Archinect - News 2017-09-22T11:31:27-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150013950/the-many-faces-of-mvrdv-s-shape-shifting-baltyk-tower The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hy/hy7b8bd5fdif01id.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p></figure></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/149992362/tour-the-optical-illusion-of-giovanni-vaccarini-s-facade-system-for-the-spg-headquarters Tour the optical illusion of Giovanni Vaccarini's facade system for the SPG Headquarters Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T13:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T00:42:57-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Relax, you don't need new glasses: the closely spaced, suspended panes of glass on Giovanni Vaccarini's&nbsp;SPG Headquarters in Geneva purposefully create a blurred/vibrating effect, especially when viewed from a distance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/889a4xg8ztmckkif.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i7/i7a4x3jy90gu7aoz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d9v066udcp2mxmr.jpg"></p><p>However, producer The Piranesi Experience and&nbsp;filmmaker Claudio Esposito have made a film about the SPG called "Deep Into the Surface" which, according to the filmmakers "investigates the abstract and conceptual dimension that architect Giovanni Vaccarini imparted to the fa&ccedil;ade system that characterizes the building of the SPG Headquarters in Geneva. A game made of simple rules, whose reiteration produces a complex play of elements to the point that its perception varies with weather and lights. The photography by Fabio Paolucci and the original soundtrack by Populous underline the exploration of these qualities and let the spectator perceive the depth of the surface and its apparent movement." You be the judge:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149951811/the-optical-illusion-behind-copenhagen-s-bryggeblomsten-residential-tower The optical illusion behind Copenhagen's Bryggeblomsten residential tower Julia Ingalls 2016-06-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:08:55-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tnxrvhg64f6gp3c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tnxrvhg64f6gp3c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tnxrvhg64f6gp3c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tnxrvhg64f6gp3c.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>With a floor plan designed around the concept of petals furling outward from a flower's stem the anodized bronze-toned aluminum and glass&nbsp;tower known as&nbsp;Bryggeblomstem ("the Brygge Flower"), has been granted the&nbsp;"Best Residential Building" award by the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>&nbsp;Municipality. The 8,100 square foot, 15-floor, 58-unit apartment building designed by&nbsp;Mangor &amp; Nagel architects&nbsp;makes use of natural light to create well-illuminated apartments with views of the city, the harbor, and the surrounding landscape.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qe/qerb3agea801wq9k.jpg"></p><p>In a press release, the architects stated that they purposefully rotated the floor plans&nbsp;thirty degrees relative to each other to increase the number of corners and corresponding vertical lines, thus using an optical illusion to make the building appear taller than it actually is.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/04/04lbaw63pgnidkwp.jpg"></p><p>Claus J&oslash;rgensen, creative director and architect at Mangor &amp; Nagel's Copenhagen office, noted that&nbsp;"I'm really pleased with our floor plan design. The result is some extremely well-appointed apartments that ar...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/85775750/fabric-s-zoetrope-inspired-trylletromler-pavilion-in-king-s-garden-copenhagen FABRIC's zoetrope-inspired "Trylletromler" pavilion in King's Garden, Copenhagen Justine Testado 2013-11-04T19:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:20:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/krvn82d47htrxm26.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/krvn82d47htrxm26.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/krvn82d47htrxm26.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kr/krvn82d47htrxm26.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> The "Trylletromler" pavilion by Dutch firm <a href="http://www.fabrications.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FABRIC</a> has attracted plenty of public attention in King's Garden, Copenhagen since its public opening this past September. The installation was built after FABRIC won a temporary-pavilion design competition earlier this year. (Check out our previous coverage <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/fabric_wins_competition_for_a_temporary_pavilion_in_the_kings_garden_in_cop/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> on our sister site Bustler)</p> <p> The concept of Trylletromler comes from the Danish word for the 19th-century zoetrope device, which gives the illusion of movement in a still image. Based on this idea, the pavilion's fence is built as a paradoxically transparent maze that creates the illusion of motion as one walks through it.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/li/lidjneqvkzt555fo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Here's a more detailed project description and some recent photos we received from FABRIC:</strong></p> <p> "...The Renaissance garden design of Rosenborg Castle is the oldest known example of garden design in Denmark. The design draws heavily on principles of Euclidean geometry. This language of absolute space was long regarded as the construction principle of the worl...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/75999072/dalston-house Dalston House Andrew Davis 2013-06-28T11:53:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:54:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wxmtmybqy8ktwvkj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wxmtmybqy8ktwvkj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wxmtmybqy8ktwvkj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wxmtmybqy8ktwvkj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Wainwright - "So Leandro we are sitting on a window ledge in Dalston. Can you tell us why we're here? Erlich - "The idea is to create a facade that will resemble the architecture of the . . . neighborhood and um - that has always been part of my interest to bring the ordinary architecture as a stage for the public to participate in a kind of fiction that would be built through the experience."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Though edging on the sphere of art, Erlich's <em>Dalston House</em> provides a publicly accessible perversion of what would otherwise be banal architecture. This project uses that unexpected architectural content to foster rich narratives both as unique experiences and serendipitous performances. As Erlich says "Reality is what we build; it is not something given."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/12532988/how-a-parisian-artist-created-this-stunning-optical-illusion How A Parisian Artist Created This Stunning Optical Illusion Archinect 2011-07-07T11:45:10-04:00 >2011-07-07T18:13:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6e0a8e8fa7634f232e5cd629caac092a?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6e0a8e8fa7634f232e5cd629caac092a?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6e0a8e8fa7634f232e5cd629caac092a?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6e/6e0a8e8fa7634f232e5cd629caac092a?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This work of art looks like a giant grass sphere, but it's actually flat. This land art is an anamorphosis which is a distorted projection that comes to life when viewed at the proper angle. Stand to the side and you will see angular grass and dirt. Stand at the correct angle and the 3D image jumps out at you.</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>