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Jie Shen

February 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

For his graduate work at at Edinburgh University, Jie Shen spent two years researching and designing an adaptable performance space for Constitution Square in Warsaw.

Read the rest of my article on designboom.

Side note: I should probably make a brief announcement. After picking up several items from Colossal I was contacted by designboom to become a guest editor. I’m humbled and thrilled to be contributing to such a fantastic site and I’ll make sure a teaser is posted here on Colossal every time a designboom piece goes live. Exciting!

 

 



The Knit Fort: A Flexible Playspace

February 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

When I was a kid we were lucky to have a stick, an old car tire, and and on a really good day maybe some mud. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and there’s nothing wrong with this incredible play structure, either. The Knit Fort is a gorgeous playspace created by Matt Ganon Studio. The carefully interlinked walls allow for a flexible, organic form that can be pushed and pulled to create new shapes and spaces.

The assembly technique, similar to knitting, allows the addition or subtraction of columns responding to the site context without altering the design. Depending on the scale, the surface can remain elastic allowing the occupant to manipulate and deform the profile. The shape can be expanded or contracted to alter the apertures of the space. The participatory aspect of the surface prolongs the process of creation and allows fine tuning the boundary of the space.

If I was a kid this would cease being a fort and quickly become a permanent residence. (via ok great)

 

 



1/100 Architectural Paper Model Set

January 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Really dig this architectural paper model set by Terada Design.

Create your own little paper wonderland with these perfectly cut paper pieces. There are people large and small, dogs, cats, birds, flowers, chairs, sofas, tables, lamps, bikes, grass and more! Made completely with paper (of course!), you simply pop out the pieces and fold them into place. 1/100 is an architectural model set that represents the home and family life. This is the design of Naoki Terada from Terada Design in Japan. Scale is 1-100. Sheet size measures 104mm x 148mm. Here for the first time in Australia!

Currently available at Upon a Fold for a reduced price

 

 



Inversion House

December 30, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In 2005 Art League Houston had two decaying studio houses that were soon to be replaced by a new building. Prior to demolition the two homes were given to sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck who proceeded to convert them into a giant vortex of maximum, unadulterated awesomeness.

Havel and Ruck created a large funnel-like vortex beginning from the west wall adjacent to Montrose Blvd. The exterior skin of the houses was peeled off and used to create the narrowing spiral as it progressed eastward through the small central hallway connecting the two buildings and exiting through a small hole into an adjacent courtyard.

Photos above by Jennifer Lynn and Kevin O’Mara. (via james)

 

 



Hannes Caspar

December 28, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Love these reflected buildings by Hannes Caspar (nsfw).

 

 



Guu Izakaya by Dialogue 38

December 14, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Guu is the Vancouver inception of an authentic Japanese izakaya (aka: pub), designed by Dialogue 38. (via the best part)

 

 



The Mobile Egg House

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In an attempt to save money on rent Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing has constructed a mobile egg-shaped home from bamboo, wood and grass seed.

He moved the house steps away from his office where he would stay until midnight before going to sleep inside the “egg”. There’s only one bed, a water tank and a lamp inside the house.

“I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is – it saves me a lot of money!” Dai told a reporter.