The French are known for many brands, some of which are very traditional. Go tell a Frenchman that you must change the label on the bottle of Bordeaux wine that he prefers for many years: I wish you good luck!
This is why we must welcome the initiative of the person who decided to completely change the bottle of wine to make it a product that is used for serving wine but also for decanting.
He could have kept the outside appearance of the bottle. But no. The result is surprising.
But do not worry: the French are more modern than you think. Look at their new President of the Republic!
Again, the Nordic peoples, and especially the Swedes, amaze us. We knew they enjoy bathing in cold waters in the middle of winter. We also knew that they love saunas. The rest of the story is logical.
They decided to build on the snow a kind of golden egg that contains … a sauna!
And not just any sauna. A sauna that contains a wood stove, wood in reserve and an internal wooden lining as in a classic sauna.
The copper pans are there to create a moist, and traditional wooden benches. Magnificent !
I like to look at what is best in the world because you can see things that are so different from one country to another.
This is the case here with this academy for young women in India.
It shows the subtle mix of bamboo and concrete.
As it can get very hot, an ingenious system of fans and spaces without walls allows a permanent aeration.
And the decoration of the classrooms was thought to make teaching enjoyable.
To anyone who believes that the Apple company, you know, the company that sells smartphones and a whole lot of things you have on your wrist or in your suitcase, well, that the Apple company is going bad, I advise you to Read the rest of this article, and you will probably get another opinion.
Imagine a store to sell all these things. But not anywhere, in Dubai.
For the image of society, it was necessary to build a store with innovations. And this is what has been done with “solar wings”.
Thus, daylight can enter the store and when it gets too intense, a system can restrict that light.
The pyramids are not only in Egypt. Of course, there are also in South and Central America.
But it also exists in France and particularly in Paris. More precisely a pyramid. You do not believe me, even if I tell you that this pyramid is located in the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world, and that this pyramid is made of glass and steel?
That is the case. And even that the designer, a 100 year old architect, just won the AIA 25 Year Award.
At the origin of this project, the French were against, as was the project of the Georges Pompidou museum. But if you question the French today, they are almost all delighted with these constructions.
If you are like me, you like to look at the pictures of an article before reading it. And this is where things get complicated because we do not know what we see.
Is it a house? A fishing pontoon? An old restored cabana?
None of this, it is simply a boathouse. Attention, not a simple boathouse because we see the work of an architect.
When you are inside, you can see a sofa with some decorations and you can imagine having coffee while your friend is going on a boat trip.
Very nice but to use only when the weather is nice as if there are a few clouds and a cold wind, drafts can make the place very uncomfortable.
So I have to say that I do not understand anything. I knew the houses with a roof to be protected from the rain, the sun and the wind. I knew the apartments, collective dwelling to protect themselves from the same things. I knew tents, a kind of nomadic dwelling that protects weakly from rain, sun and wind but light enough to be transported.
But I did not know the tents that protect themselves from the rain, the sun and the wind like the houses. In this case, why not build tiny houses directly?
Yet this is the project presented here. The advantage of this structure is to build a common platform.
For those who have never seen sequoias, the rest of this article will seem strange.
When you approach a sequoia forest, you get the impression that everything is normal. And as we get closer, we see that things are weird. And once inside, surprise: Suddenly, one has the impression to have become a dwarf in the land of giants.
It is at this moment that one can understand this project of making dwellings inside the trunks of trees.
Of course, the internal structure will be strengthened and a base will be buried. And openings will be made in the trunk.
When one walks on the beaches to the west of Europe, one sees these old reinforced concrete bunkers of the Second World War rusting. Sometimes, due to erosion, these bunkers end up falling on the beach, making the joy of children who dream of adventure.
We do not imagine at all that there are plans to make modern bunkers that are able to withstand … a nuclear war!
And yet, there are many projects that go in this direction.
The project presented here would make us doubt: indeed, beyond the function of this bunker to resist a nuclear weapon, one would want to live in this dwelling. On the other hand, we must not be claustrophobic!
Make a drawing with paper and a pencil, easy! But it is the pencil that makes the drawing on paper, not the opposite.
So, how about drawing a scalpel? More difficult, is not it? This is the case of this artist here who happens to make extremely accurate drawings with only a scalpel and paper.
Look at the work accomplished here with these three examples and see the link below to learn more.
You may have wanted to fly in the air one day. But apart from having wings, it’s not possible.
