Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Standing in Tokyo like a left over prop from a science fiction movie made in the 70s, the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa faces the threat of demolition. The building was a prototype for 21st century living in an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. The building is composed of two concrete towers housing 140 prefabricated modules (capsules) that are self-contained units. The capsules can be connected or combined to create larger spaces and are designed to be replaceable.
Street Art // Friday, August 23, 2013
With a mouth as an entrance, a tale as a slide and two circular windows for eyes, this kitty-cat-kindergarten is truly a one of a kind educational experience for children in Wolfartsweie, Germany. Designed by artist Tomi Ungerer and architect Ayla-Suzan Yöndel, the cuddly kindergarten structure holds 100 children and has multiple classrooms, a coatroom, a dining room, a kitchen and the paws serve as indoor playrooms. We are slightly jealous and how come Japan wasn’t the first to be doing this? Cat cafes but no cat schools?
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 22, 2013
Milano-based architecture firm Santabrogiomilano has designed a transparent house concept that is ready to be built almost anywhere in the world. The inhabitants of the house would be completely surrounded by glass except for the ground floor. Every structural element of the house is composed of glass pieces and by pressing a button the glass can instantly be turned matte for privacy!
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tomas Saraceno, the man behind some of our favorite installations, is working on yet another incredible project. This one came from the idea of creating a building so light that it could take off and elevate into the air. Whether it is a flying sculpture or a flying observation tower, the vision is to create a structure that will float up with the wind and that people can occupy. Awesome! Watch a video and see photos of early models and prototypes after the jump!
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
The story of a Beijing doctor spending the last 6 years building a mountain villa on the roof of his 26-story apartment building with no permission has been making its rounds on the web recently. We can't even begin to comprehend how he managed to get those materials onto the roof...elevators? The addition covers 1000 square meters of rooftop in artificial rocks, real trees and grass. After residents filed complaints for 6 years about leaks, heavy machinery, and noise, the government finally decided to intervene and give the man a whole 15 days to remove it.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 13, 2013
When tasked with designing a look out structure for an absolutely spectacular view in Norway, architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen worked hard to not destroy the atmosphere and finished with a fantastic structure in a fantastic landscape, with a fantastic view. "By creating a giant diving board like structure measuring 4m x 30 x 9, 'Aurland Look Out' is a viewing platform that helps to dramatize the experience of nature and the larger landscape room."
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Shanghai's "One City, Nine Towns" plan was a government project to build 10 satellite cities, each with it's architecture copied from a different European country. It has now become a trend, a 'national pastime' to build replica western cities. Bianca Bosker has dedicated a recent book to researching the Architectural Mimicry in detail. The copycat communities are often brick-to-brick copies of historical European buildings. While some of these cities are occupied, many, such as the replica Paris, are ghost towns. Watch a video after the jump...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
We would love to see Portland-based artist Damien Gilley's perceptual installations in person. Combining drawing and sculpture, Gilley references science fiction, non-Euclidiean geometry, and vintage computer graphics in his illusions and wall drawings.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
We love this observation deck designed by Norwegian architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk. Inspired by the painting "Winter Night in the Mountains" by Harald Sohlberg, the architect perfectly integrates the structure into the environment, giving visitors of the first Norwegian national park a view of the seemingly blue mountain range.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 08, 2013
Toby Melville-Brown's The Tower Series explores various fantastical architectural scenarios in the form of skyscrapers. Toby explains, "I'm not commenting on environmental issues, nor condemning our excessive nature; I'm merely fascinated with the synthetic landscape we have constructed around ourselves."