It’s a rare undergraduate project that becomes an in-demand work of art, but that’s exactly how it happened for Carolina Fontoura Alzaga. As an undergraduate studying art, she also happened to be immersed in bike culture. “Everyone I knew used bikes as their sole transportation, and I lived in a warehouse with 12 other people, who constantly had people over. There would be bikes stacked on bikes stacked on bikes,” she recalls, not to mention that “I had friends who ran a free community bike shop.” It would stand to reason with so many bikes and bike people, she would consequently be surrounded by bike parts too.
For the last decade or so, our music has easily traveled with us. In the car, at the office, around the house. There is something of a final frontier, though: the bathroom. Given its unique acoustics (and potential for unintentional dunkings), a typical system doesn’t make sense. Enter Duravit. The company has made a name for itself creating innovative products for the modern bath—think the SensoWash Starck shower toilets or the System Tubs that combined jets, LED illumination and a sound module that transforms the tub into an above and below water speaker. With the Duravit Sound System, the company is bringing high quality sound into the bathroom.
“He missed the process,” Grant Kirkpatrick, of Kirkpatrick Architects, says of his longtime client, who had just purchased a new property down the street from a home Kirkpatrick had already designed for him. For the client, the place was “a new opportunity to have some fun,” says the architect. The house itself needed quite a bit of work, as did the grounds. A stand-alone gym was also on the agenda, considering the emphasis the client places on wellness and physical fitness. Where to site it proved to be the big question. Several ideas were tossed around before the team finally settled on one suggested by Kirkpatrick’s partner, Erik Evens—place the wellness center underneath the existing tennis court. It proved to be catnip to the client.
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Comfort and airports rarely go hand in hand for the general run of traveler. And don't even think about relaxation. Dashing from the car, to check-in, to security and to the gate, you wind up with a chair, if you're lucky. Same goes after you de-plane. And waiting for ground transportation? It's no picnic either. Recently, Los Angeles World Airports asked architect Matt Gagnon to propose a temporary installation for an underused courtyard space at LAX. His novel take transforms that last experience—taking the wait and making a moment of repose, even pleasure. A run of over-scale lounge chairs—think classic backyard loungers—reimagined with nylon strapping, would provide a comfortable space for those minutes before you hop on the shuttle. Illuminattion installed below the seats would add an ambiant lighting effect and make them inviting places to stop even at night.