This Cloud House Waters Plants Using Recycled Rainwater

Mar 24, 2017

The ‘Cloud House’ installed in Missouri by artist Matthew Mazzotta is a shed-like pavilion with a cloud-shaped element over it, supported by a pipe. The house, made out of reclaimed wood contains two strategically placed armchairs whose movement is connected to pressure sensors in the floor. 

Movement triggers pumps to transport water from an underground storage tank, which is filled using rainwater collected through hidden gutters on the roof, up into the cloud, which further releases the liquid through tiny holes to stimulate rain. 

Those inside can hear the "warm pleasant sound" of the drops hitting the tin roof, and watch the water permeate through the window lintels to feed plants growing in the sills.

Denmark Designs Its First Purpose-Built Architecture School

Mar 23, 2017

Adept, Vargo Nielsen Palle and Rolvung og Brøndsted Arkitekter are working with engineers Tri-Consult and Steensen Varming on the design for the Aarhus School of Architecture.Billed as the "first newly built architecture school in Denmark", the campus will feature a set of dedicated workshops, studios and outdoor spaces.

The team envisions the school to be a "laboratory for architecture", with some buildings dedicated to inviting the public to get involved with the programme. A variety of functions can be used by the entire city, and the larger open spaces throughout the building allow students and the public to interact in both planned and unplanned activities. 

The school is slated for completion in 2020.

LAMP Opens Entries For The Lighting Design Competition 2017

Mar 17, 2017

LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) prepares for its fifth international lighting design competition by opening its entries starting June 1st 2017, and ending on December 15th 2017. This competition aims to introduce a broader audience to lighting design while promoting and connecting emerging talents to new markets. Each year the competition challenges designers to approach their lighting fixtures with the guidance of a theme, which for 2017-2018 is ‘Balance’. The competition accepts entries from students, emerging and established designers. Vouching for the credibility of the platform, LAMP’s panel of judges has included Michael Anastassiades, Tom Dixon, Niels Bendtsen (Bensen), Omer Arbel (Bocci), Jakub Zak (Patricia Urquiola Studio), Joana Bover (Bover), John Patkau (Patkau Architects), Rosie Li (Roll & Hill), and the team from ANDLIGHT (Lukas Peet, Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis), to name a few.

Changing the dynamics this year, LAMP will host the competition in 2017 and the event in 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

Visit for competition details and entry requirements.

The American Hardwood Export Council Launches Its Collaborative Furniture ‘Seed To Seat’ At Design Days Dubai 2017

Mar 16, 2017

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, unveiled its ‘Seed to Seat’ collaborative furniture at ‘Design Days Dubai’, the Middle East and South Asia’s only annual fair dedicated to collectible modern and contemporary design, from March 14th to March 17th 2017.

Asked to design ‘something to sit on’, prominent designers from UAE including Fadi Sarieddine, Anna Szonyi, Bruce Paget, Pallavi Dean and more, partnered with AMBB Furniture Manufacturing and created seven unique pieces using American tulipwood, red oak and cherry. 

Architects Michael Green & Jim Taggart To Launch Their Revolutionary Book On Tall Wood Buildings

Mar 14, 2017

21st century building innovation combined with changing codes worldwide are contributing to a wood revolution and the advancement of the tall wood movement. Wood being a renewable, carbon-sequestering product, offers an evolving medium that is both complex and a new frontier for design.
Michael Green, Principal Architect, Michael Green Architecture and Jim Taggart, Editor, Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine (SABMag) have co-authored the newly released publication that provides an introduction to the technology behind Tall Wood Construction Systems. The book includes 13 case studies that elaborate upon the beauty and specifications of wood buildings around the world.
Releasing on 30th March in Vancouver, Michael and Jim are anticipated to discuss the recent evolutions in mass timber design, construction, and performance, and the future of tall wood.

Steelcase and Microsoft Unveil 5 Spaces to Boost Workplace Creativity

Mar 10, 2017

Steelcase and Microsoft have partnered to develop a range of technologically forward spaces recognising the role of creativity in an organisation’s success and how it is impacted by the integration of technology and furniture in the office.

