Dirtbike Backflips over Aerobatic Plane

Après des années de prouesses techniques et sportives, Redbull nous prouve une de fois de plus que la folie n’a aucunes limite. La réunion de Nick de Wit et Glen Dell ne déroge pas à la règle et met en scène un magnifique backflip en moto au dessus d’un avion de voltige.

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Ann Demeulemeester's Beautiful Fashion Book: A first ever chronicle of the Dutch designer's storied career

Ann Demeulemeester's Beautiful Fashion Book


The music industry has the White Album. And now fashion has an iconic black book, thanks to a beautiful new volume from Rizzoli chronicling the visual history of Ann Demeulemeester’s contributions to the world of fashion….

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Repurposed Macs, from Class to Crass

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It is a shame that the Power Mac G5, and the first-generation Mac Pro, are these beautiful hunks of aluminum that have no present-day use. While the conscientious may deliver them to recycling facilities, wouldn’t it be cool if the shells could be usefully repurposed? Germany-based designer Klaus Geiger thought so, and machined a solid piece of walnut to perfectly match the radii in the G5 tower’s handles.

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Though Geiger’s one-off bench was created for a freecycling event in Freiburg, he subsequently became intrigued by the idea of upcycling G5 shells, stating “they are simply too good to be disposed of.” He produced at least a couple of other pieces, like the one seen up top and this rolling set of drawers…

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…then cranked out some renderings to show what a full line might look like:

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I-da Arquitectos sinks holiday apartments into the Portuguese countryside

The two main buildings of this Portuguese holiday complex by I-da Arquitectos are dug into a hillside, partly burying them in the sloping terrain (+ slideshow).

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Lisbon-based I-da arquitectos designed the 820-metre-square development, named Pé no Monte, on 10 hectares of land on the Alentejo Coast, in the south west of Portugal.



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Formerly occupied by a dilapidated building, the site is bordered by dense vegetation and trees on its southern perimeter, with a stone well, oak trees and fruit trees in the centre.

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The firm refurbished and extended the original building to create a home for the owner, and embedded a separate slim structure into a slope to house six individual en suite bedrooms for renting out to guests.

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“The proposal seeks to establish a contrast dialogue between the existing and the new building, which sometimes merge with each other, creating a smooth transition between the past and the present,” said the studio, whose previous projects include a concrete-clad family home in northern Portugal.

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The two buildings are arranged in an L-shape, framing one corner of a central square of green lawn, while a swimming pool and decking fills the opposite corner.

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The new-build adapts to the slope of the ground, with rooms partially submerged in the earth, and only the white roof visible from the approach.

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“At the level of arrival the building is almost imperceptible to the eye, only a long terrace with seating areas for contemplation of the surrounding nature is visible,” said the architects.

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The roof of the guest accommodation, level with the lawn, has sand pits dug into it. Behind this, a narrow staircase descends in a crevass, providing access to the rooms on the lower level.

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Wide glazed openings overlook the rural landscape. Each of the bedrooms has its own individual sun deck with a freestanding pergola that provides privacy and shades the interior space from direct sunlight.

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“The connection between the two volumes is developed through a central courtyard, the heart of the whole complex. It is from it that is organised the distribution and access to the different parts,” said the architects.

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On the upper level the owner’s home stands above the ground with white-rendered walls and a terracotta tiled roof.

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Living spaces face onto the shared gardens on the south-eastern facade, while the main entrance is positioned on the north-west facade, facing away from this communal area. This side of the building is sunken into the terrain and accessed via a flight of stairs.

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The interior of the house has concrete floors and white walls. A double-height living room with a hanging fireplace forms the focal point of the building.

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A bench to the rear of the fireplace has a backrest formed from the building’s sloping concrete wall. A narrow slice through the ceiling above lights the area.

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A small, glazed courtyard set into the living room provides further natural light and ventilation for the building.

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This double-height space creates an atrium that runs through the upper floor, around which a sitting room is arranged. This portion of the building also has a glazed facade to create sweeping views for residents.

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Positioned by the complex’s access road, a small caretaker’s cabin named XXS house measures just 8.4-metres by 8.4-metres. Dark timber planks are set above a small courtyard that gives the gate lodge aspects over the lane and marks the entrance to the complex for visitors.

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Images of the project were captured by architectural photographer Joao Morgado, who used a drone to produce aerial stills.

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“I took some early photos during the construction and couldn’t immediately realise the relation between both volumes in a single photo, but it was so present when you were there,” Morgado told Dezeen.

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“That led me to suggest an aerial approach, where you can easily communicate the project and its surrounding environment,” he said.

