Wintergarden Racade / Studio 505

© John Gollings

Architects: Studio 505
Location: Brisbane QLD, Australia
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: John Gollings, Studio 505 

Project Area: 4,000 sqm
Artist Consultant: John Warwicker

“The Wintergarden Façade is a radically experiential composition, a complex and beautiful study of nature, geometry and layering that communicates the rich diversity of life”

© John Gollings

The brief for the new facades to the three street frontages of the Wintergarden Shopping Centre in central Brisbane required the creative application of a coherent identity and architecturally holistic sensibility in order to realise a multitude of intentions – to create an entertaining and engaging retail experience, a lifestyle destination and a ‘must-go-to’ meeting place and thoroughfare – at the heart of Brisbane’s city centre.

© John Gollings

Our response to this brief was to build upon the deep cultural collateral and public good will that resides in the site and the name ‘Wintergarden’ and create a radically experiential composition, a complex and beautiful study of nature, geometry and layering that communicates the rich diversity of life. It is not an ‘illustration’ of nature nor is it merely an abstract pattern. The depth of engagement with these façades lies within this irresolvable ambiguity.

© John Gollings

The main visual ‘structure’ of the façade is created by the trees that run (beyond) each side of the façade. As with looking into a forest the first glimpse is of a dense complexity that is almost ‘barrier-like’. Then on closer inspection gaps appear and substantial depth is read. Details emerge and the rhythmic activity of life and light energises the scene and captivates the imagination.

© John Gollings

As the position and strength of the sun changes from day to day and season to season so the folds, cuts and textures of the façade generate new patterns of highlights and shadows, and as night falls the lighting within the façade creates yet another reading. A low resolution integrated lighting system has been created that can change from a snowstorm through to the bursting of spring, into summer and finally into autumn, all within a single night. Rain, sunsets, storms and fireworks are other examples of the system’s expressive capabilities. In short, the façade is similar and different but never the same. As well as being functional the façade is also engaging and entertaining.

© John Gollings

Every panel and layer in the 4,000m2 façade has a unique design that is fully expressed through the dynamic, experiential interplay between a considered but expansive palette of colours and a rich language of cutting, scoring, folding and lighting all of which coalesce as a rich, coherent, cultural experience.

© John Gollings

Our work on Wintergarden has enriched the studio’s knowledge in the fields of screen geometry, cutting, folding and panelising to the point where the most complex elements of design and construction are converted from creative potential and idealism to practical achievability.

Courtesy of Studio 505 

Viewed from the street corners at Edward and Elizabeth, and Queen and Edward the new façade clearly establishes Wintergarden as the undisputable ‘living heart’ of this busy urban thoroughfare.

Elevation 01 

Wintergarden Racade / Studio 505 originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 13 Jul 2012.

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Le B.A.T. lance deux nouveaux caractères

Le Synthèse et L’Instant.

Créé par Gilles Poplin et Jean-Baptiste Levée, le Synthese combine différentes influences des grandes familles de sans-serif du XXe en une unique famille de caractères. D’apparente dureté, le Synthese est une linéale souple et ronde, qui propose une connotation à la fois neutre et avenante. Ce caractère Grotesk rationnel et rigoureux développe une approche sensible dans ses formes.

L’Instant de Jérôme Knebusch est une famille de caractères sans empattement aux formes généreuses et souples. Sa singularité est que chaque graisse est dessinée selon un dessin différent. En cela il est un caractère unique et expérimental. #Daily_Inspiration

Embroidered Typeface

Briar Mark’s project “I Could Have DOne This…” via CRAFT #Daily_Inspiration

3D Rotated Projection Mapping with Arduino

This awesome project by Grosse8 design studio uses an iPad or manual handwheel interface to control a sculpture on a rotating platter. An Arduino is used to control the platter index via a stepper motor. As the object turns, still and animated images are projected onto it, which change as the object rotates. #Daily_Inspiration

One Hundred and Eight

Artist Nils Völker writes:

One Hundred and Eight is an interactive wall-mounted Installation mainly made out of ordinary garbage bags. Controlled by a microcontroller each of them is selectively inflated and deflated in turn by two cooling fans.

Although each plastic bag is mounted stationary the sequences of inflation and deflation create the impression of lively and moving creatures which waft slowly around like a shoal. But as soon a viewer comes close it instantly reacts by drawing back and tentatively following the movements of the observer. As long as he remains in a certain area in front of the installation it dynamically reacts to the viewers motion. As soon it does no longer detect someone close it reorganizes itself after a while and gently restarts wobbling around. #Daily_Inspiration

Beat Bricks – A LEGO Step Sequencer

Made at ADVANCE HACKATHON 2012 in Cologne using a webcam, Python, OpenCV, OSC, MIDI and Ableton Live.
Source Code:

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How 3D Printing Will Change Our World

The MakerBot Replicator, a personal 3D Printer. Photo via MakerBot.

