Monthly Archives: January 2011

Archimatects//Architecture Cartoons by Pelicano

Short post:  I came across these very funny cartoons over a year ago and never got to share them.

The original website is (+) where you can check out numerous different architectural cartoons. If you are too bored to surf through the website look up in the highlights (+)

*If you find them extremely funny or realize that no one of your non-architecture friends actually laughs you should reconsider the amount of time you spend in the studio.

*Finally, you can even buy for you or as a present the books Archimatects Anthologies which are great gifts for the architect who has everything. Or those more common architects who have much less, but enjoy laughing at themselves.(+)

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1024 Architects//Visual architecture

After the recent post on Muti Randolph’s recent work (+), I really wanted to share some of the work by 1024_Architects (+). A small but very dynamic and passionate Paris-based office.

1024 was created by Pierre Schneider and Francois Wunschel and their work is breaking through the classic definition of architecture. They most investigate questions regarding body, space, sound, visual, low-tech, high-tech, art and of course architecture..

“We make audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban intervention, performances, exhibitions and others…”

Perspective Lyrique


A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorithm. A great opportunity to integrate the public with “design”, “process method” and other terms that they are not supposed to feel familiar with. Yes, sometimes a good project can be simple, effective and “user-friendly”! I would love to be able to visit their projection and witness how it works.

Abies-Electronicus (aka XMAS tree)

An architectural scaffolding sculpture as a reinterpretation of the classical XMAS Tree, an artificial and ecological Tree augmented with lights, sound and visuals for the event Noel Bleuin the city of Guebwiller.

The tree trunk make a belvedere to see the city from above, and the crib is transform into a Hot-Vine-Bar…

For the end, enjoy few fragments of the above mentioned installations and probably take some time thinking what exactly can be a FULL (!) project and how make the most out of new and always available techniques.

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Kengo Kuma//Prostho Museum Research Centre

What to say about Kengo Kuma (+). Yes!it is so atmospheric and simple in the same time.  You know they say “know the rules-break the rules”. Kuma in this project  “Prostho Museum Research Centre” in Aichi-central Japan, made poetry from the rules themselves.

His source of inspiration? The assembly system of cidori, a traditional Japanese building set for children. Cidori is a collection of wooden sticks that can be notched together to make longer or shorter components. It works without metal hinges or nails. Together with structural engineer Jun Sato and craftsmen from Takayama – the region in which cidori originated – Kuma applied the principles of the toy building set to a fully fledged architectural construction.

Working with local craftsmen – who still make the toy with exceptional precision- and structural engineer Jun Sato, Kuma resized the original 12 x 12mm elements into 60 x 60mm units. 

The result is an elegant three-dimensional lattice nine metres high. By using strong cypress wood, the lumber could be sculpted into new shapes while keeping the wooden elements as thin as possible – without requiring the use of bolts, glue or nails for the joints. Hence the building, which emphasises a handmade, local approach, looks like thousands of small cidori toys connected in a giant grid. 

“Together with craftsmen, I want to entirely rethink the way materials are treated,” says Kuma. “I want to forget about readymade details as much as possible, and instead deal with materials in new, different ways.”

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The project is still fascinating from pictures but I firmly believe the atmosphere of the space created can only be admired and studied only if visited and walked through. Probably Louis Kahn’s quote can be used here – ” The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building”.

Muti Randolph//experience environments

“I am interested in confusion, but without the aid of drugs”

Short Intro: Well, this post is more about sharing strong visual elements rather than reading observations and opinions on a topic. Today’s topic is a “different” approach to classic architecture, or just some fantastic spatial creations based on new means, passion and technology. I love it!

Just got my hands on the last Frame (+) and came across Muti Randolph’s newest creations.

“My work is always trying to get people inside my head you know, inside the things I create…When you are in front of 2-D monitor, that usual experience of watching TV or going to the movies, you end up, you know, imagining you are inside the movie…But with this stuff here, now you are literally inside the action.”

