At first glance, this small living space on a Spanish sea-side cliff looks like a hollowed-out boulder with a window. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Truffle House is the unique process through which it was constructed, showcased in this video. To build it, the Ensamble Studio group began by digging a hole in the ground and pouring concrete into it. To create the hollow interior that would be the living space, they incorporated hay in the middle of the concrete. They then covered the whole structure with earth and let moss grow on it to give it an aged, natural look before uncovering it. The two ends were sliced off to create two openings and, finally, a cow named Paulina ate away the hay, opening up the space to fit a bed, kitchenette and sink.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Perkins+Will last week and made our March/April "Infrastructure" issue event such a success! Special thanks to Photographer Claudio Farias, Jack Skelley, Perkins+Will, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Michael Bohn, AIA, Cliff Garten, and Deborah Weintraub, AIA.
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Prolific London architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed this FLO lamp for Italian lighting company Lumina. Foster + Partners brought their trademark modern lines to the lamp, which uses dimmable LED lights and virtually no external springs or coils. Its minimal design enables it to blend seamlessly into a room.
FORM VIDEO: 6th Street Bridge: A Bridge to the Future, with Alex Ward, AIA, of Friends of the Los Angeles River and lxw design
FORM: pioneering design magazine video with Alex Ward, AIA of lxw design and Chairman of Friends of the Los Angeles River(FoLAR). Read the piece on Friends of the Los Angeles River with Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR's cofounder. Find it in FORM magazine's Mar/April 2011 Infrastructure issue.
The piece is also located on YouTube
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>For more on infrastructure, RSVP to the April 7 issue event at Perkins+Will with Friends of the Los Angeles River. A panel discussion will explore how infrastructure impacts the human experience, the environment and the economy. Moderator will be Jack Skelley, architecture/design/urbanism journalist and FORM contributor. Click here to fill out the RSVP form
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