Steampunk makes everything cooler… even these playing cards

I may be entering this article with a slight bias, but I assure you it’s a healthy one. I rarely feature graphical designs on this platform, but these steampunk-styled playing cards are hard to ignore! Designed with immaculately beautiful visuals, the Art Of Steampunk (Vol 2) cards are a full deck of traditional playing cards with a non-traditional twist. Each card comes with a unique hand-drawn graphic printed on the front, and a spectacular steampunk gearbox on the back. With detailed vibrant prints, metallic accents, and high-quality papers, the cards are printed by the United States Playing Card Company and come with the highest of standards.

With the Art Of Steampunk playing cards, each individual card is an artpiece in its own right. Depending on which deck you choose (and there are multiple artwork decks to choose from), you get access to a unique catalog of 54 works of art spanning human characters dressed in steampunk garb as well as numbers styled in the iconic punk fashion. The different decks of cards showcase characters like magicians, warlocks, courtsmen, mercenaries, jokers, plague doctors, etc., with special number-specific decks too, if you just want something less ‘collectible-worthy’ and more traditional. Each deck of cards come with a special ‘K’ branded Kickstarter commemorative card, and a card with the signatures of the artists behind the visuals. The Tuck Case for the Art Of Steampunk cards is just as eye-catching as the cards within, with its own gearbox-inspired graphic.

The Art Of Steampunk Vol. 2 cards feature artworks that are entirely hand-drawn by a dedicated team of artists. The cards are printed on special sustainably sourced ‘forest-paper’ by the UPSCC with metallic inks, before being laminated and finished with an air-cushion finish for that perfect texture associated with high-quality poker cards. Go ahead and reserve your deck (before they’re all sold out) on the Kickstarter page below… it should serve you well, either as a spectacularly made art-collectible worth cherishing or as a deck of playing cards worthy of showing off to your friends when everyone can finally begin hosting poker nights again!


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The Art of Steampunk Playing Cards Vol.2

The limited edition unique custom-made album goes in A4 format with Steampunk hand-drawings of all the court cards, aces and 2 jokers.

The Story

Once upon a time, in a Victorian era that never existed, the world was full of marvelous contraptions that were both functional and beautiful. Wondrous objects harnessed lightning, let individuals fly and travel through time, and protected their eyes in the most fashionable way. This is, in part, the vision of the Steampunk deck, a spinoff of science fiction.

The back design

Steampunk has a few interesting facts even for those aware of the culture, as well as giving newcomers a reasonable basis in the culture. The “steam” refers to steam power-as in fire-breathing machines of antique locomotion. The “punk” is an important reference to an outsider attitude. In The Art of Steampunk, VOL.2 you’ll discover the captivating and dynamic world of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today’s leading Steampunk artist.

A Look at Inspiring Steampunk Art

Iconic imagery and lots of metal detailing, luxury colors for 54 playing cards of steampunk art: they are mesmerizing, they are inspiring, and they could be a little dark sometimes. But no matter how violent or industrial you see these pieces to be, the ingenuity and creativity that lies behind them are just as inspiring as any other piece of art. With more than fifty two colorful playing cards, The Art of Steampunk, VOL.2 remains the unique deck on the subject of Steampunk.

A completely-custom & redesigned deck where all of the cards are unique!

– The Court Cards follow the characters in Steampunk outfit with heavy gun, bowler hat, goggle and military-inspired garments. – You see a huge contribution from the Victorian era: corsets, bustles, petticoats, and gowns – all with a modern twist to them.
– Accessories include parasols, timepieces, ray guns, and flying goggles.
– You also see a lot of post-apocalyptic elements like gas masks and ragged clothing.
– There is also military-inspired clothing, suits with waistcoats, top hats, and the like.
– The ACES are decorated in clockwork mechanism style with spiral springs and set of gears details.
– The JOKER card is a presentation of the distinctive “look” of a Plague Doctor.

Aristo Graphic Album Vol.2 Limited Edition. This unique custom-made album goes in A4 format with Steampunk hand-drawings of all the court cards, aces and 2 jokers.

– The PIPS combine elements of technofantasy imagery in mechanical steampunk style.
– In the VOL.2 the team decided to make classic Number Cards, with smooth and elegant design for those who use standard decks as a regular go-to, but still a pleasure to play and perform with.