When the kids at NOTLabs first got their hands on a MakerBot Replicator, the ingenious 3D printer that can make just about anything you want, they quickly got down to business – making LEGO and Kinex connectors, that is. As inconsequential as their decision may seem, it got us thinking: today, building blocks, but tomorrow? _Buildings themselves._

The future isn’t as far as you may think. In the next two articles, I’ll introduce you to three visionaries who are already applying 3D printing technology to revolutionary effect: an engineer hoping to improve the human condition, a robotics expert with the goal of completing the _Sagrada Familia_ (or at least putting a structure on the moon), and an architect at MIT using nature-inspired materials to turn the design world on its head.

If these three examples are anything to go by, 3D Printing will revolutionize the world as we know it. But it begs the question: at what price? Will it offer architects the freedom to design without the pesky limitations of built reality? Or, like the scribes made redundant by Gutenberg’s printing press, will 3D printing make the architect go extinct?

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How (and Why) to Print A House

“If you look around, everything else we use is made automatically, like the pen you’re holding, the shoes, the cars. The reason we don’t have [automated homebuilding] is simply that we haven’t had the large-scale technology.” [1]

Behrokh Khoshnevis, director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) at the University of Souther California, has made it his mission to perfect that technology, what he calls “Contour Crafting.”

Here’s how, essentially, it works: Imagine a giant printer, printing, say, a line. Now imagine that instead of ink, the printer’s cartridge holds concrete. Imagine that printer printing the line again, just a millimeter above the previous one, adding a layer, and then going back to do it again and again – until your 2D line has become a 3D structure: a wall.

The implications for the building industry are enormous. These 3D printers can build a square foot of wall in less than 20_ seconds__, _and, according to Khoshnevis and his USC colleagues, will be able to erect a 2,000 square foot, two story house in 24 hours. Eventually, Contour Crafting could even produce strings of houses, each with a different design, each including all the conduits for  electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning, at _one time._

Furthermore, by taking out the need for extensive labor, (Khoshnevis imagines a scenario where workers play a supporting role: the architect’s digital blueprint is plugged into the printer, activating it to build without much human direction), printing could cost about a fifth of what traditional construction methods cost.

A girl walks in a slum in Pakistan. The creator of Contour Crafting, Behrokh Khoshnevis, hopes to use his technology to eradicate slums. Photo via Flicker CC User balazsgardi.

A Dignified Solution 

Because of its time/money-saving capacity, Khoshnevis envisions a lofty application for his technology: bettering the human condition.

Imagine if this technology were applied in developing countries, especially where lumber is scarce. Slums could be eradicated. Instead of living in tents or cardboard boxes when natural disaster strikes, victims could be provided what Khoshnevis describes as “dignified housing” – and fast.

With poor communities particularly vulnerable to destructive natural disasters, and about one billion people already living in slums (and that number expected to double as over the next twenty years), 3D printed homes could be a dignified solution to an increasingly desperate global situation.

But beyond its world-changing potential, what does 3D printing offer the architect?

Nothing short of freedom from reality.

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The Alchemy of Stone

Enrico Dini is a robotics expert, a “stone alchemist,” and a dreamer. He has spent more than a decade working on his D-Shape, a 3D printer, driven by CAD software, that has produced the tallest printed sculpture in existence and the closest thing to a printed house: a small dwelling known as a “trullo.”

Rather than using concrete, Dini’s invention uses sand and an inorganic binder as its raw materials – when mixed together, they form stone. This capability has famously called Foster+Partners’ attention, who have been in conversation with Dini about the feasibility of using D-Shape to build on the moon (using moon dust, no less).

But D-shape doesn’t just make ordinary stone slabs. It makes curvy, organic, complex works of art.

Radiolaria, a sculpture designed by Andrea Morgante and printed using Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D Printer. Photo © Enrico Dini.

Building Your Digital Dreams

To prove his machine’s potential, Dini paired up with architect Andrea Morgante, of Shiro Studio. As Morgante explained to Blueprint Magazine, he developed a model that would have been extremely difficult and cost prohibitive with traditional construction techniques or methods. The result was Radiolaria: an impressive, Gaudi-esque sculpture.

Morgante’s sculpture reveals one of 3D printing’s most powerful advantages: it can create concave and convex designs (which ordinarily involve time consuming, expensive processes, such as manual casting and intricate scaffolding) just as quickly as straight lines and angles.

Sean Bailey, architect and artist at Paper Architecture, put it this way to _Txchnologist__:_ “‘Whereas traditional fabrication techniques require additional resources as complexity increases, 3D printers are not bound to this logic.’ With a 3D printer, it takes the same amount of time and money to turn a glob of concrete into a cube as it does to turn it into an octopus.”

Much like BIM has empowered architects like Frank Gehry to incorporate more organic, curvy forms into their designs (forms that were previously considered impossible), 3D printers could similarly open up a world of possibilities for architecture, making what was once avant-garde attainable, maybe even mainstream.

As Morgante so eloquently articulated, these printers: “can build your digital dreams.”

