March 23, 2014

25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

hotel1Located right in the heart of Berlin’s City West district within the Bikini-Haus building, the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin brings a unique mix of zoo and urban jungle together thanks to its prime location right beside the Berlin Zoo. With half of the rooms overlooking the ape and elephant areas of the zoo and the other half looking out over the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, it’s no surprise that the interior is just as diverse as its views, thanks to Berlin-based designer Werner Aisslinger.

With plenty of places to work and play within the hotel, you may never want to leave.


Luckily, there’s a place for you to do just about anything you want, like in the Lounge, the Work Lab, and the Newscorner, to help you escape the busy city. The hotel even houses its own bakery serving simple eats all day. The smell of fresh-baked bread fills the entire building. One of the restaurants, NENI Berlin, serves a varied menu of international flavors and part of the dining room is located within a greenhouse.

The hotel has 149 rooms on the fourth to ninth floors. If you want a big city view, you should book an Urban room. If you’re looking to peep the animals at the zoo, you should go for a Jungle room. At only $110 a night, you can sleep in style during your next stop in Berlin!


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Source: design-milk

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March 22, 2014

Life-Sized Origami Elephant

He’s done it! Professional origami artist Sipho Mabona has created a massive, life-sized elephant with just one sheet of paper. His most ambitious work to date, the elephant took Mabona and a team of over a dozen people four weeks to complete. Standing just over 10 feet tall, the work is now on display in the museum of KKLB in Beromunster, Switzerland.


Mabona finance the project through Internet-crowdfunding site Idiegogo, where he raised over $26,000 from 631 funders. A webcam was installed that allowed people to watch the massive elephant take shape. The artist ran into some major challenges like figuring out how to spread a huge sheet of paper, measuring 50 by 50 feet, in a hall to transform the sheet of paper into the body of an elephant. Also, there were moments during the folding process when he had to get the help of up to ten people to lift and fold the paper.


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Source: My Modern Met

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March 21, 2014

Context Volume 1: The San Diego Library: Celebrating Civic Courage


April 29th, 2014 join the San Diego Architectural Foundation for the first forum of an ongoing series titled Context, “Celebrating Civic Courage.” Hosted by Darlene Shiley, this thought-provoking examination with Dr. Irwin Jacobs and Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, will discuss the extraordinary public and private efforts that brought the new San Diego Central Library to realization.

The event will commence at 6pm and run until approximately 9:30pm. Tickets go on sale to the public March 25th, 2014.


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Source: San Diego Architectural Foundation

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March 20, 2014

Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Summer Olympic Stadium for Japan


The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan and ever since the city won the bid to host the Games, it has been looking for venues to hold the historic games in. One confirmed arena is The National Stadium of Japan by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The stadium, which has been chosen for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, is also the possible home to the 2020 opening ceremony.

Hadid’s firm won a competition back in 2012 to redesign the dated Kasumigaoka National Stadium that was the venue of the 1964 Olympics. After the renovations are complete, it will be able to accommodate 80,000 people and it will feature adjustable seating sections to allow for spectators to get even closer to the action.

The building’s roof is designed to allow for retractability for added air ventilation and it would play a big part in the events’ opening and closing ceremonies.


Chairman of the competitions selection panel Tadao Ando says, “‘The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world. I believe this stadium will become a shrine for world sport for the next 100 years.” As of now the building is set to open in 2018, or just in time for the Rugby World Cup.


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March 18, 2014

Spring Thing

Hold It Home Contemporary is excited to sponsor the upcoming Spring Thing event at theMuseum of Contemporary Art–San Diego.

Spring is the new summer. Summer Solstice is moving to the spring! Join us for the inaugural launch of The Spring Thing, hosted by our Avant Garde group.


This year’s theme is pool pARTy, inspired by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s Untitled (Series #3). This installation presents an array of white porcelain bowls floating in small pools, delicately chiming as they drift across the swirling waters. Jennifer Nelson, Beatriz Zayas, and Tom Lien will serve as co-chairs for the event and will be joined by a host committee comprised of San Diego’s most creative architects, chefs, and local talents.