Exquisite Custom Back Design: Inspired by old-world luxury, the line art pays homage to a vintage sophisticated aesthetic. The art in the backside is tastefully displayed with care to highlight the unique qualities that elicited the inclusion in the deck.

Deck Features

– Printed by The United States Playing Card Company.
– 100% completely custom designed cards, including art, pips, royalty, backs, everything.
– Packaged in a Custom Tuck Case.
– 56 cards including a full 52 card deck, plus 2 Jokers, the unique special “K” (Kickstarter) card & the card with Authors Signatures.
– Normal sized poker deck of playing cards.
– Air-Cushion Finish. Also known as Magic Finish.
– Traditional Cut.
– Everything is drawn by hand.
– The playing cards will have a metallic ink to make them shine more.

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Harley-Davidson e-bike with swappable batteries is designed to bond with the millennials!

Harley-Davidson embarked on their adventurous journey way back in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, managing to make it through the period of the Great Depression, later on, to become a motorcycle brand which is known for its cult following. William S. Harley envisioned a revolutionary design of an engine fitted bicycle and the rest is history! Over the years Harley Davidson has managed to become one of the most iconic brands of all time but lately, they have had trouble connecting with the young consumers who consider “Harley’s fan-base toxic” and think Harley bikes are “too large, loud, and expensive” for them to consider it as an option. This has resulted in a slight dip in the sales which demands a new motorcycle design which appeals to the young lot and infuses the same energy back into the brand’s fortunes.

To change this growing perception, and stay ahead of the growing demand for environment-friendly lifestyle products, designer Tanner Van De Veer in collaboration with DAAPworks has proposed a mid-weight Harley Davidson electric motorcycle, destined to revive the brand. The project goal is to bring a motorcycle to the streets which preserves the historical essence of the Harley design language while infusing contemporary trends. He calls it the “Harley Davidson Revival” and lends the bike an eco-conscious touch with the swappable electric battery pack. The electric powertrain of Revival will embody lightweight aesthetics, and yes, it will come sans any clutch or gears. Revival borrows its basic body structure design from the early designs of the motorcycle which shaped its destiny in the early years of development. Adding to the basic skeletal structure, the designer infused elements of muscular architecture for an urban appeal.

The riding position has been tweaked keeping in mind the kinematics and equal attention has been given to the design of sharp headlight, taillight, minimalistic instrument cluster, sturdy suspensions, adaptable footpegs and the ideally positioned leather handlebars. The motorcycle has a low center of gravity while the ride height is bumped up to take on any kind of terrain, not just the highways. Thanks to the sharp lines and a silhouette, Revival is the perfect visual amalgam of vintage and punk bike, destined to turn heads! But the question still remains, will it have that recognizable road presence owing to the Harley Davidson motorcycle’s distinct roar? A Harley Davidson missing the gearbox, will it appeal to a rider who is intrigued by the notion “Man and Machine”, a thought to ponder over, don’t you think?

Designer: Tanner Van De Veer

This modular home workout setup fits in your closet, no more excuses to not exercise!

Few industries have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic like the fitness industry has changed. Acclimating to the increasingly strange times, home gym designers have taken to the drawing boards by storm. Working out at home is possible, yes. Fun? Depends. Comfortable? Hard to say. What’s definite is that the team at G-Wall turned the everchanging state of 2020 into the well-knit, conceptual core of their sleek, modular home gym design. Recently, the designers behind the G-Wall Home Fitness System were presented with 2020’s K-Design Award.

Instead of answering the unanswerable (really, who can say what’s up next for 2020), the team behind G-Wall designed their home gym specifically so that it could be stored behind a closet or armoire cabinet’s door. That way the time that you would have spent making room for your home fitness system, instead is spent actually putting it to use. G-Wall’s Home Fitness System has several standout features: variable modules, user-adjustability, and compatibility, to name a few. Each user decides on which modules they want to comprise the larger system. This means that despite the amount of space in your home, G-Wall’s design makes it possible to incorporate a home gym anywhere. The different modules that users can decide on range from cardiovascular equipment, to free weights and even heavy training. The gear that comes with each module is stored in cabinets or racks that easily hang behind doors or however the user deems appropriate for their personal space.