Muti Randolph

-to get quickly into the spirit of his work the following video of the “Deep Screen” will be very helpful

As seen by now, he is an artist addicted to experimentation of new techniques.  As he likes to state, he creates “experience environments” for fashion shows to nightclubs and businesses. Deep Screen is a 3D cubic video display made of 6,144 animated light spheres that hang like beaded curtains!

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Muti Randolph videos  (+) (+)

For the fans here is a part of an interview//you can always read the rest here (+)

The Creators Project: Do you consider yourself an artist, an architect, or a designer? Do you see any difference between these things?
Muti Randolph: I think that my work is within all of these disciplines, encompassing a little bit of everything. I think this is nice; it’s part of what I believe, erasing the limits and transforming things.

How did you start creating? Did you study anything in particular?
I started a while ago. Actually, when I was a little kid I was sure that I was going to be a doctor.

I was crazy about biology. The first reference I had in biology was medicine. Later I felt revolted by mankind and gave up studying medicine—so I decided to study biology. I thought it was noble. It was something I was really crazy about. But I’ve always drawn as well and I’ve always been crazy about videogames. After I had already exhibited my works and so on, I ended up getting into college to study visual communication at Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) on a scholarship. My education was in graphic design, with some industrial design as well.

How early did technology begin playing a role in your work?
When I started studying at PUC, I already had a Macintosh. It was a major revolution. Then when Photoshop was launched, I wanted to master it. It was wonderful. I would use 3D software as well. Sometime after that I did the cover for Planet Hemp’s second album, and several elements from the cover were included in the show. It was my first real project in terms of set design …….

– Get inside the wave//

His last intervention in São Paulo was pretty fantastic. Like the projects that design tutors would describe as “poetry”. You could really feel like you are in a wave. Randolph’s Tube is a cylindrical metal structure lined with LEDs which, synchronized with sound, create incredible combinations of images and music that the artist intends to suggest the thrill of riding a wave. We chatted with him a bit about his creation.

Do you usually think about the reaction the public will have when you present a creation?
Generally I think of myself when I create a space. I create in order to experience a powerful and new sensation. If it’s new and powerful for me, then that’s the best bet I can make that it’s going to end up being like that for other people too. I really like watching children interacting with the work. They let themselves go much deeper into the experience.

Cowley St.Laurence Primary School//Lego Facade

Location: Hillingdon, Greater London

Architect: What_Architects (+)

Here is a small scale (almost) project bravely showing how classic and overworked programs can result in a landmark for the immediate community (most known as the home of Heathrow Airport).

The main concept of the school is the massive lego facade which gives a playful character and unique identity to the project.It is not a big surprise that earned the “Guinness World Record for the largest on-ste interlocking Lego build”

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Rigid Origami // Folding Architecture

I have been recently coming across several examples of origami influenced shapes and even whole projects in architecture. The complex level of thinking and preparation behind the final outcome is of a great interest to be studied.

Here is a video of Deployable/Transformable structures by Daniel Piker, with  an almost (is difficult to read and understand if not familiar with complex origami folding) helpful diagram explaining the different folds of every structure.

Pay a visit to his blog if interested in this kind of forms (+)

“Some of my old experiments with deployable, transformable and bistable structures, auxetics and linkages. One day I might get back to developing some of these further, but until then I thought rather than let them sit and gather dust I’d put them up here, in case anyone else is interested. I’d be happy to share the folding/cutting patterns if you want to make your own.”

Daniel Piker

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The Truffle House//Ensamble Studio

Well, welcome(!), first post for this new blog and I believe we should start with something happy. Actually the idea behind this project is so genius  that you admire and laugh with the process in the same time.

Ensamble Estudio (+), has created a small space (25 sqm) in the area of Costa da Morte (yes Spain), fully integrated in the natural surrounding. The way the space evolved is the most fascinating point of the project. The interior of the almost paleolithic structure has been filled up with hay bales and then covered with concrete that the actual site provided them.

“The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air”.

After the structure was completed, the calf Paulina, arrived and consumed the 50m3 of her favorite food. The interior of the building actually served as food source for more than a year! (Sustainability all the way!amazing)

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A small video of the building process. (once again big up for the innovative idea!)