A Microcosm for Architecture: From Factory to Home

This is an incredible story of a magnificent home that lies north west of Barcelona, Spain’s cultural and artistic capital.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Draped in lush vegetation and offering an abundance of open spaces, this building is impressive not only in size but also in style. It’s features are so unusual for a family home and it is almost unthinkable how such a grand project came about.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

However this was not always a scene of domestic bliss and creative outlet. This towering building once housed the industry that produces the material we use to create most modern structures – cement.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

This is a story of a visionary architect, Ricardo Bofill, who saw the potential for something beautiful to be created from an old dilapidated factory. The result shows the success of his hard work and the realisation of his dream, to create his dream home from an edifice long forgotten and diregarded.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Here is a video about the former cement factory that has become an incredible living space. Expansive ceilings and crawling green plants, make this restored factory building an architectural masterpiece with a great deal of charm.


 
More information and photos found here on yatzer.com.

Calling all young entrepreneurs!

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The DO School is offering a unique one-year program for emerging social entrepreneurs that will provide training, mentoring and empowerment to young entrepreneurs to help them start their own ventures. Selected Fellows will receive a full scholarship covering the tuition fee for the year.
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The DO School invites applications from motivated individuals from around the world to participate in the DO School Sustainable Cup Challenge. Applications are now open to young people aged between 21 and 28 and will close on September 15th 2013. Successful applicants will show exceptional motivation to contribute to solving the Challenge and will be encouraged and supported to develop their own social venture and in the areas of eg. sustainable product design, campaigning and branding, environmental activism, recycling and waste management.

The DO School Fellow Group

The DO School Fellow Group

The programme will run from February to May 2013 and the selected Fellows will spend the first 10 weeks of this one-year program on the DO School pop-up campus in New York City! The following 10 months will be spent in their home countries implementing their own ventures.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: The Tyred Chair, Cape Town – South Africa

A combination of Roy Lichtenstein, South African slang and upcycled design. Yameng Li has reimagined a simple recycling idea into a work of art, by painting this unique tyre chair in collboration with Tyred, at the Design Indaba Conference 2010 in Cape Town.

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Mosaic Bench, Tata Beach – New Zealand

Mosaic Bench on Tata Beach near the Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay northern New Zealand.

Mosaic Bench on Tata Beach near the Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay northern New Zealand.

Mosaic Bench

Mosaic Bench

Supercyclers – Sustainability and Aesthetics

Supercyclers are an ever-growing international collection of designers focused on building a sustainable future into the products they create, transforming perceptions of waste materials and the way we use things in the process.

Supercyclers at No.19 Greek Street

We met Sarah K, one of the supercyclers, at No. 19 Greek Street during the 2012 London Design Festival and she showed us around the top floor of the building.

Unexpended Polystyrene Box | Mark Vaarwerk © Supercyclers | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Unexpended Polystyrene Box | Mark Vaarwerk © Supercyclers | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Sarah told us that the aim of the collective is to create beautiful objects while remaining as sustainable as possible, without letting this affect the quality or the aesthetic of their creations i.e. “recycling materials without looking like recycling“.

Framed NewspaperWood | Vij5 + Breg Hanssen © Supercyclers | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

The cabinet made from ‘NewspaperWood’ by supercyclers Vij5 and Breg Hanssen was particularly remarkable as it resembled both the look and feel of wood and is a perfectly functional recycled building material. Supercyclers encourages the collaboration of different designers, revolving around the idea of taking an object and transforming it into something new. Artists will use materials in a certain way while sticking to a sustainable theme.

Cut Out Template Lampshade: The print is downloadable from the internet for a small fee and the lampshade is folded and pieced together according to the instructions.

Quilt Light | Tamara Maynes | © Supercyclers Courtesy of 19 Greek Street. The template is downloadable here and the lampshade is folded and pieced together according to the instructions.

The wide theme allows for a lot of experimentation and both traditional and modern ideas are encouraged. Designs such as the juice maker encourage a more sustainable lifestyle in going back to basics, while other new/contemporary ideas may lead towards a more futuristic approach.

Juice Maker

Stir It | Postfossil | © Supercyclers Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Sarah along with Lianne Rossler came up with a unique way of reusing plastic disposable straws. The concept is ideal for a long dinner table. The straws are filled with water, which doesn’t leak out due it is long and narrow structure and thin stems can be placed inside acting as a horizontal vase. The simple design is easy to recreate and were featured in Green Magazine Australia as a great way to reuse materials that would normally end up in the bin. In the United States alone 500 million plastic straws are thrown away daily and are not recycled.

 Horizontal Vases

Yours to Care For | Sarah K + Liane Rossler | © Supercyclers Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Sarah and Lianne were also inspired by the idea of foraging while searching for plants to place into their individual vases, when they both realised they were now looking at the foliage in their neighbourhood differently. By making holes in the straw they were also able to combine different leaves with one another creating hybrid plants.

Plastic Fantastic

Plastic Fantastic | Sarah K + Liane Rossler | © Supercyclers Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

The projects developed by supercyclers are intended to inspire and encourage creative processes among the public and in the design world. The ideas presented by the supercyclers are both things you could make at home or objects that are aimed to provoke design and development in a certain area rather than being intended for practical use – such as the Plastic Fantastic series. Many projects carry a philosophy or a specific method behind the work but all of them are united by the common theme.

Kite Stool | Blakebrough + King | ©SupercyclersCourtesy of 19 Greek Street

Kite Stool | Blakebrough + King | ©Supercyclers
Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Restore Your Childhood: Recycled Toy Sculptures

If you were wondering what to do with all your old toys why not use them to create art. This is what Robert Bradford did when he came across a box of his children’s old toys. Rather than discarding the collection of tiny plastic figures he used them to assemble colourful sculptures.

Terrier toy sculpture

These have since been exhibited in numerous cities all around the world.

Rhino toy sculpture

Most of his sculptures are of dogs, but he has also sculpted rhinos, ostriches, camels and fairies.

Sniff toy dog sculpture

Bradford has shown the wide range of different styles available when using recycled materials.

Ostrich toy sculpture

Recycling can be the source of inspiration as well as comprising the materials for the art work.

Dachshund toy sculpture

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Colourful Hemp Chairs, London

Hemp Chairs by © Studio Aisslinger in Soho, London. Courtesy of 19 Greek Street.

Studio Aisslinger is based in Berlin and was founded by the German designer Werner Aisslinger. His works cover the spectrum of experimental, artistic approaches, including industrial design and architecture.

He seeks to use the latest technology in creating his designs and has helped introduce new materials and techniques to the world of product design. The stackable monobloc hemp chairs are made from hemp and kenaf, which are both renewable materials and have been designed for a lightweight eco friendly manufacturing process.