The Cube Pop-Up Takes Dining To New Heights

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The Cube by Park Associati

To be effective, a pop-up restaurant needs a sense of theater. The experience should be tantalizingly ephemeral, lasting only as long as the tastes and smells coming out of the kitchen. Architecture’s role is to provide the perfect space for the drama to unfold.

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The Cube by Park Associati

Some projects amplify the excitement by placing a restaurant somewhere it’s never been before. The Cube by Park Associati, a traveling pop-up sponsored by Electrolux kitchen appliances, takes the idea of unexpected restaurant placement to new heights: the restaurants alight on the top of monumental structures, such as the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, becoming sleek, modern interlopers among classical architecture. There are two versions of this modular restaurant traveling through European cities on a three-year schedule.

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The Cube by Park Associati

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Ramblin’ On Ranch Houses

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The Houl by Simon Winstanley Architects, Kendoon, GB

Mid-century America was dominated by the ranch, those low horizontal homes typified by a rambling floor plan. Indeed, the ranch—or “rambler”—accounted for a whopping 9 out of 10 homes built in the US during the 1950s. But by the 1970s, the rambler’s allure began to fade. As the US grew more prosperous, and as such post-war ideals about community and family made way for post-modern cynicism and individualism, Americans began to clamor for larger homes that reflected their personality.

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Experimental Ranch by Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles

But recently, the ranch has enjoyed a resurgence, due to the economic recession and the design’s wide availability and reasonable prices. Though long maligned for its uniformity, these contemporary versions have proved that the ranch can be stylish and modern.

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Okitu House by Bossley Architects, Gisborne, NZ

An Eatery That Actually Feels Like Home

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

Restaurants are public spaces meant for commerce; money is exchanged for food and service. The challenge faced by Archiplan Studio in the design of Ristorante Lacucina was to balance the inherent commercial nature of a restaurant with the desire of the client for a relaxed environment evocative of eating at home.

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

The furniture in the space was designed by Archiplan, and includes a large table to be used for family style dining. Natural wood with white lamination add a rustic sophistication. The unfinished wood employed in the furniture corresponds to the exposed beams in the ceiling, creating a visual link between them.

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

Contemporary Modular Design

Transforming and growing according to the needs of the user is a key characteristic of modular architecture and design. It’s almost like a collaborative process, with the designer creating a system and the consumer implementing it to suit their needs.

Similar to wooden building blocks, the individual units are simple: a square, a rectangle, a tube—a table or chair. In combination the modules become increasingly complex and customizable, changing to fit the situation.

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MIMA House by MIMA Architects

The exterior and interior walls of this prefabricated home can be easily moved, allowing a the homeowner to customize the space.

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04 Counter, Tools for Life by OMA for Knoll

Photos: Agostino Osio, courtesy of OMA and Knoll

The 04 Counter is Rem Koolhaas’ signature piece of his line of furniture for Knoll. “Beginning as a monolithic stack of three horizontal beams, the user can rotate the top two beams and transform this wall-like unit into a series of shelves and cantilevered benches—a metamorphosis from a spatial partition to a communal gathering place.”

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Axor Bouroullec by Hansgrohe

Kandinsky’s Color Theory Translated Into Architecture

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Wassily Kandinsky’s art explored the relationship between color and its viewers. He eschewed the greys, browns, and blacks of Cubism, embracing color as the primary vehicle for expression. In doing so he completely separated painting from a need to depict a subject. The goal of Kandinsky’s art was to capture music in a plastic medium, to evoke the same feelings a piece of music could evoke through shades and hues.

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Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky. Image via Wikipaintings

The theories he developed about color and meaning would prove influential in all creative fields, with the De Stijl movement expanding his philosophies and incorporating color into industrial design and architecture. Employing the color wheel, Kandinsky went through each hue, explaining the feelings it evoked, emotions it captured, and the sound it “made.”

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123 social green housing in MadridSOMOS.arquitectos, Madrid

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Falcon HeadquartersRojkind Arquitectos, San Angel, Mexico

Modern Minimalist Chiaroscuro

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

A 19th century residential building in Spain is the last place one would expect to encounter an interior dedicated to minimalism. But at the House in El Carmen, almost all unnecessary design elements have been eliminated, leaving an environment that relies on the beauty of its materials to sustain it.

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The walls are a luxurious white lacquer. The flooring a slight marble grey, which exudes calm and simplicity. The spare interior allows for greater drama to be attached to the objects placed within it. The sleek circular table by Tulip brings elegance to the space, its form reminding one of a flower.

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The Five Alarm Design Of Contemporary Firehouses

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In the Rock – Fire Brigade Magreidbergmeisterwolf architekten, Margreid, Italy

Firefighters have a dangerous job. They also have a unique workweek, normally working 24 hours straight, with two days off. This schedule requires a building that combines work and living space under one roof—not only a garage for the fire truck, but also a kitchen and areas for relaxation and sleep.

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Fire Station, GavaMestura Arquitectes, Gava, Spain

Traditional firehouse floor plans revolve around the fire pole, allowing quick access to the engines and gear in an emergency. Contemporary firehouses don’t incorporate the sliding pole anymore; safety issues surrounding holes in the floor make it untenable. Architects are also forsaking brick and mortar, using glass, steel, and other modern materials for an updated appearance.

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Parc De BombersArriola & Fiol arquitectes, Montblanc, France

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Fire stationDietrich / Untertrifaller Architekten, Sulzberg-Thal, Austria