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Interactive art facade by Rob Ley

Urbana Studio: ‘This project began with an interest in challenging the typical notion of the parking structure as an unappreciated infrastructural typology by transforming the new Eskenazi Hospital parking structure into an interactive, synthetic terrain.’

A field of 7,000 angled metal panels in conjunction with an articulated east/west color strategy creates a dynamic façade system that offers observers a unique visual experience depending on their vantage point and the pace at which they are moving through the site. In this way, pedestrians and slow moving vehicles within close proximity to the hospital will experience a noticeable, dappled shift in color and transparency as they move across the hospital grounds, while motorists driving along W. Michigan Street will experience a faster, gradient color shift which changes depending on their direction of travel.

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The Cosy Club Exeter

The Cosy Club in Exeter opened in April 2013 and is located on the ground floor of the old Dean Clarke Hospital’s Halford Wing in Southernhay. Entering through what was the hospital’s chapel entrance you arrive into a large, theatrical space with high ceilings and striking ‘institutional’ features. The building is split down the middle with the bar to your left as you enter and the restaurant filling the right hand side of the building. There’s also a terrace cantilevered off the back of the building where you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine during the summer months.

Cosy Club Exeter takes the meaning of the word ‘quirky’ to a different level; the bar is inspired by an operating table and is illuminated with surgical lighting whilst the walls are adorned with oil paintings, taxidermy, anatomical charts, and Eastern Bloc propaganda. Added to which is the usual eclectic mix of reclaimed furniture, opulent Victorian lampshades and original 1960’s Concorde hangar lights. ‘The Snug’, a Victorian tarot card reader’s inspired room can seat up to 14 people.

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Behind its lively yellow walls, the building assembles seventy start-ups businesses. It has affirmed their presence in the town and offers them a scalable work space at a reduced rent where they can finalise their creations, live out the first moments of their existence and recognise their early development. It gathers them around a vast swirling atrium, a spatial design favourable to communication and the synergy of projects, here architecture and innovation work in harmony.

The architecture reflects the particular purpose of the building and showcases an industry of excellence in Nantes comprising 700 companies and representing 18,000 jobs in the city of Nantes alone, that of new information and communication technologies.

The Hub Créatic has been built at the heart La Chantrerie, a campus comprising private and public higher education establishments such as the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, Ecole Supérieure du Bois, Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique et Polytech and the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de l’Université de Nantes. The new building is marketed as a communicating urban office building. Its architecture transmits the image of a hive of activity thanks to the honeycomb shaped windows and its honey colour which makes you think of the positive connotation of a hive and its intense and highly productive activity.

To impose this vivid image of buildings on the volumes and the disparate aesthetics created by different agencies since the 1990’s, Tetrarc has taken advantage of the project’s location. The building takes ownership of the site’s open position on the Brittany road link. Its windows and main entrance look onto the virtual boulevard designed by Christian de Portzamparc so that Nantes town centre, represented by the tall figure of the Tour de Bretagne, is symbolically linked to its academic, cultural and tertiary peripheral extensions.

The agency has built an attractive landmark for its four hundred users each day, for its seventy start-up clients and the participants of the events and meetings that they organise.

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The Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has acquired Explosion, a new kinetic cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz. Explosion will be one of the centerpieces of the exhibition ‘Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again’, which opens September 6th.

Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability. It is “a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,” added Delphia. Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail. This new work will join a selection of important objects representing the breadth of Errazuriz’s practice in ‘Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again’, his first solo museum exhibition.

Look Again’ presents a rare opportunity to see the scope of Errazuriz’s work from the last 10 years, assembled together for the first time. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions, and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday, to confront the transience of life, and to question the status quo.

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'Wine, or maybe not?' by Constantin Bolimond & Dmitry Patsukevich

Constantin Bolimond & Dmitry Patsukevich: ‘The drink was brought to life together with the cartoon characters in 1987. May be it is wine, may be not. We are inviting you to find out yourselves. The contents have been kept secret for already 26 years now. While the ingredients remain the same, their proportions differ from time to time. That is why you will never get bored from this drink. We can assure you that you will not be left disappointed. The design is inspired by the works of Pieter Mondrian.’

The idea, layout, 3D-visualization – Constantin Bolimond
Animation - 
Dmitry Patsukevich

Info and images © Constantin Bolimond & Dmitry Patsukevich

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Acoustic Shells by Flanagan Lawrence

Flanagan Lawrence: ‘The brief called for a stage and shelter to be sited in a sunken garden beside the beach in Littlehampton. Our strategy has been to create a pair of doubly curved sprayed concrete shells which emerge from the field of grass.’

‘One shell faces the town and forms the principal bandstand. The acoustic design of the interior creates a reflective surface to project the sound of the performers to the audience in the sunken garden. The other shell faces the beach and forms a more intimate structure as a shelter for listening to the sound of the sea or for buskers to perform facing the promenade.’

‘The shell structures have been created without formwork with the concrete sprayed directly on to the reinforcement mesh. The majority of the concrete shell is only 100mm thick and relies on the double curved geometry to span the stage.’

‘The two shells appear like white land forms emerging from the grass of the greensward. This is reflects the historical context of the concrete sound mirrors along the south coast at Dungeness, and the visually striking form of the local sand dunes.’

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Beats by Dre HQ by Bestor Architecture

Beats Electronics was established in 2006 by legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine. Beats Electronics provides a premium sound experience at every touch point of the consumer’s life from high-quality headphones to sound systems. The company’s pioneering mission is to provide a superior end-to-end music experience – with headphones, devices and services. The company has grown rapidly and needed more than a traditional office to accommodate their innovative research, design, and development, they needed a campus where all of these parts are connected and integrated.

Bestor Architecture is designing the adaptive reuse of  a three-building campus for the company, which is based in Culver City, CA. Building A is the ”mothership” and home to sales, marketing, finance, and administration. It is the logistics heart of the company. Building B is connected to A and is the social hub and home to the mixing studio, café, gym, and swing space. Building C houses the product development and engineering as well as a cutting edge, highly technical acoustical testing lab.

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Wood Sculptures by Paul Kaptein

The artist Paul Kaptein based in Australia creates woodcarving lifelike limewood, very similar with the modern-day Geppetto, Gehard Demetz. Kaptein’s work is generally figurative, very realistic representations of people often dressed in a hooded cowl, exploring the notion of the now as a remix of past and future potentialities.

During the routine prosecution of its duties, the Western Australia Police often comes into possession of numbers of weapons, including firearms and knives.  These lethal technologies are systematically dismantled and sawn up for safe disposal as scrap metal. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for artists to not only to work with unusual materials, but to use negative connoted objects and take them somewhere sociologically, philosophically or politically interesting.

 All Images © Paul Kaptein