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Midnight InTheTropics by Alyssa Boni

Left Jewellery / Only Child
Right Rings / Tessa Metcalfe

Alyssa Boni shot an incredible dark themed story for Schön! Magazine. Styled by Heather B.

Left Jewellery / Tessa Metcalfe
Jewellery / Grace Du Prez
Right Jewellery / Only Child

Jewellery / Diane Turner

Left Rings / EA Burns
Right Jewellery / EA Burns
Jewellery / Only Child
Jewellery / Tessa Metcalfe
Jewellery / Diane Turner

Left Jewellery / Only Child
Jewellery / EA Burns
Jewellery / Lauren Baker
Right Jewellery / Diane Turner

Photographer / Alyssa Boni 
Stylist / Maya Linhares-Marx 
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Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette Architects

Wendell Burnette Architects: The site is a peninsula of granite outcroppings and towering Saguaro cacti surrounded on all sides by deep perennial desert washes except for a single spit of land affording access from an Ocotillo studded ridge above. The building site, further down a long private drive, levels out toward the west into an edge condition dominated by an expansive vista – layers and layers of distant mountain ranges – that in the evening seem to epitomize the drama of the Arizona Sunset. Due to the elevation of the site beneath the community’s gaze and the entry gate at the road it became important to us – to recede the house as a deep shadow – into the depth and complexity of the desert floor below.

When your feet begin to move across this delicate floor you feel as though you have entered a Zen garden. At the eastern edge of our garden, the sound of water is heard trickling – remarkably even in our Desert – for half the year through a fractured decomposing granite boulder field and a rush of cattails. At the highest point of the site we took delight in a large arrow-shaped granite boulder pointed west, a peculiar group of volcanic rocks and a large multi-armed Saguaro between. Standing in this place for the first time, we felt immediately compelled to hold and preserve a microcosm of this precious primordial desert landscape including an equally infinite piece of its indomitable sky.

The form for a serene desert courtyard slowly began to emerge. The courtyard concept intrigued our client as the comforts it offered – air, light, privacy, security, and tranquility – were the ones universally desired in a home. For us, it also offered the chance to corral a piece of ancient time unencumbered by the recent development and to do so with a form that evolved from the surrounding landscape, its natural power, its geologic mass, its delicacy, one which would feel as though it had always been there. We began to ask the question “whether the courtyard walls could literally grow from the site itself, from the site excavation with no import no export required?”

We discovered through sample testing that the soil from our site was uniquely suited for rammed earth, one of the oldest methods of construction. Wooden molds held wide apart accept 3 foot high layers of earth in lifts, then a dry mix of dirt and cement (3-8%) is compacted down with pressure pounding into a 12 inch layer of dense thermal mass, lift by lift until the height of the wall is achieved. It requires a stable footing at the ground and a hat for protection from rain and erosion. We raised the requisite foundation just above the flood plane as a base and then expanded it into the courtyard as a piano nobile, beyond the thick perimeter earthen walls, as the most elemental form from which to view the expansive qualities of land and sky – a massive land based land scaled – plinth.

The plinth was cast in place with one material throughout such that a wall, a floor, a ramp, a step, or a bench could be experienced as part of one contiguous stone. The Verde River eventually connects to the Salt River, which collectively tumbles some of the worlds hardest aggregate through the lowest point of the valley, where along with sand and cement, it is harvested for locally produced concrete. A “highway concrete mix” with oversized 1 ½” aggregate was specifically selected for this project and mixed with a small percentage of the earth pigment – raw umber. We wanted to work the surfaces of the plinth in order to reveal the composite qualities of the material, sand, conglomerate gravel, pebbles, broken stone, in a cement matrix, and consequently a window into the geologic time of this place.

The overall height of the landform follows the design guidelines and therefore the ground at precisely 24’ above natural grade in a segmented monocline that spirals almost imperceptibly up and around and out where the solid mass of the courtyard form opens up to the distant west. In conjunction with this geometry, the outsides of the earth and concrete landform are faceted inward 3 degrees from vertical. The hat required for the earth walls protects the monolithic courtyard form as a contiguous part of a faceted shadow that begins at the outermost edge of the monocline and continues inward toward the inner court where it stops just short of itself inscribing an irregular frame for the sky.

Mass, Hollowed Mass, Faceted Mass, Fissured Mass, Mass that cracks open and hinges apart informed how we proceeded to give this home its defining qualities from the courtyard plan, to the split-massing, all the way down to the fittings and fixtures that one touches with the hand or the eye. For instance, the millwork is volumetric only revealing contents within when a contoured bronze void is touched with the fingertips allowing the mass to be gently cracked open. Long fissures in the mill-finish steel plate ceiling reveal light while maintaining the quality of nothingness at night. Mass and the improbability of delicacy discovered within it, is what gives the Sonoran Desert its remarkable presence. As our clients and their guests move into the mass of this landform into our Engawa, we hope they will always rediscover with a hint of surprise the preciousness of things.