When you swim underwater, you can have that sensation. Just dive the head first and move his body in all directions. It’s relaxing but do not forget to take your breath from time to time.
Here, the sensation is even more extraordinary. The pool presented here is 500 feet high!
You dive into the pool, you open your eyes, and you see the street 500 feet below. Terrifying, and at the same time an unforgettable sensation!
Architects have an java-scripting imagination. Give them some wood, paper, or concrete, and they will design an original dwelling that no one has seen yet.
This is still the case here. Containers that contain goods and are transported around the world on boats are quite ugly. No one would imagine making it a dwelling. Nobody, except the Chinese …
By rethinking the containers and creating openings, they managed to make a rather aesthetic dwelling. Of course, accessories are also important but the result is worth it.
The article does not say how much the land cost …
What do you think about the homeless situation? Having a place of your own or one can sleep and feel protected should be an obligation. Not having a place is a source of insecurity.
But you know, we often talk about tiny houses here. These are very small houses with all the comfort and, for some of them, a very cheap price.
That is why we must welcome this initiative from the city of Portland, Oregon. These homes should have a living space of 200 square feet and have water and electricity and a kitchenette.
More than 1000 people have expressed interest. There is no mention of the purchase price or the rent, but it can be thought that it will not be expensive.
Architects often have a problem with nature. First because their achievements are often from concrete. And concrete is anything but natural.
Then, because the architect’s work is originally a means for man to protect himself from hostile nature.
So, if we have to use materials like glass and steel, we are far from seeking harmony with nature.
Except that there, an exception is always possible. First, with a construction built into nature. Then, because water and space are present everywhere.
Pollution is an international scourge. Every day, we are told of studies that highlight the harmful effects of pollution on our health.
In all major cities, we are facing this problem to varying degrees. First, because there are more and more people living in cities. And also because the world population is growing, at least 7 billion people.
That is why we must welcome the initiatives of several large cities to combat pollution, such as eliminating diesel, making the pedestrian centers or changing the means of transport? And one day, perhaps, the cities will again become like in the country.
What is the great class? You think it is about wearing a Louis Vuitton handbag? A Rolex watch and a Hermes scarf?
I have better than that: imagine the world’s most herald, so expensive that it has no price. Yes, you understand, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa in person on a Louis Vuitton handbag.
Do you think this is not possible? Well so. You can also find the painter Rubens, or Fragonard, or Titian.
And if you cross a person on the street who wears a handbag with these painters, tell yourself that you have an extraordinary chance. Because I suppose that these handbags will not often go outdoors …
Do you know Le corbusier? He is a Swiss French architect by birth and naturalized French in 1930. He was born on 6 October 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and died on 27 August 1965.
Le Corbusier’s architectural work, comprising 17 sites (10 in France and the rest on three continents), is a UNESCO World Heritage site on 17 July 2016.
We present here some works of Le Corbusier in the city of Chandigarh, India.
It is in these photographs that we can see all the genius of this man who was also an urbanist, a decorator, a painter, a sculptor and a man of letters.
Imagine a hotel perched in the trees. Until then, nothing extraordinary. Well, not extraordinary. It is already something unusual, even if we see more and more similar projects.
But imagine a photographer who decides to take photographs at sunrise, at the moment when the sky takes rosy colors.
And there you get games of light and shade that makes the place magical. The hotel is mixed with the rosy colors, the sky, but the interior is very bright.
Try this place, wake up just before sunrise, and live a real moment of happiness.
One of the major constraints of American cities is the difficulty of communicating with one another. Of course, there are telephone, videoconferences and all these kinds of technology. But when it comes to moving from one city to another, it’s another matter.
The solution that has been found so far is the airplane. Indeed, traveling by plane makes it possible to move quickly from one point to another, but it is a little expensive, and not suitable for small trips.
The real solution is the train. But not just any one. This is Hyperloop. The idea is to connect 35 American cities, or 83 million Americans.
Some say it will not be possible, or too expensive. But those same people said that we would not be able to connect everyone with smartphones …
People are tired of concrete buildings. It must not be forgotten that humans lived in caves or in nature 10,000 years ago. And that this need to be in contact with nature is very strong.
It is for this reason that many architects try to reinvent urbanism by incorporating plants and animals.
Look at this magnificent building realized in Italy in 2012. It was designed to incorporate plants but aissu, more difficult, trees. Huge flower pots were needed for the important roots of the trees. The result is very beautiful. But it would also have had to change the appearance of the street (garbage cans, cars …).