Witness the downtown location transformed into an underwater odyssey. Enter through a tropical cabana, dine on traditional BBQ with a twist designed by local chef Andrew Spurgin™, and prepare for an underwater dance club experience featuring DJ Man-Cat.

Hold It will be auctioning a living room set featuring a custom Allison sofa, Surya Fargo rug, Kryp tables and Tetra floor lamp during the event. Tickets are available here. The event runs Friday, March 22nd, 2014. Dinner begins at 6pm with the afer-party to follow at 8pm.


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March 17, 2014



Iconic works from artists including Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Salvador Dali and more are reinterpreted as cross-sectional drawings of buildings in this series from Italian architect and illustrator FedericoBabina. The collection of 27 images, entitled Archist, playfully interprets the styles and themes of some of the world’s greatest artists and imagines them as architectural forms. Babina explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and art, and how they would interact with each other. Babina explains, “Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other. The definition and function of architecture is changing constantly with the development of contemporary art. A sculpture is like a micro-architecture, a facade can become like a painted canvas and a building can be shaped as in the hands of a skilled sculptor.” What intriguing subject matter to study, and what cool illustrations that result!

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March 16, 2014

Upcycle House


An experimental project, Upcycle House by Lendager Arkitekter, in Nyborg, Denmark, aims for extreme carbon emission reduction by building a single family home from converted post-consumer waste, recycled and upcycled into primary construction materials.

The house is structurally founded on two shipping containers, with room and façade in cladding from aluminum soda cans. It also includes post-consumer recycled granulated paper panels, OSB panels from recycled, chipped wood, and a kitchen floor made from champagne corks. The final product is a stunning 86% reduction of carbon emissions compared to a benchmark conventional home.

Going beyond just the construction materials of the house, passive energy efficiency is achieved through orientation of the structure, and optimization for temperature zones, natural light and ventilation. The only thing missing is some clean white furniture to finish of this unique and beautiful home.



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Source: ArchDaily

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March 15, 2014


“We think building materials is one of the most exciting design opportunities out there right now, we’re here to explore an area where design values hasn’t been present before,” says the founding partners of BAUX. This

BAUXwonderful, ecofriendly, new product is a collection of sound absorbing wall panels made of cement, wood, wool, and water that come in geometrical shapes to create remarkable patterns on your walls.  They can be combined, in interesting ways, to create remarkable structural patterns for residential, industrial or public spaces. 


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March 14, 2014

Manhattan Micro Loft

Micro Loft

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this New York City apartment. By creating “living platforms,” in the vertical space, they were able to accommodate all the necessities an apartment might need while keeping the space open and bright. They used a ton of space saving solutions and built-in features creating storage at every opportunity. The designers adhered to simple details to avoid overwhelming any part of the space. Impressively, there are only four pieces of furniture in the whole apartment, a sofa, coffee table, bed and side chair, and the only door is to the bathroom. The contrast of the dark floors to the white wall creates warmth, height and dimension in the tiny space. They provided breaks in the pallet with modest splashes of color and texture, staying consistent with the scale of the space.

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March 13, 2014

PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel Singapore


Designed as a hotel and office in a garden, the project at Upper Pickering Street is a study of how we can increase the green replacement in a high-rise development in the city centers and multiply it in a manner that is architecturally striking, integrated and sustainable.

Balconies covered in tropical plants and contoured surfaces based on rock formations surround this Singapore hotel by WOHA design firm, which topped the hotels category at the Inside Festival Awards.


By adding plant-covered balconies and terraces around the exterior, the architects were able to create 15,000 square meters of greenery – around double the area of the site – and give every guest a garden view from their room window. These green spaces are complemented by the contoured surfaces that make up the building’s podium. Modeled on the topography of natural landscapes, these surfaces break through the glazed outer walls and continue through the reception spaces at ground level.

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