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Swoon’s Musical Architecture for New Orleans

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Life in a Bubble… or Coconut

The Inspiration Archipod.

“an environment conducive for creative working, meditation, and innovation…”


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The Fountainhead in 5 seconds


Morning Dose of Sasha Grey

Richard Phillips builds upon his previous Lindsay Lohan film portrait with one of Sasha Grey. The building where it takes place is the Chemosphere off Mulholland Drive designed by John Lautner. Benedikt Taschen now owns the residence.

“For my film portrait of Sasha Grey, I wanted to focus on her expressive and psychological transformation into a cinematic actor, separate from the cues that have associated Sasha with her previous career as a performance artist working within the adult film world.”

–Richard Phillips

via, vmag

The Cube

A 3x3x3m eco-home in which one person can live with a minimum impact on the environment.

The China Comic and Animation Museum

Designed by Dutch firm MVRDV.

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Redesigning the Outdoor Music Festival Experience

Interesting, minimal work from Re-Make/Re-Model

“‘Why Don’t We Do It On The Stairs’ is an open and flexible concept providing a variety of spaces to accommodate all sorts of activities throughout every hour of every day of the festival. By creating two large stairs offering seating with views of the festival grounds and filling them with activity boxes where anything can happen, people can always find spaces that suit their mood…”

More here

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Creeping From Above

A look from the satellites at houses of people with more money probably than you and I combined. That’s Tony Hawk’s skateable Carlsbad manse above, and Will Smith’s Scientology palace below. You can see a lot more at Virtual Globetrotting.

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BotoxCloud from SAQ

An interactive installation designed for the Zirkumflex Gallery as part of Transmediale 2011, in Berlin.

Editions are available for purchase here

The Cube

A portable pop-up restaurant

Best Store, Best Design

Designed by architecture and environmental design organization SITE for the BEST Products Company of Richmond, Virginia between the years of 1970 and 1984. Nine different buildings were built.

More info at Ouno

(Thanks Chas!)

Houses With Slides Are So Hot Right Now

May this architectural trend continue.  The penthouse location is somewhere in the East Village.

Designed by Turett Collaborative Architects

more at Design Milk

Your New Smoke Out Hideaway

The Pirate Ship Playhouse ($27,000) weighs 12,000 pounds and sits on a real hollowed-out 5′ diameter tree trunk. Yes, a real tree trunk.

“This is the wooden playhouse that suggests a 23′ high weather-beaten pirate sloop has marooned itself in the backyard. With a hearty cedar and redwood exterior, it is festooned with classic pirate-age decorations that compel exploration: a cutlass-bearing skeleton lashed to the bowsprit, a boarded-over cannonball hole, crossed bones that form a window pane, and a crow’s nest with Calico Jack Rackam’s Jolly Roger flag. The playhouse rests on a real hollowed-out 5′ diameter tree trunk equipped with a ladder; ascending the ladder inside the trunk and opening the trap door allows entry into the ship. Other points of entry include a climbing net and a staircase. Once aboard, the ship’s bow, ship’s castle, and the balcony all serve as play areas. All interior areas are framed in Douglas fir. A corkscrew tunnel slide extends from the balcony affixed to the stern and a fireman’s pole extends from the bow, facilitating easy ship abandonment. Decorated in non-toxic paint that withstands exuberant play and harsh weather for years. 26′ L x 11′ W x 23′ H. (12,000 lbs.)”

Available here


A Modern Pyramid in Manhattan

West 57th by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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BotoxCloud by SAQ

On view at Zirkumflex in Berlin is a pretty cool light and object installation by SAQ. BotoxCloud takes form utilizing different shapes and variants of paper models that each catch light in different ways depending on how the clusters are formed. In alignment with the exhibition, the two firms have collaborated to create an edition of 500 cut and fold prints of the paper models used in the installation. More info on that, and the project here.

On view daily from 2-7pm until February 16, 2011

Fontanestraße 25, 12049 Berlin, Germany

New Crumples from Frank Gehry

University of Technology, Sydney’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building by Frank Gehry, set to commence construction in 2012.

More at Dezeen

Swoon is building a Musical House in New Orleans

Sounds like magic.

Feeding the Hunting Dogs at Château de Cheverny

Crazy. Where’s this kind of classy wealth at now in the world? Somebody, make me rich. I promise to have hounds, and gardens mixed in with all of the mini-ramps, tree houses, and Wim Delvoye sculptures.

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HuskMitNavn’s Design House for Children

In Kolding, Denmark. The house was designed by Cebra Architects.

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