Once quarantine started, many of us twiddled our thumbs while figuring out how to stay healthy and active within the confines of our respective homes. Fitness and health remained a top priority for many global citizens. It was never a question of compromise or adjustment when it came to working out during quarantine. Rather, designers and gym-goers took to the drawing boards to concoct their own solutions. That’s all to say that while the fitness industry has indeed changed with 2020’s unpredictable timeline, some of the most innovative new designs have been devised. Such deliberate and convenient designs like G-Wall prove that as unanswerable as some questions may be, as uncertain as the time may feel, design’s practical and adaptive nature is one thing on which we can always depend.

Designers: Tan Xuwen, Zhang Hu, Huang Shumei, Tong Bomin, Gao Lin x Guangdong Piano Customized Furniture Co., Ltd.

The Google PixelBook Pro concept combines the best of all worlds

It’s only fitting that I showcase this project today, which happens to be Google’s 22nd birthday! The PixelBook Pro concept, created by India-based designer Ayush Singh Patel (who coincidentally happens to share his birthday with Google too), is an ode to the very best elements of all laptops and phones, combined into one product… If Google is a search-aggregator that finds the best results based on a query, the PixelBookPro is a Chromebook that aggregates the greatest elements of consumer tech into one well-made device.

On the UI front, it feels every bit like a Chromebook – robust, reliable, great for an entire day’s worth of regular computing, but on the design front, you’ll notice that it shares the flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga series (with a similar hinge detail), the general silver aesthetic of the MacBook line (even with a silver G on the back of the screen), a flat metal edge that’s highly characteristic of the iPad Pro (and even the upcoming iPhone 12, according to rumors), an Alcantara-fabric base surrounding the keyboard as found in Microsoft’s Surface Pro, ASUS ROG-inspired cooling vents on the back, and Bang & Olufsen audio-drivers above the keys as found in HP’s Envy and Pavilion laptop series. By absorbing all the best bits from laptops over the past couple of years, the PixelBook Pro really shows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery because the overall Chromebook definitely does look appealing. It’s sleek, flexible, well-vented, comfortable to type on, and at the end of the day, delivers a great ChromeOS experience that people have come to love over the years.

Designer: Ayush Singh Patel

University of Stuttgart builds prototype thatch Alpine hut

Thatched facade of alpine hut in Vorarlberg

The University of Stuttgart has designed SkinOver Reed, a thatched hut in the Austrian Alps, as part of its research into renewable materials that can be used in high-altitude Alpine regions.

A team from the university’s institute for building materials (IBBTE) developed the hut, which has been shortlisted in the small building category for Dezeen Awards 2020, for the German Alpine Club (DAV) as an experiment to test the capabilities of thatch as an alternative building material to typical Alpine structures.

Alpine hut by Stuttgart University
Top: the hut is located in the mountainous Vorarlberg region. Above: thatch was used for both the roof and sides

“We found out that building skins in Alpine architecture are either stone, concrete, metal or wood,” architect and lecturer Anke Wollbrink told Dezeen.

“DAV asked us if we could research or imagine an alternative, renewable material to meet their standards and especially their climate goals.”

Thatched side of alpine hut
The material can be “almost analog to concrete”

It built the hut in Vorarlberg, Austria in August 2019, after two years of research and project development, on top of an existing stone foundation.

“We rediscovered the material thatch, which allows for a very three-dimensional design, almost analogue to concrete,” Wollbrink said.

“This fascinated us right away and led to further research and the idea of building a prototype thatched envelope. We also researched contemporary thatch architecture and found beautiful strong examples in France, Denmark and Sweden.”

Facade of SkinOver Reed hut by Stuttgart University
Students and craftsmen built the hut together

Reed was used for both the facade and roof cladding of the SkinOver Reed hut in Vorarlberg, Austria, creating a monolithic design that was built by craftsmen and students working together.

The IBBTE team chose to work with thatch, as it is a traditional and environmentally-friendly way of building houses that uses reeds to waterproof and insulate roofs.

“It is a sustainable, renewable, carbon-neutral resource and seems to be a perfect alternative renewable material for the building envelope: rapid growth, short process chain with low energy demand and emissions, perfect life cycle, no pollutants, and proved over generations,” Wollbrink said.

“At the end of life reed is compostable and closes the material life cycle.”

