Posts Tagged ‘modern’
September 11th, 2013 – For some, libraries are a place of study and silence. For others, a total snooze-fest. But for the Monterrey-based creatives at Anagrama, libraries should be a place that cultivates imagination and adventure. The creative studio has unveiled their recently completed Conarte Children’s Library & Cultural Center, a dynamic new library comprised of vibrant neon colored rafters, angular book shelves and an undulating reading platform.
In the heart of the city is Fundidora Park sits a unique specimen of industrial archaeology, which was previously a massive steelworks and foundry established in the 1900′s. The park is home to extensive gardens, museums, convention centers, auditoriums, theme parks and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León).
Conarte sought out to Anagrama, who is led by designers Gustavo Muñoz, Miguel Herrera and Sebàstian Padilla, with the mission to create a space that would foster a love of reading and learning for children.
The Children’s Library & Cultural Center was planned to be inside a warehouse-like building, an untouchable heritage site of the state. Anagrama’s design proposal took into account the untouchable nature of the building and, in some ways, enhanced it.
The result of Anagrama’s design approach is a multi-purpose, asymmetrical reading platform meant to simulate Monterrey’s mountainous topography. The bookshelves are not only used as storage, but serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The installation’s colorful and geometric aesthetic contrasts directly with its antique, industrial building, elevating both elements in a cheerful and unique way.
Photography Courtesy of Anagrama
Singapore based firm Aamer Architects created a lustful new abode on their local Siglap Hill called The Ninety7 House. From room placement, to colors, to philosophical concepts, The house was meticulously thought through. The exterior architecture of the home is designed to resemble curvilinear folds which start on the second floor and fold up over the third, functioning as the roof, creating a “shelter” like feeling for the home and it’s owners. White was chosen as the dominant color of the home to allow the natural trees, shrubbery, and water below to be visually featured. Aamer created wide architectural openings throughout the home to keep natural ventilation circulating. And with all seriousness aside, The Ninety7 would be an awesome space for a poolside soiree!
James bond can now go green in style! The worlds fastest hybrid, The ItalDesign-Giugiaro Quaranta concept car, was recently retrofitted with a meter, white paint and a dome light to shuttle fares around the Italian capital. Quaranta comes nothing close your normal car, it can reach speeds up to 155 mph and can fly 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Powered by the Toyota Synergy Drive found in the Lexus RX400h, it’s complete with 3.3-liter V6, electric motor, continuously variable transmission and supplemented by front mounted solar panels. This eco-friendly automobile was car created to mark the ItalDesign-Giugiaro’s 40th anniversary.