What we've watched:
Put on some noise cancelling headphones and sit back to watch this amazing advert for a Japanese garden show. Constructed from fir and maple this enormous xylophone stretches through the forest played by a cascading wooden ball. The balls are available in a vending machine at the top of the installation to be bought, used and taken away as a souvenir.
We particularly like the way that changes in sound pitch and rhythm are reflected in the shape and size of the components giving a suggestion of what is to come before you hear it. More on the installation here.
What we've found interesting:
This kitchen in a compact Japanese flat in Tokyo has folding sliding doors which neatly conceal it. We love minimalism and this level of control over such a small space we think is very successful. With the doors closed the room becomes a simple palette of materials against which the few pieces of furniture and and lighting look considered. The stainless steel backslash and cooker hood are simple and utilitarian yet feel appropriate and domestic in this space. More here.
What we've found inspiring:
arquitecturb.tumblr.com/ Is a great tumblr for inspiration/procrastinating. It features a range of beautiful imagery, including a lot of aerial architectural photography, always sure to distract you and take you away from the task at hand. We particularly like their collection of aerial shots of city blocks.
What we've found useful:
Autodesk 123D Catch is a photo driven 3D environment capture app. It builds a 3D model of an object from photos together with colours which can be imported into 3D modelling software. We're currently experimenting with it for capturing site information but its clear that software like this will be incredibly useful for architects in the future.
Where we've been:
The Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park - We have been late off the mark in going to see this but we're glad we did. BIGs pavilion is well conceived seemingly sweeping out of the ground as you approach and framing views from within both in the entrance apertures and through the metabolist fiberglass boxes themselves. Check out the photos we took on our instagram page.