Articles posted by Marc

Phenomenology: Steven Holl’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Phenomenology is a more genuine approach to architecture. It is an architecture that is experienced through our senses and becomes more immersive. Here in Steven Holl’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art he uses light as another building material that changes your experience between night and day. During the day he mixes different light sources captured from multiple directions and mixes them to generate the perfect lighting for the work on display. At night the museum radiates light from with-in and illuminates the landscape. The project was an addition to an existing building and is composed of five connected structures that move down the slope of the landscape on the right of side of the existing conditions. Holl does an excellent job of considering the artists work with both how he blends natural light and also how he collaborates with the sculpture piece in the front to allow for natural light to flow down into the parking garage underground. Holl has a good understanding of what architecture should be and how it should be built to fit the needs of the program and still focus on human interaction.


Wohn- und Geschäftshaus Tiroler Goldschmid

This is Wohn- und Geschäftshaus Tiroler Goldschmid by Höller & Klotzner in Schenna, Italy. It is group of a residential and commercial buildings. The second photo shows the context of the site and how the two different types of architecture contrast each other in a rather pleasing way. The cube-like commercial building appears to be floating on top of the large heavy base due to the long windows underneath it. The base on which it rests acts as a platform for both buildings and boutique shops at street level. This is an interesting composition that has a lot of richness to be observed and studied.

Art & Design: Afangar

Afangar exhibits all of the design themes in some capacity. Activation of ground is activated by both contrasting orientation of the elements and the uniformity of the material. The landscape is vast and barren. The pillars act as contrasting, tall, vertical elements that interrupt the enormous horizontally of the space. The Pillars however, possess a sense of belonging, because of their material. They are made out of quarried basalt stone similar to that of the island in which they stand.

This leads to both site contextuality and scale and proportion of the landscape and nature. This instillation has a strong sense of proportional isolation. The island, where the site is located, is isolated from the main land and civilization in a way. Although it is a tourist site not many people regularly visit the island making the island remain in its undisturbed state. The idea of isolation also exists on a smaller scale between each of the nine groups of two. The groups are arranged based on the topography of the land and creates separation of each set from another and also determines the distance between each of the pillars. It creates a tension of longing to not be alone in some of the further apart examples.

The role of movement in spatial experience is a tricky one because the way it is used by Serra is not used in a way that the piece is in motion or has an implied movement but it encourages the viewer to walk around to seek out different arrangements of the pillars and views framed by each set. Serra himself has created a series of twenty-nine or so prints based on this very experience. Afangar doesn’t have much of a sense, or really any sense of enclosure but there is something to be said about occupation. The pillars are occupying such a small portion of the vast wasteland, which strengthens the sense of isolation by allowing the landscape to dwarf the fairly large pillars.

Serra’s use of material and tectonic strategy is an important theme here. It is what makes this instillation so striking. The use of basalt stone gives the pillars a sense of belonging but their tectonic eludes the fact they are not a natural occurrence and were placed there. Finally, the theme that absolutely cannot be overlooked is the module used in Afangar. Each set of the pillars has one that is three meters and one that is four meter. They are both embedded in the ground until they are level with each other and each set is arranged in this fashion. This creates a connection between them that strengthens the pair.

Art & Design: Diving Helmet

To me this is exactly what we have been seeing in video games and futuristic movies. It’s a helmet used for diving that allows the diver to see everything in a panoramic view, has a flash light, and a identifies all types of aquatic life. Recently I had a discussion with a friend about technology similar to this. In many video games, when you play online with a team, if u look around for your team mates their call sign or gamertag appears so you know who is around you and roughly how far they are from you. I was saying how it would be a good idea to have goggles that had this technology so you can see where everyone is when driving at night for instance. My friend and I were driving home from a car meet when the conversation came up and we were having a hard time seeing who was with us. I think if they could get this technology to work similar things like my idea could work as well.


Art & Design- Archipod

The London based Archipod is a brilliant idea, finally a place to run to get your work done at home. No more sheds, basements, or cluttered rooms down the hall. Now you have a quiet place out in your backyard you can go to get away from all the noise and distractions. Each pod is 3 meters in diameter and equipped with a semi-circle desk, electrical heater, window, smoke alarm, and data ports. Everything you need to get your work done comfortably and quickly. 


Art & Design: Skull


This skull made of recycled skateboard decks is exactly what I have wanted to see for quiet some time. Being a pretty avid skater and long boarder I have been trying to figure out a way to use them in my art. It appears someone has beaten me to it and has done a very good job. I am amazed on how well they were an able to use the contours of the desk to create the shape of the skull. Using a variety of shape and color they were able to create a great sense of rhythm that make this piece so interesting to look at.


Art & Design: Mypressittwist


Finally we don’t have to depend on Starbucks, we can make espresso when ever we want and where ever we want. The new Mypressitwist allows you carry and prepare espresso in just 30 seconds. You can use both fresh beans or the pod from they have recently flooded the market with. All you need is a little bit of hot water and you are ready to go. I feel that the design is brilliant because it is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The small size makes it easy to carry with you and the small stand under the bowl part allows you to set it up in seconds.

Art & Design: Connect The Dots

This is pretty straight forward. I find the idea to be so clever and almost obvious at the same time. As children we are exposed to the connect the dots puzzle what feels like a million times and now someone has found a good use for them, you know other than keeping your child quiet. I can imagine that it was not too painful to have done and maybe won’t have that really wish I didn’t do that factor down the road because, it will only make people smile when they see it.