An adaptable pop-up habitat


Pop-up habitatPeople’s Architecture Office has created a pop-up habitat that can be adapted to its environment.

The system consists of units made from gold photographer’s reflective panels, which can stand alone or become part of a larger geometric ‘mega-structure’.

The lightweight habitat, which has been used at exhibitions, can act as tunnels, canopies, exhibition spaces and auditoriums – as well as intriguing pieces of art scattered around a landscape.

Find out more about the habitat here and let us know what you think.

Art of Building Photographer of the Year shortlist


Art of BuildingThe shortlist for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed.

The fifteen shortlisted pictures include stunning interpretations of constructions such as One London Bridge, an Amsterdam metro line, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The competition, which has been running for five years, is organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is overseen by a panel of judges of photography experts.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 5th February and will win £3,000.

Take a look at the shortlist here and tell us which is your favourite.

UK creative industry to be worth £100bn by 2018


UK creative industryThe creative industry will be worth more than £100bn to the British economy by 2018, according to new research.

The study, by Falmouth University and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), also predicts that by 2018, 1.39 million people will be employed in the industry and exports will reach £34.5bn.

The industry includes advertising and marketing, architecture, and entertainment (which incorporates music, performing arts, film, and television).

Professor Anne Carlisle of Falmouth University said: “The UK creative industries are well established and admired on a global stage – the UK economy must continue to capitalise on this lead.”

Find out more about the research here.

Gehry completes surrealist building in Sydney


Frank Gehry buildingArchitect Frank Gehry has unveiled his latest surrealist building in Australia.

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building of the University of Technology has a seemingly fluid façade, which looks as though it is folding and melting.

The building has in fact been constructed from 320,000 custom-designed bricks which were laid by hand.

Gehry took his inspiration from the way artists use folds ‘to explore colour, form and shadow’.

Take a closer look at the building here and tell us what you think of its innovative structure.

Paperholm: a city of moving paper miniatures


PaperholmDesigner Charles Young has been painstakingly crafting a whole ‘city’ of paper miniatures that move.

His city, called ‘Paperholm’, gains a new addition every day and models include a carousel and a windmill.

Each miniature is made from standard watercolour paper and depending on the intricacy of the piece, Young can spend up to three hours making just one model.

The designer has a Masters in Architecture and began model-making as a way of exploring his concepts.

Find out more about Paperholm here and tell us what you think.

A three-dimensional ‘pixellated’ installation


Many Small CubesAn architect has created a carefully balanced installation made of aluminium cubes.

Sou Fujimoto’s ‘Many Small Cubes’ has a three-dimensional pixellated effect, with the different sized cubes stacked, suspended, and balanced into a towering form.

The centre of the installation is hollow, encouraging the public to explore ‘Many Small Cubes’ from its interior.

The installation has been created for the FIAC art fair in Paris.

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

The Pantone Hotel


Pantone HotelA Pantone Hotel has opened in Belgium, dedicated to all things colour.

The hotel is part of the Pantone Universe campaign, which has seen the company branding products with colours and their associated Pantone codes.

Decorated with Pantone paintings, furniture, and fixtures, the Hotel’s design was put together by Olivier Hannaert, Michel Penneman, and Victor Levy.

Take a closer look at the Pantone Hotel here and tell us if you’d stay there.

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