LUO Studio design micro library from abandoned bicycle

May 13, 2019

LUO Studio has reportedly created a beetle-shaped micro library for children from an abandoned frame of a bike-sharing scheme bicycle. The studio took the abandoned bike and turned it into a four-wheeled cycle called the Shared Lady Beetle. Discarded iron sheets that are used for cars have been used to make the outer casing of the library. Its out casing has shelves made from wood. This metal shell opens out like the wing casing of a beetle to reveal the books underneath. The fourth wheel of the cycle stabilises the back of the wing-shaped cover. These long shelves lining of the micro library, increase in size as they go down. Thus, the bottom shelf of the micro library creates enough space for children to sit on as they read. The interiors of the micro library are flexible and are partitioned into several smaller storage areas by plates, which can be freely adjusted according to users' needs.

For more: www.luostudio.cn

Cadaval & Solà-Morales transforms theatre into home

May 13, 2019

Cadaval & Solà-Morales has reportedly transformed a theatre into a house. The Theatre House in Barcelona is a contemporary home and has been created without affecting the theatre. The studio transformed the front half of the ground floor into two individual work studios with a central indoor parking space. Each studio is of double-height and accommodates work desks. The lower portions have smaller bathrooms and kitchenettes. Adjacent to this is a huge open plan living area. This area has been filled with different objects and furnishing. It includes book-filled shelving units, primary-coloured seating poufs, an oversized orange daybed, and several contemporary prints dotted across the walls. Matte black finish completes the look of kitchen cabinetry and dinning table, while leafy potted plants, a couple of hammocks and a small pool complete the patio.

Hilarchitects revamps meditation hall in eastern China

May 13, 2019

Hilarchitects has reportedly incorporated wood-lined rooms, shaded corridors and water walkways into a meditation space in north eastern China. Previously, the meditation space was reportedly built in a row of six disused retail units that directly overlook sprawling wetlands. The firm has diffused the volume, divided spaces into continuous and circuitous public spaces without retrieving the original structure. The columns is expected to delineate a long corridor that runs around the building's main timber-clad meditation hall. The elevated walkway is formed with murky-green slate tiles that run alongside a shallow pool of water. The building’s expansive windows on the front elevation have been covered with slim steel lamellas, thus allowing a less amount of natural light to seep through to the interiors.

 

SHoP Architects designs US Embassy office building in Bangkok

May 13, 2019

SHoP Architects, the New York-based firm, has reportedly designed an irregularly stacked office building for the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Its office, New Office Annex (NOX) has been designed for the Embassy's 11acre property in the Bangkok's Pathum Wan district, replacing a smaller office building that functioned until the mid-1990s. The office has been elevated 3 ft, with sloped pathways, stairs and ramps connecting it to street level. The building is expected to be comprised of tiered glasses that will cover in slats as a way to mitigate Bangkok’s hot and humid climate, thus maintaining the landscape. Its lower floors are shifted away from the main building, thus extending it towards the three main compound access control buildings and creating a terrace of the lower half of the building to welcome visitors.

For more: www.shoparc.com

Aldo Bakker creates a series of lacquered objects

May 13, 2019

Aldo Bakker, a Dutch artist, has used the ancient Japanese technique in order to create a series of lacquered objects, which had been on a show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York City. His lacquered work was reportedly among 10 other pieces, including seats and tables. The artist has created the designs in a variety of colours and abstract shapes, such as stone, marble, basalt and urushi lacquer, which is a glossy, protective coating that has been used in the country for centuries. Also, Russian craftsman Sergey Karilof has assisted Bakker to finish the urushi piece. The duo opted to use foam as the base to prevent the urushi cracking during this process.Urushi is found in the sap of trees native to Japan, China and Korea, which includes a resin that hardens over time to offer a protective layering. It is applied to objects by hand in layers and left to dry.The designer has introduced a whole range of hues to the collection, such as olive green console and table, whose top resembles a cylinder cut in half.