Microsoft also announced that select Steelcase dealers have become authorized resellers of Microsoft's Surface Hub, an interactive white board to share ideas, in the US and Canada. Five initial Creative Spaces integrated with Microsoft’s Surface devices and Azure IoT technology, are currently on display at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City: Focus Studio, Duo Studio, Ideation Hub, Maker Commons, and Respite Room.

Design Shanghai and Xintiandi Collaborate To Bring The Best Of Local and Global Design To The City

Mar 09, 2017

Asia’s leading international design event Design Shanghai, taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March, has teamed up with famous landmark Shanghai Xintiandi to bring the best of international and local design across the city.

World-renowned brands including Duxiana, hülsta, Perrier-Jouët, UPM have confirmed their presence alongside leading international artists such as Lee Lee Nam, Arnd Christian Müller, Rob Pepper and Jayson Atienza, and Chinese design brands, designers and artists such as Song Tao, Zhengguang Hou, Xinyue Du, Jamy Yang, Hung-Chun Wang, Zhoujie Zhang, ZIZAOSHE, Moreless, since 2020, Fnji and A&Alison.

Alongside Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival and as part of the Design Shanghai in the City initiative, coaches will take visitors on design tours starting at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and ending at Xintiandi every day from 1pm to 9pm from 8th to 11th March 2017. The tours will offer a variety of stops at interesting design showrooms and galleries, including Domus Aurea, HAY, etc. 

Spanish Trio Trumps International Celebrity Architects In The Quest Of The Pritzker Architecture Prize

Mar 08, 2017

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vialta, Partners at RCR Arquitectes, from Spain's Catalonia region, have been named as the 2017 winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, for work that demonstrated an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that were in discourse with their respective contexts.

"Their works range from public and private spaces to cultural venues and educational institutions, and their ability to intensely relate the environment specific to each site is a testament to their process and deep integrity," said Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the sponsor, Hyatt Foundation.

Created by Jay A. Pritzker and wife, Cindy, in 1979 and also known as the Nobel Prize of Architecture, the award this year will be presented to the Spanish trio on 20th May at their ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. 

RST Brands Announces Kelli Ellis As Brand Ambassador For Their New Outdoor Products Range

Mar 07, 2017

RST Brands announces signing celebrity designer, Kelli Ellis, as the brand ambassador of their new outdoor living products. 

The award-winning designer will be featured in a number of social and digital marketing campaigns create styled outdoor spaces with RST Brand’s collections and represent RST Brands at select high profile industry events.

Lenny Vainberg, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, RST Brands opines that “Kelli will help establish a strong presence within the design community, position RST Brands as the leader in quality, comfort, value and style for outdoor living in the online marketplace, and drive end user brand awareness.”

RST Brands outdoor collections include the popular Portofino™ available at Costco, Deco™, Cannes™, Knoxville™,and Barcelo™modular outdoor collections which allow customers to quickly personalize their frame style and footprint with RST Brand’s patented fabric options. The collections also include RST Brand’s Resort Collection™used for light commercial applications.

KONE Corporation Wins The Order For Building Riyadh’s Metro

Mar 07, 2017

KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry has won the order to supply 418 elevators and escalators for the line 3 of Riyadh Metro in the capital of Saudi Arabia, which is commissioned by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA).

KONE will equip Riyadh’s metro line 3, which is the longest out of the 6 lines in the project stretching along a 41km spread across 22 stations. The order will comprise 262 KONE escalators and 156 KONE elevators of which 96 will be scenic. The solutions will be equipped with KONE E-Link monitoring systems.

Recognising Riyadh as the center of fast-paced infrastructure developments with its metro being one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects, Pierre Liautaud, Executive Vice President for KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa takes pride in partnering on a project that fulfills “the demands of” Riyadh’s commuter base.

Having booked the order in the fourth quarter of 2016, the line is expected to be in operation by the end of this decade.