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THE SHED IN SOUTHBANK

national theatre

London’s National Theater gets an electrifying companion. The Shed is a temporary performance space designed by the architecture firm Haworth Tompkins. Located just outside the theater, the bold red box is simple and striking. Its contrarian form creates an interesting tension with the National Theater. Red versus grey. Simple lines versus a maze. Visually, it’s brilliant and offers a bit of fun to the area. Open until April 2014, the Shed seats 225 people. Tickets range between $18 – $30 USD. We’ve posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, places

DUBAI TECHNICOLOR

matthias heiderich

Colors and lines collide with beautiful symmetry in the latest work from Matthias Heiderich. We first wrote about him when his images from Berlin hit the internet. And now, his latest images from Dubai have us eager to visit the growing metropolis. Matthais’ signature use of color brings the city to life and reminds us of a retrofuture landscape that would be imagined in the 60s. We’re looking forward to seeing more his of work as he travels to new destinations. We’ve posted a few of his images below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: photography, people, places

THE NORWEGIAN CUBE

THE NORWEGIAN CUBE

The relationship between art and museums is fascinating. Museums don’t just house art, in many cases they’re becoming art. That’s a thin line for architects. Creating bold experiential spaces while fairly honoring the potential artwork isn’t easy.

A great example of a museum striking this balance is Norway’s Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum in Førde. Contextually, its exterior design draws cues from the surrounding mountains, weather and a large visible glacier on the European mainland. It stands out among the city’s more traditional architecture. Meanwhile, the interior is a fantastic space that allows the exhibiting work to shine and take center stage. As the architects, C.F. Møller describe, “The museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains. The facade is clad in white glass with a network of angled lines, reminiscent of the fracture lines in ice.” We posted a few images below.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design

SPAIN'S LOGROÑO STATION

high speed train spain

High Speed Rail is the future. That’s why it’s fitting that their public stations reflect a vision beyond the present. Located in the riverside town of Logroño in Northern Spain is a station that strikes the hyper-futurism theme perfectly. Polygon stylings, flowing natural light and open spaces greet travelers as they board high speed trains connecting the North and South. Logroño’s station was created as part of a larger project that includes a public park and housing development in efforts to reinvigorate urban development in the area. The architects at Àbalos + Sentkiewicz did a fantastic job. We have a few images posted below. Click Read More to view.

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COPENHAGEN'S NEW LIBRARY

copenhagen library

Libraries! We know this isn’t for everyone – but the more we travel the more we find ourselves hunting down the best book shops, magazine stores and libraries. It’s become a habit. Each city offers a new place to lose hours and hours of time amidst a sea of interesting publications. That’s why we’re excited about Copenhagen’s newest library designed by COBE. Entitled The Library, it was built to resemble stacked books with each floor catering to a different reader – one floor for children, another for adults and more. Plus its hyper-futuristic stylings work well to remind people that libraries don’t have to be a thing of the past. We posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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ASAKUSA CULTURAL CENTER

kengo kuma culture center tokyo

We’re extremely impressed with the uptick in imaginative design for Tourist Centers all over the world. Usually reserved as an after-thought, cities are taking a new approach to tourist centers and using them as an opportunity to impress travelers while improving neighborhoods. Recently, Tokyo saw the completion of a new tourist center located near the Buddhist temple Senō-ji in Asakusa. Designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, the center boasts 8 floors wrapped in a beautiful skin of golden vertical planks that add drama and dimension to the structure. As the architects describe, “The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a new section which had not existed in conventional layered architecture.” We posted a few images with a video below. Click Read More to view.

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KEMPTEN'S NATURAL ENERGY

Iller River Hydroelectric Power Station

Futuristic hydro technology finds a home in the historic town of Kempten, Germany. Located just 80 miles southwest of Munich on the Iller River, the bold structure boasts dramatic curves that are so modern they challenge the more traditional architecture found in the surrounding town. But it’s this same tension that makes it special and adds a bit of flare to the area. Created by Becker Architecture, the project was completed in November 2010 and replaced an older power station from the 1950s. Its operation is similar to conventional hydroelectric plants by having the water stream into a basin through turbines and back into the river which produces 10.5 million kilowatts and supports nearly 3,000 households. It’s an impressive innovation and has become a serious tourist attraction. Since its completion, the facility has provided 20,000 guided tours for visitors. Not bad for a power plant. We posted a few images below.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, innovations

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