Archinect - Features 2016-12-09T06:35:29-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149979051/renovating-my-religion-johnson-fain-updates-philip-johnson-s-crystal-cathedral Renovating My Religion: Johnson Fain Updates Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral Julia Ingalls 2016-12-05T12:06:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:43:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/feiazoobgb8gm03r.jpg" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one design tangible structures for that most intangible of qualities, faith? More to the point: how does one renovate an existing place of worship to suit a new dogma? Johnson Fain&rsquo;s renovation of Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s Crystal Cathedral is the culmination of metaphor, media, and the historical Christian tradition of repurposing.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979050/the-short-life-and-bitter-end-to-munich-s-yellow-submarine The Short Life and Bitter End to Munich's 'Yellow Submarine' Julia Ingalls 2016-11-26T12:26:00-05:00 >2016-11-28T12:30:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4qlz1dxssbxei9s.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Made of 16 bathtubs with specially installed portholes, 'Yellow Submarine' was a hotel room/political housing statement, and one of the 24-winning designs in the&nbsp;2015 Shabbyshabby Apartments competition.&nbsp;Created by the Glasgow-based and Lithuanian-staffed collective Urban Restart along with Kurt Cleary, the design is purposefully referred to in the past tense: only two days after it was erected in Munich, it was destroyed. This prompted speculation that vandals, or right-wing extremists opposed to refugees, were responsible.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979644/architecture-2030-s-ed-mazria-outlines-an-environmentally-responsible-plan-for-the-architecture-and-design-industries Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T20:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o1/o1vfrzdou1zsm8fi.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149979133/max-friedlander-s-wind-inhabitor-goes-wherever-the-weather-takes-it Max Friedlander's "Wind Inhabitor" Goes Wherever the Weather Takes It Nicholas Korody 2016-11-18T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:31:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b4/b4ecy9bxven3cs8g.jpg" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A building fails when it falls victim to the elements. Stability, or <em>firmatis</em>, is the least common denominator of architecture: the first in Vitruvius&rsquo; Triad and the least contested. We want our buildings anchored to the ground, resilient against storms and seasons. But what would be the experience of an inverse architecture: a structure that could catch the wind?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149976858/faulders-studio-s-wynwood-facade-highlights-street-art-in-miami-s-dynamic-parking-structure-scene Faulders Studio's Wynwood Facade Highlights Street Art in Miami's Dynamic Parking Structure Scene Julia Ingalls 2016-11-10T13:59:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T21:20:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p6/p6cb732b54kucuw5.jpg" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An eight-story parking garage and mixed-use office building becomes an ever-changing reflection of its street art surroundings with Faulders Studio's modifiable Wynwood Facade.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects Julia Ingalls 2016-11-03T11:52:00-04:00 >2016-11-14T04:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3vju7mhncygheuam.jpg" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A success among urban planners but a failure among architects (with the exception of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964899/the-visionary-workaholic-an-intimate-luscious-documentary-portrait-of-eero-saarinen" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen</a>, who used them in his prototype modeling stages), Modulex&mdash;the architectural modeling Lego-offshoot&mdash;was largely shuttered by the 1980s, almost revived in 2015, and now serves as an XS cult classic in architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149974257/putting-the-planet-to-paper-the-monumental-geographies-of-design-earth Putting the Planet to Paper: The Monumental Geographies of DESIGN EARTH Nicholas Korody 2016-10-19T11:50:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:37:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8h/8hdvd6c0qm3c9s60.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;DESIGN EARTH is concerned with relationships between design and the Earth&mdash;as matter, scale, and worldview&mdash;to open aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism,&rdquo; state El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of their collective practice.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149973388/using-algorithms-to-disrupt-suburbia-s-monotonous-designs Using algorithms to disrupt suburbia's monotonous designs Nicholas Korody 2016-10-13T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-20T03:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oi/oib50dhgl9314pz1.jpg" width="650" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same,&rdquo; Malvina Reynolds sang in 1962, forty-three years before her verses served as the theme music for the TV show&nbsp;<em>Weeds. </em>The song still resonates because, despite formal changes, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/36836/suburbia" target="_blank">suburban developments</a> have, for some, represented monotony and homogeneity since they were first constructed in the late 1920s. But who said that mass-produced housing has to be boring?