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Spatial Awareness – Inspiring Architecture

July 4, 2009

Yesterday I stumbled across these inspiring outdoor sculptures and wanted to share them with you… We so often take architecture for granted because its so permanent you just assume it will always be there. Here are some installations, some projects-to-be and some sculptures, I hope they inspire you too…

‘Driftwood’, the Architectural Association’s summer pavilion designed by Unit 2 Students



Its public opening today will mark the annual celebration of young architectural talent from the world’s most renowned school of architecture. Over 3000 visitors from across the world are expected to arrive today to view the AA School Summer Pavilion and Projects Review which will display a year’s worth of works by the up and coming stars of architecture. Driftwood was designed by concept designer Danecia Sibingo a 3rd year student, and a team that includes Lyn Hayek, Yoojin Kim, and Taeyoung Lee.

Cairo Expo City Project

Cairo Expo City (to-be)

Cairo Expo City (to-be)

Cairo Expo City Interior

Cairo Expo City Interior

Zaha Hadid Architects will be designing the Cairo Expo City, together with multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold, after a two phase competition. This project follows the recently announced Stone Towers by ZHA in Cairo, Egypt. The new Cairo Expo City will provide a facilities suitable for the international conference and exhibition industry, making Cairo more competitive in a global scale.

Salon Mittermeier, Linz, Austria


X Architekten designed the facade for the Salon Mittermeier in Linz, Austria. The styling activity of a hairdresser was expressed on the exterior through a three-dimensional wave, a mildly abstract metaphor for the hair styling that takes place inside. The facade serves as both a sign that attracts attention, and as a curtain over the windows to provide a degree of privacy.

Loblolly House – Taylor Island, USA




Named for the tall pines that characterize its site on the Chesapeake Bay, this 2,200 square-foot single family residence, designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates, seeks to deeply fuse the natural elements of this barrier island to architectural form. Positioned between a dense grove of loblolly pines and a lush foreground of saltmeadow cordgrass and the bay, the architecture is formed about and within the elements of trees, tall grasses, the sea, the horizon, the sky and the western sun that define the place of the house.

Music Hall at Manchester Art Gallery – Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid Architects and Manchester International Festival, with Manchester Art Gallery and three of the world’s leading concert soloists, will present a unique collaborative work for the 2009 Festival. Zaha Hadid Architects will visually and acoustically transform one of the exhibition spaces in Manchester Art Gallery into an intimate chamber music hall in which to hear the solo works of J S Bach.

Zaha Hadid is a particularly interesting architect who works within the realms of sculpture and installation as well and never fails to impress. You can see in the two projects I have included here how futuristic her style is, she is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with spatial quality, extending and intensifying existing landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture.

(Images and information found at DESIGN [After Hours])

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