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Epic Fails – Whaat a Save!

thats a clear example of architecture thats never gonna  fail! . WELL DONE to the inspired architect\constructor that told to himself .

”if so. yeah. an opportunity of worldwide status significance for me. lets do it!”

all that said due to the X-MAS tree style skyscraper – that may have been vacant for many years. but were sure throws the best New Year after-parties in NK.

Well done to the whole structure idea that once a year has its glory and can never be confirmed as a FAIL.

good job.

Image of the Day ● squeezed high rise

Back in 2nd year we were all given a brief about a tiny long house. OMG it was a difficult semester. this guy liked it so much that made it happen. Big upz!


Greater Tower for London [1890]

 – archive play for now with some uber-rare design sketches –

In 1890 some English have found that the Eiffel Tower had become an important asset for France and for Paris, noting in passing that his visitors had already reported more than the cost of its construction only during the Expo, and so they decided embarking on the construction of a tower at least as important in London.

To this end they organized a design competition to select the shape that this tower should have, there were 68 responses from across solutions with more or less inventive.

check – out the First and Second place winners [designs 37,51]

All images come from a book that brings together all the proposals and you can see here


the “Free Spirit Spheres”

Its been a long time we come across mega-stupid glass or metal structures attached to trees. However this time the final result looks more coherent and unique at the same time.

The spheres are actually hotel rooms and some of them even have names !

“Spheres, Eve, Eryn and Melody, are available for overnight rental.  We are approximately 30km north of Parksville on Vancouver Island along the Inland Island Hwy (#19), near Qualicum Bay.”

“Welcome to the world of Free Spirit Spheres, set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada. We invite you to experience a tree house for adults… 16 years and over. (liability considerations) We are open 12 months of the year; each season providing something unique.

Built on vision and engineering these handcrafted spheres are suspended like pendants from a web of rope. They occupy a truly unique place in the world while providing a habitat for the un-tamed spirit that exists in us all.”

via Free Spirit Spheres (link)

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Briefcase House (2010)

Briefcase House (2010)

Located inside a warehouse loft of 1400 sf with no partition, this project is a house within a house. The design engages two architectural issues: inside/outside and S/XL. It compacts the material possessions of the subject into one oversized briefcase – so large that the subject sleeps inside of it. The residual gap outside of the Briefcase House to the limits of the warehouse loft can be considered a super wall-cavity and rendered as blackened thick wall in an architectural plan. Converseley, when the subject occupies the wall-cavity for other activities, the house can be considered a solid obstruction. This project delineates the qualification of conceptual poche by the swerve of the figure and ground and the of blackening the thick-wall or the private volume.

The project pays homage to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and the paintings of Lucio Fontana and Robert Motherwell. The core of the Farnsworth House is key in producing the four architectural programs without erecting one single wall. Like the core of the Farnsworth House, the presence of the Briefcase House inside this warehouse carves out distinct dimensions for appropriate activities. Sitting on castors, the house can be rolled around to distort program proportions. The paintings of Fontana and Motherwell heighten the awareness of negative spaces. As an obstruction, the Briefcase House is a permanent cut on the canvas that gives birth to a new healthy body.

Design: Jimenez Lai

Construction Drawings: Brady Schneider, Cyrus Penarroyo

Construction Leaders: David Ruffing, Brady Schneider, Jimenez Lai

Photography: Jasper Reyes and Kamil Krol

Thank you to the assistance of Jonathan MacGillis, Lauren Turner, Jasper Reyes and Connie Lin

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Our new FG secretary @ the L.A office

Bad taste or Masterpieces ? ?

Yes, its back [by popular demand] so lets get started:

ok 2 more :

whooops. what just happened up there Bjarke ?

*no need to ask why “learning from las vegas” is in the Tag section of this post



the work of Henrique Oliveira

yo & goodmorning FGtrolls

This post comes str8 as a “repost” from our favorite Yatzer. However as it seems like an exclusive interview I dont think is that cool to post all the text in here.

The work of Henrique Oliveira is just SICK! please enjoy

Tapumes – Casa dos Leões | Henrique Oliveira, 2009
VII Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre
plywood and PVC
photo © Eduardo Ortega

In the world of contemporary art, when you ask an artist about the messages that he/she is trying to convey, you are most likely to receive a pompous answer/just another boring cliché. This was not the case with Henrique Oliveira, theBrazilian emerging artist known for his spatial wooden pieces whose irregular forms devour large spaces which give you the sense that you are actually inhabiting someone’s body.  His answer had no unnecessary use of any conceptual lingo. ”I believe that the message is never art itself, but instead, the lack of a message is a characteristic that makes some creations interesting to me,” he says, adding ”my works may propose a spatial experience, an aesthetic feeling, a language development and many more nominations to refer to the relation it establishes with the viewer. But, any attempt to find a message would fail.”.

His wooden pieces are chaotic and abstract. They, however, have a natural feeling to them in contrast to his older paintings, which are less naturalistic. ”They have two different moods and I like to have them in parallel, I think they even work as a compensation for each other,” he says adding: ”The artificiality of my paintings is related to the materials and the colors I use, but they have a truth in the sense that they don’t try to be anything they are not, what you see there, is paint manipulated on a surface. My wood constructions are natural in their materiality, but they are artificial in the sense that they give the viewer a sensation of something that is actually not happening.”

Henrique Oliveira’s wooden pieces carry two different themes. ”I call them pictorial and organic,” he says. Although he always starts from a sketch, when occupying large spaces his work is made in a much freer way. “In the organic works, which are based on more clear references such as skin, bellies, organ, or tumors, I tend to follow a plan which can be changed a little bit on the way.”

Whether organic or pictorial, Henrique Oliveira knows that his works transmit a sense of temporality. His aged wooden pieces ”show the transformation of matter,” he explains. However, ”there is also a temporality that is more about the present. There is a sense of movement”. This temporality is both deliberate and dictates the form of the work. In his very round wooden installations he explores the elasticity of PVC tubes playing with the idea of swollen walls. Through these pieces, he gives a sense of movement whilst creating dramatic surfaces that capture viewers.

Anyway, that was it..for full text and more images visit Yatzer’s post HERE

Ciao for now