Tudela-Culip Restoration Project by EMF Estudi Martí Franch, Ardévols Associates Consultants. Photo: Pau Ardavol. Sometimes you might be tired of meditating on the corners of Mies’ Mineral and Metals Building. Of thinking deeply about Corbusier’s sculptures at Chandigarh, to no avail. Sometimes, maybe you don’t want to meditate on architecture but with the help of architecture? Architecture has a …Continue Reading
Now here’s an installation that sets a new standard in mixed-media art. Designed by creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast for the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, “Forest” is a giant, fully immersive laser installation covering almost 450-square-meters and featuring 150 musical “trees” made of rods and neon lights. This was meant to be an art piece, not a mega-warehouse rave, right?
But wait, there’s more! Each tree is tuned to a specific musical note, creating harmonious sounds played through a powerful surround-sound system. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers. Interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate due to the natural springiness of the material, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound.
The installation is designed to bring out the feelings of curiosity and wonderment inherent to childhood in adults—let’s just hope it doesn’t also induce seizures! Click through for more.
Forest from Marshmallow Laser Feast on Vimeo.
One last Real or Rendering for the road. This house in Spain is how we like to do camping: a house in the woods that’s not of the woods. The concrete forms rise above the tree line, with views in all directions. The house’s four bounding walls are reduced to just columns, sixteen in all, which frame modular open air rooms. Is this house too good to actually exist? Let us know what you think below.
Project: Huis aan’t Laar
Location: Zoersel, Belgium
Located in the far north of Belgium, the ‘Huis aan t Laar’ (house in the woods) is aptly named. Set amid a young forest, the cube-like single-family dwelling stands in stark contrast to the organic vegetation—a beloved modernist aesthetic that is perpetually impressive. Large square windows pierce the dark volume, imparting a surprisingly light interior. One of the home’s sides opens onto a large patio through a full-length glazed wall.
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Photos: Filip Dujardin Photography
Building: Sauna in the Woods
Location: Lago Ranco, Chile
Why We Like This:
Yesterday we posted a top 10 of our favorite saunas and baths around the world (view all our picks here). Unfortunately, we had to rule out some incredible projects to keep the list at just 10 sites. But we decided that one of the structures we left out, the Sauna in the Woods by Panorama, was just too good to go unnoticed. The project, situated in Chile’s Lago Ranco, consists of a sauna with roofed terrace and changing room, all of which look in different directions to offer visitors views of everything from the rock to the lake. Read the complete project description here.
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This tucked-away chapel in the Ukraine by Rds Brothers is inspired by the country’s traditional wood church towers. It rises vertically to match the pine trees in the surrounding forest. Completed this year, the chapel’s isolated location and nearly windowless design allow for ultimate privacy in the middle of nature. Read More.
The floor space is small and square, but the ceiling is high, twisting and turning as it rises and culminating with a star-shaped skylight. A lower, horizontal slit in the wooden exterior allows a sliver of daylight to cut across the floor, creating a supernatural glow.
The chapel’s glass door entrance gives the impression of an open and inviting space, while the shingled wood covering makes visitors feel warm and safe inside the building’s walls.
Located in the dense forest region of northern Patagonia, the Magic Mountain Lodge is has become a base camp for visiting ecotourists. The conical structure sits on the Hulio Hulio biological preserve in Chile, a 600 square-kilometer park rich in diverse flora and fauna. The lodge takes its unique, almost paleolithic form from local legends that tell of a “magic mountain” capable of realizing one’s every wish.
Sporting a thick skin of stone and vegetation on the exterior, the hotel blends into its green surroundings, the whole picture evoking memories of a far away, fantastical realms. A spout at the peak of the pyramid spills forth a cascading flow of water down the inclined garden, from out under a series of arched windows bob in whimsical fashion. Continue.
The lodge offers guests an option of 13 rooms, each one named after local species of birds and plants. Taking inspiration from the inherently rustic nature of the preserve, the Magic Mountain Lodge features wood heavy interior finishes and even hollowed tree stumps that have been made into hot tubs. There are plenty more amenities available, including a bar, restaurant, sauna, not too mention additional excursions like ski tours, white water rafting and, of course, a mini golf course. The lodge is among the sole signs of development in the preserve, whose goal is to conserve the area’s wild, even magical character that draws in tourists from all around the world.
Courtesy of UnSangDong Architects
Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: 555-9 SongSan-li SeolAk-myeon GaPyung Kyeunggi-do, Korea
Bldg, Area: 505.00 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 637.40 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of UnSangDong Architects
Silence & movement
Most of all, we focused on a robust, simple and tranquil architecture intuitively as we take up the form and space. Another point we considered is a vigorous architecture which evoke water vitality in still emotion. The circular form symbolises pure crystal of living organisms. Circular plan which is 32 metres in diameter, 11 metres in height soars from the ground. Firm, still and refined curve wall opens with gradual, arbitrary and rhythmic rules. We expect another tone colour through the open and solid curved wall. Musical facade is achieved through this project it plays in andante, moderato and allegro. It conveys silence and movement simultaneously.
We imagine the space where corresponds the quality of water. Biological form is occurred to our mind rather than fixed form of crystallization. The flux of water and changing biological image has always been interesting architectural either subject and material. The concrete outer wall stacked on entrance freely metaphorically indicate to a wave, and it provide to experience the between space of outer and inner space. This space holds the curiosity of the space stepping into the water when we arrive in the shore. The space beneath water bears fluidity that is slowly sucked in the space of condensed crystallization at the moment.
The lobby space is not fixed and formed already. We imagine the space with given change and freedom. Lobby, promotion room and education room on 1st floor do not have a certain boundary and are always opened to possible change. The stairs toward 2nd floor is not only a link as physical demand, but the road for exhibition and experience, where links and circulates all changing spaces. The upper floor has an organic space that is centrically opened to courtyard, and it is piled up to outer space. We wish all spaces to be generated by circulating inside and outside of them.
The roof corresponds to an artificial nature. It reminds circulation of the land and topography of this region. A number of people activity could take place on top of the building namely lecture, performance, concert and so on since the space is divided into different levels. Topographical loop is reinterpreted the mountain, hill, river in nature.
A city compound infused with many aspects of nature and man made environment is constructed in a singular space of wave. The architecture houses a host of programmes such as exhibition gallery for Hyundai Motor Company and heavy industrial, Square, Forest, Lounge and so on. All the programmes are not combined in two dimensional way.