30 Emerging architects 2010

Wallpaper have released their annual list of 30 emerging architects, I’m sure you’ll find something inspiring Details »

Mimoa Iphone App – an online user generated guide to modern architecture


I’m loving this brand new app that has just been released by Mimoa

Get the worldwide architecture guide on your iPhone. Discover all modern architecture around you while traveling, or go and explore your own city.

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Sloped house by HSH architecture.

This amazing house by HSH architecture stands vertical with a slopping roof and a flat base, which digs underground. It slope is the the same direction as the slope of the terrain. The slope of the house was requested by the investor as he wanted to use the house as a small cinema.


Small Living: Sliding Apartment

Architect Gary Chang has lived in the same 32 square meter apartment since he was 14 years old, over 30 years ago.

“My whole family – my parents, my three younger sisters, and me – used to live here. To make ends meet, my parents also rented out one of the rooms to an outsider, a woman in her late twenties. Then the room was rented to her younger brother.”

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Hole Sweet Hole

Designed by Dutch architectural studio in cooperation with SeARCH Studio & Christian Muller Architects, the ‘Villa Vals’ built in Switzerland blends into the hilly surrounding landscape.

A stunning project.. and just look at those views.

I found this via the amazing design blog LooksLikeGoodDesign.

More images via MAD

Creatively recycled cardboard store hits Melbourne CBD

Recycled Cardboard Store

Melbourne based boutique Lulamae has teamed with Breath Architecture to bring to the streets of cultural Melbourne this entirely recycled “pop-up shop” in Melbourne Central.

The installation/store can be assembled in just one day and can be flat packed once its reached its 2 month expiry, bringing to the commercial Melbourne central a glimpse of street vendor chic.

The store is now 1 day old and you can check it out at Melbourne Central for the next two months.

Walking on eggshells


Seems to be that birds and eggs are all the rage these days…

1.  Wire birds designed by Javier Henriquez and Sebastian Lara of EosMexico {via} geek alerts

2.  Cybertecture Egg for Mumbai by James Law {via} Inhabitat

3.  Ingo Maurer Egg Installation at Milan Design Week 2009 {via} Design Boom

4.  Nosinger’s Rebirth {via} Metropolis

5.  50th anniversary of the Fritz Hansen Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen {via} Hive

For more info on all items that are sunny side up visit this Vogue Living (2009) article called Free Range

Tokyo National Art Center


On our recent voyage to Japan, Tokyo proved to be our favourite destination – full of colour, youth culture, fresh design and architecture amongst many other things. One stunning structure which caught our attention, however, was the Tokyo National Art Center.

A stunning construction of glass and concrete, the building appears from afar to be more akin to a crystal than your typical building. The centre was designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Roppongi, the unofficial modern architecture district of Tokyo. Details »

A Musical Place

Hey there, lovely readers of Design Tavern. I’m Jenn, a new addition, and will be guest blogging from time to time. {Thanks Henry for giving me the opportunity!} I’m excited to be able to share my architecture and design finds with you, since I usually write on other subjects {mostly fashion, art, and life.}

I stumbled across these images and figured it would be a good start:

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Japan Trip: How about a stroll through a concrete Garden?


The first post in what I hope to be a series from my recent trip to Japan.
I hope for this series to be available as a guide to a few places to visit and a few things to do! (though it is very far from a complete list!)

First I would like to share with you my visit to the Kyoto Garden of Fine Arts, by the master of concrete, Tadao Ando.
Personally, Ando’s work has been an amazing influence, such refined works from a man who had previously worked as a truck driver, a boxer and had no formal training.

You will more often than not hear Ando recognised for his use of concrete, a work of fine craftsmanship.

The Garden of Fine Art situated North of Japan’s traditional capital Kyoto and not far from the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Gardens, is an ‘open air gallery.’ Though perhaps the words ‘garden’ and even ‘gallery’ are open to interpretation?

The garden’s classical works have been recreated on large weatherproof ceramic plates in a modern concrete ‘garden.’
Though the real interest for me was held in the minimalist concrete walkways and walls rather than the works themselves.

The garden, completed in 1990 uses modern materials of concrete and glass yet holds traditional works of art, and also responds to the serenity of a traditional Japanese garden. Two concrete ramps intertwine their way down into the lower parts of the garden, taking the visitor on a journey through large concrete volumes that serve as separating the space, creating voids whilst also serving as a surface for the works themselves.