Exterior of thatched Alpine hut by University of Stuttgart
SkinOver Reed is located at an altitude of 2,600 metres

The hut is used to supply water to the nearby Mannheimer Hut, a restaurant and rest stop for hikers, and the IBBTE team is recoding how the material copes with the harsh local conditions.

“Weather conditions on 2,600 metres altitude are challenging, and the small building has been covered with snow for about nine months, but generally the material looked good after the first winter,” Wollbrink said.

“In the long term, we plan periodic and permanent measurements to gain more knowledge of appropriateness and ageing.”

Other recent architectural projects in the Alps include Network of Architecture’s Ötzi Peak 3251 viewing platform and Studio Seilern Architects’ restaurant perched on the top of Mount Gütsch.

Project credits:

Project partner: Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Baustofflehre, Bauphysik, Gebäudetechnologie und Entwerfen (IBBTE)
Bundesverband des Deutschen Alpenvereins (DAV), Ressort Hütten und Wege
Sektion Mannheim des Deutschen Alpenvereins (DAV)
Weichert Reetbedachungen & Ökobau, Berlin
Zimmerei Müller, Brand
CUBO Architektur & Baumanagement, Thüringen
Project team: IBBTE – Armin Kammer, Anke Wollbrink and students of the seminar course SkinOver
Technical support reed: HISS REET Schilfrohrhandel, Bad Oldesloe

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The Lexus Design Award is on a mission to make the world better. Here’s how you can participate!

I’ve noticed something rather interesting over the past couple of years. The purpose of a design, any design, is to see itself evolve in a way that benefits users as well as the designer that had the idea in the first place. A well-designed product isn’t something that can exist in isolation with a ribbon pinned to it… yet most award programs do just that. They look at products, identify a few of them which look promising, give them a certificate or trophy, and move on to the next product… and the process repeats itself year after year. Most award programs don’t incubate great ideas into wonderful products… they just identify them and put them on a website for others to see, and that’s something I’ve come to identify with a lot of awards, but not the Lexus Design Award.

Imagine having great designers gather around your idea and nourish it into something truly fruitful. Imagine having all the resources you need to prototype your idea into something that WORKS… not on paper, in reality. Imagine spending 3 months under the wing of industry-leading mentors who help guide you through the design process. The Lexus Design Award isn’t really like other awards… it’s part award, part internship, part incubator, and part institute. When you apply for the Lexus Design Award, you’re enrolling yourself into a 3-month course with internationally-recognized mentors like Joe Doucet (Founder, Joe Doucet x Partners), Mariam Kamara (Principal Architect, Atelier Masomi), Sputniko! (Associate Professor of Design at the Tokyo University of the Arts), and Sabine Marcelis (Founder, Studio Sabine Marcelis. Out of all the award participants, 6 Finalists are chosen to be a part of this mentorship experience. During this time, the mentors work with you ON your project (sort of like the most personalized internship ever), taking your rough concept to fruition, while Lexus incubates the product with as much as 3 million Japanese Yen or $25,000 dedicated to prototyping the projects to a working proof-of-concept.

The Lexus Design Award’s core objective has always been to foster great ideas and great talent. Creating the perfect environment for a design to grow, Lexus helps engineer ideas into real, impactful solutions for a better future. The awards are free for all, focusing on young talent looking to find their footing in the industry, and offering them the ability to take their nascent ideas to new heights, with advice from established professional mentors. At the end of the mentorship phase, a Grand Prix finalist is chosen by the award’s esteemed judging panel comprising of Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator at MoMA), Greg Lynn (Architect and CEO Piaggio Fast Forward), Dong Gong (Founder & Design Principal of Vector Architects), and Simon Humphries (Head of Toyota and Lexus Global Design).

Entries for the 2021 edition of the Lexus Design Award are now open, with the theme echoing Lexus’ brand principle – “Anticipate, Innovate and Captivate for a better tomorrow”. Head to the Discover Lexus website to submit your own designs for a chance to collaborate with world-class mentors and incubate your ideas into reality, or scroll down to check out some of the past winners of the Lexus Design Award as inspiration!

Submit Your Designs Now for Lexus Design Award 2021. Last Date for Submissions: October 11th, 2020.

Lexus Design Award Past Winners

Lexus first launched this annual international award in 2013 to nurture up-and-coming designers and help them realize their vision around the future of design.

