The Great Indoors Awards 2009 Honors Interior Projects in Sweden, Korea, USA and The Netherlands

from Bustler.net News by Vanilla Hustler

Last weekend, the international jury of ‘The Great Indoors’ awarded five interior design projects during a festive ceremony in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The Great Indoors is an international, biennial award rewarding the best public interior designs in various categories every two years. By awarding prizes and hosting lectures and workshops, The Great Indoors hopes to promote a discussion on the growing importance of the interior throughout the world.

The international jury had the difficult task to first select 25 nominees out of 380 entries. These were submitted, from more than 40 countries. They competed in 5 different categories.

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Winner in the Category ‘Relax and Consume’: Beijing Noodle No. 9 Las Vegas by Design Spirits

In the category ‘Design Firm of the Year’ it was an agency from Sweden that took the lead. Guise is one of those young firms that is able to combine a distinctive approach with a modest budget in its projects. The jury was pleased with the firm’s clear design methodology and graphic aesthetic, seeing in its ‘light touch’ strategy an alternative for the ‘total make-over’ of these last years.

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Winner in the Category ‘Show & Sell’: Prada Transformer by Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Design talent is becoming a strong export product of Japan, as shown by the Japanese firm Design Spirits with their prize for Beijing Noodle No. 9 in Las Vegas. They are the winners in the second category ‘Relax and Consume’. Design Spirits succeeded in designing a restaurant with a surprising balance between kitsch and abstraction, and did it in such an entertaining way that it also appealed to the public at large.

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Winner in the Category ‘Serve & Facilitate’: Library for the University of Amsterdam by Bureau Ira Koers and Studio Roelof Mulder

In the third category ‘Show & Sell’, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, with design architect Alexander Reichert, won with Prada Transformer. For the jury this project represents a past, as well as a possible future. With references to Russian Constructivism this design implicitly criticizes the blob-architecture of recent years and uses radical strategies to rephrase our present questions with regard to representation.

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Winner in the Category ‘Concentrate & Collaborate’: Recycled Office for Gummo by i29 Interior Architects

In the category ‘Serve & Facilitate’, Bureau Ira Koers and Studio Roelof Mulder are the winners with their project: Library for the University of Amsterdam. This entry is the result of a co-authorship between an architect and a graphic designer. In this case the jury fell for the delicate balance between temporality, functionality and expression.

i29 Interior Architects wins with their Recycled Office for Gummo in the category ‘Concentrate & Collaborate’. A design for a temporary office that serves our current wishes for sustainability, with a convincing aesthetic built from recycled material.

Railway Track Creates Unexpected Habitat for Rhinos

from Green Options by Rhishja Larson

Greater one-horned rhino image for article about unexpected habitat created by Bagha-Chitauni rail link

India’s Bagha-Chitauni rail link has unexpectedly created a swampy new home for a family of rhinos.

Although in the 1990’s, Bihar forest officials fought – and lost – a legal battle to stop the railway track relaying project, today they couldn’t be happier: The obstruction has created 1,000 hectares of swampy rhino habitat.

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UNEP Launches Assessment of Oil-Contaminated Sites in the Niger Delta

from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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International experts will conduct field-based assessments in over 300 sites to identify the impacts of oil on land, water, agriculture, fisheries and air – as well as the indirect effects on biodiversity and human health.

MAD architects: urban forest

from Designboom – Weblog


urban forest, chongqing, china
all images courtesy of MAD architects

MAD architects has sent us images of a new project, urban forest, located in chongqing, china.
drawing on the mountainous landscape of the country, the commercial high-rise building,
is made up of curved, abstracted shaped floors which have been layered slightly off-center
from one another. connected by a core cylindrical structure, each level’s interior is
protected by full length glass windows with a see-through, wrap around balcony.
this provides transparency throughout the building, and makes the floors almost seem as if
they are floating on top of one another. the overall design brings together nature and the
urban metropolis, with the incorporation of green space and large expansive views of the city.


urban forest, concept and night view


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amongst the city skyline

Largest Working Hydro-Electric Wave Energy Device in the World Launched

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan


The largest working hydro-electric wave energy device was launched by Queen’s University Belfast, Aquamarine Power Ltd. and the Scottish government recently, bringing the global wave energy industry one major move forward.

The device is called Oyster. It is the only hydro-electric wave energy device producing power in the world, according to Queens University Belfast.

How does it work?

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henderson waves by RSP architects planners and engineers, IJP corporation

from Designboom – Weblog


henderson bridge in singapore
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henderson waves, jointly designed by RSP architects planners & engineers and
IJP corporation, is singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge and was awarded this year’s
design of the year for the president’s design award at the singapore design week 09.
standing at 36 meters above the ground, in an iconic, sculptural leap spanning across
singapore’s henderson road.

based on the principle of parametric design, this new visual symbol has attracted the
community to its walkways and shelters. its three-dimensional surface integrates
structure and form in a unique wave that undulates dramatically over and under
the bridge deck and creating sheltered seating areas inside every upward curve.

with the sensitive use of natural organic shapes and materials such as wood and steel,
this structure helps unite the city’s southern ridges, which are comprised of a nine-kilometer
chain of green open spaces spanning the rolling hills of mount faber park, telok blangah hill
park and kent ridge park before ending at west coast park.


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bridge at nighttime

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