In a high-performance building, argues Juan Betancur, director at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the envelope must never be an afterthought. Rather, it should be a material expression of the overall environmental strategy. â€œThe key to what weâ€™re doing with energy and sustainability is: how do the systems become the facades themselves?â€ he said. â€œIf we make it part of the building, itâ€™s an integrated systems solution.â€ Read More
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Dynamic steel and PVDF structures shelter campers in style.
In South Korea, glampingâ€”or â€œglamorous campingâ€â€”is all the rage. The practice combines conventional campingâ€™s affinity for the outdoors with hotel amenities, including comfortable bedding and fine food. Seoul firm ArchiWorkshopâ€™s prefabricated, semi-permanent glamping structures are a design-minded twist on the traditional platform tent. â€œWe [set out to] create a glamping [tent] that gives people a chance to experience nature very close, while also providing a uniquely designed architectural experience,â€ said partner Hee Jun Sim. â€œThere are many glamping sites in Korea, but theyâ€™re actually not so high-end. We were able to bring up the level of glamping in Korea.â€ Read More
This surreal construct is one of the many public art projects by South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa, whose love of found objects and anti-institutional approach to art is known internationally (he once hung strings of sparkling garbage around Seoul Olympic Stadium). The 10-story tall installation called DoorsÂ is comprised of 1,000 reused, brightly colored doors transformed into a rustic and visually indulgent object evoking a pixelated and painterly effect from afar, perhaps reminiscent of an abstract Klimt painting. Alternatively, the installation can also be read less glamorously as a mirror to Seoul’s increasingly ad-dominated cityscape where Doors resembles a jarring collection of ads to the point of irony. (Via Colossal.)