Mountain lodge designed as a silver cube


Kežmarské HutArchitects have devised a futuristic lodge in the shape of a cube balancing in the mountains.

Atelier 8000 has entered its design, which would be built in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, to an international competition.

The silver cube would be almost camouflaged in the winter months, thanks to its reflective tiles (which are made of aluminium, glass, and photovoltaics).

The design, called the ‘Kežmarské Hut’, would be completely off the grid and could be occupied throughout the year.

Find out more about the lodge here and tell us if you would like to stay in the ethereal cube.

Stirling Prize winner revealed


Everyman TheatreThe new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

Haworth Tompkins’ winning project replaces the original Everyman Theatre, which was in a state of disrepair, with a new and sustainable building that recognises its heritage.

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, said: “Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

The award, which is given to the best building of the year, is now in its nineteenth year.

Find out more about the winner here.

The Architecture of Cocktails


Architecture of CocktailsA technologist has created a handy chart for all budding mixologists, revealing the architecture of cocktails.

Shaan Hurley used AutoCAD, ‘the architect’s software of choice’, to create ‘CAD Drinks’, a collection of cocktails broken down into its key components.

The cocktails are drawn to scale, have a colour key at the side, and include extra details and ingredients, such as ice cubes and fruit slices.

See the whole chart here and let us know if it inspires you to get mixing.

Covent Garden installation floats in mid-air


Take my lightning but don't steal my thunderThe top half of Covent Garden Market appears to be floating in mid-air, thanks to a new installation in the Piazza.

Alex Chinneck’s installation, ‘Take My Lightning but Don’t Steal My Thunder’, is an exact replica of part of the market’s façade, but its upper half has ‘broken away’ from the base.

The installation is made from steel and expanded polystyrene, which took five hundred hours to shape, and uses a counterweight to suspend the top half in mid-air.

Take a closer look at the installation here and tell us what you think.

BBC animation celebrates Dylan Thomas


The Hunchback in the ParkThe BBC has marked National Poetry Day with a short animation of a Dylan Thomas poem.

The BBC Wales film features Michael Sheen performing Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park’, rendered visually by Aardman Animations.

The actor said: “The animation brings Dylan Thomas’ poem to life in a very imaginative and striking way and I can only hope that audiences everywhere find it as engaging as I did.”

The animation, which tells the story of a hermit in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, is available on iPlayer.

It will also be broadcast on television later this month to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

Watch the animation here and let us know what you think.

London footbridge opens like a fan


Merchant Square footbridgeA footbridge that opens and closes like a hand-held fan has been completed in London.

The Merchant Square footbridge in Paddington was completed by Knight Architects and AKT II, after winning a competition in 2012.

Their design for a ‘kinetic sculpture’ consists of five steel beams that can be raised with hydraulic jacks to allow canal traffic to pass through.

When the bridge is down, pedestrians can use the three metre wide crossing, which has an LED-lit handrail at night, over the Grand Union Canal.

Take a look at the bridge here and tell us if you’ll be taking a stroll over it.

Shell Lace Structure


Shell Lace StructureAn architecture practice has revealed a new single-surface structural technique inspired by nature.

Tonkin Liu worked with Arup to develop ‘Shell Lace Structure’, which takes inspiration from the super-strength and lightness of mollusc shells.

Shell Lace Structure uses optimised curvilinear geometry combined with corrugation for a strong, robust form, whilst ‘strategically placed’ perforations ensure that the structures remain lightweight.

A combination of digital modelling and engineering analysis was used to create the technique, which also allows users to cut shapes from sheets of material.

Find out more about Shell Lace Structure here.

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