     

Some of the most luxurious baths in the world were also on display. Curated by Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine, the Bath Boulevard exhibition features stunning bathtubs, from traditional classics to ultra-modern style. 

You can find more information and register for this event here. Let us know which is your favourite part.


Tagged design, 100% design, architecture, interior, products, Formica Group, Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood, architect, designer, contemporary

Iconic European buildings photographed from the air

Tuesday, 17th September 2013 at 1:04pm

To prove Europe's most iconic buildings can be even more breathtaking when viewed from the air, Russian photographers and daredevils Vadim Mahora and Vitaly Raskalovym travel Europe with one purpose: to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge and capture the view from the air.

Their latest destinations have included the Sagrada Família in Barcelona (first image), Cologne Cathedral in Germany (second image), the Eiffel Tower in France and many others in 12 different European cities.  

Take a look at the rest of their photos here and tell us would you be brave enough to climb that high?



Tagged Vadim Mahora, design, photography, travel, tourism, creative, interactive, architecture, Vitaly Raskalovym, clever

Ajando's 'Next Level' working environment

Monday, 16th September 2013 at 2:15pm

Cross-media agency Ajando are to use a very unusual loft as their new corporate headquarters, which has had its design inspired by quantum physicist John Wheeler, the architecture of Josef Hoffmann and, of course, the information expertise of Ajando.

Built upon the premise that "material is not the building material of our world, but rather information" this project aimed to deliver an architectural concept that mirrored the data and information that flows through Ajando. 

Needless to say internationally renowned architect Peter Stasek and Loftwerk architects had their hands full when commissioned to facilitate this ambition.

However the end product is impressive and as a result, the loft becomes a live cross-media platform in real life with perfect usability.

Take a closer look at this interesting project here, and tell us if this is a working environment you would enjoy.


Tagged Ajando, John Wheeler, Josef Hoffman, Peter Stasek, Loftwerk Architects, design, office, architect, architecture, creative, interiors

Religious architecture redesigned

Friday, 13th September 2013 at 10:01am

Respecting old traditions but given a new and interesting purpose, these fifteen churches, monasteries and synagogues have been transformed into homes, libraries and nightclubs.

These houses of worship have been adapted to modern designs whilst retaining the awe-inspiring original architectural elements like vaulted ceilings, arches, altars and stained glass windows.

One of our favourite examples is this thirteenth-century Dominican church in Maastricht Holland, which has been transformed into 'Selexyz Dominicanen', a massive bookstore.

The 1,200-square-meter church will all of its elegant arches and vaults has been filled with a modern three-story volume containing row after row of books, to take advantage of the full height of the structure.

Have a look at the rest of these stunning architectural creations here.



Tagged Architecture, design, church, building, creative, innovative, innovation, clever

Zaha Hadid’s ‘New National Stadium of Japan’ to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

Wednesday, 11th September 2013 at 3:21pm

Tokyo Olympic StadiumAfter Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, it was confirmed that Zaha Hadid Architect's 'New National Stadium of Japan' will act as the major venue for the games

The stadium is capable of hosting many types of sporting and cultural events because of its adjustable seating sections that can be moved closer to the playing field.

The capacity of the stadium is 80,000 and it has a retractable roof allowing for an open-air atmosphere.

Zaha Hadid Architects won the international competition to design the stadium organised by the Japan Sport Council.

You can find more images of the stadium here, or watch the video below to see the stadium and tell us if you will be cheering on Team GB at Tokyo 2020


Tagged Tokyo 2020, architect, design, Zaha Hadid Architects, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Team GB, innovative, video, architecture, clever

Sculptural installations challenge gallery spaces

Thursday, 5th September 2013 at 11:21am

Shaun HurShaun HurKorean-born and London-based Shaun Hur makes installation works to question the confines of gallery spaces.

Hur challenges the passive roles in which viewers traditionally see sculptures within the context of a gallery, implicating the space as an active element in the artwork itself.

