Architectural Public Toilets In Norway

Aussi étonnant que cela puisse paraître, le studio d’architecture Haugen / Zohar Arkitekter, basé à Oslo, a conçu des toilettes publiques ultra design pour les touristes en balade dans la région de Gildeskål. Surplombant la mer et les montagnes enneigées, la structure située sur une aire de repos, a été créée dans le but d’offrir au voyageur une expérience plus agréable sur le site. Le bloc sanitaire représente une vague, qui s’harmonise parfaitement avec le paysage. La nuit, les parois de verre, font du site un repère lumineux. Et ce n’est pas tout. En plus des toilettes, l’aire de repos comprend également des dalles de béton à la forme incurvée pour permettre aux touristes de s’asseoir. Innovant !

 

 

 

 

 





Chemistry Artwork By Vladislav Solojov

Vladislav Solovjov, directeur artistique spécialisé dans les arts numérique et basé à Saint- Pétersbourg, a posté sur Behance son dernier projet intitulé « Chemistry ». On y découvre des substances chimiques colorées, comme de la poudre, qui s’évaporent et donnent vie à des formes. Ce travail a été réalisé en 4D, et le résultat est captivant. N’est-ce pas ?  

 

 

 

 





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Ecca Vandal feat. Sampa The Great: Your Orbit
Two Australian talents come together for the dynamic new track “Your Orbit.” Blending a ’90s jazzy hip-hop vibe with some soulful grooves, Ecca Vandal and Sampa The Great deliver a buoyant jam that’s textured……

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Masonry walls enclose courtyards and living spaces at Ritz&Ghougassian's Melbourne extension

Architecture studio Ritz&Ghougassian has extended a traditional Melbourne house, using a minimal material palette that sees blockwork walls left exposed both inside and out.

The property in the suburb of Prahran is situated on Highbury Grove – a street lined with traditional federation-style cottages surrounded by leafy gardens.

Local practice Ritz&Ghougassian was tasked with adding an extension behind the property’s heritage street frontage, while retaining an appropriate relationship with an existing public laneway to the north.

A pair of bedrooms accommodated in the existing house were modernised by replacing their decaying structure with spotted-gum floorboards, and introducing new hearths in place of the neglected fireplaces.

A narrow corridor that extends past the bedrooms opens into a light-filled open-plan living space, lined at either end by courtyard gardens containing native plants including Australian tree ferns.

“The connection between the heritage architecture and the new addition is expressed as a singular moment cast in shadow,” said the architects.

“The user is squeezed into close contact with the concrete walls, causing a shortness of breath before a step up into a large hollow volume of open air and light.”

The new addition is constructed from simple concrete blocks that emphasise the orthogonal arrangement of the walls and provide privacy to the public laneway.

From the outside, in particular, the boundary elevation can be seen supporting perpendicular walls that enclose and separate the internal spaces.

The elevated portions of the blockwork walls denote the location of the living areas, which are flooded with daylight entering through clerestory windows.

Courtyards slotted in around these rooms are flanked by lower walls that provide framed views of neighbouring trees.

“The project contrasts the medium of light and air against the heaviness of the concrete walls,” said the architects.

“The overlapping of the walls creates a loosely defined volume, holding air momentarily at any given time. Light dances across a broad spectrum of surfaces, creating an expansive movement through space.”

The uniform concrete surfaces lining the interiors are contrasted by tactile eucalyptus-fronted joinery. The wood’s distinctive grain repeats across surfaces that extend along the sides of the rooms.

A polished concrete floor provides the foundation for the masonry structure. Exposed steel lintels extending along the undersides and tops of the walls express the building’s supporting framework.

Sliding glazed doors connecting the living space with the courtyard are lined with curtains that introduce a softer texture to the otherwise robust material palette.

The curtains also provide privacy to a master bedroom on the opposite side of the courtyard. The bedroom features identical materials to the living areas, with the timber joinery complemented by stone surfaces in the en-suite bathroom.

The studio employed a similarly pared-back material palette when creating an interior for a local cafe, which features concrete and terrazzo furniture along with native ferns.

Photography is by Tom Blachford.

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4D-printing method could allow flat-pack furniture to be assembled with heat alone

Researchers have created a series of 4D-printed plastic objects that fold themselves into predetermined shapes when heated, which they believe could be scaled up to create flat-pack furniture.

The self-folding objects, made by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Morphing Matter Lab, are 3D-printed from plastic that changes shape when heated.

The researchers believe that the process could be the first step towards producing products, such as flat-pack furniture, which could assume its final shape with the help of a heat gun.

Created using an inexpensive 3D printer, the plastic items that include a rose, a boat and a bunny, are assembled by taking advantage of the warpage that can occur after printing. While warpage is typically considered a defect, the Morphing Matter Lab has turned it into an advantage.

The process has been named Thermorph. It uses an FDM printer, which works by laying down a continuous filament of melted thermoplastic.

These materials contain residual stress and, as the material cools and the stress is relieved, the thermoplastic tends to contract, which can sometimes result in warped edges and surfaces.

By varying the speed at which the filament is deposited and combining warp-prone materials with rubber-like materials that resist contracture, the team were able to precisely control the process.

“Though we used a 3D printer with standard hardware, we replaced the machine’s open source software with our own code that automatically calculates the print speed and patterns necessary to achieve particular folding angles,” said the research team.

“The software is based on new curve-folding theory representing banding motions of curved area,” they continued.

The objects emerge from the 3D printer as flat, hard plastic, but when they are placed in hot water the folding process is triggered.

The researchers believe that the technology could also be used to print larger self-folding structures such as chairs, boats, satellites or even emergency shelters that could be shipped flat and folded into shape under the warmth of the sun.

“Through an interactive, end-to-end design system, we wanted to see how self-assembly could be made more democratic,” the team concluded.

Led by Lining Yao, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and director of the Morphing Matter Lab, the group’s research was presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems earlier this week in Montreal.

Other researchers to explore self-folding technologies include MIT Media Lab‘s Tangible Media Group, whose Aeromorph inflatables fold themselves from flat sheets into complex origami. Meanwhile, another group of researchers at MIT created a new material called Active Auxetic that expands and contracts when exposed to different temperatures.

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