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Friday, 16 November 2018

Japanese space research centre will be suspended over moon-like crater

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
Clouds Architecture Office's concept designs for the Avatar X space exploration campus in Japan, will have a robotics research centre suspended over an man-made crater.

New York-based architecture firm Clouds Architecture Office designed the space technology research campus for Avatar X in old mining site in Oita prefecture, Kyushu, which already resembles a lunar landscape.

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
The crater at the centre of the site will be sculpted to exaggerate it's moon-like appearance. Suspended 18 metres above the bottom of the crater with steel cables, the Avatar X Lab will be made from transparent and translucent panels of fluoropolymer membrane wrapped around a steel frame.

Carbon fibre partitions, honeycomb aluminium floor plates and fibre-reinforced plastic trims will help keep the multi-storey structure's weight down.

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
"The form of the floating structure was informed by pressure vessels common in space architecture, which tend to be cylindrical in shape," Ostap Rudakevych, architect and co-founder of Clouds Architecture Office, told Dezeen.
Pieces of space architecture, such as the International Space Station, are human habitats that can exist beyond the earth's surfaces. Their forms are dictated by the different forces that exist in the vacuum of outer space, which begins 62 miles above sea level at the Kármán line.

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
"Space architecture tends to be low mass, compact and high performance, since much of the construction material has to launched into space aboard a rocket with a limited payload capacity," added Rudakevych.
"The final form of the building is the result of intersecting of four cylinders and using them to trim each other. The result is symmetrical and balanced to maintain an even distribution of weight."

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
A bridge will connect the lab to the side of the crater and symbolise the "crossing of thresholds" of space exploration and technological innovation.

The research centre has been designed for Avatar X, a public-private program established by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and ANA Holdings – the parent company of All Nippon Airways.

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
It is investing in the communications tools and robotics needed to establish an off-world telepresence. Telepresence is where technologies like virtual reality and robotics are used to duplicate someone's actions and senses in another location.
ANA is offering a $10 million (£7.8 million) prize to anyone who can create "a physical, non-autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there."

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
ANA-JAXA want to develop the capability to build on the Moon and Mars, and the lab will be used for developing the robotics and virtual reality technology required for this remote construction work.
Companies that have signed up to develop the Avatar System will be able to use the Oita campus. The lunar-like terrain will be used for space exploration simulations to test their robots.

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office
The campus will also feature a Moon Environment Simulation Building, which will contain a recreation of the Moon's rocky terrain, and a Research and Development Centre.
In America, TEN Arquitectos is currently building the NASA Research Support Center on the government space program's existing campus. NASA recently named the winners of its competition to design a 3D-printed space habitat  for Mars. A team from Arkansas called Zopherus won with its system of modular pods and egg-shaped containers.

Glossier Flagship in New York includes soft-pink plasterwork and a Boy Brow Room

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
Pastel-pink plaster walls surround a red quartz staircase leading into the Glossier flagship store in New York, which has opened hot on the heels of the beauty brand's new HQ in the city.

Located at 123 Lafayette Street in the city's SoHo neighbourhood, the three-storey Glossier Flagship is designed by local interiors firm Gachot Studios in collaboration with architecture practice PRO.
Glossier, founded as a direct-to-consumer beauty company by Emily Weiss in 2014, first opened up in a penthouse at the same address in 2016 so that customers could test and shop its products.

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
The success of this space led the brand to expand into the first two floors of the building. Additional features now on offer include catchups with Glossier's editors and the Boy Brow Room – a space dedicated to its famed product for taming eyebrows.

The 5,500-square-foot (510-square-metre) store is just a 14-minute walk from the brand's New York headquarters, recently completed by local architect Rafael de Cárdenas' studio Architecture at Large.
As with Cárdenas' design, the interior features pale pink shades and red accents that take cues from the company's rosy branding and pink bubblewrap packaging.
But the flagship design team also wanted to ensure the new space had its own quirks.

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
Among the key features is a pink-hued plaster wall that curves from the entrance on the ground floor to a set of red steps. Plasterwork is then shaped into a circular void over the first landing of the stairs, around a skylight situated 30 feet (9.1 metres) above.
"Transformative, interactive, and honest are the words that defined the design direction, but we found a way to be a little naughty and push the envelope," said Gachot Studios co-founder Christine Gachot in a project description.
"We introduced a complex, curved plaster detail; a finish that is barely achievable in high-end residential construction, running from the entry and up into the stair portal."

Handrails are embedded into the walls either side of the stairs, which are covered in burgundy and red quartz pebble.
Soft-pink plaster continues across the walls of the first level, while the floors are grey polished concrete.

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
The main space on this level is the gallery for displaying skincare and beauty products.
Windows that face the street are covered with thin white sheets known as Barrisol to diffuse light into the space, while the surrounding wall is covered in mirrors to make the room appear larger.

