Posts Tagged ‘modern design’
April 24th, 2013 – In Bangkok’s seaside province of Rayong, a family-style seafood eatery designed by the Architects at Onion is adding a cozy, yet modern, atmosphere to the local dining scene. Modest beaches dotted around the Rayong Province are tranquil paradises for sea lovers who wish for hideaway places near the capital, a fitting place for Laem Charoen Seafood. The designers at Onion devised a hexagon pattern screen that creates partitions, adds architectural interest, and controls the flow of the restaurant.
Warm colors were introduced into the modern space to provide a warm atmosphere that best represents the identity of Laem Charoen’s 30 year old brand. Mint green glass railings, diagonal wood slats, and dining chairs upholstered in an array of emerald colored tones sit underneath custom made ceramic lamps that are coated in a copper color. At the front of the restaurant, the wooden hexagonal screens are open, but at the rear of the restaurant, the screen holes are filled with mirrors that reflect the geometric screens and create visual interest.
Photography By Pruk Dejkhamhaeng
September 5th, 2012 – The look of the new Neo Derm Medical Aesthetic Center designed by Beige Design was inspired by youth, energy, sustainability, and continuity. The center sits in a bustling neighborhood in Hong Kong, where it’s 1,500 square feet is designed to attract young customers for skin care and cosmetic treatments. Check out the below narrative, where the architects at Beige Design took us through the facility.
Backdrop of the reception is a lime color wall with a front layer of translucent recycled resins panel, the embossed lines on the panel are just like the light beams dashing around to embrace the space speedily. A clean white high-gloss paint reception island landed on the reconstitute stone flooring create a contrast to the backdrop.
Beams of white dashing lines are running throughout the white ceiling and extending to the surrounding space with dynamics. The relaxation zone adjacent to the reception is set on a lime on lime color tone from furniture to carpet that emphasizes the young and rejuvenated brand essence by over viewing the Victoria harbor. Fabric sofas are designed with rounded ends to offer a comfortable and warm mood to welcome customers.
Lines lead the way when the customer is walking into the treatment area. Following the dashing line pattern on the reception backdrop and ceiling, lines continue to take the lead in the corridor where product display shelves with LED lightings were lining up on the wall. The wall on the opposite side of the corridor is echoing with a long piece of line artwork. Lines in different forms are spreading around to keep the dynamics in the space.
Privilege is a special key attracting the young customers. Treatment rooms in this skin care center are specially designed as a multifunctional room that is capable to perform as a cosmetic room, an entertainment room as well as a treatment room to fit with their needs. Where a ‘line’ sliding picture is designed to cover the mirror on top of the cosmetic table. This tricky design helps to prevent the reflection inside the room during laser treatment is in operation. Catching the flow, the high gloss paint wall panels are set as subtle line features to lead the flow. Where the table is connecting to the seating, basic counter top is connecting a hanging cabinet demonstrating the concept of ‘continuity’, all the things are getting connected and bringing forth into other space.
In the makeup room, its special triangular shape demonstrates a play of intimate reflection. In the treatment room and makeup room, the main characters are always the user, which marks the meaningful connection to the continuity of lines.
From curtains, furniture, ceiling patterns, artworks to every details of the space, it is carefully designed to resonate the theme of lines, and lime color highlights are just enough to demonstrate the dashy and energetic design brief for this particular skin care center.
(Photography: Beige Design)
September 25th, 2012 – An angular new structure sprouted up in the courtyard of the SAP headquarters. The structure is a multimedia pavilion, intended to celebrate the software company’s 40 year anniversary. The Stuttgart-based architects at Scope spearheaded the design and build of the project, titled “40 years of future.”
“The architecture of the pavilion was greatly influenced by the positioning within a courtyard of the SAP Headquarters. On a four-sided enclosed area, we designed an envelope figure, on one hand reflecting the introverted character of the utility bill and the other in an exciting interaction where the confining environment occurs,” the architects explained.
Once visitors enter the exhibition they are met by circular windows which are flush-mounted onto the wall, their arrangement is derived from the binary code of the exhibition title. This can be seen best from the exterior at night when the light shines through the “binary code windows.”
The volume of the building is divided into two polygonal bodies that break their seemingly static boundaries and are fused together in an opposite movement. The two bodies react by different heights, shapes, and colors on the programmatic structure of the exhibition.
The lower structure is a black building which penetrates the glass façade and functions as the connecting corridor to the lobby of the Headquarters. The white, seamless body absorbs inside the exhibition space with the three thematic areas for visitors to learn about the history and future plans of the company.
(Photography: Zooey Braun)
Generally when we think of Police stations we envision drab colors, cold cement floors and double-paned glass (not to mention those super-cozy looking stainless steal toilets they have in the drunk tank.) At best we imagine the crappy 70’s haunt where the Chips duo park their choppers. Well, the force is coming back in full force. We’re talkin’ the rainbow, swiss-cheese-esque aesthetics of the Koban Police Station, envisioned by architect Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture. (Where is Koban you ask? It happens to be in Kumamoto, the most southern island of Japan) The space that’s reserved for impounding criminals is awash in bright colorful hues, friendly curved walls and a graphic polka-dot pattern that slices through perforated steel. Beaming rays of sunlight cut through the orifices and cast happy pops of sunlight on the surrounding pavement. It’s quite possibly the friendliest police force we’ve ever seen. Literally. Those Chips guys can only dream.
(Photography: Koichi Torimura)
What looks like an angular stack of gilded domino’s is actually the bronze façade of the Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum designed by the architects at :mlzd. The structure sits on the banks of Lake Zurich and boasts a history of over 700 years. The small, fortified complex was built in the late 13th century and a number of the extravagant interiors have survived today. Most recently, it underwent extensive restructuring in 2011, but will open it’s doors to the public next month. Wedged precariously between the old, fortified stone tower and a newer structure sits the new, main entrance, clearly juxtaposing and offsetting the old, “heightening awareness for the threshold to the latter.” The newly constructed rooms are an extension of the museum’s spectrum in terms of space, operations and possibilities available to the curator. “The shape of the new building has been developed out of the lateral façades of the old buildings. Its façade and roof have been designed in such a way that the existing windows and doors of the old buildings are not intersected anywhere.” The Rapperswil-Jona Museum is a journey in discovery, the structure is a legacy itself and stepping foot inside is a trip into the past.
Karim Rashid’s style is stamped all over this project! The Komb House in Cairo, Egypt is an instillation at a local exhibition, a few months back images of this concept streamed the blogosphere, but here are the first images of the completed project. In true Karim form, the Komb is dynamic, well thought out, and fully designed by the master himself.
The house exterior is constructed of a series of undulating fins that are slightly different. Together, the slightly different fins are separated, creating a play on privacy and only allowing viewers to slightly see inside the house. The interiors of the space are separated into four quarters and represent Rashid’s concept of eat, sleep, play, and cleanse.
The central area is inspired by Islamic patios and it features an oasis with a skylight and a center plunge pool!! A kinetic art sculpture levitates above the pool, as the sculpture rotates it captures wind energy and disperses it throughout the house.
Many ecological ideas are incorporated into the space such as solar panel heated water, energy efficient appliances, reuse of pluvial and grey water, and a raised radiant floor. The Komb house is specifically designed to use technology to orchestrate modern traditions in a new wave of thinking which involves eco-loving objectives.