SPAR*K @ OSTRALE09

•August 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

SPAR*K is exhibiting an architectural sculpture at the Exhibition for contemporary art OSTRALE09 in Dresden / Germany. The sculpture changes the spatial perception and atmosphere both outside and inside the building it is attached to. Winding through the building as a semi-transparent structure of wooden planks, the existing spatial qualities are enhanced and new ones created.
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Aboutarchitecture goes SPAR*K!

•May 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Check out http://www.spar-k.de every now and then, exciting news and projects will follow soon!

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The problems we all know so well….

•January 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Happy New Year everybody!

Souvenir, Souvenir!

•January 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Due to work, I haven’t been able to post for over a year! So before 2008 is over, I would like to post something I came across, concerning the probably most discussed building this year: HdeM’s Bejing Olympic stadium.

The Chinese are fast as usual to bring the building in the same line as the Eiffel tower, or the Sphinx in Egypt: By making it an icon, putting it on a bill and producing loads of trashy souvenirs that are somehow resemble the shape and pattern of the birds nest:

Birds nest on a Chinese bill

Birds nest pocket music player

Flashy Birds nest

HdeM ashtray

In no time, the birds nest has come to the point to be, for the wide mass of tourists (and some architects), the same icon as the sphinx, or the Eiffel tower, being reproduced as all kinds of everyday objects as souvenirs:

Sphinx Lighter

BUT: What a relief! I also came across this one, that shows hdeM didn’t just develop some iconic architecture, but also a pattern that can be used in several ways.  Timothy Schreiber designed these birds nest chairs:

Birds Nest Lounge Chair

Contemporary architecture such as this one  seems to be more than just a stadium, but a brand, an icon, an object to be reproduced in the same way as Neuschwanstein,or pyramids or the Brandenburg gate. On the one hand, one can say ‘Well done, Jacques & Pierre’, on the other, I doubt that this is the way architecture should be heading to.

Do you know of more contemporary architecture being butchered into ashtrays etc., or actually being reproduced as some well-designed object?  Then post them here!

GRAFT Interview Feature

•November 21, 2007 • 1 Comment

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This link of a brief interview by the Gestalten editors I received today:

http://www.die-gestalten.de/news/detail?id=2261

“Despite one of the many meanings of the lab’s name, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of Graft architects are completely incorruptible. It was hard work, along with music in the pursuit of happiness that made up for their story of success.

Graft started in 1998 in Berlin and Los Angeles (today there is another subsidiary in Beijing) as a “lable for Architecture, Urban planning and Exhibition Design”. Recently quite a few magazines branded them as “the architects of Brad Pitt”, which is true and a highly effective weapon for promotion but surely they don’t have to stand for that since he is just one client among many, many others. Graft are active all around the world, from Tbilisi, Berlin, Singapore to LA and the Caribbean Islands.

Regardless of their tight schedules two of Grafts’ founders, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, were kind enough to meet up with us for an interview. In which they tell us what Grafting means in terms of architecture (scientifically it describes a method where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another), a true hybrid’s nature and why German academics still live up to their names…”

http://www.graftlab.com

Enjoy!

Thesis teaser: it’s plastic!

•October 19, 2007 • 1 Comment

Today I picked up my printed models and I couldn’t resist to show you a quick picture of one of the study structures I generated within the project. I just like the aesthetic of those printed plastic models, also some of the more complex structures them are rather impossible to produce by hand. The last model was even hard to produce in the computer, so Stefan helped my out on that a great deal….
The models where printed at my university on a Dimension SST1200 in plastic.

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In fact, I love rapid prototyping!
To see more of this, see you Wednesday!

Final Spurt

•October 8, 2007 • 13 Comments

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I just wanted to let you all know that the presentation of my thesis ‘architecture and digital media – positioning in the design process’ will take place on Wednesday, 24th of October . Whoever is interested in coming and listening to what I have to say is very welcome! My teaching Professors are Prof. Popp and Prof. Edler. For more information on the project, just write me or or post your Email so I can send you my thesis portfolio (5MB PDF) . See you there!

 
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