Another main feature of the garden is the horizontal and vertical walls and pools of water that flow from the top most level down through the garden whilst the constant sound of falling water serves as soft background ambience.

The Main Entrance (and you can just see Monet’s water lillies under the surface.)

Window looking outside the garden

There are many water features that run horizontally, vertically, horizontally again like a maze through the garden, and also add a gentle background noise when walking through.

An intersection of elements that span through the entire building. (and a hint of the works contained.)

And a Detail of the same intersection.

In, looking out, this shot also shows the looping path that winds its way down to the bottom of the open garden.

Another shot of the ramp continuing down, you can see the element that goes through the wall (top right, and center)

A shot of the different levels and voids.

Openings revealing the works on the wall behind them.

Abrupt intersection and viewing point.

And Looking back, a good demonstration of the shear volumes dividing the space.

Another shot of the horizontal water and the path. Also hints of the botanical gardens behind.

Some photos of the recreated works themselves.

Garden of Fine Arts (Kyoto Fruits Toban Meiga no Niwa)
Shimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0823. Tel. 075-724-2188
Hrs. 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30). Closed Dec. 28- Jan 4.
100 yen (50 yen in case of combination ticket with Kyoto Botanical Garden)
The fastest way to get here from Kyoto Station or Hankyu Karasuma is to take the subway to Kitayama Station.

Synthesised 80s architecture Rap.. and the most educational video you will ever see.


When you look at a building reaching up to the sky there’s a lot more to building it than meets the eye!


Had to share this one with you. If only my Construction and Structures lecturer had the same teaching methods as these kids.

Fed Square, Melbourne — Guest Post at Mochatini

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I was recently asked by Manvi to do a guest post on her blog Mochatini.

I chose to share with Mochatini’s readers a bit of my own city, Melbourne.

Specifically, the cultural hub ‘Fed Square’

See the original post here.

Shoe Construction — Marloes ten Bhömer and the architecture Of Shoes.


Following an interesting lecture last night titled ‘The Architecture of Shoes’ In which the presenter demonstrated the many fields of design architects and other design degrees can go into.

Stated were some interesting figures on Architecture at Milan University, Italy; 1000 students were enrolled each year whilst only 100 graduated.
Rather than Looking at it as 900 students failing architecture between entry and finishing, Instead 900 students were provided with the design skills to go into a number of different fields.

I can’t help but think of buildings when I see the like’s of Marloes ten Bhömer’s shoes.

I’ll be honest, women’s shoes fall outside my usual scope of interest but the design behind the footwear below I think is really innovative wearable artworks.

The construction, use of materials (arbon fibre, fiberglass, Stainless steel , Polyurethane resin and tarpaulin) clear cut clean lines, are all innovative and being to move from the world of women’s fashion into product and architecture design.

From her website:
“Critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer produces shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work fuses artistic and technological experiment in order to discover shoes anew. Ten Bhömer’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and she gives lectures about her work worldwide. She takes on challenging commissions from galleries and private clients.”


Any Personal Favourites?

Design Follow Friday


In a response to my twitter addiction I have decided to devote this post to some of favourite people to follow.



Named in Wallpaper Magazine’s Architects Directory, an ‘anual guide to the world’s most innovative practicies’, Andrew Maynard’s design practice is quickly becoming recognised as an emerging force on the architectural scene. Since Andrew Maynard Architects was establised in late 2002 it has been recognised internationally in media, awards and exhibitions for its unique body of built work and its experimental conceptual design polemics.



Architects-turned-filmmakers turn the camera on the arch studio following 5 thesis students – posts on documentary, film, architecture, tech, Brooklyn, NYC.



America’s first independent, internationally distributed, eco-friendly fashion publication dedicated exclusively to emerging designers.



Video Editor, Graphic/Web Designer, Red Camera rental, I’m a Mac.



NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT’s two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against “creative block” since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.



A Jewelry Designer and blog writer
“My philosophy for my jewelry and this blog, is to bring happiness to others. I hope to share the joy of creating and finding beautiful things to all the readers and customers.”

Abandoned Architecture Photography


Here is a collection of work from photographer Richard Nickel Jr.
Richard is a self described ‘Guerrilla Preservationist’
He roams the streets and alleys hunting for abandoned architecture and buildings and then shares his findings with readers via his blog The Kingston Lounge

This sort of derelict architecture has always fascniated me, such a history (and mystery!) behind each photo..

Richard has quite the collection on his blog Kingston Lounge and I could go on forever sharing his unique gift for unearthing the abandoned