OMA + LMN – Seattle Central Library

This is -by far- one of the most inspiring projects I know. And it´s not just the skin or the structure. It´s the new program relations, that make of this more than a mere library, but an enhaced public space around knowledge. Architects: OMA + LMN Location: Seattle, Washington, USA Key Personnel: Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner-in-Charge), with Mark von Hof-Zogrotzki, Natasha Sandmeier, Meghan Corwin, Bjarke Ingels, Carol Patterson Consultants: Arup, Bruce Mau Design, Davis Langdon, Dewhurst Macfarlane, Front, HKA, Hoffman Construction, Inside/Oustide, Jones & Jones, Kugler Tillotson, Magnusson Klemencic, McGuire, … Continue Reading

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Taipei Pop Music Center by A. Asadov Architectural Studio

The russian team a. asadov architectural studio developed a complex grass hill for their proposal of the Taipei Pop Music Center. Various sections are based around craters and volcanoes. The center consists of 3 main sections an outdoor performance space, main hall and a green roof park. the hills are specially designed with sound protection for the surrounding areas. [ via ] … Continue Reading

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Elektra Plain Steel by Ernestomeda – Contemporary Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets –

Do you want a modern and durable kitchen furniture? Then you should pay attention to stainless steel kitchen cabinets. Nowadays these kitchens are very popular thanks to their excellent technical characteristics. They are reliable, stain and corrosion resistant and environmentally friendly. Besides contemporary steel kitchen furniture looks very stylish and sophisticated. One of best examples of such kitchens is ElektraVetro by Ernostomeda. This minimalist kitchen perfectly demonstrates one more advantage of stainless steel cabinets. The fact is that there is a large selection of kitchen appliances in any shop, which fit to them. If you also … Continue Reading

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Book Review : Building Construction Illustrated

Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback) ~ Francis D. Ching (Author) Bought this book the other week, and fount it more than useful, so I thought I'd give it a review. I needed some information regarding residential construction, but what I found was so much more. This Illustrated book is packed with almost everything you need to know about construction. When I say that, I mean it covers all of the major components. It does not walk you through tiling a floor, but as an example it does show the different methods of framing and provide clear illustration of how each method is done. I only wanted information on … Continue Reading

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Egg by Pozzi-Ginori – Wooden Bathroom Fixtures

Pozzi-Ginori is a part of Saintec, which is a big manufacturer of bathroom ceramics and a bath furniture. It offers a lot of different collections in classic and modern styles. Its new collection Egg is a refine combination of natural wood cabinets and excellent sanitary ware characterized by smooth and soft lines. Washbasin’s, toilet’s and bidet’s shapes are inspired by a simple and at the same perfect egg. With such collection you could furnish the whole bathroom and create relaxing and comfy ambience. Wooden cabinets are presented in various versions. In addition to wash basin cabinets there are a large selection of mirrors with … Continue Reading

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee | Carved Book Landscapes

For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says: So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become … Continue Reading

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001 Architectural Concept – Architecture University

This is a concept developed by a young architect called Vahid   Rafie nia, and the reason it appears on archtopia.com, is that we want to start a series of posts, where you, our readers can evaluate, comment and discuss the work of our fellow architects, as well as giving suggestions for improvement. So here are some insights on the project. You will find more on every image. Architects: Vahid   Rafie nia Location: Pasdaran, Tehran, Iran Date: 2011,january Materials: Concrete, Glass, steel Site Area: 12800 m2 Project Area: 5400 m2 Vahid even made a video of the building. You can check it on Archtopia's facebook … Continue Reading