MASHstudios, known for their furniture collection called LAXseries, based on the specific aesthetic of Southern California, have designed a series inspired by coastal California, aptly titled PCHseries. The collection is centered around the bedroom and is constructed from ample amounts of naturally-treated solid teak and subtle aluminum. The series includes two beds, side tables, dressers and coffee tables all with the same simplicity and natural feeling.
On a weekday morning, the ground floor of the Droste silo is empty. At nine o' clock the big tables with computers slowly descends. A fresh new day begins! At the end of the day the workstations disappear back into the ceiling. The space is ready for another purpose: a lecture, a dinner, a party, a promotion of a new product, an exhibition or an evening Yoga class.
The design is achieved by multidisciplinary design team, Zecc Architecten, Heldergroen communication, and Vrolijk design & construction. The team collaborated on a design process where there was room for the different disciplines; innovation, discussion and change. Because of this collaboration a strong identity and high level of quality has been realized.
Like a plant that opens its petals to collect dew, the Blooming Tower by Mekene Architecture responds to environmental changes with a kinetic facade that opens and closes throughout the day. The mixed-use recreational facility combines playgrounds, a library, a conference space and picnic areas under a lightweight tower covered in sail cloth material. The 170-meter tower designed for Dubai is also capable of collecting water and generating energy.
The base of the eco tower is slightly sunken into the surrounding gardens, and a large dome creates recreational space, picnic areas, a library, and a conference area. The tower is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, and it narrows as it rises up 170 meters tall. The top-level features a cafe and viewing level that is accessible via a cable car elevator.
By James Brausell, Guest Contributor
The Central City Association today gathered for the monthly meeting of the organization, focusing on architecture in an architectural showcase panel entitled, “Looking Up, Moving Forward.”
The panel may have been more aptly named, “Looking to Integrate, Moving International,” with the panel focusing mostly on opportunities to engage architecture with infrastructure, along with cultural and social institutions, in international cities and domestic locations other than the city and county of Los Angeles. According to Alice Kimm, of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, the recession requires that architects to ask, “How do we identify ourselves in our work in the world out there?”
The new 4th + Linden East Village Creative Offices in Long Beach, California recently unveiled new sustainable interiors. Designed for developer/contractor JR van Dijs, Inc., the workspace includes operable windows to capture ocean breezes, and operable skylights to exhaust hot air from the space, eliminating the need for air conditioning. The skylights and windows also expand daylighting throughout the open floorplan: Only individual task or accent lighting is required during the day.
Sustainability makes its way into the water fixtures – including dual-flush toilets – and into the interior walls, handrails, and stairs – composed of recycled lumber. The new interiors are built from raw shells featuring exposed brick and block walls, concrete floors and wood truss ceilings with skylights. The project is also sustainable on a larger scale: 4th+ Linden is an office condominium project designed and developed by Studio One Eleven as an adaptive reuse of three once-derelict, conjoined buildings. The result is a transformation of formerly blighted structures into a neighborhood asset for the East Village Arts District in Long Beach.