Windshape was an ephemeral structure commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as a venue and gathering space near their Provence campus in France. Built by nARCHITECTS and a team of SCAD students over a period of five weeks, Windshape became the small town’s main public meeting space, and hosted concerts, exhibitions, and ceremonies. By varying the degree of tension in the string, Windshape can respond to the wind in several ways, from rhythmic oscillations to fast ripples across its surfaces. During heavy winds, Windshape moved dramatically, and made a hissing sound akin to dozens of jump ropes.
Aura is an experiment in translating Villa Foscari’s Palladian design, which relies on a definite set of harmonic proportions, into a contemporary space whose elegance and dynamism is generated through a process defined by a non-linear set of rules elicited from Palladio’s theories.
Each Summer, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. This was built in 2006.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Rem Koolhaas/OMA
The walkable sculpture designed by German artist Carsten Nicolai for the New National Gallery in Berlin is at once a resonating cavity and a screen for projections. Specially composed electronic music by Nicolai generates modulations of laser light on the translucent skin. The architectural body thus become a space of sound and light into which visitors can enter, but which they can equally perceive from without.
Sculpture, by Carsten Nicolai
Design for Exhibition, London, United Kingdom, by Alex Mc Dowell Tino Schaedler
Dezeen is curating a design exhibition at The Jones hotel in London this September and October, exploring contemporary designers’ fascination with animals, including the Eames House Bird and Harry Allen’s Bank in the Form of a Pig
Antony Gormley makes sculptures from welded mild steel rod. “There was a lot of experimentation, but the Domains really got going when I realised I could describe the space of the body as a matrix formed from eight lengths of stainless steel in a reversal of the Greek pointing system, with rods resting on the internal surface of the body”.
Domain Series, by Antony Gormley
A new exhibit offers a thematic cross-section of classic and contemporary ideas by German designers and companies. The exhibits are arranged in rigorous German fashion: structured and linked in “Werkbund Crates”, organized by theme: material, position, function, system or tool.
Exhibition: Design Deutschland. case study 08, from July 25 – Oct. 5, 2008, Neues Museum Nuremberg, Germany