Blobitecture – waveform architecture

January 14th, 2008

Blobitecture from blob architecture, blobism or blobismus are terms for a current movement in architecture in which buildings have an organic, amoeba-shaped, bulging form. Though the term blob architecture was in vogue already in the mid-1990s, the word blobitecture first appeared in print in 2002. Now this word is often used to describe buildings with curved and rounded shapes.

Blobitecture example: Selfridges building in Birmingham

The term blob architecture was coined by architect Greg Lynn in 1995 in his experiments in digital design with metaball graphical software. Soon a range of architects and furniture designers began to experiment with this “blobby” software to create new and unusual forms. Despite its seeming organicism, blob architecture is unthinkable without this and other similar computer-aided design programs. Architects derive the forms by manipulating the algorithms of the computer modeling platform.

Despite the narrow interpretation of Blob architecture (i.e. that coming from the computer), the word, especially in popular parlance, has come to be associated quite widely with a range of curved or odd-looking buildings including Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (1997) and the Experience Music Project (2000), though these, in the narrower sense are not blob buildings, even though they were designed by advanced computer-aided design tools, CATIA in particular. The reason for this is that they were designed from physical models rather than from computer manipulations.

Blobitecture example: Sage Gateshead building

The first full blob building however was build in the Netherlands by Lars Spuybroek (NOX) and Kas Oosterhuis. Called the water pavilion (1993-1997) it does not only have a fully computer-based shape manufactured with computer-aided tools but also has an electronic interactive interior where sound and light can be transformed by the visitor.

Blobitecture example: Experience Music Project

A building that also can be considered an example of a blob is Peter Cook and Colin Fournier’s Kunsthaus (2003) in Graz, Austria. Other instances are Roy Mason’s Xanadu House (1979) the buildings of organicist Bart Prince and a rare excursion into the field by Herzog & de Meuron in their Allianz Arena (2005). By 2005, Norman Foster had involved himself in blobitecture to some extent as well with his brain-shaped design for the Philological Library at the Free University of Berlin and the Sage Gateshead opened in 2004.

See also: Blobitecture at Flickr, Stock photos

Sources: Wikipedia

Design Idea: Spacious Kitchen

December 21st, 2007

Jamison Maple KitchenI’ve found this article at HomeCrestCab and put here – articels sometimes disappear from sites…

Jamison Maple Arch in Caramel

The mullion doors have field installed glass and accent lighting to complete the decorative feeling.

The BD30D drawer base cabinet under the cooktop can be finished as an open cabinet for display, or it can retain the full extension drawers as shown on the back side.

With the doors removed and interiors finished, the base cabinets at each end of the counter area can serve as display spaces. Add a frieze valance as a top rail and bead board on the back to finish the interior.

The key to this design is the open feeling created by the open base under the cooktop, the open display units at each end of the base cabinets and the glass mullion doors.
 

Jamison Maple kitchen floorplan

  1. Jamison Maple kitchenThe staggered height and depth of the WD2736R corner diagonal cabinet creates a focal for this setting.
  2. Use furniture crown to trim the tops of the cabinets and chair rail on the bottom.
  3. Spice drawer cabinets on either side of the cook-top are perfect for cooking utensils.
  4. Dress up the GDF doors of the WH30 range hood with field installed stainless steel hammered tin and repeat the material to line the back splash area.
  5. Finish with satin nickel round knobs (L-18) and satin nickel cup pulls (L-21) from the Luxury Collection.
  6. Display includes custom modified cabinets. Please allow 48 hours for the quoting of modified cabinets prior to placing an order.

Tips For A Modern Kitchen Design

August 8th, 2007

Is your kitchen really suited to the busy lifestyle that you lead? For many people the kitchen has become the hub of family life not just serving as a dining area but an office and a place where every one can congregate. So when choosing a major kitchen remodel or you just want to rejuvenate the one you have why not think about going for a more modern kitchen design that will easily accommodate all your family’s needs and daily routines. Plus if you do update your kitchen you may find that you will recoup your investment if you decide to sell up and move home.

To ensure that you get a good kitchen design there are three basic elements that need to be thought.

1. Ideas – look and gather some ideas for improving your kitchen.
2. Layout – How you want your kitchen actually laid out.
3. Style – What style do you really want?

1. Ideas
When exploring the possibilities and discovering the options that are available to you for producing a modern kitchen then keep your eyes open for any ideas that you may see. Why not look in magazines, at kitchen showrooms or show houses at new development or even look at your neighbor’s kitchen.

Find what you like:
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2. Layout
When you look at the many courses and guides on kitchen design you will see a lot of it will focus on the kitchen layout. It is during this stage that you will look at various features of the kitchen and choose the location of where appliances are located and what work areas you require. Here is the guide for planning kitchen layout.

