When visiting Sagrada Familia, it’s easy to imagine this enormous, hugely complex cathedral will never be finished. In construction for over 130 years, it’s easily one of the most intricate building designs anywhere, and staying true to Antoni Gaudi’s master design has proven to be very difficult and expensive. But in 13 years, the construction is set to be finished, and the remarkable, bizarre, and beautiful structure should be complete. Via FastCo Design:
Space.com has a collection of awesome and highly optimistic renderings of space colonies, as seen from the 1970s. Can you imagine a fully-fledged farm in space? Now, this was post moon landing, and the sense of conquering space seemed more plausible than it does today. Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium opens this weekend, and it too features a floating space colony, called a Stanford Torus, circa 2154.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings in the world, and right now, it’s being digitally skinned like a psychedelic chameleon. Part of the Vivid Sydney, artists are projecting amazing things on the sails of the building. Love it.
A house in France known as GUE(HO)ST HOUSE makes new inroads into bizarre and stand-out architecture. Not sure if we like it, but it sure is hard to miss! Looks like someone spilled a whole lot of Wite-Out. Via DM.
Wiredhas a peak at several airport designs and design concepts. Aside from showcasing some of the most futuristic architecture anywhere on the planet, these next-generation airports will work harder and smarter than those that came before.
Via the artist: A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.
The Bunkie – small space architecture by Evan Bare + Nathan Buhler Via DesignBoom:
Evan bare of 608 design and Nathan Buhler of BLDG workshop have conceived ‘the bunkie‘ as a medium to experiment in ideas that cross boundaries between architecture and furniture design. The concept uses identical techniques used in the manufacturing process of high production plywood furniture. The frame is built using a CNC router to cut highly accurate parts which fit together like a puzzle. Clad in plywood and barn board (or other materials) – everything can be built in a factory and shipped flat-packed on-site for final assembly. The interior was designed to maximize the potential for small spaces – living quarters that could be commonly used as a family cottage add-on for sleeping extra guests without building permit requirements.
A multi-functional room has been developed that consists of three modes: sleep, play and open. ’Sleep mode’ employs two queen sized murphy beds built into one main wall – a small dining table and set of four chairs are visually integrated into the main feature wall, and can be detached for use in play mode. Open mode would provide the most square footage to be used for meditation, yoga, reading, or even ice fishing.
Via Data is Nature: Jessica Rosenkrantz of Nervous System has recently posted a Flickr set documenting a test run of 3D printed forms that resemble oceanic organisms such sea anemone, coral and barnacles. The prints make use of bold colour palettes to accentuate the topologies of the shapes. The diffused hues combined with subdivided geometries, and sometimes employing strict symmetry, create some exuberant aquatic hyper-realities that wouldn’t seem out of place on a plate from Ernst Haeckle’s Art Forms in Nature.
The appeal of tree houses is fairly obvious: seclusion, sustainability, coziness, communion with nature. Of course, often times those are qualities that are felt rather than understood–there’s a reason that, for many youngsters, the first real architectural impulse is to want a nest among the trees. But tree houses can retain their magic for adults, too. And as a gorgeous new book from Taschen shows, when that childhood dream is realized with grown-up resources, the results can be truly stunning. Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air is a 350-page tome that collects 50 diverse tree houses from around the globe. In some cases, the structures are houses in the truest sense; one section is dedicated to the Kombai tribe of Indonesia, who build homes at dizzying heights of over a hundred feet in trees in the foothills of the Jayawijaya Mountains. Others are built for specific activities, like the Meditation Tree House, a simple structure, erected outside Rome, which offers a tranquil space for the owner to reflect.
But many of the projects included take vastly more experimental forms. And if you’re already uprooting convention and building a house in a tree, why not? The Free Spirit Spheres, located in British Columbia, are a series of hanging spherical cabins, connected by a series of rope ladders that borrow from sailboat riggings (adventurous travelers can rent the tree balls on a nightly basis). The Lake Nest Tree House, in New York, is representative of another tree-house microtrend, essentially a bird’s nest built at human scale. The Honey Sphere tree house, built in Beverly Hills, does away with walls and ceilings altogether–it was built by Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors, as a place to observe nature, and it’s little more than a platform encircled by an elegant geodesic sphere.