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149964654/behind-the-scenes-of-the-witness-a-video-game-designed-by-architects Behind the scenes of 'The Witness', a video game designed by architects Nicholas Korody 2016-08-23T09:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:32:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1i/1ixylu054rqb7qeq.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"This is so beautiful &ndash; can I live here?&rdquo; asks user GhostRobo on his YouTube walkthrough of the puzzle game <em>the Witness</em>, verbalizing what many probably feel after first leaving the dark tunnel where the player begins. This a game where the design, built in part by a team of architects and landscape architects, rivals the gameplay.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen If you can’t stand the domesticity, get out of the kitchen Julia Ingalls 2016-08-15T09:26:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jz/jzax1lqwzzn0b98r.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kitchen design in the U.S. has evolved substantially in the last 100 years, moving from a service-oriented back room to the third largest space in houses.&nbsp;This shift has played a role in how people define domesticity, domestic relationships, and even community at large.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149961339/playtime-7-bold-and-whimsical-playgrounds-from-around-the-world Playtime! 7 bold and whimsical playgrounds from around the world Julia Ingalls 2016-08-12T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/778g3s1zkgpb7jbd.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The act of play rests heavily on the ability to indulge in the imagination. While a certain degree of functionality is required for elements like swings, slides, and climbing walls, the key to any great playground design is that it be inspiring: and oddly enough, it doesn&rsquo;t always have to be strictly for children. Game-playing takes multiple forms, from the stream of consciousness rules of a child's adventure to the psychologically penetrating/illuminating construct of an artist. These examples of architectural spaces for play from around the world openly embrace the esoteric and playful.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149959097/living-together-is-only-possible-if-there-is-always-the-possibility-to-be-alone-dogma-studio-s-hard-line-look-at-architectural-solitude "Living together is only possible if there is always the possibility to be alone." – Dogma studio's hard-line look at architectural solitude Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T09:46:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/22/22124ucbkpuivh0b.jpg" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The single-person room is the among the most basic units of architecture and the background for much of daily life. Here we project our personalities on the walls in the form of decor. Here we can retreat from the world. Yet the ubiquity and familiarity of the room nearly renders it invisible. Rarely do we consider the specificity of these places, which simultaneously serve as refuge and site of labor, of reproduction, of identity formation and presentation.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149950034/touring-big-s-2016-serpentine-pavilion-and-the-new-summer-houses Touring BIG's 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and the new Summer Houses Robert Urquhart 2016-06-08T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:41:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4gn7dpyss2hnwh7.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perched on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery in London&rsquo;s Royal Kensington Gardens, the annual <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14325/serpentine-pavilion" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion</a> has been a summer highlight for Londoners since its inception in 2000. The first Pavilion, which enjoyed a four-month residency, was created by Zaha Hadid. Since then the site has entertained notable architects including Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Ai Weiwei with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar Nicholas Korody 2016-06-07T08:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:03:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5h2l1zv9a8cqpp39.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Should our homes have an airplane mode?&rdquo; asks the Italian architecture studio Space Caviar, in the descriptive text for their RAM House, a fully-equipped <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/90971/smart-home" target="_blank">smart home</a> that alternatively doubles as a refuge from the ubiquitous technology of today.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940803/tectr-tinder-for-architecture Tectr: Tinder for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-29T10:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T08:33:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtfq5m8j190vsh6v.jpg" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever blushed at the veiny ridges of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63273060/gehry-s-8-spruce-street-wins-emporis-skyscraper-award" target="_blank">8 Spruce Street</a>, or wanted to trace the outer lip of the now shuttered design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a>, Tectr may be for you. The 18+, NSFW experimental dating/hookup game, designed by Silverstring Media, pairs users with architectural structures, from empty foyers to ramrod straight skyscrapers.