 All Images © Bill Timmerman

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AirVolution-D by Macro Air

Macro Air says it has improved on high volume, low speed (HVLS) fan technology with its new product line called AirVolution-D. MacroAir’s AirVolution-D is powered by a motor technology called D-Drive, which is a compact electric motor capable of handling the consistent torque requirements of a 24-ft diameter industrial fan. At the heart of AirVolution-D is a motor design which the company says delivers 50% more mechanical horsepower and 75% more wind power than current HVLS fans on the market.

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United Nude 3D printing

Shoes that are made at the shoe store, or at home… Back in time, or the future? Perhaps both, you can 3D print your own shoes with your own desktop 3D printer. Joining forces with 3D Systems, United Nude enjoy pushing the boundaries of forward thinking, and combining technology and fashion. An interactive touch screen console was utilized for the 3D printing of the shoes, which was connected to four of 3D Systems Cube 3D printers, 3D printers designed for consumers at home and ideal for in-store 3D printing.

Assembly of the shoe

Endless color options

Rem D Koolhaas: “We have been using 3D printing for the product development of our shoes ever since our first shoes, dating back to 2001. Since then we have seen a massive evolution in 3D printing.

In recent years we have made fully printed 3D printed finished shoes with Iris Van Herpen for her runway show, which were made with state of the art laser sintering 3D printing, but we never designed a fully functional 3D printed shoe that was made with an entry level desktop printer. We felt extremely challenged by the idea of developing a shoe for the 3D Systems Cube 3D Printer. In fact, this new $999.- printer is a very compact and easy to use machine, but to print something that’s actually bigger than its printable footprint needed a lot of thought and creativity.

We designed the shoe in three parts that just simply link into each other, forming the final product. The fact that the shoe is made out of three parts actually adds to the design. To make the shoe more comfortable we added a hand cut rubber outsole. Even though this shoe is wearable, I don’t think it’s to be compared with any more conventional shoes in regards to comfort, but that’s also not the point of this design. This design is about creating something beautiful & interesting and it’s about experimenting, moving forward and about learning.”

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G-Roc by Nook architects

 Nook Architects: Just when we thought that we had closed a cycle which CASA ROC, TWIN HOUSE, and ROC CUBE, one of the old apartments on the same building became vacant ahead of what was expected, so G-ROC became our fourth intervention on the building.  With three similar interventions finished, it was easy to identify a common denominator in terms of solutions, therefore defining and strengthening the distinguishing traits of this assignment.

Conditions in common: Differentiating the night and day zones, bathroom installations and night zones located towards the interior facade, recovery of the original structure, and improvement of the envelope.  We also took advantage of the surplus of building materials from other Works, such as tiling, hexagonal pavement tiles and kitchen cabinet doors.

Conditions that are unique to this: Ceilings half a metre higher, a glazed gallery on the interior facade with an exit to a small terrace.

The additional ceiling height was key to making the decision of constructing a loft, providing the option of placing a bed upstairs.  This way the lower floor is liberated and two different zones are created, allowing several options of using these as a study, living room or a dressing room.  This would even allow the creation of two different bedrooms with individual access to the shared, newly created gallery-bathroom.  The result is a dwelling with very similar day zones as the rest of our interventions on the building, but with greater versatility on the interior zones.

On previous projects we liberated the interior space by recovering patios and terraces to allow the dwelling to breath towards the back of the building.  This time, however, we considered the interior gallery to be an indispensable element which should not be broken apart from the rest of the interior space.  The old bathroom, was a miniscule enclosure, so we decided to extract the wash basin and placed it on the opposite side of the gallery, widening its use and making it more luminous.  The more private areas of the bathroom became more ample, especially the shower.

The constructive solution for the loft, a unique element to the project, is also used as a finishing texture.  For this we used modular concrete timbering planks, which not only offer structural resistance but also color and texture.  Its synthetic melamine resin based protection makes the timber’s natural yellow color to become livelier.   We decided to use the same planks for the custom built bathroom cabinet and two protect the lower part of the walls.  Given that the building is used for rental apartments, durability is a priority for the owners who wish to reduce maintenance.

Our refurbishment on G-ROC respects the ones on CASA ROC, TWIN HOUSE and ROC CUBE: the recovery and consolidation of the building’s original spirit, a subtle intervention on the resulting space, and placing the kitchen on the more public side of the building.  This time, however, we took advantage of the extra ceiling height to create an additional level, and of the existing gallery to place a more ample bathroom which can be given two simultaneous uses.

