This is by far my favorite prjkt dump thus far, so check out these our favorite projects shaken out of the design tree for the last seven days, and certainly some of the more beautiful ones we've seen in a while. See below: some gorgeous objects, mind blowing installations (complete with video), and a group of exceptional, breathtaking buildings. You, my peeps, are welcome.
Yojiro Oshima: wooden bike
This Japanese design student has built this ridiculously good looking bicycle out of wood. That by itself is awesome, but once you get a look at it, its frame, and its handles, your appreciation (like mine) is bound to go through the roof. Bikes are a big part of both mine and Jamie's lives, in totally different ways, and the moment she sent me this link I swooned a little bit. (It's a wooden tri-bike, I mean, damn!) Check out more bike jargon about the style and material on Core77 and here.
Zaha: [more] tables
If you, like me, feel you can't browse the blogosphere without running into yet another project by the miraculous Dame Zaha Hadid (and her long-suffering minions) , you're right. I believe it to be an impossible quest. Nevertheless, check out these tables, which I can't help but like. Although I really wish they were made out of cast concrete instead of carved out of marble with gold veigns . But...what else would they be made of. (via Dezeen.)
Peer 1 Hosting: Map of the Internet
So this mind-obliterating app is my new absolute favorite means of wasting time. This group has mapped the internet...kinda. They mapped nodes in the internet, categorized under 4 different types. You can view it both as a global map and as an abstract network of data, organized by size. These forms are interactive; you can scroll, zoom, and see the networks in the round. It will also map the connection between your host server (the Co. that provides your internet, labeled "you are here") and any node you select. Which, in the global view, concisely demonstrates the topographic difference between the physical world and the digital world. You can literally select a university server in Indonesia and it will trace that network's shortest connection to you. There is also a chronological view, which shows the past twenty years of the internet, as well as predicts growth up to 2020. Download the app for android and apple in your app stores. DO IT, NOW. (via Co.DESIGN)
Squidsoup: Submergence 2013
These guys have done something amazing: they have created something only imaginable a few years ago. This is a large, 3D field of LEDs (8,064 of them), that change color and switch on and off in a coordinated, collective, emergent-intelligence way. The field of lights perform patterns, imply forms, and imitate intelligent reactions to people. It seems like an inhabitable version of the Map of the Internet, and also like what LEDscape wanted to be when it grows up (check it in this PRJKT Dump from February). Watch this video of the installation in action; you won't regret it. Check out their website for more information on this project, which they've been cooking up since 2005. (originally found on suckerPUNCH.)
Christo: Big Air Package
So Christo has made another installation that will stop you in your footsteps, if just for a second, to appreciate its simple beautiful. Allegedly his first project since the death of his partner Jean-Claude in 2009, the Big Air Package is literally a balloon, housed inside the Gasometer Oberhausen, which is a massive converted natural gas storage tank in Germany. Of the project Christo said "People interpret our work many ways, and all are right. We just set out to make something beautiful." This massive, simple, white polyester balloon is definitely that. Check out the really great photographs here, and here.
Amann-Canovas-Maruri: Monteagudo Museum
This museum, in Murcia, Spain, is really very nice, I think. It's stressed and pattern-perforated steel skin is ornament at its best, and reminds of H&dM's gorgeous Caixa Forum (obviously). The upper gallery floors are enclosed, but not sealed, in this skin while the lower floor—whose plan is open and almost doesn't even seem to enclose a specific space at all—is simple concrete. It's a much more masterful expression of the material diagram than this train wreck house-gallery by Steven Holl Architects, which was also fresh in the blogosphere this week, and which will probably be the subject of a new series I'm working on for you guys. Check out David Frutos' photos on archdaily for more views and info for this project.
Nieto Sobejano: Contemporary Arts Center
Another Spanish project, this arts center by the Madrid based firm is in Cordoba and, I think, is a clear win. The voronoi-esque hex motif both organizes the plan of galleries that wander across the building, as well as organizes the ornament on the building's long, smooth facades. The shapes form cones, of a type, that 'funnel' light into specific locales in the galleries, which are basic concrete and beautifully organized. Check out the drawings and more photos on Dezeen.
Foster+Partners: Queen Alia Airport
This airport from Foster, my favorite new building in a long time, opened up this week in Amman, Jordan. It's simple, beyond elegant, and soothing in its skilled awesomeness. The structure is a series of very shallow domes, each held up by four columns, with beautiful concrete beams splitting out of each column. Off the top of my head, associations with Labrouste's Bibliotheque Nationale and Saarinen, and a little Kahn, seem obvious —and maturely metabolized by this sometimes garish architect—as well as images of regional mosque styles (the Great Mosque of Damascus comes to mind, though that is obviously in Syria, as a stylistic example). But there is a pronounced organic quality to this modular form, purportedly to invoke images of palm trees—which I totally except. This one's on my architectural pilgrimage list for the Near East. Check out the photos on Foster + Partner's website, as well as the write ups on designboom and Dezeen.
Hope you enjoyed these stunnin' projects.
I sure as hell do, in case you couldn't tell.