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149940944/the-gimp-room-the-padded-cell-the-medical-office-inside-the-world-of-kink-com The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T10:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T15:26:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/ec1au9dt3fv1xfr6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;If you do your job right then no one will notice,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s been said. There may be no better exemplar of this truism than the work that goes on behind the scenes of a porn film. In the heat of an onanistic moment, the last thing you want to think about is bad design. Yet, an adult film is very much a designed object &ndash; particularly when it comes to the elaborate structural and fantasy elements involved in BDSM and kink.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149941821/screen-print-41-family-planning-from-harvard-design-magazine Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine Nicholas Korody 2016-04-22T09:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:37:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p0/p07vyldouv4js30p.jpg" width="650" height="912" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s among the worst clich&eacute;s of architectural writing: towers are phallic; stadiums (or just any project by a certain recently-deceased <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87369405/zaha-hadid-says-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium-doesn-t-resemble-vagina" target="_blank">icon</a>) are vulval. But what about when the architects themselves describe their project in genital terms? And, in particular, when they take inspiration not from some heroic idea of rigidity, but rather acceptance of a more prosaic state of flaccidity?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project Architectural panel tape proves its strength with SPF:architects' Double Stick project Alexis Petrunia 2016-04-09T10:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tg/tge31qrgfxs1lgrm.jpg" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The &ldquo;Double Stick&rdquo; residence comes by its name honestly. With an impressive anodized aluminum fa&ccedil;ade held in place by a high performance, two-sided architectural panel tape, this 5,000-square-foot single-family dwelling designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>&nbsp;is a stellar expression of modern design and engineering.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149936569/telling-semiotic-tales-with-laurel-broughton-of-welcomeprojects Telling semiotic tales with Laurel Broughton of WELCOMEPROJECTS Justine Testado 2016-04-07T09:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T00:07:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mp/mpk74apc6ix0qqw6.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designer Laurel Broughton is serious about playfulness in <a href="http://archinect.com/welcomeprojects" target="_blank">WELCOMEPROJECTS</a>, a multi-disciplinary studio she established in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, her studio has worked on a variety of art installations, interiors, and a growing collection of thematic sartorial accessories called WELCOMECOMPANIONS. Regardless of the project type, they&rsquo;re all imbued with Broughton&rsquo;s own surrealistic sense of whimsical flair that has captured the attention of designers, artists, and fashionistas alike.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149910526/meow-parlour-is-a-modern-hangout-for-nyc-s-adoptable-cats Meow Parlour is a modern hangout for NYC's adoptable cats Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-14T15:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:20:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vw/vwxflmgvxmtypfm6.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking out inquisitively&nbsp;onto a busy New York City avenue, a white and grey cat perches on a counter that is supported by a base that fittingly reads&nbsp;<em>M E O W </em>in bold<em>. </em>She soaks in warm light that beams through a floor-to-ceiling window, while dozens of other felines play and lounge throughout the rest of their 800sf domain. These cats are temporary residents at&nbsp;<em>Meow Parlour</em>, a modest venue that allows adoptable cats and city-goers a chance to interact within a comfortable &ndash; and refreshingly upbeat &ndash; environment.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148360892/the-far-reaching-work-by-state-of-the-art-weirdos-mos-architects The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/17/17gyjgo6dx1rrx9z.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616892463/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/149368552/working-out-of-the-box-jader-almeida Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T08:19:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T01:03:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/02gpfdaevs9p5819.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Jader Almeida</strong>, a Brazilian furniture and product designer.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/contact_us" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148982384/a-sheet-of-plastic-a-few-screws-and-five-minutes-are-all-it-takes-to-assemble-one-of-these-darling-stackable-chairs A sheet of plastic, a few screws, and five minutes are all it takes to assemble one of these "darling" stackable chairs Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T15:34:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T00:43:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q90trtd92sfjrhgc.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>IKEA may be the main peddler of assemble-it-yourself furniture, but, as many disgruntled college students would attest, their designs are often less-than-easy to realize. The "Thermoplastic Darling Stackable Chair", on the other hand, requires just one sheet of pre-scored polypropylene, a few screws, and about five minutes to put together.