Floating concept studio for writers


House of WritingAn architecture firm has devised a ‘floating’ studio to help writers unleash their creativity.

Blank Studio’s ‘House of Writing’ in Switzerland would be held to metal ‘trees’ with cables, giving the studio its floating effect.

The three-level design is covered in ‘satin-etched, translucent glass and stainless steel’, which adds to its etherealness in the heart of the Alps.

Find out more about the concept here and let us know your thoughts.

Laser cut paper art inspired by architecture


Eric Standley laser cut paper artAn artist creates intricate paper sculptures inspired by architecture.

Eric Standley’s ‘stained glass windows’ are stacks of paper, which are individually laser-cut into beautiful patterns.

Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture, Standley’s pieces take months to complete, from planning to assembly.

The Virginia-based artist’s complex structures have been compared to mandalas, which are geometric patterns that represent the infinity of the cosmos.

See more of Standley’s work here and tell us what you think of the art.

‘Matter’ app gives photos a futuristic feel


Matter appA new app lets users alter their photographs by giving them an otherworldly feel.

‘Matter’ offers four model packs, containing 3D objects and structures, which can be edited into pictures.

The embedded elements can be manipulated with shadows, masks, and can even be made translucent or opaque.

Users can also create looping videos of the structures in motion.

Watch ‘Matter’ in action below or find out more about it here – would you use this innovative new app?

10×10 auction for Article 25


The ShardAs you may know, last year we helped promote the 10×10 exhibition and auction event for architecture charity, Article 25.

This year’s event will be held at Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, and our Senior Account Executive, Kate Stewart, is donating her photography for the cause.

The 10×10 concept brings together 100 artists, designers and architects, and assigns them each a square of London, within a grid of 100 squares.

For 2014, it surrounds The Shard and we look forward to seeing the artworks of the skylines and Bermondsey area.

The event, which is in its fourth year, always has the lively highlight of the auction by Sotheby’s, which will no doubt be particularly special, as it will be held at this prestigious venue.

All proceeds raised will be sent to Article 25’s projects where there is conflict, poverty, or disaster.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the website here.

Kate is also running the Run to the Beat 10k for Article 25 – if you’d like to donate, please visit her fundraising page here.

Zootopia


ZootopiaBjarke Ingels Group has revealed its scheme for ‘Zootopia’, also known as Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

The innovative design disguises its architecture within the topography, providing a playful and freer environment for the animals.

Overhauling the rigid style of most zoos and animal parks, BIG’s scheme uses three zones, each dedicated to a continent, within the doughnut-shaped zoo.

The imaginative features of the continental zones include bamboo cottages in the panda enclosure, a hill of rice fields in the elephant house and savannah craters for giraffes and zebras.

Read more about the fun design here.

LEGO Architecture Studio


LEGO Architecture StudioLEGO is releasing a studio set for designers and architects.

LEGO Architecture Studio, consists of over a thousand pieces – however, unlike ordinary brightly coloured LEGO sets, all of the components are either white or transparent.

LEGO said: “Anyone with an interest in architecture can now create their own LEGO original designs, as well as building mini architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower and the Trevi Fountain.”

A guidebook, with helpful diagrams and contributions from leading architecture firms, also comes with the set.

Discover more about the new product here – do you think this is a great idea?

Breath Box


Breath BoxA cabin covered in mirrors interacts with visitors and its environment.

Breath Box in La Grande Motte is covered with 345 steel flaps, which are hinged so both the wind and visitors can interact with them. The mirrored façade also reflects the sea.

Designed by NAS Architecture, the cabin has been created for the Festival des Architecture Vives.

Find out more about the Breath Box here and let us know what you think of the design.

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