Last night the first episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” was launched, featuring Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Based in Seville, Cirugeda reclaims abandoned urban spaces for the public, despite the fact that self-building is illegal in Spain. His buildings are often fast-build, mobile structures made from recycled materials, but the key is that they all serve a social function. In this 25-minute episode, Al Jazeera looks at his latest project: converting an abandoned cement factory into a vibrant cultural center. Will Cirugeda successfully complete his biggest challenge yet?
BIG‘s LEGO House is now under construction, following a one of a kind foundation laying ceremony featuring – what else – supersized lego bricks. Bjarke Ingels himself was in attendance to lay one of the foundation bricks. Constructed in LEGO‘s hometown of Billund, Denmark, the LEGO House will be a 12,000 square metre “hands-on minds-on experience centre.”
Designed by Quentin de Coster Design Studio for French company Cinna, LASSO lamp pays tribute to minimalism and functionality. As its name suggests, this unconventional lighting unit resembles a lasso, but also a suspended torch: “I wanted to create a poetic light that invites users to interact with it. I tried to give shape to the idea in the most minimal way possible and it was only afterwards that I realized it looked a bit like a torch. But it is fun, and I like to refer to archetypes in my work“, De Coster explained.
LASSO is a suspension made of a steel tube and wire offering a new way of guiding light. Usually unattractive, the electrical cable is here used to direct the lighting by a sliding motion turning it into a nice graphic element. On top of it, the LASSO lamp adopts different triangulations according to your requirements and draws beautiful lines in space. In a nutshell, a contemporary light that is interesting both off and on ! [Information provided via e-mail by Quentin de Coster Design Studio; Photography: Julien Renault]
ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges at a colossal pre-war rain tree of such magnificence that its presence is ingrained within the very architecture of the house itself. Throughout this home, there are numerous encounters with nature whilst still being very much indoors. An artistic vibe is subtly released in key areas, starting with the white sculpture in the garden and continuing with a painting and statue in the living room.
A wooden deck frames the swimming pool, creating a fascinating outdoor area for relaxation: “Capitalizing on the site’s sloping typography, the basement was designed such that it opens up into a lower section of the garden, thus making it feel almost like being on ground level. Interestingly, the skylights also provide a spectacularly clear view of the rain tree even from here”. As you can see in the house plans at the end of the post, the residence features two levels plus basement, a sculptural spiral staircase providing the connection between the various living zones. [Photos by Derek Swalwell]