Monday, 31 January 2011

Zaha Hadid

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion

Home House Club

Monsoon Restaurant

Maxxi: Museum of XXI Century Arts

Inspirational Material

Polished Concrete

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Sink Designs

Photocatalytic Paint

The brilliant white concrete of the new Jubilee Church in Rome is expected to stay clean for the ages thanks to a photocatalytic additive to the concrete.

The very fine titanium dioxide particles contained in photocatalytic paint, upon exposure to ultraviolet light, reacts with moisture in the air to produce a highly-oxidative environment. This highly-oxidative characteristic means the paint has the following properties:

Pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide are reduced to harmless compounds.
Soils are disassociated and easily washed away with water.
Noxious gases are broken down.
Bacteria and viruses are inactivated.

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Shadow Play - Models

This was my first model, here I took inspirations from the way that the F1 cars are designed and the way the turbulent air moves over and around the car as is cuts through the wind. I don't think that this is one of my more successful models, as even though it has been constructed well and creates some interesting shadows I don't feel that the model itself is very dynamic in design.

In this second model I decided to experience with wire and mesh as well as card and paper. I wanted to capture the way the drivers feel whilst in the cockpit in this model the way the adrenaline rushes through their body and heart beats race. Again however I don't feel that this model was very successful, it was poorly constructed and due to the wire being so thin it didn't cast very good shadows.

For the model below I took inspiration from the way the air flows over and around the cars as they race around the track. This model gave some really interesting shapes and also reminded me of the race circuits themselves.

I then slightly adapted this model, instead of allowing the viewer to walk in a straight line from point A-B I added more curves to the design and crossing over the pieces of card or "paths" making the viewer spend more time within the space. In turn allowing them to take in the environment and pause for thought.

After looking through some photos as a source of inspiration I decided to try to create a model that reflects the way the environment rushes past the car as it moves around the track, you can often see this on still shot images of the cars in motion. Although a very simple model it created some really nice and long shadows.
 The model below combines features of my most successful previous models.

Monday, 24 January 2011

McLaren Technology Centre

The McLaren Technology Centre is the corporate and production headquarters for the McLaren Group. This state of the art centre, designed by renowned architect Lord Foster, has brought together all of the Group's activities under one roof.
Just like the Formula 1 cars that are produced in the building, the McLaren Technology Centre is a fabulous piece of machinery.

This striking analogy comes from Colin Gold, the interior design expert who was brought in to add the all-important finishing touches to the inside of a high-tech building that is intended to inspire all those who work there as well as to impress those who visit.

Monday, 3 January 2011

The Twyford VIP

The Twyford VIP

This innovative WC design combines ergonomics and technology with wellbeing. The ceramic bowl moves, in an arc, up and down to provide a range of positions to accommodate many ages, cultures and preferences. It's our vision of the future of toilets and as a concept will be developed further.
Movement of the bowl is by voice recognition or via the pre-programmed wall plaque. Flushing, which is activated by an infrared sensor, operates on a vacuum system, this reduces the volume of water required to an environment friendly 2 litres.

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Luxury Italian Style Bathroom Taps

Designer Massilimiliano Settimelli