all you need is change

A famous Dutch company hires ”most architecture” to design their new office. The client, BRANDBASE is a brand activation company. Their intention is to decorate the office with recyclable materials.

most architecture goes to the very core of  the idea of ”recyclable” . The solution they come up with is very simple and beautiful in its simplicity : using pallets as the main design material.

The material, wood, gives the office such a warm and informal smell. However the fact that it is a historical Dutch building ,still keeps the serious office environment together. The pallets are used as desks, meeting table, sculpture and even as stairs to second floor. The desks are three dimensional: the pallets start on the floor as the platform and step up to become an office desk.

The second floor is more of a private space for managers. The stairs transform into working spaces once they reach the second floor.

I very much like the simplicity of the usage of the wood pallets for BRANDBASE office design. Sometimes taking an insignificant object, and changing its function completely is all you need to accomplish the extraordinary.

hong kong psi tower

The conceptual design has been developed by British based architect Michael Young. He has been living in Hong-Kong for several years now.

The idea is to build an office complex with luxury apartments for business users and executives overlooking kowloon district.

The building allows to reflect the skyline of Hong Kong with its facade. At the same time the shape is extraordinary. Conceptually the project, based visually on the essence of ancient chinese building techniques, has been carried forward into the 21st century with its multi-faceted surface that change according to weather and light conditions.

Big-mini world

Welcome to the miniature cardboard room… Maybe not! The intention is to make it look small, but everything in this model is ”life-size” scale.London based studio zag teamed up with the university of arts london to create, hands on an exhibition of works presented as a fantastical shoebox house as part of london design week 2010.

”hands on” exhibition. In order to give it a small scale look, objects such as match-box looking table are used.

The exhibition is colored by bizzare looking objects designed by several artists.

‘leaning chair’ by hector mamet

ceramic plates by robert dawson

silverware pieces by david clarke

Forest of Umbrellas

The village of umbrellas is located near the train station in Cordoba City, Spain.
After a tiring city walk this is a nice place to take a break below or above the shade..Your choice.

The height of the circular forms can be adjusted according to the sunlight. Public is always in favor of gathering spaces with delicious shade. The adjustable height allows the space to be flexible. In short the irregularity of the shade prevents it from being a huge boring space.

This reminds me of the Mexico Pavilion in Shanghai EXPO 2010. Different from Cordoba city, The bottom of the mexican umbrellas were colorful. One you lie down under the colorful shapes, you do not realize how the time passes. Here is what it looks like.