3. Style
In this article we are looking at the modern kitchen design and it should include light colored cabinets with clean lines and enough storage that eliminate the clutter normally associated with kitchens. This will then provide your kitchen a new, fresh and modern look to it.
Modern or classical – you decide. Here are some style samples:

Classical:
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Modern:
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modern kitchen cabinet design new kitchen design

Also use dark wood counter tops in order to enhance the lightness of the wood in your kitchen and accent it with stainless steel and chrome accents. Why not make sure that all your appliances are either chrome or stainless steel to further enhance the modern look of your kitchen.

So as you can see choosing the right modern kitchen design for your home can be quite easy and why not just trawl the internet and see what designs are out there and which you may wish to use ideas from in order to design the kitchen of your dreams.

Lee Dobbins writes for A Kitchen Decorating Idea where you can learn more about kitchen decorating styles.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lee_Dobbins

Pictures are from perfect site: http://www.gorenje-kuechen.at

Metal Roofing

August 2nd, 2007

Steel roofMetal roofing is one of the most popular trends and so there is a major demand on metal roofing materials at the moment, more than ever has been before. Metal roofing materials are durable, lightweight, fireproof and will not degrade in any weather. Besides, it is easily repaired and neutral to environment. Most metal roofing materials are guaranteed to last for at least twenty years and will very rarely need reconstruction. You can combine any number of metal roofing materials to achieve the best effects for your home roof.

There are two groups of metal roofing materials:

  1. roofing steel
  2. non-ferrous metal roofing

Roofing steel

Steel is used for most metal roofing. This material is made to withstand most of the extreme weather conditions and any environmental factors. However, it can be heavier than other forms of metal roofing material, which may cause an imbalance in certain structures. Conversely, it is more durable than some other metal roofing materials.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • sturdy
  • convenient to mount
  • inexpensive
  • noise under the rain
  • high heat conduction
  • not corrosion-resistant

Stainless steel

Advantages Disadvantages
  • won’t rust or corrode
  • expensive material

Non-ferrous metal roofing

Advantages Disadvantages
  • very durable
  • about 50 years or more
  • very expensive material

Aluminum is light-weight metal roofing material, it will never rust. Aluminum roofing is cheaper then zinc-titan or cooper roofing. Besides, it can be any color.

Aluminum roof

Advantages:

  • lasting (100-150 years)
  • proof to corrosion
  • does not require maintenance
  • colorfast

Zinc-titan can be applied on any inclined surfaces (more than 5%) and any forms. Service life in the city environment – 90-100 years and 40-70 years at sea coast.

Zink-Titan roof

Advantages:

  • does not require maintenance

Copper
Sheet metal in the form of copper and lead has also been used for many hundreds of years. Both are expensive but durable, the vast copper roof of Chartres Cathedral, oxidized to a pale green color, having been in place for hundreds of years.

Copper roof

Lead, which is sometimes used for church roofs, was most commonly used as flashing in valleys and around chimneys on domestic roofs, particularly those of slate. Copper was used for the same purpose.

Advantages:

  • very long-lived (150-200 years)
  • roofing copper is made in tapes, therefore it is possible to make a roof without a technological aperture

Stages of Pool Construction

July 13th, 2007

Want to see actual photos of pool construction in progress?

Expert pool builders from PoolPlans.net have provided the following from their files to give you a better understanding of some stage of construction. These are high quality pools that you will oversee whether building your own pool or starting your own pool business.

Pool construction stages: Excavation and Steel

Excavation and Steel:  Layout and excavation is an important phase of your pool shell construction.  Everything else follows.  If you over dig, it will take more steel, shotcrete, tile, plaster, etc.  That can bring your estimated cost of construction over budget.

Pool construction stages: Pool Plumbing

Pool Plumbing:  It is important to hire experienced pool plumbers. Other types of plumbers may over charge or miss simple details because of their lack of experience.

Pool construction stages: Shotcrete/Gunite

Shotcrete/Gunite:  Which of these to use will depend on the geographical location you build a pool.  It is important to hire contractors who specialize in pool shells.  Gunite is shot dry through a hose and wet at the nozzle and shotcrete is shot wet through the hose.

Pool construction stages: finished coping

Pool Coping:  There are several options for pool coping.  Bullnose coping, brick coping, bullnose brick, etc.  In some areas where soil conditions are right, Cantilever decking can take place of coping.

Pool construction stages: pool tile

Pool Tile:  This choice can be overwhelming.  Be careful not to choose a tile that is too busy for your pool.  It can be deceiving looking at samples of sample photos.  Try to see a pool or photo of a completed job that uses your choice of tile.

Pool construction stages: pool decking

Pool Decking:  Geographically determined, pool decking may be poured differently.  Some decks require steel rebar or steel mesh while other regions may not require any steel at all because of soil conditions.

Pool construction stages: finished product 

The Finished Product.

From PoolPlans.net