A look at how architecture after COVID-19 will openly embrace and integrate the outdoors

“If we can’t go outdoors, why can’t the outdoors come to us?” It sounds like the kind of question a five-year-old would ask, but dwell a little on that thought and you start realizing it’s quite an intriguing question. In fact, it’s the design brief for ODA’s latest tower designs. These tower designs from ODA Architecture try to blur the boundaries between the outdoors and indoors… they were originally conceived as a way to alter New York’s predominantly glass-and-metal skyline by introducing an aspect of greenery into it, but in a world dealing with COVID-19, they provide a much more important service by allowing us to experience the outdoors without needing to step out.

ODA’s explorations primarily focus on tower designs, in an attempt to bring versatility and a touch of greenery to NY’s overtly boxy and shiny cityscape. Architectural explorations look at residential units with dedicated ‘greenery zones’ that act as areas of social congregation for the building’s residents. Adorned with curvilinear, organic architecture, and interspersed with greenery, these areas give the residents a break from the concrete-jungle-aesthetic of the skyscraper-filled city. They act as areas of reflection and of allowing people to connect with nature and with one another. Designed specifically for the building’s residents, these ‘shared indoor gardens’ even serve as wellness areas, giving people spaces to exercise, meditate, do yoga, and just take a break from being stuck at home… all while being safely within the confines of your building!

Designer: ODA New York

This series of sheet-metal lamps look like Suprematist hanging planters

With the allure and appearance of minimal greenery (for the lack of a better term), Katerina Sokolova’s Suprematic lamps for NOOM brighten the home, quite literally, if I may add! The 3-part lamps come fabricated from powder-coated sheet metal and metallic pipe cross-sections, and can be simply assembled by fitting them together using interlocking cutouts.

The lamps cast a warm, downward light that takes on a diffused greenish glow, thanks to Suprematic’s powder-coated color-palette, both illuminating spaces as well as creating a sense of calm, not too different from the calm associated with having plants around you… because the Suprematic does look like an abstract, suprematist Bauhaus take on a planter with plants!

Designer: Kateryna Sokolova for NOOM

Pens That Camouflage As Grass Brighten Up Your Office

Pooleaf-Grass-Leaf-Pen

This is going to make some cubicle dwellers smile a bit. It’s a set of pens called Pooleaf, and they’re shaped like giant blades of grass. When packed together into a jar, it looks like a tiny bit of greenery. It’s not going to make up for being cooped up in an office while others frolic outside in the sun, but we suppose it’s better than nothing.

The thing is… it’s not exactly cheap. At $5 per pen, it’s going to set you back a bunch to create the effect pictured. Either that, or we just made a mistake and you get more than one per $5; it’s a bit of a confusing product site.

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