Archinect - News 2014-07-30T05:44:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98618236/pslab-s-lion-fish-chandelier-adds-the-finishing-touch-to-the-jane-antwerp .PSLAB's "lion fish" chandelier adds the finishing touch to The Jane Antwerp Justine Testado 2014-04-24T17:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:48:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/9307yeu9pp0vxo89.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Jane restaurant in the Groen Kwartier of Antwerp still brandishes the now-trendy artisanal interior of the military hospital chapel it once was. Throughout the entire design process, Michelin Star Chef Sergio Herman and Nick Bril closely collaborated with Dutch practice <a href="http://www.pietboon.com/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piet Boon Architects</a>, who then brought in <a href="http://pslab.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">.PSLAB</a>, a site-specific Beirut studio whose work specializes in creating sensory experiences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aolpjumprzrhmf1i.jpg"></p><p>Complementing the brass, stone, leather, and oak, the focal point of the restaurant is .PSLAB's handcrafted chandelier that the studio nicknamed the "Lion Fish". The chandelier boasts a radius of 12 x 9 m and a weight of 800 kilograms. Its black-finished tubes are accented with over 150 glass light bulbs that disperse upward toward the vaulted ceiling. The studio also describes that at 2.75 m above the ground, "the chandelier communicates a very human scale."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7qlqdb24h935xuo0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yax9dcs6n0tm2sb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbg00o7n71zm1csy.jpg"></p><p>Check out .PSLAB's video below to see the making of the chandelier.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85532371/luminous-talks Luminous Talks New School Communications 2013-11-01T16:36:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T17:09:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/il5y1tjzhas1kmhp.jpg" width="450" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year&rsquo;s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year&rsquo;s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.</p> <p> The November 8 event will feature presentations by:</p> <ul><li> George Craford, a research scientist and lighting fellow at Philips, whose work focuses on LED technology, who will discuss the history, evolution and future trends of LED technology the design possibilities they enable for architects and lighting designe...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/73177887/isotopes-v-02-is-an-audiovisual-cage Isotopes v.02 Is An Audiovisual Cage Archinect 2013-05-14T20:01:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:07:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e861c703ca624db4c773cc0a9f742fd6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design studio Nonotak&mdash;No&eacute;mi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto&mdash;have created an installation, called Isotopes v.02, which is a reaction to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown that happened back in 2011. The piece featured at Geneva's 2013 Mapping Festival and consists of projected light which entices the viewer to investigate further. But, once the unsuspecting visitor has headed towards the light like a moth to the flame, they become trapped in this beguiling maze...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/52828861/jonathan-speirs-lighting-designer-dead-at-54 Jonathan Speirs, lighting designer, dead at 54 Archinect 2012-07-02T13:11:00-04:00 >2012-07-02T13:11:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cca1e96d94b3939b78c782303b7bed2d.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When, in 2005, he was asked to propose a long-term lighting strategy for the city of Durham, the architect Jonathan Speirs, who has died of stomach cancer aged 54, insisted that what the council really needed was a light and darkness strategy</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/51955115/iluminaction-by-urbanoactivo-selected-for-venice-architecture-biennale IluminAction by UrbanoActivo Selected for Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2012-06-19T13:45:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T18:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9doehb6lkv28sw7v.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project IlluminAction by UrbanoActivo, an open design collective from Puerto Rico, has been selected to represent the island in the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy this fall (August 29 &ndash; November 25). The selection was narrowed from 450 project submissions nationwide and will be presented as part of the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition by The Institute for Urban Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>This exhibit will be part of an archive of actionable strategies around U.S. cities to improve the public urban realm.</em></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/171933/venice-biennale-2012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more Archinect News posts related to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47880751/many-hands-will-make-lights-work Many hands will make lights work Alexander Walter 2012-05-09T17:08:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T17:09:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5da72f38903a301a7f0f82cbf961d73d.jpg" width="420" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IN THE hands of Urbanscreen, buildings become toys in a surreal world in which Salvador Dali or Lewis Carroll's Alice would feel at home. Structures get torn apart, turned to ice or covered with ants and are made to disintegrate, pulsate, morph into strange shapes or become a gigantic pinball machine.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes Rafmögnuð Náttúra By Marcos Zotes Archinect 2012-04-06T14:49:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T07:33:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7v23vlc8ioyrri5.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Marcos Zotes has shared with us his winning light installation for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m1/m1dw5lyaengjyrsq.jpg" title=""><em>Photo by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson</em></p> <p> Marcos Zotes, winner of the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012, and Chris Jordan presented Rafm&ouml;gnu&eth; N&aacute;tt&uacute;ra in Reykjavik, Iceland, as the main event for the festival in February. The work consists of a temporary, site-specific installation that appropriates the facade of Hallgr&iacute;mskirkja church with a large video-mapping projection. The aim is to transform the static condition of this iconic landmark into a dynamic, engaging and participatory visual experience, and to intervene by socially activating its surrounding public space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmgxm4ijwq66ycnu.jpg" title=""><br><em>Photo by P&eacute;tur M&aacute;r Gunnarsson</em></p> <p> Marcos explains: &ldquo;I am fascinated with finding new ways to interact with the existing urban environment. I feel the city is there for us at our entire disposal, and we must reclaim its public spaces and urban structures in ways that exceed the limited uses for which they were o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/31019888/happy-holidays-from-the-world-trade-center Happy Holidays from the World Trade Center HotSoup 2011-12-15T11:57:06-05:00 >2011-12-15T11:57:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6c09d685914af61350e244dcbf742e5.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just as last December, the fine folks at Five Star Electric, 1 World Trade Center&rsquo;s electrical contractor, volunteered their time to affix different colored sconces to the work lights in the tower, creating the seasonal effect.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Maybe the biggest Christmas tree in the world?</p>