 All Images © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

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Casa da Severa by José Adrião Arquitectos

The building, originally composed of three storey and an attic and a total of six independent apartments, presented several structural problems as well as scarce living conditions, such as precarious sanitation facilities and very small and narrow spaces.

In order to adapt it to its new programme, the whole interior was demolished, preserving the facade and its strong presence in the urban fabric of the area.

Casa da Severa features a café/restaurant that can be accessed directly from the square by a staircase, which acts as a continuation of the public space. Its main room takes part of the maximum height available taking advantage of having hollowed its interior, having at its highest point 6,50 m. One of the walls of its interior is prepared for video projection.

The ground-floor is where technical areas are located, kitchen, lavatory and storage. An elevator allows for disabled people to access all the spaces.

The external staircase acts as an extension of the inner space. Due to its reduced dimension, only 24 sqm, the architects opted to to allow for its extension towards the outside. On warm days, fado can be sung on the upper outdoor landing, transforming it into a stage that opens towards the square and into the city.

 All Images © Hugo Santos Silva

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Minimalist architectural fashion by NUDE:MM

Japanese brand NUDE:MM design and create architectural clothing which follows deconstructed avant garde design principles while remaining completely wearable. The color palette is restricted to black, white and shades of grey, which creates a unified look and contributes to the dramatic style of each of the pieces.


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Building On the Water by Álvaro Siza & Carlos Castanheira

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has completed work on a large curved office building for the Shihlien Chemical Industrial Jiangsu Co in an industrial park in China’s Jiangsu province . Called The Building on the Water, the structure sits on an island in the middle of a 100,000-square-metre artificial lake at New Salt Industrial Park and is formed in the shape of an elongated 300-metre curve.

The white concrete used to build the structure has been left exposed across the facade to create a uniform appearance that contrasts with the green roofs used on sections of the building.

“In constant interplay with the environment – whether it is the changing hues and reflections of the water, or varying tones of light and shadow, the building manifests a multitude of changing complexions. Whether viewed from land, water or air, the elegant building conveys a quiet beauty achieved when the concrete and substantial comes in contact with the fluid and ethereal,” added the company.

“Mr. Siza has always upheld the design concept of establishing harmony between man and the environment,” said Por-Shih Lin, chairman of Shihlien Chemical. “This building ingeniously blends with the waterscape and plant grounds. As the first project in China by Álvaro Siza, it will be an inspiration for future industrial plant designs in the country and is truly significant for that reason.”

All Images © Fernando Guerra – ÚLTIMAS REPORTAGENS | FG+SG

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Office Off by heri&salli

The architect’s office heri&salli from Vienna designed in Burgenland/Austria on behalf of the façade design company “FOB-face of buildings” a new office building made of wood. Though normally a place dedicated to “work”, from the beginning the concept of quality of life and leisure culture took a mayor part in the planning. The traditional aspect of “going to work” therefore has received minor consideration.

Integrated meeting points, attached living and relax areas, as well as a gym, a fire pond converted into a swimming pool, common areas outside and a climbing wall in the 3 floor high entrance hall try to embed the task “work” in a living environment.-Office Off By considering modern energetic and technical solutions which aim to reach energetic independence the building achieves a sustainable and economic reference to its environment. It was very important to embed the building in an equilibrated ecological relation with its inhabitants.

From the material point of view a compressed climate envelope was integrated in a spatial grid structure, departing from the boundaries of the property as a plane piece of land. If we understand and use the grid structure as a spatial possibility of a functional expansion, the shell is a kind of membrane lying in between, that is broken again and again, without leaving the outlined area. At the blurred borders of the shell, similar to cracks, as well as through purposefully arranged cubes light filters into the enclosed interior. All interior furnishing like work-tables, conference tables, shelves, wardrobe, etc …including sleeping bunks was designed individually.

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The Living Points Structure by Ewa Sliwinska

Stability, fixedness, uniformity are terms which sum up one of the conventions in which ideas on designing jewelry tend to be rooted. A design by Ewa Sliwinska embraces its antithesis and a distinct creative vision. The protagonist of her project The Living Points Structure by Ewa Sliwinska is motion.

Jewelry objects of her design consist of dozens of steel cylinders placed on nylon thread. Once put on a body, they are secured thanks to elastic polyethylene strand.

The physics of the structure’s motion, inspired by the observation of fish schooling, was designed to emulate human moves. When a person makes calm, slight gestures, the object vibrates delicately, almost imperceptibly. Due to following, stronger impulses – walking, running, jumping – the amplitude and frequency of the vibrations of this multi-element structure intensify.

Info and images courtesy of Ewa Sliwinska