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148350430/children-s-drawings-inspire-cobe-s-kindergarten-in-copenhagen Children's drawings inspire COBE's kindergarten in Copenhagen Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-18T08:53:00-05:00 >2016-04-07T20:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft4luxexgsrcjezl.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Needless to say, children require very little to have a lot of fun. An imaginary world can be transformed from the most modest of settings. Really, all that&rsquo;s needed is a bit of space (albeit safe and relatively clean), and a great imagination &ndash;something that little ones have an endless supply of.</p><p>So when it comes time for kids to embark on the short-lived, yet impactful journey that is kindergarten, the most nurturing of environments are those that foster diversity, social connectivity, and creativity. The Danish architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46834/cobe" target="_blank">COBE</a> has used that ethos to cultivate an amazing setting for children attending preschool in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. The educational institution encompasses a unique campus, a blank canvas of sorts for young minds to re-imagine a world of their own.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148351233/screen-print-40-alexandra-lange-s-power-positions-from-dirty-furniture-issue-2 Screen/Print #40: Alexandra Lange's "Power Positions" from Dirty Furniture, issue #2 Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T17:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:59:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/jomojq0es6bj2v4l.jpg" width="650" height="890" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the high-gloss landscape of design magazines, all tables have been wiped clean. But in practice, things get messy: our desks are cluttered, our kitchens are flecked with sauce, our careers take form or falter as we finger the seams in the Formica. In this issue of <a href="http://dirty-furniture.com/" target="_blank"><em>Dirty Furniture</em></a>, the second in a finite series of six, an object usually shrouded by its ubiquity is illuminated by a series of essays that considers the table not just as a formal object, but also as an architecture and convention that structures our familial, social, political, and spiritual relationships.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146286835/ayalto-integral-transforms-europa-point-s-18th-century-barracks-into-a-bright-and-open-complex-for-gibraltar-university Ayalto Integral transforms Europa Point’s 18th century barracks into a bright and open complex for Gibraltar University Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2016-03-18T09:00:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r5/r52c6yrlgmbq5ur3.jpg" width="650" height="725" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With consideration paid to the historical integrity of an eighteenth century bunker, <a href="http://archinect.com/Ayalto" target="_blank">Ayalto Integral</a> has transformed a cultural landmark on Europa Point into a bright and open space for students of Gibraltar University.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/146888284/a-prize-winning-installation-pays-tribute-to-a-historical-quebec-village A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-11T16:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tj/tjc6grqwkdexv7fx.jpg" width="650" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="http://www.lesateliers-guyon.com/" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147285647/adelaide-s-pink-moon-saloon-is-a-snug-fit-for-a-local-alleyway Adelaide's Pink Moon Saloon is a snug fit for a local alleyway Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-09T20:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:26:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/17/173hzw532yvtiqma.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.pinkmoonsaloon.com.au/" target="_blank">The Pink Moon Saloon</a> in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks like something inspired by a Roald Dahl book. The restaurant takes on the appearance of a traditional woodland hut, yet randomly resides between two ordinary office buildings in the midst of a bustling city avenue. The traditional fa&ccedil;ade resembles the type of cottage one might imagine nestled amongst a more rural landscape; or at least juxtaposed within an environment less urban than the twelve-foot wide alleyway it&rsquo;s been built into.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147429507/waka-waka-s-furniture-strikes-a-balance-between-simplicity-and-playfulness Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T14:41:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yt/ytaovbmu52howk05.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Waka Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio&rsquo;s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:27:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t2zjvsjh2mee7bmx.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://softbaroque.com/" target="_blank">Soft Baroque</a>, the London-based design studio founded by Sa&scaron;a &Scaron;tucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates unwieldy materials like fireworks and water vapor, and treats history like a hunk of clay to be molded. They have an adept and playful way of involving conceptual elements in their work that makes you wonder how form and function alone ever seemed like sufficient ends for a design &ndash; or, at the very least, why your living room table is so boring.</p>