Mola uses its toyish charm to teach you about architecture and structural integrity

The sheer beauty of Mola is that it isn’t just a toy for children, it’s a tool for architects too! Designed as a way to truly and effectively test out your ideas and concepts without relying on softwares and simulations, Mola is hands-on, exhaustive, and encourages creativity and problem-solving abilities, but more importantly, it’s also fun!

Designed by Brazil-based Marcio Sequiera, Mola comes with a few standard parts that act as the building blocks of architecture. Springs in the Mola kit act as girders, chains act as tensile cables, plate-pieces form walls or floors, and magnets help bind pieces together, whether they’re circular magnets for multiple attachments, or right-angled triangular magnets for allowing structures to retain 90° angles. Piece them together to create structures of your choice (using the grid-base for support as well as reference), and Mola becomes a scaled-down representation of your ideas and creativity. The springs and cables actually let you push and prod at your models to see whether they can take any external pressure without collapsing or breaking apart.

Each Mola kit comes with a base grid, ground-connectors that give your structures stability and a foundation, and a variety of spring-bars, chain-links, plate-units, and magnetic connector pieces. You can even add your own pieces to the mix, or edit the pieces within the Mola kit, using a trimmer tool provided in the box for adjusting the length of the chain-links. Once you’ve got all the pieces ready, Mola gives you the freedom to build your wildest creations, while also being able to test out core architectural concepts like compression, tension, trusses, structural integrity, tensegrity, damage-resistance, and load-bearing capabilities. Disguised in a toy-like avatar, Mola introduces the basic foundation of stable architecture to young enthusiasts, while also proving to be an incredibly useful and powerful prototyping tool for architects, structural engineers, civil engineers, and artists alike!

Designer: Marcio Sequeira

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Mola Structural System

Mola is a learning tool for anyone interested in the structures and buildings that surround us. It’s a modular construction system (scientifically validated) that simulates real structure behavior. The model is composed of different elements, that are connected through magnets, allowing countless combinations.

You can assemble, visualize and feel the structures using your own hands. It is a hands-on activity that can help people to understand abstract concepts in a tangible and concrete manner.

The aim of such study is to develop an intuitive knowledge of structural behavior, which is essencial for architects and engineers, specifically in the early stages of a building design process.

The variety of elements and types of connections allow you to simulate and understand different kinds of structures, from single elements to plane frames, space structures and more complex systems.

The cool thing about Mola is that you don’t need technical knowledge to start studying the structures. The model is compact, versatile and very simple to use. So, it is applicable to both professional and students, as well as anyone interested in the subject.

What You Can Do With Mola3

With this new set of elements, you can explore the world of cable structures and understand different structural concepts. See below some photos from their Mola3 prototypes.

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“Form-finding” through hanging chain method

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A London skyscraper is going to get the world’s first 360° infinity pool. Right on its terrace!

Imagine having nothing but the sky in your horizon, clouds above you, and even below you… right in the heart of your city. This isn’t a surreal dream, but is the experience Infinity London hopes to provide, with its 360° infinity pool, located right at the pinnacle of a skyscraper in London. The vision for Infinity London is rather unique. A 600,000 liter infinity pool with an edge-less design on all four ends, giving you a stunning reflection of the sky above you, interrupted by concrete, tiles, or ladders. The pool’s design is absolutely pristine, unblemished by any extraneous element, and all the swimmers will be able to see is the water around them and the sky above them. In fact, the pool’s walls and floor are made from tough, transparent Acrylic too, giving you the impression of swimming in a magical, self-contained block of water.

Conceptualized by Compass Pools, the Infinity London will sit atop a 55-storey hotel in London. Contractors and partners have yet to be confirmed, but construction could begin as early as 2020. While its design is absolutely impressive to look at, it doesn’t come without its fair share of complications… one being the absence of a poolside or a ladder. In an effort to present an unblemished, completely clear pool design, Compass Pools had to relook how swimmers would enter and exit the pool without the presence of a ladder or a poolside. The solution sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. Swimmers enter the pool from its base, via a spiral staircase that opens up like a submarine door to allow you to enter or exit the pool without water spilling out, or without having a detail like a common ladder obstruct the pristine design of the pool. The pool will provide a stunning view of London like never before, allowing you to swim while looking at the city from up above, when you stand at the edge of the pool. Stand in the center, and all you see is the sky above, and a reflection of the sky on the water below you. It truly sounds like a magical experience!