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
A spongey red sofa that looks like lips runs along one side, while the wall behind has a rippled effect.
"We used colour to highlight the brand experience, mirrors to provoke participation within the space, and millwork shapes that encouraged shared experience and community," said Gachot.
Products are displayed on cylindrical podiums huddled around columns. The tops are ribbed to match the lipsticks, mascaras, concealers and other products on show.

Glossier Flagship by Gachot Studios and PRO
Customers are invited to try makeup and skincare in a separate Wet Bar, which features two sinks with products displayed in mirrored cubes behind.
These reflective shelves are "a subtle nod to the iconic Glossier packaging" according to the brand. One of the millennial-pink, boiler suit uniforms worn by staff is mounted in an illuminated frame behind.
Other details include a pair of pink paper pulp chairs designed by Thomas Barger tucked into a nook in the store.
There is also a pick-up counter for customers to collect orders packaged on the second floor, which are delivered directly to the station via a conveyer belt.

Glossier Flagship is one of the few permanent stores for the brand, which predominantly operates with pop-ups and online sales.
"For the first time, the diverse and devoted Glossier community has a space to gather in real life," PRO's Miriam Peterson told Dezeen.
A variety of online stores have created temporary spaces ahead of the holiday season. The Arrivals, Brandless and Floyd are among a host of brands that recently launched pop-ups in New York City.
Photography is by Jason Schmidt.

Nest Apartment в Киеве

Дизайнер Виктория Витковская и декоратор Анастасия Соколова, V. Concept Design Studio, оформили квартиру площадью 87 кв. метров в Киеве.
«С семьей владельцев этих апартаментов работаем не в первый раз, — рассказывают авторы проекта. — За время нашего давнего сотрудничества степень коммуникации и доверия достигли такого уровня, что мы буквально с полуслова понимаем друг друга. Поэтому реализованный объект хозяйка увидела в день новоселья, до этого только рендеры.

Гостиная, кухня, небольшая обеденная зона выделены в единое пространство свободной планировки, откуда также есть выход на террасу с уютным местом для отдыха. А приватная часть апартаментов включает спальню, где нашлось место даже для рабочей зоны, и хозяйский санузел». Разграничить открытое пространство помогает декоративная деревянная облицовка на потолке и стенах: она визуально отделяют зону кухни от гостиной, а в спальне очерчивает границы рабочего места.
Хозяйка поставила задачу создать теплое пространство, «уютное гнездышко», отсюда название проекта — Nest Apartment. Добиться этого эффекта решили с помощью натуральных материалов — древесины, кожи, мрамора. А ощущение мягкости и теплоты добавить, используя фактурный текстиль, удобные подушки и пуфы, созданные по авторским эскизам. В прямом смысле теплой квартиру делают теплые полы в кухне и санузлах.
В этом проекте дизайнеры использовали мебель Cesar, Pianca, Desiree, Smania, торшер в гостиной Eichholtz. Декор брендов Tom Dixon, Menu, House doctor. Текстиль, подушки и пуфы собственного дизайна.

Как оформить кухню из дерева и камня: 8 вариантов

1. Дом в Род-Айленде
Бюро Providence Architecture, оформившее этот дом в Род-Айленде, хотело сделать кухню светлой. В качестве основного отделочного материала выбрали сосну — ею обшили все стены и покрыли светлой полупрозрачной краской.

2. Кухня Tribeca от K Line by Provasi
В кухне Tribeca от K Line by Provasi не только рабочие поверхности отделаны мрамором — из него также сделаны кухонный фартук и весь остров.

3. Кухня Vega от Arthesi
В Arthesi нашли компромисс между классическим деревом и современным дизайном и создали кухню Vega. Кухонный остров и часть шкафчиков отделаны деревом, а остальная кухня — лаком, но внутренняя поверхность полок все равно деревянная.

4. Квартира в Париже
Кухня в парижской квартире, оформленной дизайнером Дамьеном Ланглуа-Меринном. Пол и рабочие поверхности отделаны мрамором, а сам гарнитур из брашированного дуба.

5. Кухня K6 от Boffi
Ключевой элемент кухни K6 от Boffi — это остров. За выдвигающейся деревянной крышкой спрятаны и мойка, и варочная поверхность с вытяжкой.

6. Кухня Bamboo от Brummel Cucine
Кухня Bamboo от Brummel Cucine сделана из патинированного массива дуба. Светлое дерево и продольные филенки на фасадах придают ей этнический характер.

7. Кухня от “Русского дизайнерского дома”
Эту кухню сделала компания “Русский дизайнерский дом” на заказ. Угловые элементы кухни обтекаемой формы — так фактура дерева на фасадах выглядит интереснее.

8. Кухня Grangusto от Riva 1920
Кухня Grangusto от Riva 1920 отделана шпоном. На фартуке он расположен продольно, а на фасадах — поперечно, это создает интересную игру фактур. Гарнитур доступен в трех вариантах оттенков — натуральном, светлом и темно-сером.