Expressed volumes house London

How would you describe this form? Anorexic, exoskelliton, shrink-wrapped, dehidrated...

Unusual free standing home in central London


London bridge proposals

"Thomas Telford’s London bridge design.

Telfords 180m single arch proposal for the 1799 competition to design a replacement for the Medieval London Bridge. The design was not adopted due to the amount of land required for the approaches. A new bridge, designed by John Rennie, and completed by his son, was built in 1824-31.

Rocker-Lange Architects are releasing their proposal for the “London Bridge 800: Inhabited Bridge” competition. The proposal for a Living Bridge over the River Thames was one of the schemes of the Living Bridge Competition for the 800’s aniversery of London Bridge, London. The scheme was selected by the jury to be included in several exhibitions in London and Manchester.

The proposal seeks to readdress the typology of the terraced house in a contemporary interpretation by implementing the concept of cross scalar variation to achieve varying programmatic and formal identity and a unique spatial configuration. On the other hand the scheme provides a uniform and holistic building envelope for the entire composition on London Bridge, ensuring a strong iconic identity for the structure and the city.

The bridge provides two main promenades that are situated on the perimeter of the bridge. While the east promenade is accessible to both, vehicles and pedestrians the west promenade is only accessible to pedestrians. Intervals of cross connectivity through the commercial folded landscape are structured by the terraced housing arrangement and generate an easy movement between the two promenades.

London architect and tutor at the Architectural Association - Lawrence Friesen.

He designed a sinuous second bridge to be built above the existing crossing, which would allow traffic to continue using the link."

via DarJoLe on skyscrapercity.com January 29th, 2010


Old London Bridge

Old London Bridge ( Artist; Peter Jackson) 1209-1831.
4 Bridges of the City

 Old London Bridge in 1745 (1846)

Joseph Josiah Dodd "Old London Bridge in 1745 (1846)"


An Engraving of the old London Bridge with many multi-storied buildings crowded all along it.  It is shown over the River and the town of London is shown in the distance.

[Images: An image of "new houses" built across the river, followed by a spectacular image, by Peter Jackson, of the Old London Bridge itself].
– with the former example surely having been at least a subtle influence on the design of Constant's New Babylon –

[Images: Constant's New Babylon – not the same as this New Babylon, of course... though that would be interesting].

Old London  Bridge - Only  for Poets

a model in the London Museum
Old London Bridge around 1660
Old London Bridge
The Chapel of St. Thomas
The Drawbridge Gate
Stone Gate House
Old London Bridge
Houses on Old London Bridge
Water Mills
Old London Bridge

Joseph Josiah Dodd - Old London Bridge

Old London Bridge (Original)


Google Android-Controlled LED Light Bulb


Today Google flipped the switch on a remarkable new LED bulb that can be controlled by any Android device using the company’s new open-source wireless networking protocol. The search giant worked with Lighting Science Group to develop the omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent bulb, which can be dimmed or brightened on the fly by an Android-equipped smart phone, tablet, or laptop. The smart bulb is the perfect test bed for Google’s new protocol, which stands to open the door to a new wave of energy-efficient home systems."

via Google Unveils Brilliant Android-Controlled LED Light Bulb


Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol: "

Mini Conrete Block Towers 4 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Celebrating the city can be an inspirational gift from artists. Berlin based street artist EVOL took a chance and transformed small architectural elements of the city into mini concrete-like block towers. Electric boxes, small planters, garbage cans, concrete chairs and other infrastructure elements received an urban makeover that reminds us of soviet-style concrete buildings. By exposing the past of architecture, the artist tried a simple method of awareness and managed to reach a large number of people with his art. Printed as a recurring pattern of small windows, the art covering some city elements has a few mini inhabitants that break the self-imposed rules of boring repetition. The prints were cut and pasted throughout European cities, creating islands of the past that stand out in the streets. Inhabitat discovered the artist we present today and his works will be kept in our memories, although they do not last for long on the streets, being tear down by patrolling policemen.

Mini Conrete Block Towers 2 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Mini Conrete Block Towers 3 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Mini Conrete Block Towers 6 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Mini Conrete Block Towers Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Mini Conrete Block Towers 5 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol

Mini Conrete Block Towers 7 Urban Reminders: Mini Concrete Block Towers by Evol"


The Rainbow Mille-Feuille Bank

"ProgramSugamo Shinkin Bank Branch
ArchitectureEmmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design
Interior Design/Logo Design : Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design
Location: 1-17-15 Azusawa Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 174-0051 JAPAN
Structure: Steel Structure
Site Area: 762.53 square meters
Floor Area: 699.67 square meters (GF/329.10m2   1F/312.56m2   2F/58.00 m2)
Design Period: January 2010 - June 2010
Construction Period: July 2010 - February 2011
Opening: March 18, 2011
Photography : Nacasa & Partners Inc."

"Tokyo based studio Emmanuelle Moureaux architecture + design spices up Sugamo Shinkin Bank by adding layers of color to the serious and dull bank environment thus making it friendlier, colorful and playful."
via The Rainbow Mille-Feuille Bank: yatzer.com

Ari Saarto’s IN SITU

Desire for a Home: "

The homeless have a human desire to create something that is home even if to others it is not much. Designer Ari Saarto’s IN SITU highlights the makeshift structures and shelters they create. These habitats remind us how distraught life can be and display the need to have a place called home no matter how simple it is.


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