For more: www.aldobakker.com

BuildTrack automates Jaquar’s Orientation Centres with its wireless lighting automation system

May 13, 2019

BuildTrack, one of the leading brands in smart automation & IoT (Internet of Things) products and solutions, has deployed its wireless lighting automation system based on IoT technology and multiple customer orientation centres of the esteemed Jaquar Group. Customers visiting the Jaquar Orientation Centres in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Indore, Raipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Jammu are able to experience the exceptional variety and splendour of the lighting solutions on display all from a smartapp. Through enabling the transformation of these traditional stores into smart stores, BuildTrack aims to enhance the customer experience within the store as they go about exploring the myriads of exceptional solutions by turning them on or off and dimming them individually or collectively. The digital catalogue of over 300 lights in the entire showroom can be controlled via a smart app. The system was deployed after the store was completed and in operation, hence the deployment had to be wireless. The app is a built in catalogue and digital control unit at the same time.The Jaquar lighting showroom is directed to direct homeowners, architects and designers in the market. The showroom offers a complete range of LED solutions, for an array of needs and requirements – from indoor living to outdoor landscaping and decorative pieces.

Reina & Asociados transforms brick cellar into exhibition space

May 07, 2019

A vaulted brick cellars of the Palacio del Rey don Pedro at Seville's Royal Alcázar has been dramatically transformed into an exhibition space by Reina & Asociados. The exhibition space is expected to server archaeological artifacts gathered from the Alcázar collection. The walls of the cellar and vaults have been restored and a new floor has been reportedly installed. The facilities and services have been concealed with a natural stone and has been adapted for visitors. The 16th century openings have been glazes to provide natural light and are complemented by an indirect lighting system. The unitary plane of amber cream natural stone of small format and neutral toneis removed on the perimeter to reveal the original remains of floors and baseboards.

For more: www.reina-asociados.com

Notre-Dame rebuilding may take a while: Experts

May 13, 2019

In order to reconsider plans to rebuild Notre-Dame before the Olympic Games in 2024, over 1,000 architecture and heritage experts have been called on by France’s President. Reportedly, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello is one of 1,170 experts to sign a petition calling for greater consideration over the plan to rebuild Notre-Dame before the city hosts the Olympics. Considering the issue, the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the idea of holding an international architecture competition to replace the 19th-century spire, which had collapsed in the flames. In response to this, many architects from around the world have prompted their ideas of replacing the structure.

 

Stanza Living forays into Bengaluru

May 13, 2019

A student housing provider, Stanza Living has reportedly launched 5,000 beds across 27 residences in Bengaluru. These accommodations are located in Bannerghatta, Koramangala, Yelahanka, Mathikere and Electronic City. Back in December, the company had laid the foundation of its operations in Bengaluru, considering it to be one of the largest markets in India for Stanza Living, second to Delhi NCR. That said, reports suggest that the company is further expanding to cities such as Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Indore and Ahmedabad in the coming months. Also, it will be reportedly launching a range of online and offline initiatives to connect with potential business partners as the company is in plans to target an inventory of 1 lakh beds across India by 2021.

 

Odisha gets its first high-end luxury home decor store

May 03, 2019

Bespoke Interiors is one of the premier retail lifestyle brand in Odisha, which designs, produces and sells a range of finest Indian design furniture, accessories, and lighting for living room, dining room, bedroom, outdoor and home offices. The brand offers everything within Indian traditional and modern designs ranging from designer sofas and accent chairs to beds and decorative lighting.

Spread over 8,500 sq ft and divided into two floors, Bespoke Interiors has established itself as the only brand catering the niche clientele of Odisha and surrounding areas. Its furniture can be personalised exactly to your needs and tastes in a gamut of beautiful colours and materials seamlessly harmonised so your look is consistently carried through in your home. Leather, velvet, chrome steel, walnut, solid wood, the brand combines material and surfaces in a beautiful, custom composition to create personal design expressions.

Availability: Bespoke Interiors, 1531, Hanspal Square, NH-16, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Mobile: (0) 9078000567.

Website: www.bespokeinteriors.in