Knol Ontwerp: Skinning Architecture

A few years ago, they were experimenting with "technofood". The Knol Ontwerp studio members now have architecture under their skin, manufacturing memories of buildings with the help of latex, molded directly onto the architectural elements they choose to replicate. Shape, dirt, rust and various traces from the original place help re-create and building a new space: "Like skin transplantations, they can be taken to other spaces where they get new spatial meaning. They take us to a world in which places are no longer fixed to specific locations, but become nomadic". (...)

Emmanuelle Moureaux: 100 colors, Shinjuku Creators Festa

Yet another colorful project from the French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux who settled down in Tokyo in 1996. For the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013, the architect selected 100 colors from the Japanese paper manufacturer Takeo. 840 pieces of paper were hung from the ceiling creating a floating volume of color. "When I first arrived in Tokyo, I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street", the architect reminisces. "In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan. Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional 'layers' in the city. The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of 'shikiri', which means dividing (creating) space with colors."

Toyo Ito, Pritzker Prize 2013

L'architecte japonais Toyo Ito vient de se voir attribuer le prestigieux prix Pritzker 2013. L'architecte âgé de 71 ans, né à Séoul, sera récompensé à l'occasion d'une cérémonie officielle au sein de la John F. Kennedy Library, à Boston. Japanese architect Toyo Ito is awarded the prestigious 2013 Pritzker Prize. The 71 years old Seoul-born architect will receive the prize during an official ceremony to be held in Boston at the John F. Kennedy Library.

Ugly Belgian Houses (& a bit of sarcasm)

Vous vous sentez d'humeur morose, englués dans un hiver sans fin ?  Voilà qui devrait vous sauver : Hannes Coudenys a compilé quelques-unes des maisons les plus laides inattendues de Belgique. A l'hérésie, il ajoute le sarcasme. L'essayer, c'est l'adopter (j'en ricane encore). Yes, this is a long and tiring winter, and we all need some cheering up. This should do the trick: Hannes Coudenys toured Belgium to spot a few ugly one-of-a-kind houses, and compiled them with mean and witty comments. Give it a try - this made my day.

Connaître ses fondamentaux

Créé par un groupe d'architectes et de designers ayant fait leurs armes au sein de grands cabinets (David Chipperfield, Jürgen Mayer H. et Graft), The Fundamental Group doit son nom à la théorie de Poincaré. Une passion commune pour les mathématiques lie les membres du collectif Fundamental, installé à Berlin. Une fascination qui trouve écho dans leurs travaux - qu'il s'agisse d'architecture, de design d'objet ou de design de mobilier. A bunch of architects and designers, who used to work in renown studios such as David Chipperfield's, Jürgen Mayer H. and Graft, gathered to create The Fundamental Group. Named after Poincaré's theory, The Berlin-based Fundamental collective makes mathematically inspired architecture, furniture and objects.