Architecture - Design


earth house project, tirana, albania/molos group

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Jean Nouvel’s Responsive Solar Facade at Institut du Monde Arabe

In the early eighties famed architect Jean Nouvel, in conjunction with Architecture-Studio, won the competition to design what would become the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA). It was conceived during the Grands Projets, a major development initiative headed by the French government, as a forum to explore the relationship of the Arab culture with France. Jean Nouvel, known for his innovative façade detailing, proposed an advanced responsive metallic brise soleil based on an archetypal element of Arabic architecture, the mashrabiyya. Drawing inspiration from the traditional lattice work that has been used for centuries in the Middle East to protect the occupants from the sun and provide privacy, Nouvel created a modular system of mechanized panels that could react dynamically to changing sunlight. Each made of several hundred light sensitive diaphragms, the panels could sensitively regulate the amount of light allowed to enter the building. During the various phases of the lens, a shifting geometric pattern of squares, circles, and octagons are formed and showcased as both light and void. As a result, the IMA’s interior spaces are dramatically modified, along with the exterior appearance, throughout the day. While these ocular devices create an incredible aesthetic, they are perhaps most innovative for their environmental performance. Since solar gain is easily mitigated by closing or reducing the aperture sizes, the building can be climate controlled efficiently without relying on energy-intensive air conditioning systems. Though completed almost three decades ago, the building remains a powerful example of alternative ways of imagining an “ecological” and culturally-aware architecture. 


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A “Home inside of a Home” in Vilnius, Lithuania by Natkevicius & Partners. (Photography: R.Urbakavičius)


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Esta no es una historia de las playas de Máncora. Es una historia de su gente. →
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#eco design  #eco  #design  #architecture  #mancora  #piura  #peru  #volunteer  #paris  #students 


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, chair Model 90, 1929. Hand-forged steel, hemp. Metal work: Joseph Müller, made by Berliner Metallgewerbe, Germany. Via Cooper Hewitt


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New York City-based design studio SOFTlab created this awesomely colorful installation for the New York flagship location for Melissa shoes. Entitled We Are Flowers, the immersive installation is made of 20,000 translucent flowers which form enormous funnels that fill the airy gallery, complementing the vibrant, playful designs of the shoes on display throughout the space.

Here SOFTlab describes their latest work:

"Although we used cutting edge digital technology to develop this installation, we hope it remains mostly hidden in order for everyone to experience the magic of a hanging garden of flowers. We imagine this installation as an extension of the We Are Flowers collection by Melissa: technically innovative with attention to every detail, but first and foremost a design that expresses sensuality through its form and brings joy and color to the Melissa experience."

Visit the SOFTlab website to check out more of their projects.

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