Here are our favorite finds from the design interwebs from the past seven days, in case you didn't have the time to keep up. They're pretty cool this week, if I do say so myself. First there's a series of projects based in simple geometry, that gets increasingly less simple. Then it's pavilions/installations that will generally knock your socks off.
Sergi Godia, Ana Molino: Rail Corridor, Sants
Triangles! These architects have constructed a new metro/transit hub for the Sants district of Barcelona, and it has a lasting, modernist simplicity in its basic, repetitive geometry. Take or leave that "mod'ist simplicity" for what it is, it works in this project, and it has the visual and, evidently, practical creds to back it up. Nice, and beautiful. Check out more photos on archdaily.
studio SH: Daegu Gosan Public Library competition entry
Disclaimer: this one ain't real, and that's ok. This was the second prize winner, which basically means nothing except it's the best loser and still won't be built. However, I like it much more than the winner (which is another composition of blocks, floating in space). The project is a ramp with book shelves that look like you'd get them for your home from IKEA (in a good way), sheathed in a simple elegant skin. Check out more images here.
D Lim Architects: Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall
Found this on a South Korean round up on archdaily. This array of 12 interconnected squat square columnar spaces is a memorial center for a native Korean / pan-Asian patriot. Built on the site of a former Japanese shrine (if you know anything about Korean-Japanese history you'll understand they had no qualms building over that) the park's restrictions limited the height of the center, which let DLim to hide the base below grade and leave the elegant 12 volumes to appear free floating above ground. Very elegant. Check out more photos and a slightly nationalistic write up here and on DLim's website.
Simon Geilfus, Yannick Jacquet: bacterial projections
So this project is weird and, with the music, a little haunting. BUT, its background is also super fascinating. Evidently these artist-designers were inspired by research on Paleodictyon nodosum , a mostly mysterious organism that makes consistent geometric structures in the deep sea floor. These patterns, made active, were projected on the Centre Pompidou, Metz, and, purportedly, are also reminiscent of the building's own structure (see photos here). Watch the video, it's definitely worth the four minutes.
Michael Schmidt, Franic Bitonti: 3D-Printed dress
for Deeta Von Teese, no less. This stretches the category of 'geometry' a little bit, but bear with me. These guys printed a dress, custom measured to Deeta, based on overlapping strands, almost like a knitted or net dress. Von Teese wore the dress on March 4, 2013, the first dress of its kind. This is ridic, but also kind of perfect. It's also covered in 12,000 black Swarovski crystals. (via Dezeen.)
Foster+Partners: Vieux Port Pavilion
Moving on to pavilions, we start with this super cool thing by Norman Foster: a mirror suspended above the ground. Thank you, good sir, we accept. It's just about the coolest, I think. OR...it might be the lamest. But its simplicity is alluring. In some of the photos you can imagine the 'pavilion' disappears altogether. No matter what, it reminds me eerily of that scene in Inception when Juno does the mirror trick to make a bridge, which then makes me want to wake up because I'm afraid this pavilion isn't real but in my head. Nevertheless, here is photographic proof. See more photos on Contemporist.
University of Stuttgart: Research Pavilion
This mind blowing project was produced by two organizations at the University of Stuttgart: the ICD and the ITKE. It is constructed of woven, resin-saturated glass and carbon fibers, inspired by a lobster's exoskeleton. The fibers were woven over a steel frame by a robot , and then the frame was disassembled and removed, leaving the structure behind. The weaving patterns carry the 4mm thick structure's weight to its five legs. This one I love, absolutely, 100%. So simple, so damn awesome. Check out the robot video, which is cool, and look at the other photos on Dezeen.
MATSYS: Shellstar Pavilion
This pavilion was produced for an arts festival in Hong Kong last December, and is constructed of pre-fabbed hex units aggregated to bear the weight and make the form. Pretty nice; a pretty exploration of old school architectural forms in 21st century methods of production and temporary architecture. See more photos here.
Christina Parreno Architecture, MIT: Paper Chandeliers
They're paper cylinders!! And they're so beautiful!!! this inverted topography is made just by different lengths of cylinders, suspended from the ceiling. This installation is right up my ally, square in the land of topographies, fields, lighting, and generally gorgeous things. Check out more photos on Contemporist, which, unfortunately, was the only blog I could find it on.
Grönlund-Nisunen: Unstable Matter
WATCH THIS VIDEO. Make it full screen. Also an exceptionally beautiful project (told you they were good this week). It's so simple: a square surface, covered in ball bearings, pivoting slowly on a motor. The effect is pleasing to both the eyes and the ears. (via Co.DESIGN.)
a designer's Harlem Shake
Personally I have very conflicting feelings when it comes to totally absurd and useless internet "memes" . I've never even actually seen the entire Gangnam Style video. I don't get it.
BUT, this will make you guys smile. Co.DESIGN calls it "the only Harlem Shake worthy of your design department," and it's totally totally true, unless you could somehow get all the Pritzker Prize winners to do one. (But you know Zaha would be the leader.)