Les Alpes, portraits du Vercors from photographer Thomas Tourral.
Les Alpes, portraits du Vercors from photographer Thomas Tourral.
Residence Freundorf by Project A01 Architects.
A monolithic residence has been built for a young family in a village close to Vienna. On an exposed hillside plot the residential building is positioned as a solitaire. The sculptural object is surrounded by a generous garden designed by the owners gardening company. The spacious garden merges into the surrounding fields and the natural site. The main body of the building consists of two mutually shifted elements which follow the slope from north and south. By the horizontal displacement a high air space, forming the entrance and the central opening, is produced between the elements.
The building consists of a basement and a ground level, integrated in the landscape and the above -seated upstairs building. The basement includes the garage and storage rooms, half floor up is the entrance area with open wine lounge. The open air space opens up the higher-lying residential area of the ground floor. The spacious room includes an open kitchen and a separate work area. The front terrace offers direct access to the garden and pool area.
The main construction is designed as a reinforced concrete construction. The floor structure rests on composite columns and is reinforced with a truss structure of steel. The facades of the main building structure are designed as a cladding system, with floor to ceiling glazing. The visible external walls of the base are partially covered with a Portuguese limestone. The roof is designed as a membrane roof, the projecting area in the north covered the entrance area.
Inside dominate reduced colors and high quality materials. The open fireplace with a concrete block accentuate the open living room. The open staircase works as a split-level solution and thus connects all areas of the house. Particularly striking is the upper floor of 40m² with a large spa and dressing area that combines these two functions and offers a fantastic view. The garden with a pool is zoned and offering with a big terrace area, directly connecting the pool to the house. Different zones are generated and offer a sandy beach area, a party lounge and a play ground for the kids. The high-quality planting is positioned very well and thus the vastness of the land is maintained.
Soap Industries branding by Socio Design.
Soap are a new digital and mobile development agency based in London. They differentiate themselves from their competitors through the craft and detail imbued in their service. Soap were keen to leverage this unique selling point and establish themselves as a premium player in the desktop and mobile development market.
We created a brand story and identity system that represented Soap’s distinct perspective and applied it to both print and digital collateral. The result was a paradoxical brand that reflected Soap’s craftsmanship and tactile work ethic through 1930s industrial insignia, pastel colours and metallic foils.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – A rebrand by Pentagram.
Come With Me by Ellie Davies.
This body of work explores the artist’s own relationship to the landscape; its role in defining personal identity, and the notion that all perceptions of nature are in some way mediated by our culture. If all natural spaces are utilized, shaped, managed and farmed by man, can we ever access the natural world on its own terms?
The Pathways series is made in the New Forest. The introduction of artificial materials to the woodland floor reflects the ‘constructed’ nature of landscape, with particular reference to the long tradition of landscape painting and its role in the creation of meaning and myth making.
The pathways are made from craft materials such as paint, powder, wool and paper which follow the most natural line of movement through each space tracing animal paths, the sweep of the eye, the path of travel, or the curve of the land. The process of ‘making’ is spontaneous and solitary.
The colour, shape and material of each pathway draw on and mirror the landscape around it. These pathways delicately and temporarily trace a trajectory through the space, allowing the artist to inscribe and locate herself within the landscape in order to develop a richer personal interaction within the woodland.
These trajectories are imposed and over-laid on the landscape, transforming the natural world into an object as well as a photographic image, an inscribed space which questions the stability of ‘nature’ and landscape’ as concepts.
In Landscapes, a beautiful series of photographs from Petros Koublis.
Outside the invisible borders of the extended metropolitan area, in the land that lies behind the edge of the city, time seems to move parallel but in a different density. There is an inevitable contrast between the two states, a parable manifested by the discreet mystery that trees seem to hide among their branches and seas among their waves. This is an alternate state in parallel time, where silence seems to carry inside it a waiting, patiently whispering a long forgotten language.A landscape is an illimitable state. It’s not restricted within the visible area in front of our eyes, but it extends in an undefined distance, reaching for the limits of our interpretation over ourselves and the world around us. There is no beauty that is timeless but the timelessness of nature can reflect a new direction, maybe even a hope.
Sited on a lake near Bracebridge, this small-footprint family cottage was designed to integrate with its natural surroundings and minimize its environmental impact. The clients were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and something more modern. The creation of a sculptural wood form bridged this gap, simultaneously imbuing the project with an aesthetic warmth, in a cost-effective manner that capitalized on the strength of the local carpentry trades. The sculptural reading of the form relies to a great degree on its material continuity. Cedar was used throughout to achieve this – on the interior walls and ceilings, on the roof, and as exterior cladding. The tonal and textural differences of the shakes and siding create a visual depth and interest. Large wood-frame windows and doors overlook the lake to the south, and provide access to a long cedar deck. As the untreated cedar boards and shakes weather and bleach out over time, the cottage will blend further into its landscape.
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