- Martian Embassy by LAVA Opens
- A Bar & Lounge Exclusively For Grand Hyatt Dubai \ Hirsch Bedner Associates
- Terrace Garden at Bandra \ The White Room studio
- Chopped \ Yuval Tal
Posted: 31 Jul 2012 07:57 AM PDT
And they've set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney!
The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O’Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket and a time tunnel, an immersive space of oscillating plywood ribs brought to life by red planet light and sound projections.
LAVA's design for the Martian Embassy is for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, Sydney.
The project was a collaboration with production company Will O'Rourke and their creative partners The Glue Society, who developed the Martian concept which was then road tested with kids – of all ages.
Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific director of LAVA said: 'It’s the stuff great stories are made of – think of Moby Dick, H. G. Wells’ Time Machine and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick'.
'The concept is to awaken creativity in kids, so the design acts as a trigger, firing up the engines of imagination. It's an intergalactic journey – from the embassy, at the street entrance, to the shop full of red planet traveller essentials, to the classroom. By the time kids reach the writing classes they have forgotten they are in "school".'
'Using a fluid geometry merging the three program components [embassy, school and shop], a computer model was sliced and 'nested' into buildable components. 1068 pieces of CNC-cut plywood were put together like a giant puzzle. Using technologies from the yacht and space industry the timber ribs create shelves, seats, benches, storage, counters and displays and continue as strips on the floor. Edged with Martian green, the curvy plywood flows seamlessly so that walls, ceiling and floor, space, structure and ornament, become one element.'
A mix of Martian essential oils infuses the tunnel to inspire young imaginations, whilst the sounds and lights of the red planet animate the space.
Martian passports, alien money, 1kg cans of gravity, abduction kits and SPF 5000 sunscreen are just some of the ‘Made on Mars’ gift products sold in the Martian Embassy store. 'We had a lot of fun creating the first diplomatic mission from inner space',
+ PRACTICE CREDITS
LAVA: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture | www.l-a-v-a.net
+ All images and drawings courtesy LAVA
Posted: 31 Jul 2012 07:08 AM PDT
The vibrant bar and lounge is located in the Grand Hyatt Dubai and HBA brilliantly showcased their expertise in restaurant and bar design, drawing inspiration from the vibrancy of Dubai while offering the ultimate guest experience.
Each Living Room has a unique concept and cultural identity, while blending together seamlessly.
The Sunken Lounge is the heart of the space. Each of the rooms emanate from this central entry point.
The European Lounge has Louis VX chairs upholstered in modern day fabrics and pearlized leathers with black lacquer frames. The architectural colors are white on white, which is carried through in the large oil paintings on aluminum metal by Julia Brooker. The room is punctuated by tones of grey and vivid orange. As guests enter the room through a glowing burnt orange portal constructed in high gloss lacquer, it creates a grand sense of entry. In line with the Louis XIV chair, an entire wall is clad in antiqued mirror and through the wall is the portal that glimpses into the Velvet Lounge.
The Chinese Lounge is bold and strong with vibrant reds and blacks that create a real sense of drama. The space is punctuated with oversized heavily adorned chandeliers in crystal and velvet. The chandeliers were sourced from a local supplier, Petals, known for their flamboyant designs. One wall is attributed to a photographic scene from a Chinese nightclub where the dress of the central figure was colored to match the silk fabrics and panels around the room. The well-choreographed art and interior design program provide a focal point seen from all around the room and create a unique atmosphere unlike anything found in Dubai.
In addition to the The Living Room Lounge & Bar, HBA also renovated two other spaces in Grand Hyatt Dubai – the Ahasees Spa & Club and Al Manzil Residence. All three brand-new lifestyle experiences are set to enhance and complement the luxurious facilities the hotel is synonymous with.
+ All images courtesy HBA
Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:28 AM PDT
Hovering above the concrete jungle of the Bandra neighborhood in Mumbai, 'The Terrace Garden' by The White Room studio was built to offer respite from the chaos and clatter of the city, offering obscure views of the Arabian Sea.
This 1500 sq ft rooftop was conceived as a pleasure garden where one could watch the sun setting into the sea or the birds flying by or simply relax. The garden is made of organically designed free flowing arched canopy encompassing the whole length of the terrace, the canopy starts from the floor and slowly raises to a level where it becomes the roof for the patio. The canopy framed the open terrace where kids can play, the adults could gather together, soak in the sun or rain, or choose to sit and relax in the verandah shade. The spaces beyond the framed terrace and veranda mostly serve as built in planters for trees or an occasional lily pond. Salinity tolerant and hardy plant varieties like palms, lantanas and wild grass were chosen for easy maintenance.
For building up the free flowing canopy we needed a material which has the plasticity of modelling clay and at the same time is highly elastic and compact. After a lot of investigation we chose 'ferrocrete' the long forgotten material to provide a monolithic sculptural form. The structure was then waterproofed using epoxy polymer, and the lawn laid over it.
+ Project facts
Architect: The White room | http://www.thewhiteroom.co.in/
+ All images courtesy The White room
Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:06 AM PDT
Designer Yuval Tal has designed a series of tables in three sizes made from wooden dowels wrapped with a metal ring. The design allows for a solid and stable structure without the need for glue or screws.
The table’s color arrangement is inspired by a color vision deficiency test. Every piece has a uniquely designed top.
The tables are available in three different diameters and heights with grey, orange or green paint and lacquer.
Tal is an internationally recognized and award-winning designer. His work has won prizes in Israel and around the world.
Designer: Yuval Tal
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