04 July, 2010

Garden Museum by Dow Jones Architects

Garden Museum is hosted in the former St. Mary’s church, located at Lambeth Palace Road in London. In October 2007 London based Dow Jones Architects won the competition for the design of a new interior.

The project consist of a two-storey passage, that the architects called the Belvedere. The construction wraps around the aisles of the historic interior and houses both the temporary gallery at the ground floor and the permanent collection at the second level.

Very interesting aspect of the design is the environmentally friendly, carbon-negative material called Euban. Pre-fabricated structural timber panels are also very quick to build with. And what is more, note how the texture and colour of unfinished timber compliments the existing limestone walls.





















photos via: arch daily

02 July, 2010

Design: sacrum vs profanum

Playing with religious symbols can be a dangerous ting, maybe this is the reason why designers like it so much. Exploring the border between sacrum and profanum, clashing the opposites, the blessed and the cursed. Sometimes humorous, sometimes asking to be considered a blasphemy. And sometimes - achieving a very surprising, meaningful effect.


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Bless You lamp by Dima Loginoff, 2009



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Saint chair by Sebastian Errazuriz



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Jesus Lamp by Ricardo Garza Marcos



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Cross brush by Fredrikson Stallard



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Doll with sacred heart by Nika Zupanc, 2005



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Cross sofa by Richard Hutten, 1994



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The radio by Kosmos Project



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Spieces by Yaroslav Rassadin