Open Source Communities by BellTower (2020 Grand Prix Winner)

A vast number of Kenyans suffer from a combination of problems like water shortage, diseases caused by consumption of unfiltered/unfit water, having to walk miles to get water on a daily basis, or alternatively having to pay high rates for local water distribution. “In Nairobi, high-tech coexists with urban poverty”, say the team at BellTower, who designed the Open Source Communities project which creates a new format of community-building that relies on efficient allocation of resources that help the lower-income communities get access to basic necessities like water. The project creates a centralized water-reservoir – a structure that sits between hundreds of homes, providing water to every single one of them. The structure’s innovative format allows it to harvest and conserve rainwater, while actively filtering it of dirt, microorganisms, and other impurities. During the monsoons, surplus water helps generate money for the communities too, allowing them to get an extra source of income while bridging the vast resource gap. However, the best part about the Open Source Communities is that it exists as a public-utility template. Its open-source nature gives it unlimited flexibility, allowing it to be modified to fit in practically any scenario.

Algorithmic Lace by Lisa Marks (2019 Grand Prix Winner)

Bringing Algorithms and Attire together in a beautifully crafted garment with a noble purpose, Algorithmic Lace uses advanced three-dimensional modeling to handcraft bespoke bras for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy surgery. Algorithms have a long-standing love-affair with the textile industry, as one of the first machines to use algorithms was the Jacquard Loom back in the 1800s. The loom was controlled by a series of punched cards, which contained information that the loom read. Different cards had different algorithms into it and by switching the cards in the loom, you could tell it to alternate between complex textile weaves like brocade, damask and matelassé. Algorithmic Lace builds on that rich history, by using lines of code to create bras that are custom-built for their wearers. These garments are made specifically to functionally suit women who’ve undergone surgery, and the algorithmic pattern helps create a well-fitted, comfortable brassiere that’s also incredibly aesthetic to look at, empowering the wearer with confidence, along with their new lease of life.

Pixel by Hiroto Yoshizoe (2017 Grand Prix Winner)

There’s sheer magic in how the Pixel can actually take what you see and reduce its resolution to a handful of pixels… creating an illusion of being in a low-res world. At its heart is a uniquely crafted module that takes light as an input, and through repeated internal reflection, turns inputted images into square outputs. Imagine how the mirrors on a periscope work, taking an image from the top and carrying them down to the viewfinder below… this module does something similar, but with a different result. Stack enough of these modules together and you get the Pixel, a dynamic wall that instantly pixelates anything behind it. The Pixel relies on a powerful light source, and in this case, uses a projector. Project an image on it and the modules average out the light entering them, instantly pixelating the image and giving us a new perspective on the way we see light and shadows!

Agar Plasticity by AMAM (2016 Grand Prix Winner)

As its name suggests, the Agar Plasticity project uses Agar, a gelatinous marine algal material, as a replacement for plastics, creating a naturally occurring alternative to one of nature’s largest pollutants. Perfectly encapsulating the Lexus theme of ‘designing for a better tomorrow’, the project envisions a use of Agar as an alternative to the plastics found in packaging. Given that packaging for a product is often discarded immediately after purchase, Agar Plasticity hopes to create a solution that is eco-friendlier. Agar itself is derived from nature, and when treated a certain way, can be molded into containers, trays, and films that can replace single-use plastics. When discarded, the Agar can easily degrade in water or land, turning into nutrition for microorganisms and helping reduce waste. Japan-based design-trio AMAM is currently working to get larger institutions and corporations to look into the use of Agar as a safe plastic-alternative.

Inaho by Hideki Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono (2013 Grand Prix Winner)

Yet another example of how lighting can be more of an experience, Inaho captures the tranquil beauty of watching rice-plants sway in the breeze. Created by Japanese duo Hideki Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono, Inaho captures a strong Japanese cultural element, creating something that’s not just eye-catching but also rooted in history. The lights come mounted on tall, flexible metal rods, which gently lean towards people as they approach it. The interactive element doesn’t just make the Inaho interesting in a tactile sense, it also creates a wonderful series of moving highlights and shadows as the rice-plant-inspired lamps lean in your direction as you approach them, prompting you to move closer. The word Inaho literally translates to ‘a ear of rice’ in Japanese.