The inspiration behind this work comes from closed shops and construction sites combined with evoking the memories of the adventures and discoveries made during childhood.  

Hur creates brilliantly stalling work that questions what we know even as it sits in front of our very eyes.

His works include a twisted column, a hole in the wall or a broken pillar, even a basketball in the centre of a pillar and many more intelligent installations.

See more of his work here, and tell us if you would feel safe in one of these galleries.



Tagged art, gallery, Shaun Hur, installation, creative, clever, inspiration, interactive, architecture

Micro urban design in Berlin

Monday, 2nd September 2013 at 10:30am

In contrast to the big and not so aesthetically pleasing housing architecture in Germany, Evol has decided to transform the images into miniature art.

He is turning urban fixtures and unused walls into tiny cityscapes using a deceptively simple toolbox comprised of cardboard, stencils and spray paint.

The artist uses quick-and-dirty materials that are easy to obtain and fast to install for his designs. 

These sprayed-in-place or pasted-on building faces exhibit not only convincing architectural details but also anticipated (yet always unpredictable) marks of weathering, which in turn reinforce their apparent realism.

Take a look at more of his eye-catching work here.



Tagged Evol, Berlin, architecture, design, creative, clever, art, innovative

Temporary street market kiosks create a creepy backdrop

Wednesday, 28th August 2013 at 2:02pm

filmAn eerie town of kiosks by Brut Deluxe are used as the set for a short horror movie by ImagenSubliminal.

Munich and Madrid-based Brut Deluxe's metal kiosks are designed to look like basic archetypal houses.

The City of Madrid ordered 275 units for different events, but when the huts are not in use they are stored together in rows and form a small deserted town - or in this case the backdrop for this film.  

In the movie a frightened woman is running for her life through alleyways between the kiosks, the black and white Hitchcock style film was made with the kiosk designers as a promotional tool.

Watch the film below to see what happened to that lady, or you can find out more about it and the kiosks here.

Tagged Madrid, film, Brut Deluxe, ImagenSubliminal, Miguel de Guzmán, m.poli, architecture, design, creative, innovative, promotion

A roof over ruins

Friday, 23rd August 2013 at 5:02pm

ChurchChurchArchitect Ferran Vizoso faced a challenge: how to save the majestic, war-torn ruins of a crumbling Spanish church without ruining its beauty and architecture? And the answer was simple; he just installed a roof over it.

Severely damaged during the Spanish Civil war, the roofless church had become an open-air structure, its interior bathed in golden sun, but unshielded from more damaging elements. Vizoso wanted to protect the stone and plaster edifice from further deterioration but still keep one of its main elements: the open sky.

The architect used EFTE for the roof, which is a plastic composite. It is known of its strength, durability and light properties and creates a segmented roof over the church. The roof not only protects the church but it has also enabled it to become an enclosed meeting place.  

More images of this great project can be found here.


Tagged Spain, roof, ruins, Ferran Vizoso, Corbera d’Ebre, Etfe, architecture, design, innovative

The World Architecture Festival 2013 – a pure design inspiration

Wednesday, 21st August 2013 at 10:30am

World Architecture WorkThe World Architecture FestivalThe World Architecture Festival 2013 (WAF) gathers together the global architecture community to debate, learn and be inspired.

The festival takes place in Singapore between 2nd – 4th October 2013, attracting more than 1,750 architects from over 60 countries, and displays the best of architecture. 

The absorbing programme presents almost 300 projects that vary in terms of scale, type, context and culture creating a unique mix of inspiration. The 43 awards given at the WAF rank the most incredible creations in three main categories - completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects.

Hours of presentations, talks and debates highlight among many other industry leaders today’s most innovative and influential thinkers: Dietmar Eberle, Charles Jencks and Jeanne Gang.

Keep up to date of the architectural excellence from across the globe by following the WAF on Twitter @worldarchfest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For further information and tickets, please visit the WFA website.

Tagged The World Architecture Festival, architecture, design, creative, interactive, Dietmar Eberle, Charles Jencks, Jeanne Gang

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