"A building is a building. It cannot be read like a book; it doesn't have any credits, subtitles or labels like picture in a gallery. In that sense, we are absolutely anti-representational. The strength of our buildings is the immediate, visceral impact they have on a visitor."
“He calls his office Amateur Architecture, but the work is that of a virtuoso in full command of the instruments of architecture – form, scale, material, space and light” – Karen Stein /writer, editor and architectural consultant/.
Wang Shu a Chinese architect based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. He is the dean of the School of Architecture of the China Academy of Art.
The 'eco-perch' is a quick to install luxury tree house unit by east sussex-based architecture and construction firm blue forest.
According to the architects, “its natural, organic geometry maximizes the relationship between the inside space and the outdoor setting, ensuring the structure sits harmoniously within the landscape. The building sleeps 4 people and is delivered, assembled and commissioned in approximately 5 days (subject to site preparation). The eco-PERCH design is flexible and can be adapted to suit your site where existing infrastructure is already in place. With options to assemble your building on the ground or in the treetops there are infinite possibilities for creating accommodation with a difference“.
… lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want? Kandinsky
"Life Below the Surface" is an exhibition by Andreas Franke. The Austrian photographer is listed several times in "200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide" and his work is honoured with the most important awards in business.
"Roll it" is an experimental and innovative design. This cylindrical house prototype provides flexible space within a minimum housing unit. The rolling house sections are to provide some different functional needs: there’s a bed and table in section, an exercise cylinder, and a kitchen with a sink. #1
Location: 103-113 Marshgate Ln, Stratford, London, United Kingdom
Architect: Populous (a.k.a. HOK Sport) Structural engineer: Buro Happold Services engineer: Buro Happold Main contractors: Sir Robert McAlpine Construction cost: 486 Million Pounds Capacity: 80,000
Design and construction status The stadium design was launched on 7 November 2007. The architect, Populous, is an architectural firm specializing in the design of sports facilities and convention centres, as well as planning of major special events. As a "unique 80,000 seat stadium, it will be the centrepiece for the 2012 Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events, converting down to a 60,000 seat permanent stadium after the Games, when it will become the new home for West Ham United, combined with other sporting, community and educational uses", according to LOCOG.
The Olympic Park will create a green backdrop for the Games and a new green space after 2012 for people and wildlife living in and around the area to enjoy.
The Park is being designed by the EDAW Consortium (including EDAW and Buro Happold), working with Arup and WS Atkins. The park including legacy has since been taken over by LDA Design in conjunction with Hargreaves Associates. London's Olympic and Paralympic bid proposed that there would be four arenas in the Olympic Park, but the revised masterplan published in 2006 reduced this to three, with the volleyball being moved to Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The fencing arena was also cancelled, and the fencing will now take place at ExCeL. The remaining indoor arenas are the Basketball Arena and the Handball Arena. The final design of the park has been approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority and its planning decisions committee. To enable the major phase of construction to begin, the 52 electricity pylons, each up to 65 metres high, that dominate the landscape in and around the Olympic Park were removed, and the electricity for the park is now instead run through underground tunnels.
Location: 100-107 A115, Stratford, London, United Kingdom Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects, Sports Architect - S&P Architects Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Construction cost: 269m Pounds Capacity: 17,500
London 2012 Aquatics Centre was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London. With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, it will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park. The site is 45 metres high, 160 metres long, and 80 metres wide.
Construction Construction started in July 2008 and was completed in July 2011.
Location: A12, Leyton, London, England Built: 2009–2011 Architect: Hopkins Architects, Grant Associates Structural engineer: Expedition Engineering Services engineer: BDSP Main contractors: ISG Construction cost: 105 million pounds Capacity: 6,000 Field dimensions: 250 metres
In 2009, at the time work began on the construction of the velodrome, the estimated cost of that facility alone was ?105 million. Work on the Velodrome was completed in February 2011. The Velodrome was the first Olympic Park venue to be completed. The roof is designed to reflect the geometry of cycling as well as being lightweight and efficient reflecting a bike. There is also a 360 degree concorse level with windows allowing people views of the Olympic Park. The Velodrome is energy efficient with rooflights reducing the need for artificial lights and natural ventilation reducing the need for air condition, rain water is also saved cutting the amount of water used. Designer Ron Webb who designed the Velodrome tracks for the Sydney and Athens Games was in charge of the design and installation of the track. The track was made with 56 km of Siberian Pine and 350,000 nails.
Chinese artist Liu Bolin uses camouflage techniques to create amazing contemporary art. Body covered with paint almost completely blends in with the surroundings. The goal is to represent the diminishing humanity in today’s society.