Submissions are being accepted until October 11th, 2020.

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Discoveries from around the web on the topics of architecture, archaeology, iOS apps and more

Civic Engagement Organization Work the Polls Encourages Election Day Involvement

Bipartisan civic engagement organization Work the Polls encourages all who can to apply to be a poll worker for the 2020 election. Poll workers are typically older (60+ on average, according to the org’s data) and polling locations close if they’re not properly staffed. Given the ongoing pandemic, at-risk individuals are not applying in the same numbers as previous years and places are more likely to shutter with under 50 days until 3 November. Working the polls is a paid position and it gives you an opportunity to oversee a fair and fluid election. Of note, polling places are required to be staffed by members of both major parties to ensure balance and deter lobbying on behalf of a candidate or single issue. Read more at Work the Polls.

Image courtesy of Work the Polls

27 Sarcophagi Discovered South of Cairo

Found in the mass burial ground known as Saqqara, 27 unopened 2,500-year-old sarcophagi tease the possibility of many more. They were found in shafts as deep as 30 feet below surface level in two plots—13 in one and 14 in the other. Largely preserved and seemingly unopened since buried, they offer in-depth looks at the art used to adorn the dead and the methods of mummification. Saqqara is a hotspot for archaeological excavations, given it was the site of burial grounds for the Egyptian capital Memphis—just 12 miles from the Pyramids of Giza. Researchers have found mummified cats, dogs, buried treasures and troves of ancient objects, and are certain more remains buried. Read more at Vice.

Image courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities 

Architecture Research Office Completes Houston’s Rothko Chapel Restoration

Commissioned by Dominique and John de Menil, and opened in 1971, Houston’s Rothko Chapel houses 14 paintings by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. During the chapel’s development, Rothko proposed that the octagonal structure, designed by architect Philip Johnson (and then Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry after Johnson quit), feature a skylight. Rothko died before the building was complete and, to protect his work from the Texas sun, the skylight was obstructed. Now, thanks to an ambitious restoration by the Architecture Research Office and lighting experts George Sexton Associates, new light is shed upon the entire space—lifting weight and revealing the depth of the paintings—through a laminated-glass skylight. It draws inspiration from the one within the artist’s former carriage house on NYC’s Upper East Side. The skylight is only one (albeit very important) part of a broader plan for the interfaith social space, which reopens on 24 September with timed tickets. Read more at Architectural Digest.

Image courtesy of the Architecture Research Office

Customize Your iPhone Home Screen + App Logos With iOS 14

With iOS 14, Apple introduces users to a suite of new tools for customizing the iPhone home screen. This update grants users access to Widgets, which are bite-size versions of your favorite apps that can be installed as small, medium or large buttons on your home screen. A week’s weather or the time in five cities can be spelled out for you without having to enter either the Weather or the Clock app. Further, Apple expands the capabilities of Shortcuts, a native app that lets you route actions through a single tap. There, you can customize a given app’s logo or hide the destination app within your app library, producing a clutter-free screen filled with your custom logos (even MS Paint ones like Twitter user Thomas Reisenegger). Read more at Gizmodo.

Image courtesy of Thomas Reisenegger

Google Removes Street View Images of Australia’s Uluru

In a move to prevent people from virtually climbing Uluru—a sacred, 600-million-year-old sandstone rock formation in Australia’s Northern Territory—Google removed images of the site from the internet. The Anangu people (the traditional owners of Uluru and its surrounding land) banned visitors from clambering the site a year ago, but many have defied the law and traversed the spiritually significant formation through “virtual walking tours” thanks to Google’s 360-degree photos. Parks Australia “alerted Google Australia to the user-generated images from the Uluru summit that have been posted on their mapping platform” and requested their removal—which the web monolith agreed to immediately. Find out more at ABC News.

Image courtesy of ABC News / Neda Vanovac

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The brutalist Salters' Hall is enclosed by white fluted concrete

Inside the brutalist Salters' Hall by Basil Spence

The penultimate video tour published in collaboration with Open House London documents Salters’ Hall, the white brutalist livery hall near the Barbican Estate.

Filmed by Jim Stephenson, the video is one of a series of short documentaries being published on Dezeen during the festival to spotlight unusual and overlooked places in London.

