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Updated: 2017-04-24T18:03:44-04:00

 



Efficient kids room module has two beds, lofted playhouse

2017-04-24T18:03:44-04:00

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No fair

Continuing the “kids have it better” theme, here’s an adorable—and cleverly designed—children’s room by Antwerp firm Van Staeyen Interieur. Located at the top of a large brick home in an irregularly-shaped space, the white room takes advantage of the sloped walls and ceilings by incorporating a playful, efficient module that occupies a multitude of functions.

Not only does it include a bed alcove on either side, it also holds a lofted playhouse with geometric cutouts that is accessed by a ladder. The wooden unit—the bottom half is painted white, while the top portion is unfinished plywood, all trimmed in yellow—also divides the room into two sections, each of which includes a long built-in desk.

This bedroom merges into an adjacent toy room, which is also painted white. Even the hardwood floors are painted white, creating a blank slate of a world in which the children are free to dream and imagine all day long.

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Via: Design Milk




You Did Not Sleep There pokes fun at extravagant camping photos on Instagram

2017-04-24T17:00:25-04:00

When things looks a little too perfect Tiny living and #vanlife have taken the United States—if not the world—by storm. With more people living off-the-grid and adventuring into obscure locales, one social media platform has benefitted more than any other: Instagram. With its focus on beautiful moments and picturesque locales, Instagram taps into people’s wanderlust and penchant for the visual. It’s an aspirational traveler’s dream, and everyone from travel writers to corporate brands have taken notice. Instagram accounts like Vanlife Diaries have big-time followings in the hundreds of thousands, full of images that show a VW on an abandoned road, a couple doing yoga, or a dog surveying the view from the back of a van. Individuals like Foster Huntington have quit their day jobs to travel across the United States in a camper, taking gorgeous photographs—and accumulating one million followers—along the way. But sometimes, all that beauty seems a bit too good to be true. To poke fun at the “illogical campsites” that proliferate the #VanLife hashtag and camping world, the Instagram account You Did Not Sleep There reposts the most bizarre photos of them all. What you’ll find are likely staged photos of people in sleeping bags on steep cliffs, camper vans sitting in lakes, and tents in other improbable locations. We’ve rounded up the 17 most hilarious—and photoshopped?—photos from the account to show just how extreme this Instagram game has become. A post shared by @youdidnotsleepthere on May 24, 2016 at 4:30pm PDT Quite a bit, in fact, if you’re interested in expanding skylines, growing cities, and our race for ever-taller towers. Elevators have been, and will continue to be, central to the story of urbanization and skyscraper architecture. In 2015, according to Kone, 840,000 new elevators were installed in the world (half in China), adding to the roughly 14 million currently in service worldwide. Kone expects that number to increase sharply as an expected wave of urbanization hits developing countries, especially Nigeria, Indonesia, and India. The United Nations estimates urban populations will grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with 90 percent of this growth concentrated in Asia and Africa. Kone’s president and CEO, Henrik Ehrnrooth, even went so far as to call elevators “urban mass transit.” Kone has developed and refined a technology on display at Tytyri called UltraRope. It’s a system to hoist elevators with lightweight, carbon-fiber straps that help designers and architects build higher with less weight. UltraRope will be installed in the forthcoming kilometer-high Jeddah Tower, set to be the world’s tallest building when it’s finished in Saudi Arabia, possibly as soon as sometime next year. Not every new tower will be record-setting, but with urban growth and increased density, the world is certain to be spending a lot more time in elevators. Kone, like its three big competitors—Otis, ThyssenKrupp, and Schindler—wants to find ways to make your time in these steel boxes more efficient and engaging. “Our mission is to improve the flow of urban life,” says Ehrnrooth. During one of my test rides at Tytyri, I get a chance to see what that future may look like. Many aspects of an elevator ride, such as top speeds and safety requirements, are governed by local building codes or regional customs. Kone engineers tell me, for example, that North Americans like a faster run, while Asians prefer a slower acceleration and deceleration. But Kone engineers and designers are exploring how lights, music, and even scents can improve your ride. Inside one of the illuminated elevators at Tytyri. Inside a glistening white elevator cab, pressurized to make my brief ride even more comfortable, I’m whisked into the bowels of the earth in what could best be described as a mobile spa waiting room. I feel very out of place dressed in a hard hat and safety boots for the trip underground. Soft ambient music plays as I drop at 6 m[...]



Peter Eisenman’s House II lists for $850K in Vermont

2017-04-24T10:30:02-04:00

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A great excuse to move to a farm in Vermont

Built in 1970, House II by renowned American architect Peter Eisenman still looks eminently modern, with its overlapping rectangular planes and open, scaffolding-like space. This abode is one of a set of ten architectural experiment designed by Eisenman, though only four were actually completed. The architect’s House VI hit the market in 2013 for $1.4 million, and House II is now listed for $850,000.

Eisenman is known for being a “postfunctionalist” architect who preferred spartan buildings designed primarily for their aesthetics and theory, rather than their inhabitability. Perhaps that’s one reason his iconic, Noam Chomsky-inspired structure (the clients admired the famed linguist and asked that his concepts be incorporated) had persistent leak and moisture issues in its rugged Vermont setting.

The original flat roof didn’t jive with heavy snowfall and was replaced with a slightly sloped one. He also added floor grates and expanded walls. The home was overhauled in 2000 with a full renovation that returned it to its original, still impractical design.

The three-bedroom, two-bath live-in artwork sits on an 80-acre organic farm and comes with a barn and pond. It’s listed for sale by owner for $850,000.

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Via: Archinect, SAH




Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored rooms draw crowds at Hirshhorn Museum in D.C.

2017-04-24T10:30:01-04:00

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This is incredible

A new art exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. is attracting record crowds.

The retrospective exhibit, called “Infinity Mirrors”, features six different rooms—called “Phalli’s Field”, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” and “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity.”

Each room has mirrors on every wall, creating endless reflections, but is filled with different objects, each with different meanings. “Phalli’s Field”, for example, brims with hundreds of phallic objects that Kusama created to overcome her fear of sex. “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” is a room where visitors are invited to contemplate their existence while surrounded by a galactic atmosphere reminiscent of stars in the night sky.

Kusama is best known for the dizzying patterns in her installations. This helps with her neurosis and “obliterates” her thoughts, the author has said. Even at 87, Kusama, who has been living in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo since 1977, continues to make her artwork.