Careful choice of materials and colour are governing out design process as we convert an old warehouse unit into a donation station and research laboratory. The design needs to be both highly functional yet welcoming and calming.
Some great progress on the Garden Kitchen project in Camberwell, looking forward to seeing it finished soon
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WTC starting on site
Where we’ve been:
This week was the last opportunity to visit the Serpentine Pavilion and we also enjoyed the Summer Houses installed just behind the Serpentine Gallery. Asif Khan’s was particularly interesting and above you can see a video of him explaining the concept
What we have seen:
Elon Musk has again surprised the world and has made us dream of a human colony on another planet. Having everything we need to go to Mars ready by 2024 would be laughable but with Musk people seem to take note… Obama seems to be on his side so NASA will be supporting private companies. Above a video of Elon Musk’s Mars colonization event in 5 minutes
What has surprised us:
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 explodes! This is an unprecedented disaster for the tech giant that is already pushing down the value of their shares. The problems seem to be the battery and with pushing the boundaries on its thickness and power. 4 million devices being recalled!
What we have found:
We found a Twitter account with dozens of beautiful gifs showing Japanese joinery techniques! Click here to see more of these interesting 3Ds.
Quote of the week:
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ― J.K. Rowling
What we've read: "London's capital is growing at the expense of its citizens" - Dezeens interview with Antony Gormley
Talking to Dezeen at at the opening of his new White Cube exhibition, Fit, Antony Gormley revealed his feelings on new high rise developments in London's square mile stating "a lot of what is being built right now gets it's character from really base economic factors". His main complaint being that these buildings do not seem to acknowledge the streets on which they sit often offering little or no public realm. We agree and would add that, in our opinion, London's tall buildings, ever more common due to the demand for space in the centre, are blighted by the desire to create an icon in a sea of would be iconic buildings combined with the desire to make an immediate return on investment.
We would note a minor disagreement however on Gromley's claim that RSHP's Leadenhall building is one of the worst offenders. While it is true that it does little for public realm and instead squeezes and dominates the streets around it's base, but it is also a great example of a well resolved, well considered (down to the last detail) building and seemingly executed without compromise. There is a link to the article here.
What we've found: Amazing trick for sketching perspective.
In the age of 3D modeling and VR the hand sketch needs to slim down further to remain the primary mode for quickly communicating ideas. Little can be as evocative or collaborative when developing or explaining an idea than a good sketch. More here.
What we've found interesting: Samorsot 3
Seemingly a mixture of photo, video, airbrush, hand drawing, vector and render this visually addictive puzzle game is absolutely beautiful. Designed and built in Prague by Amanita design the game involves solving puzzles across 9 strange worlds and uses no texts or speech relying solely on sounds and visual clues.
Where we've been: Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames
Situated on the side of the River Thames twelve miles up stream from central London, Hampton Court Palace is a major tourist attraction in London. Built by Henry VIII and later greatly enlarged by King William III, who intended it to rival Versailles, the palace is a mixture of Tudor and Baroque styles. The palace and gardens are beautiful and sprawling providing seemingly endless places to explore around every corner. The elaborate decoration inside and out together with the lavish choice of materials are inspiring in today's modern architecture of less. There are definitely some interesting features that are seeming to emerge again now from the intricate painted Baroque ceilings and walls to the Tudor patterned brick walls and staggered brick chimneys.
What's inspired us: Ignite animation by Daneil Barreto
Made through stop motion of hundreds of long exposure photos of LED lights has a unique analog/digital quality. More here.
What we've seen
This collection of beautiful photographs is by Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra and it is to celebrate the 20th Anniversary this year. We’re still yet to visit this stunning piece of architecture by Peter Zumthor but it’s definitely on the to do list.
Where we've been
This week we visited the Bankside installation by Camille Walala. We’ve followed the work of Walala for a while now and were really happy to see this installation for the London Design Festival. Walala’s signature graphic style is clear to see here and is a successful re-imagination of an everyday mundane procedure.
What we've done
This week we went to a brilliant lecture from the newly returned British Ambassador to the US, Sir Peter Westmacott. The lecture was for the British-American Project and was hosted in the offices of Arcadis. Sir Westmacott described the current turbulent political landscape in the US and his involvement over the years. Brexit was one of the main talking points during the Q & A session and it certainly was impressive to hear from a man which such impressive knowledge commentating on the current global politics.
What we're reading
Getting things done by David Allen
‘GTD’ seems to be an acronym which has been coined by David Allen. This book promises to be an introduction to developing a more productive lifestyle. Productivity which can be applied to work life and personal life.
What we've watched
This is a really thorough interview with the great architect Norman Foster. It’s a really interesting insight to the long spanning career and all the impressive achievements of his firm. The questions asked by the interviewer at the end are particularly interesting and give an insight into Foster’s own perception of his legacy which he will inevitably leave behind.