The brutalist Salters' Hall by Basil Spence
The brutalist exterior of Salters’ Hall

Salters’ Hall was built in 1976 as the east London home for The Salters’ Company – one of London’s ancient livery companies that evolved from the city’s medieval guilds.

Today the building is used to support The Salters’ Company work in scientific, charitable and outreach programmes.

The building was designed by brutalist architect Basil Spence in collaboration with interior designer David Nightingale Hicks, and underwent an extensive refurbishment by dMFK Architects in 2016.

The brutalist Salters' Hall by Basil Spence
Salters’ Hall’s pick-hammered concrete facade

In the video, tour guide Valerie Wilson Trower sheds light on the building’s late brutalist style, which is characterised by its white exterior crafted from textured and fluted concrete.

This is an unusual design for a livery company’s hall, leading Historic England to grant it Grade II-listed status in 2010.

“Salters’ Hall is a great example of late brutalism constructed of white concrete moulded in situ, and then pick-hammered for surface interest,” explained Wilson Trower.

“It has easy spaces that link to each other, four floors of office space, and then the three floors of The Salters’ Company above that.”

Inside the brutalist Salters' Hall by Basil Spence
Tour guide Valerie Wilson Trower inside Salters’ Hall

Wilson Trower goes on to spotlight one of the building’s most interesting spaces, which is the lobby on its fifth floor that was designed by Hicks to resemble a salt mine.

Alongside a white marble ceiling, this space includes carpet with graphics that are modelled on the form of the benzene molecule – nodding to the company’s investment in the sciences.

“The space is deliberately designed to look like a salt cave with this white chipped marble ceiling and concealed lighting,” explained Wilson Trower.

“The floor is covered in a carpet designed by Hicks which resembles a benzene ring, which chimes nicely with the Salters’ interest in science.”

Dezeen is the media partner for Open House London and has published a different video every day throughout the festival.

The films are part of the event’s move to diversify its programme and make it more accessible in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has limited the number of buildings opening to the public.

Open House London takes place at venues across London and online from 19 to 27 September. Videos will be published on Dezeen each day during the festival. See Dezeen Events Guide for details of more architecture and design events.

Project credits:

Tour guides: Timandra Nichols and Valerie Wilson Trower
Producers: Ella McCarron
Videographer: Jim Stephenson of Stephenson/Bishop Films Guides:

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Abstract Pictures Representing Today’s Urban Life

Alessio Trerotoli (Instagram ici) a consacré une grande partie de sa vie à créer des superpositions de plusieurs images afin de créer des paysages urbains abstraits. Cette démarche lui a permis de rendre parfaitement l’idée de la vie contemporaine des métropoles modernes comme Rome, New York, Paris, Berlin, et bien d’autres.

En juxtaposant différentes images, son but est de montrer comment une photo habituelle peut être transformée en une image conceptuelle où tout est dupliqué, les lumières et les structures se multiplient et construisent une nouvelle vision de la vie urbaine. Il essaie donc de nourrir son inspiration en se promenant chaque jour comme une sorte de flâneur moderne. Au cours de ces promenades, il prends des photos de rue des villes qu’il visite.

Ce projet s’appelle « Mélodies urbaines » et a pour intention de montrer ce que de beau reste au sein de ces métropoles souvent aliénantes. Qu’il s’agisse d’un embouteillage ou d’un bâtiment en ruine, l’artiste arrive à nous montrer la réalité d’un autre point de vue.

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals design for skyscraper on world's most expensive site

Zaha Hadid Architects Hong Kong skyscraper at 2 Murray Road

UK architecture studio Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its design for a sinuous, glass, 36-storey skyscraper, which will be built in Hong Kong at 2 Murray Road on what is reportedly the world’s most expensive plot.

The 36-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong‘s central business district will be built alongside the Bank of China Tower by IM Pei, and in close proximity to the HSBC building by Foster + Partners.

It will replace a multistorey car park that was purchased by developer Henderson Land for HK$23.3 billion ($3 billion) in 2017, making it the world’s most expensive site according to numerous news outlets.

Zaha Hadid Architects Hong Kong skyscraper at 2 Murray Road
Top: 2 Murray Road skyscraper in Hong Kong. Above: the skyscraper (centre) will be built alongside the Bank of China Tower (right)

Zaha Hadid Architects‘ skyscraper will have a glass facade made from a series of curved segments that rise to form two sets of open-air balconies filled with trees.

