La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a post modernist housing project located in the area of Calpe in the Alicante region in Spain. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, the building appears as if it is emerging from the rocky cliffs it sits on.
The structure is heavily influenced by the North African tradition of the casbah, a fort with high walls and few windows. The striking colours that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.
The 50 apartments of the project a are linked by a series of uniform stairs, landings and bridges, giving the impression of interlocking cubes. The variations of spaces connect create a labyrinthine complex of shifting and ambiguous scale, designed to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross.
The Mirrorcube, designed by Tham & Videgard Architects is a room in the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden. Located 60 kilometres south of the Arctic circle. This genuine hide-out is made of light-weight aluminum which is hung around the base of a single tree. Measuring 4x4x4 metres, the cube clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.
London based artist Zuza Mengham teamed up with British fragrance makers Laboratory Perfumes, created a series of unique scent-inspired sculptures. Transforming intangible aromas into solid objects, Mengham used coloured resin sculptures to represent five signature scents through form and colour.
AMBER: Mengham envisions grassy, woody notes with green and red
GORSE: Zesty Gorse is translated with pale yellows and pinks
SAMPHIRE: Layers of indigo evoke oceanic Samphire
TONKA: Slate powder creates a mottled base to represent the Tonka bean
ATLAS: The brand new fragrance uses amber and ochre hues
Petro Wodkins‘s “Sound of Power” series is a unique tribute to the porcelain figurines and the busts our grandparents loved to collect.
The Sound of Power is a contemporary reincarnation of these classical objects combining striking visual and audio qualities. SOP is a completely new genre of both busts and speakers. The series features powerful people who, in their own way, played the world like instruments and made countries and continents alike march to the beat of their metaphorical drums. In the Wodkin’s own words, the concept of the project is to :”Play the people who play the world“.
A commemoration of parody? You decide.
VLADIMIR PUTIN aka ST. VLADIMIR – “Vladimir Putin has never sounded this good”
“In Hale” by Belgian designer Ben Storms is more than just a regular coffee table. This amazing piece is made from an impressive block of marble that weighs over 200kg and is carried by an “inflated” metal cushion.
Fantich & Young, London based artist duo Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, created a series of conceptual sculptures – “Apex Predator“, set to address parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world. The original Apex Predator—described as predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of the food chain.