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The Portuguese photographer, who has used drones since 2012 to capture architectural imagery, was awarded the ARCAID Architectural Photography Award for his aerial imagery of Alvaro Siza Vieira’s Leça Swimming Pools.

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“The drone is a tool that extends my photography assignments to the air and allows me to communicate architecture from a different angle,” Morgado added.

Photography is by Joao Morgado.

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WOO Toys from Vrtíška Žák: Decorative toy concept embodies natural elements and draws on simplicity, thoughtfulness and whimsy

WOO Toys from Vrtíška Žák


Created by Czech design and architecture outfit Vrtíška Žák, WOO toys are a boy’s dream come true. “We wanted to design something just for ourselves without any client. So…

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Theater De Stoep by UNStudio

Le 9 octobre dernier, le Théâtre De Stoep de la ville de Spijkenisse aux Pays-Bas a ouvert ses portes. Designé par UNStudio, la construction de 5800 m² dispose d’un auditorium pouvant accueillir 650 personnes, et une plus petite salle de 200 places. A découvrir en images dans la suite.

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Exhibition Showcases Five Decades of Michael Graves’ Designs at Home and Abroad

The upcoming Architectural League of New York symposium is but one (aqua-hued, curvy, multi-windowed) component of the Michael Graves 50th-anniversary extravaganza happening this fall (bring your own Peeps!). A show of the architect and product designer’s paintings are on view through the end of the year at NYC’s Studio Vendome gallery. And over in New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture has mounted a Graves retrospective. Writer Nancy Lazarus visited the latter exhibition—and then followed Graves home.

graves GFSGolden banners hung from the rafters and bearing sketches of now-famous products greet visitors to Michael Graves: Past as Prologue at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. The retrospective, on view through April 5, is a festive tribute to Graves and his architecture and design firm as they mark their fiftieth anniversary.

Organizing an exhibit spanning Graves’ prolific and ongoing career was no easy feat. “This was planned as a series of vignettes” chronicling the practice’s interdisciplinary work along with Michael’s owm drawings and paintings, explained Karen Nichols, principal at Michael Graves & Associates, at a recent press preview. The firm’s core values: aesthetics, functionality, and humanistic design, connect seemingly disparate projects.

Few architects can claim commissions as varied as the Portland Building, Louisville’s Humana Building, the Denver Library, decorative scaffolding for the Washington Monument, various Disney Resorts, and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. The photographs and architectural models tell the stories of Graves’ broad geographic scope.
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This week on Dezeen

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This week Frank Gehry responded to criticism of his architecture by wielding his middle finger to gathered journalists (pictured), and we reported on the Chinese president’s call for an end to “weird architecture” in China. Read on for more architecture and design highlights, plus our track of the week.

London producer Ketan Jogia has created a somber electronic reworking of Dark Sky Tonight by Laura James.

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Image showing a Beretta 486 Parallelo

Apple’s newly appointed Marc Newson ruffled feathers as it was announced he is set to design a gun for Italian firearms company Beretta.

Barrisol Pavilion by Ross Lovegrove
Barrisol Pavilion by Ross Lovegrove 

We’ve been reporting from Interieur 2014 where British designer Ross Lovegrove exhibited his new sculptural lights and Belgian creative agency Dift utilised a doomed school to create a temporary hotel for visitors.

Miito by Nils Chudy
Miito by Nils Chudy

We also continued our coverage of Dutch Design Week, which includes a small device designed to boil liquids efficiently and an installation that recreates “smells of the past”.

Glowing Lines Smart Highway by Daan Roosegaarde
Glowing Lines Smart Highway by Daan Roosegaarde

In other design news, Daan Roosegaarde’s first solar-powered glow-in-the-dark-road opened in the Netherlands and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto created an installation in Paris’ Jardins des Tuileries.

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Portrait of Claudio Luti

Claudio Luti resigned as president of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile – the world’s biggest and most important furniture fair – after only two years at the helm, while London’s Design Museum announced it will offer visitors free entry to its permanent collection from 2016.

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster chosen to design Chinese hotels
Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster chosen to design Chinese hotels

Never far from the headlines, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster were selected to design high-rise hotels in China and Herzog & de Meuron revealed plans for a 205-metre-high tower in Basel.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31
Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a pop-up restaurant designed to sit on top of a frozen river, a hard-to-reach restaurant in Vietnam featuring a “bamboo forest” and a blackened timber house in Japan.

Gui House by Harunatsu-Archi
Gui House by Harunatsu-Archi

Main image via @imartinrodrigo‘s Twitter account.

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WebGL: Fluid Experiment

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Fluido in WebGL per restarci sotto.

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WebGL: Fluid Experiment

fluid

Fluido in WebGL per restarci sotto.

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