London Aquatic Center by Zaha Hadid

August 18th, 2011

As a proof of blobitecture popularity there is a fresh new “London Aquatic Center” built by Zaha Hadid Architects for London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Detailed designs for the venue by architect Zaha Hadid were released in November 2006, in line with the design competition held in early 2005. In April 2008 Balfour Beatty won the contract to build the Centre and planning permission was granted in May 2008. Construction started in July 2008, two months ahead of schedule now is finished, in time for Test Events before the Games.

The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50 metre swimming pools and a 25 metre diving pool, which will be one of the main venues of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London. With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, it will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park. During the Games it will have a capacity of 17,500, which will be reduced to 2,500 after the Games.

You can see more pictures over at Designboom.

Here you can find a perfect page about Zaha Hadid and his works by Artsy: Artsy’s Zaha Hadid page.

Stockholm Library Building Project

August 17th, 2011

Although Stockholm Public Library reconstruction project was abandoned due to funding problems, there is one rendered image of library interior that I like very much. I’m talking about CGSociety’s concept. You can see a lot of rendering process details on their website. But here I put final image, as an amazing sample of modern blobitecture building.

Transformable Home Ideas

August 10th, 2011

It’s fantastic! You can transform your house plan according to your needs! Move walls and extend room to the patio area. The expansion is tied to a simultaneous deformation of inner space. The clear orthogonal body turns into a space plan with diagonal cuts and new visual connection. The ingrained sense of living is resolved any perceived new season and living again.

Common apartment structures are equipped with flexible components to provide spatial elasticity concerning short orlong term cycles:

  • optional use of the balcony
  • optional size and shape of rooms
  • optional number of rooms
  • optional response to the climate

Elements:
Inner core offers a fixed set of sanitary equipment andcirculation.
Flexible elements allow an adapting to changing needs ofthe user:

  • box-type double window: two independent mobile window layers with flexible joints
  • inner walls: flexible wall wings, connectable with the window casements

This project was found on www.kalhoefer-korschildgen.de website.

Ferrari Kitchen Design

July 23rd, 2011

Ferrari kitchen design came from Kicheconcept, Luxemburg company. Sexy curves of this luxury kitchen looks stunning in red, with plenty of black accents. A contemporary, ergonomic design, the sink is located on an ‘S’ shaped island, behind which stand tall storage and wall-fitted oven units. Placing tall storage and wall-fitted oven units behind the island, the lustrous kitchen includes an electric cooktop, raised about the surrounding table, on a freestanding unit, so you may prepare and serve dishes without wasting any time. So should you drive Ferrari into your kitchen?

Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture

July 22nd, 2011

Also known as Mediterranean revival, this style shows strong Latin influences and fosters a connection to nature. This style dates back to the tail end of the Spanish Conquistadors.

Spanish Colonial house style Alvarado Phoenix

Key Features

  • Rectangular, courtyard, or L-plan.
  • Horizontal massing.
  • Asymmetrical shape with cross-gables and side wings.
  • One story. The Spanish Colonial is the ancestor of ranch-style house.
  • Flat roof, or roof with a low pitch
  • Earth, thatch, or clay tile roof covering
  • Thick walls made with rocks, coquina, or adobe brick coated with stucco. Thick walls are ideally situated for a hot environment — absorb the day’s heat and gently radiate it back into the building during the cool evenings.
  • Several exterior doors
  • Small windows, originally without glass. Smaller windows, originally sealed by wrought iron or wooden grates rather than glass panes, are sited on the building to best capture breezes while avoiding the direct rays of the sun.
  • Wooden shutters, when present, are traditionally mounted on the inside of the home.
  • Second story with recessed porches and balconies
  • Limited ornamentation. Ornamentation on these informal homes was often limited to arches on entrance ways, principal windows and interior passageways.
  • Interior courtyards. Historically, the courtyard let families move the cooking — and its accompanying heat and steam — outside. Today, these patios, porches and courtyards act as informal gathering spots for family, extended family and friends.
  • Carved wooden brackets and ballustrudes. Wooden support beams. Wooden roof supports.

Spanish colonial house style

Sources: Frontdoor.com, About.com, Wikipedia