Directly below the higher balcony, which is located around two-thirds of the way up the skyscraper, will be a planted sky garden. This space will also house a running track.

At the top of the skyscraper, an enclosed banqueting hall will have views across the city.

According to the studio, the building’s form was based on the shape of a bud from the Bauhinia plant, which was previously grown near the site and is the flower at the centre of the city’s flag.

Hong Kong skyscraper at 2 Murray Road with tree-filled balconies
The skyscraper will have tree-filled balconies and an enclosed sky garden

“The design reinterprets the structural forms and layering of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom,” said the studio.

“Known as the Hong Kong orchid tree, the Bauhinia x blakeana was first propagated in the city’s botanic gardens above the Murray Road site and its flowering bud features on Hong Kong’s flag.”

Hong Kong skyscraper raised above ground
It will be connected to Hong Kong’s elevated pedestrian network

The main body of the skyscraper will be elevated above the ground and connected into the city’s network of raised pedestrian walkways, with a series of courtyards and gardens placed under the building.

“Echoing the organic forms of the natural world; the redevelopment connects with the adjacent public gardens and parks,” explained the studio.

“These tranquil outdoor areas flow into the generous communal spaces of the interior; the craftsmanship and precision of the curved glass facade enhancing this seamless connectivity between the building’s interiors and the surrounding gardens and city beyond.”

Hong Kong skyscraper looks like Bauhinia bud
2 Murray Road was designed to look like a Bauhinia bud

The skyscraper, which will be built with a high-tensile steel structure, has been designed to achieve a sustainability rating of LEED Platinum and the highest 3-Star rating in China’s Green Building Rating Program.

It will be clad in four-ply, double-laminated, double-curved insulated glass units and all floors will be naturally ventilated.

Banquet hall at top of Hong Kong skyscraper
The skyscraper will be topped by a banquet hall

When it is complete, 2 Murray Road will be Zaha Hadid Architects’ second project in the city, along with the 78-metre-high Jockey Club Innovation Tower on the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus, which opened in 2014.

Founded by the late Zaha Hadid in 1980, Zaha Hadid Architects is now led by Patrik Schumacher. The studio has recently revealed designs for a metro station in Moscow, a stadium in China and a housing complex in Honduras.

Project credits:

Client: Henderson Land
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Patrik Schumacher
ZHA project directors: Jim Heverin; Sara Klomps, Chris Lepine
ZHA project team: Brandon Gehrke, Bidisha Sinha, Carlos Michel-Medina, Edgar Payan, Eddie Can, Fernando Alvarenga, Hazel Wu, Inês Fontoura, Irena Predalic, Janet Cheung, Kaloyan Erevinov, Kar-Hwa Ho, Karoly Markos, Kelvin Ma, Kylie Chan, Magda Smolinska, Melodie Leung, Michael Sims, Muriel Boselli, Nailu Chen, Oliver Bray, Paulo Flores, Simon Yu, Tim Yeung, Torsten Broeder, Yun Zhang
ZHA Competition Team: Edgar Payan, Adrian Yiu, Brandon Gehrke, Carlota Boyer, Eddie Can, Fernando Alvarenga, Irena Predalic, Karoly Markos, Lorena Espaillat Bencosme, Maria Tsironi, Michail Desyllas, Nailu Chen, Paulo Flores, Philip Siedler, Saman Dadgostar, Torsten Broeder, Uli Blum
Local architect and AP: Ronald Lu & Partners
Building services engineering: WSP
Structural and geotechnical engineering: LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Steel); C M Wong & Associates; Eckersley O’Callaghan Asia (Footbridges & Banquet Hall)
Facade engineering: Group 5F; Meinhardt Facade Technology
Lighting consultant: LichtVision; Speirs + Major (landscape and media facaade)
Landscaping: PWP Landscape Architecture; Earthasia
Quantity surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Sustainability & civil engineering: Arup
Traffic consultant: MVA
Acoustic consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke
Vibration consultant: C.F. Ng and Associates
AV / IV / Specialist Media consultant: Ptarmigan Integration Limited
Security consultant: UCS Hong Kong
Signage and wayfinding consultant: Atelier Pacific

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