Santiago Calatrava is no stranger to huge, impressive public pieces of architecture. His recent Oculus in New York City will help shape the look of that city for years to come. His latest undertaking is a tower that will eclipse even the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Also to be built in Dubai, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will stand higher than anything before it, in a light and elegant manner. No plans on when construction is set to begin. Via Emaar:
A typical ski chalet in Switzerland sometimes conjures up an old style to mind. Not with Chalet Anzere, an ultramodern design set in the mountains overlooking Dent Blanche Massif. The home is utterly sleek and clean, thanks to the design team at Amsterdam-based SeARCH. Via TheCoolHunter:
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston commissioned a beautifully fluid dress created with 3D printed technology. Referencing petals and leaves, the dress is made of over 1600 pieces and 2600 hinges, but emerges from the printer fully assembled and ready to wear. Imagine heading to a party in the future, and waiting until the last moment to print your outfit for the evening. Created by design studio Nervous System. Via DesignBoom:
We like it when companies do research into their future planning and creative ideation. Fisher Price, better known for plastic children’s toys, has an interesting vision of their future of parenting, in a slick video. A lot of this doesn’t look like parenting, as much as high-tech, unexplained projections and artificial intelligence, but it’s an interesting take on young children, and the toys and tools they may (and we parents) may be using in the not-too-distant future.
Using motion-tracked lasers and wind turbines, Studio Roosegaarde creates a mesmerizing light show entitled WINDLICHT in the Dutch countryside. Like jumping rope with the wind, the lasers, in concert with the kinetic sweep of the wind turbine blades, are a silent, beautiful exploration of energy, art, and technology.
In July 1952, on its maiden voyage, the S.S. United States shattered the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a passenger ship, steaming from New York to Le Havre in less than four days. – National Geographic
In it’s day, it was the pride of the ocean, the S.S. United States. A huge and majestic ship, longer than the Titanic, this ocean liner was (and still is!) the fastest ship to ever cross the Atlantic. Sadly, it has been docked, rusting and rotting, on a pier in Philadelphia for the last twenty years. Stripped of it’s elaborate decor, the ship is now the shell of it’s former self, when it was a luxurious and classy was can be. But a conservation group, along with a possible new buyer, could bring this beautiful old ship back to life, albeit at an estimated $700 million price tag. Check out the photos below to see the ship today, and some peeks at it’s glory days. Via National Geographic:
Motionographer gathers beautiful and impactful examples of motion design, and this video by Chromosphere is pretty stunning. Amazing forms, colors, points of view. Great work. Thanks to JM for the hat-tip.
One mile high. That’s the mark that has been promised, threatened, teased, for years. Someday, architects and engineers will successfully create a mile high tower, and it will present one hell of a view. The latest concept for a mile high observatory, Sky Park, comes from a collaboration between Carlo Ratti, Schlaich Bergermann Und Partner, and Atmos Studio. The enormous tower would be topped by a huge observation deck, with a style somewhat reminiscent of Cloud City in Star Wars. To get a sense of the tower’s size, the architect describes it this way:
‘Imagine you take New York’s Central Park, turn it vertical, roll it and twirl it,’
Via DesignBoom, this concept will be officially announced in March, with no plans for construction….yet.
NASA has an eye for the artistic, and these beautifully concepted and illustrated posters are a great example of creativity + space travel.
Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. Via JPL: