Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Dear intercourse participants..."

At first I thought this was a rather amusing translation botch by German architecture publication, AIT magazine. But on closer inspection, I realised that they actually mean exactly what they say.

Zurich, in a goal to make its city more beautiful, applies the strategy of basically setting up a camping ground or rather, as they describe it, a system 'similar to a drive-in restaurant', to move paid-for intercourse to strict zones in the city.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ella ella ay ay

A new way to (fix and) use all of those discarded umbrella carcasses - construct beautiful floating sculptures. Like this example by SLO Architecture.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

pretty passivity

Uni has already managed to keep me very busy with the start of my final BA year.

However, it was during the last few weeks that I had an email waiting patiently in my inbox, subject line reading: 'something for redcacao?' So I can't really take the credit for this one, but rather an interesting article and some awesome and very different passive design examples.

My partner expressed a fondness for the archways and overall feel of the Hudson house (option 1), while I am inspired by the Fablab take on things in Madrid (option 3).

Crossways is a house we followed the building of on the Grand Designs series a couple of years back. It really is unique and seems to be a rather good performer - according to passive house energy conservation.

The final candidate surprised me, as the setting really didn't seem like Canada - but having never actually been there - who am I to say...
I really love the simple feel and clean lines of this design, to me it exudes a sense of calm and I could certainly imagine myself on that pier in those sprawling surroundings.