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.

Eerie dioramas produced by 3D printing glitches


DioramaAn artist produces eerie dioramas by deliberately glitching the 3D printing process.

Mathieu Schmitt creates dark, snowy scenes with objects, such as benches, lampposts, and cars, which are intentionally imperfect.

The objects are the result of corrupted 3D model data, giving them misshapen or distorted features.

Schmitt then places the objects into black cubes, which block nearly all natural light, and then illuminates the odd features for a beautiful, yet unsettling, effect.

See more of his work here and tells us what you think of it.

The Top Colour Trends of 2014


Colour TrendsShutterstock has revealed a new infographic revealing the colour trends that have dominated 2014 so far.

The infographic uses data from Shutterstock’s downloads to analyse which colours have been the most popular this year.

Green has been on the rise, with an 81% increase in downloads, thanks to events like the World Cup, where most photos featured either grass pitches or the Brazilian flag.

The infographic also examines colours by countries and continents, with green and blue dominating North America, red and orange rising in popularity in Africa, and pink making a statement in Russia and China.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite colour of the year.

An installation of 100 colours


100 coloursAn artist has created a colourful installation from nearly two thousand strips of fabric.

Emmanuelle Moreaux’s ‘100 Colours’ is an outdoor installation made from 1875 strands of fabric which were individually hand-dyed and layered in lines.

Hanging in blocks of colour, the fabric sways and flutters in the breeze, adding a light texture to the urban Shinjuku Central Park.

See 100 Colours in action here and tell us what you think of it.

BCO reveals most innovative workplaces


BCO awardsThe British Council for Offices has announced the winners of its national awards.

The BCO annually recognises the ‘best and most innovative’ workplaces in the UK, awarding ‘visionary office design and functionality’.

The prizes up for grabs included the President’s Award, Commercial Workplace, and the Innovation Award.

Winning offices are located in London, Rochdale, Manchester, and Derby.

You can find out more about the awards, which have been running since 1992, here.

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.

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.

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