Researchers from Universität Stuttgart in Germany look to a sea creature and advanced digital timber-fabrication methods to construct an event pavilion called Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show.
A group of 18 researchers and craftsmen led by Universität Stuttgart professors Jan Knippers, a structural engineer, and Achim Menges, an architect contributed to the project. “A biomimetic approach to architecture enables interdisciplinary thinking,” says Menges.
Buga Wood Pavilion took 13 months to develop, and 17,000 robotically milled finger joints and 2 million lines of custom robotic code to build.
To create the Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show in nearby Heilbronn, Germany, researchers at Universität Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction and its Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design developed a robotic-manufacturing platform to CNC-cut geometric panels and form a segmented timber shell.
Composed of spruce laminate, a rubber waterproofing layer, and a larch plywood exterior, the individual segments were fabricated at Müllerblaustein Holzbauwerke, a local workshop.
Working on boom lifts, craftsmen assembled the structure on-site over 10 days.
The 376 segments were joined via steel bolts.
The pavilion’s form is based on the exoskeleton of the sea urchin.
Buga’s form echoes the surrounding landscape of Sommerinsel, one of the 15 sites that the biennial Bundesgartenschau takes place this year.
The combination of spruce, rubber, and larch plywood make the installation acoustically sound.
Fully assembled, the pavilion spans 104 feet and reaches 23 high.
It is hosting concerts, lectures, and workshops through October 6, when it will be disassembled for future use.
Ever the mentors and proponents of design with a capital D, Swarovskiand LA’s Mass Beverly showroom initiated the Brilliance of Design competition. The charge was to push the potential of crystals in three categories: lighting, home décor, and architectural surfaces. Talk about global entries. The 56 submissions came from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, and Poland, as well as from New York and Los Angeles, closer to home.
Josha Roymans, with a multi-disciplinary studio in Amsterdam, won the lighting award with his proposal for Aurora Borealis, inspired by the so-named northern lights. The design is a wave-like pendant of translucent glass and crystals capped by a strip of LEDs that allow for color changes.
In home décor, German product designer Tilman Bartl won for his vase of stacking crystal components. Cited for its flexibility and strongly contemporary approach, the product has another plus. According to Mass Beverly founders Mary Ta and Lars Hypko, it is predicted to be eminently sellable.
A Parsons School of Design student, Bahata Saha, took the award for her architectural surface—panels based on two layers of white translucent marble sandwiching crystals arrayed in organic compositions simulating abstract veining.
Each winning designer will receive a $5,000 grant for future crystal projects. Collaborating with Nadja Swarovski, who oversees the company’s corporate branding and communications, the judges were Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based Fuseproject; Mary Ta and Lars Hypko; and Interior Design’s deputy editor Edie Cohen.
Proud of its employee-satisfaction record, digital studio Bakken & Bæck sees itself as one big family. So perhaps it’s not surprising that the company turned to real-life siblings to refresh its offices in Oslo and Amsterdam.
What is surprising, however, is that Norwegian brother and sister—and next-door neighbors—Bjarne and Astrid Kvistad had no interior design credentials. But they and their respective spouses, Miriam and Ziemowit—who has assumed his wife’s surname—share many creative skills, from knitting to carpentry, and simply wanted to work together. Bjarne, then a graphic designer at Bakken & Bæck, knew the company wanted to expand its Oslo cafeteria, so the nascent Kvistad firm made its first project pitch. “We met with Bakken & Bæck’s executive team,” Ziemowit reports, “and they liked our crazy ideas so much that they decided to overhaul the entire office.”
To re-energize the tired 6,500-square-foot former industrial quarters, the designers came up with a theme: Scandinavian Spaceship. “We love 1970s interiors,” Astrid explains. Inspired by a sample of azure solid surfacing, the firm wrapped the entire space in seamless Nordic blue, with six gathering areas adding playful pops of contrasting color. They carpeted some walls and, having learned weaving, created rugs to hang as art on others. “Then we chose furnishings with slender legs, so they look like they are floating,” Astrid adds.
Bakken & Bæck ended up loving the Oslo office so much, the studio engaged Kvistad to overhaul its Amsterdam outpost. The firm was presented with 2,000 square feet consisting of a long, low room, with one big window overlooking a canal. “It made us think of Yellow Submarine!” Ziemowit says.
While clearly having fun, the Kvistads, who have just completed a third Bakken & Bæck office in Bonn, Germany, had to work hard at their new profession. “The biggest challenge was doing everything—from the business side to making furniture—for the first time,” Ziemowit says. “But we did it.”
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Basketball courts do not need to be spectacular in design to accomplish their purpose. In fact, they require only to be ninety-four feet by fifty feet while containing two hoops on the far side of each other. But that hasn’t stopped people the world over from designing some beautiful basketball courts. Whether they are built along a floating boat, like the one near Siem Reap, Cambodia, or painted in bold colors, as they are in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, these courts will even attract those who don’t love the sport. Now that you know about these spots, you really have no excuse to burn off those extra calories while traveling the world and tasting the local cuisines.
St. Louis, Missouri
Designed by artist William LaChance, the basketball courts showcase the bold, brightly colored abstract work the St. Louis-based painter is known for. The location of the courts are significant, as it’s a few blocks away from the areas of Ferguson surrounded by riots in 2014.
Photo: Courtesy of Marcus Buck
Located in Munich, Germany, this basketball court is different from every other court in the world. And that’s due to the mounds and lights throughout the space. While it might not be the friendliest court on your ankles, it surely is kind on the eyes.
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For those who are lucky enough to play basketball within City Wall Rooftop Court in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the experience will likely stay with them for a lifetime. Not only is the court set within the old, terra-cotta roofs of the city, but the views of the Adriatic Sea are something out of a fairy tale in Croatia.