Designer: Compass Pools

Here’s how to live and walk in the clouds

There is far more to successful architecture than how the building looks; for it to accomplish its desired aim it must be congruous with its surroundings whilst simultaneously making a statement of its own – this is exactly what the Cloud House has achieved.

Positioned in the Southern Alps in Queensland, New Zealand, it has been designed to complement the snowy peaks that surround it. It gets its name from the stainless-steel membrane that encases the upper section of the building; not only does this create a visually striking and undeniably unique visual that is reminiscent of clouds, but also provides functional benefits as it performs as a sun diffuser and heater/cooler.

The visually light, cloud-like structure sits upon a harsh, concrete base that cuts into the gentle elevation change of the hillside. This creates a distinct juxtaposition between the two levels and introduces an element of suspense into the building.

Designer: Illya Rastvorov

The Shed and the art of the flex

The Shed's concept is simple: It's the 120-foot tall building that moves. This idea is both its architectural hallmark and its metaphor for the future of culture. Opening on Friday, New York City's half-billion dollar, hybrid museum-meets-performanc...

The ‘Coolest White Paint’ can cool down an entire city

Over 50% of our population lives in urban areas. Areas with concrete buildings built with heat-absorbing aluminum cladding or greenhouse-effect enhancing glass panels. Combine this with the lack of large green spaces and you get something called the “Urban Heat Island Effect”… an effect which explains why urban areas are so much hotter than forests or areas without urban settlements.

In a bid to combat this trapping of heat, UNStudio has developed a paint dubbed The Coolest White Paint, a fluoropolymer-based paint that has the highest TSR (Total Solar Reflectance) in its category. By limiting the amount of light and therefore heat a building absorbs, the paint reduces the need for air-conditioning and the impact of urban heat islands. Aside from its interesting reflective property, the paint is also 2.5 times stronger than traditional polyester-based paints. With a lifetime of 40 years for a single coat, the guys at UNStudio say the paint is well suited for even high-quality metallic facade elements and aluminium, steel or fiberglass structures. The use of the paint could dramatically bring down the amount of heat absorbed by buildings, and effectively the overall temperatures of cities and districts!

Designers: UNStudio & Monopol Colors

YD JOB ALERT: Philippe Starck is looking to recruit a Junior Interior Architect

It isn’t everyday that one gets the opportunity to meet Philippe Starck, let alone work with him! The Parisian all-round designer is probably one of the best known names in the industry. Having formed his studio ‘Starck’ in 1970, Philippe worked on a massive variety of projects spanning categories like architecture, furniture design, consumer goods, luxury goods, packaging, and even dabbling with occasional transportation design projects. Philippe has also been lauded for factoring in his philosophy of Democratic Design into his work. Starck has been extremely vocal of his avoidance of unethical projects such as arms, alcohol, tobacco, oil and religion. He has also always implements ethical and ecological aspects into all of his creations but he also loves to inject fun into his designs and the combination of these three elements are always poetic, rebellious and definitely beautiful. His studio, Starck Network Agency, is looking to hire a Junior Interior Architect who shares these views along with a passion for design and learning.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The STARCK agency develops projects in France, the Middle East, the USA and Brazil. In the continuity of our development, we are looking for a Junior Interior Designer Hotel Restaurant H / F.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• In collaboration with a senior project manager who will manage and supervise you
• You will be involved in global hotel projects
• You will be in charge of global design projects including hotels and restaurants in France and abroad (Sketches, APS, APD, DCE) as well as the application of architectural and development concepts, in liaison with the architect and external service providers, in terms of coordination / quality and compliance with Starck specifications

REQUIREMENTS

Training school of interior architecture (Ecole bleue, ENSAAMA, Ecole Boulle, Camondo ou Ensad,…) or a similar architecture school. You have at least 2 years of experience on similar functions, imperatively in a hotel and restaurant universe. You have a successful experience in space and furniture design.

You are fluent in English (necessary).

You have a real affinity with the hospitality environment, an excellent graphic expression and you master the software such as Autocad LT, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup and the Office Pack. Relational and organizational skills, responsiveness, proven creative sense and good management of priorities are essential to succeed in the job.

As part of your missions, travel will be expected.

HOW TO APPLY

Send CV and Portfolio in PDF format by email only (maximum 3MB) to adeline@starcknetwork.eu

LOCATION

Paris, France.

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Dubai’s latest skyscraper emerges from its ruler’s fingerprint

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Referred to as the ‘new icon in Dubai’s skyline’, the Burj Jumeira stands at 550m tall and in many ways, is representative of the essence of Dubai. Designed by SOM, Burj Jumeira’s unusual design is inspired by the desert’s shifting, organic sand dunes and oases, and will even feature a digital display on its front facade for cultural events and celebrations, much like the Burj Khalifa.

