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. (via sub-studio)
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)
Love these reflected buildings by Hannes Caspar (nsfw).
Guu is the Vancouver inception of an authentic Japanese izakaya (aka: pub), designed by Dialogue 38. (via the best part)
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.
I would have been the most popular kid in grade school (and let’s be honest, probably high school too) if I had just had a secret Narnia room like this. Designed by Douglas Shepherd of Maple Seed Renovation in Portland who specializes in custom residential remodeling projects. I wonder if he could also build a fireman’s pole into the kitchen and a water slide from the roof? (via dornob)
LUMENHAUS is a solar-powered home designed by Virginia Tech students that generates more power than it uses annually. It was one of only two American entries in the 2010 Solar Decathalon Europe competition in Madrid, and was on display in Millennium Park in Chicago up until last weekend. Totally kicking myself for missing this.
LUMENHAUS is designed to respond to changes in temperature and environment, which it does through sliding polycarbonate insulation panels filled with aerogel, creating strong insulation while allowing a soft natural light into the space. They move to create appropriate amounts of sun control, cross ventilation, lighting, and privacy. A stretched fabric ceiling provides enough light at night with dim flourescent and LED lighting, and no electric light is ever required when the sun is up. The roof collects rain water, which is then filtered and used for drinking and for the water plants. The entire system is monitored and controlled by an iPad and iPhone interface that allocates energy to different areas of the system at different times.
Learn more over at Time Out. (via fuck yeah chicago)
Photos of downtown Chicago by Ohio photographer Andrew McAllister. More photos over on Behance.