The building’s alluring, iconic design begins at its oval-shaped base, which features a lake in the shape of the fingerprint of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The mirrored lake will be surrounded by shops, and will be complete with water fountains and a terraced outdoor amphitheater. Housed inside the building will be multiple observation decks that will provide a 360° panoramic view of Dubai, and right on top of the building will be its “Crown”, a luxurious event space that shall also be connected to a sky-lounge and restaurant. “Burj Jumeira is bold, elegant, and dynamic,” said SOM design partner Mustafa Abadan. “It will tower over Jumeirah as the centerpiece of the neighborhood, and will feature a synthesized architectural and structural design.”

Designers: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

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China’s tallest building is an organic-inspired 700-meter wonder

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Standing at 700 meters tall, the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center is slated to be the third tallest building in the world, and will also be China’s tallest building. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for Chinese property developers Shimao Group, the skyscraper will be built between the foothills of Longcheng Park and the Dayun National Park in Shenzhen, China.

The building’s sinewy, organic structure pays a hat tip to the number of sporting venues in its immediate vicinity. The designers claim that the anthropomorphic structure honors the abstract way athletes train to perform in the world-class stadiums directly adjacent to the skyscraper. “The result is a muscular expression in high-performance glass, with textured layers that define the elements of its shaped form.”

The Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center also plans to house one of the world’s highest observation decks, alongside a restaurant, night club, spa facilities and a swimming pool, while the designers’ master-plan involves the building of a mixed-use district that also houses large retail facilities, apartment towers, a cultural centre, a five-star hotel, a library and multiple offices.

In the evenings, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show”, reinforcing the district’s athletic and entertainment purposes. After dusk, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show” for the residents of Shenzhen, also highlighting the district’s sports-oriented and entertainment-based outlook. Architecture for the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center began in March last year, and is slated to be ready for opening in 2024.

Designers: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

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Self-driving cars won’t just change transport. They’ll change hotels too.

This is the Autonomous Travel Suite by Aprilli. It’s, in theory, a self-driving car, but Aprilli doesn’t refer to it as a car. Aprilli calls it a hotel on wheels, and while that sounds like marketing-team-hogwash, it actually isn’t. Aprilli are touching on the fact that self-driving cars won’t just make transportation easier. They’re going to shake the hotel industry.

AirBnb has done enough to really disrupt the massive hotel, resort, and corporate suite business, but self-driving cars like the Autonomous Travel Suite are here to pretty much drive the nail into the coffin. For the longest time, hotels have been valued based on two things. Their services, and their location. A well-located hotel, or a well-located room in a hotel often cost more because of the value attached to it. Maybe the hotel was near your workplace, seminar hall, concert auditorium, wedding venue, the beach, etc. With Aprilli’s Autonomous Travel Suite, it doesn’t need to be. I’ve often said that an autonomous car is less of a car and more of an interior space on wheels, and that’s what the Autonomous Travel Suite is set to do… Be your hotel on wheels.

This should worry the hotel industry simply because location isn’t an important factor anymore. Your hotel room is now a moving space that makes everything accessible. By combining travel and hospitality into one single unit now, you don’t need to stay at a hotel and then travel to work. Staying and commuting are now both one and the same thing… like a modern caravan. The Autonomous Travel Suite comes with a bed, a work area, a lounging area, and even bathroom amenities, all housed within a moving cabin that you can program via a tablet. The hotel also comes with an ever-changing view, thanks to its glass exterior (which can also turn opaque to give you complete privacy). Aprilli takes the concept a step forward by also introducing the Autonomous Hotel Chain, a charging dock for your travel suite pod that also gives you the amenities you’d expect at any hotel. The self-driving cars dock automatically in their designated spaces that open into your own personal bedrooms, giving you the comfort of a traditional hotel room while your car charges. Hotels are even built with facilities like pools, spas, and restaurants, completing the overall hotel experience and giving you something Aprilli calls Transpitality, a portmanteau of Transportation and Hospitality. Now that’s definitely the work of a Marketing-Team.

While the Autonomous Travel Suite is still a concept, it’s indicative of a shift that we’re bound to see in the next 5 years, where you could practically stay at a hotel that’s a 3-hour commute from the city, yet the exhaustion of travel never gets to you because your hotel room takes you wherever you want to go!

Designer: Aprilli

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