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To be Continued…

3D printing could not only offer relief to millions of urban dwellers, but empower the architect by liberating him/her from the traditional restrictions of reality (and I haven’t even showed you how far it can go). Next week, I’ll introduce you to a third visionary, perhaps the most radical yet.

I’ll also return to the potential downside of 3D Printing: as the technology advances and becomes more accessible, allowing ordinary citizens to easily scan designs and build them on their own, what will happen to the concept of intellectual property? Will architects be able to adapted to this changed world? Or will they cease to be relevant at all…

How 3D Printing Will Change Our World originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 11 Jul 2012.

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45 Creative Billboard Designs

In unfortunate cases, billboard advertising can be a dull box that advertisers attempt to force into your mind simply by putting it somewhere they think you’ll look at it.

These, are not those billboards.

These instead, are examples of innovative billboards designed by those who think outside the box. In this gallery, we have 45 of the funniest, most interesting billboards from all over.You may also like:
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Old Timer Restaurants

Pimple Climbing

Real Cup Cakes for Magical Kids

The Naval Museum of Alberta


Creativity in Advertising

Male Stripper

Donatos Pizza



Iberian Pig V2 Mock-Up

Heidelberg Cement Group


Baylor Healthcare 3D EKG

Colour Tackle

RG Board PPT


Fresh Salad

Denver Water Beard

Dairy Milk Billboard


Stories with Real Background

Hate Dropped Calls?

Pedigree Bus Shelter

Koleston Naturals

Panasonic Nose Trimmer

Roxana Samples



Saittri Boards


Tylenol Ball

Its Not Happening Here

Berger Sky

Sky Discovery Channel

Don’t Lose Your Head

Climbing Shoe

Castrol Liquid Engineering

Lord of the Rings

Don’t Drop Your Girl

Beard Growing Billboard

Quit Plan

MC Café

See both Sides of the Story

Colorado State Patrol

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America Revealed: Cool CGI-Driven Maps of GPS Data

The television documentary “America Revealed" consists of 4 episodes that each reveal various hidden patterns that occur within the US.

The show includes some amazing visual imagery that aim to communicate various GPS location-based patterns, ranging from New York’s multi-layered morning rush-hour commute (including ferries, rail and bus services) to trails of flights carrying at least one passenger in the cargo hold (i.e. dead bodies). Other statistics shown include the number of job losses, the location of communication towers or the truck movements supplying Domino’s Pizza network, and so on.

A recent post with the ridiculous long title “The art of GPS: Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute revealed in never-before-seen side of America" [] includes some amazing screenshots of some of the footage.

The show seems to have already been featured in the US, yet will premiere tonight in Europe for the first time. You can watch a few very short outtakes below.

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Arran Gregory

Arran Gregory es un artista londinense que promete. Se dedica a la ilustración y a la escultura y sus trabajos pretenden reconectarnos con la naturaleza y los instintos primitivos. Los protagonistas de sus obras son animales salvajes como osos, lobos y ciervos siempre en monotono, muy minimalista pero sin dejar de cuidar el detalle en todo momento. El pasado día 6 inauguró su nueva exposición en solitario llamada “Wolf” en The Print House Gallery (Londres) y estará exhibiendo hasta el 6 de septiembre.

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DXTR para Nike

Hace un par de meses les presente el magnífico trabajo de Dennis Schuster mejor conocido como DXTR; este ilustrador alemán recientemente subió a su perfil de Behance una serie de t-shirts para la colección de primavera-verano para Nike que me parecen brutales.

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Atelier Olschinsky

El trabajo del estudio austriaco Atelier Olschinsky, integrado por Peter Olschinsky y Verena Weiss,  se caracteriza por sus alucinantes paisajes citadinos en los que edificios y construcciones se superponen caóticamente. Les recomiendo visitar su perfil en Behance, donde también podrán ver su experimental trabajo tipográfico y sus geniales series fotográficas.

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Esculturas de papel de Zim & Zou

De las privilegiadas manos de la pareja francesa conformada por dos estudiantes de 3er año, Lucie Thomas y Thibault Zimmermann les presento el magnífico portafolio de Zim & Zou cuya especialidad es hacer esculturas con papel, piel o cualquier material que les quede a la mano.

Zim & Zou #Daily_Inspiration

DIAPOD, mini-projecteur de diapositives

Lauréat de L’observateur du design 2012

DIAPOD permet de créer tout type d’ambiance lumineuse grâce à la technologie LED, qui allie puissance d’éclairage et faible consommation d’énergie. Fabriqué en France, il répond aux besoins des professionnels comme à ceux des particuliers, c’est un produit original qui remet au goût du jour la diapositive en plaçant celle-ci dans un contexte design et décoratif.
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Pen Pencil Stencil

Pen Pencil Stencil es el nombre bajo el cuál trabaja Mark Giglio, un diseñador e ilustrador californiano con un gusto especial por la carpintería lo que lo ha levado a experimentar bastante con madera torneada para usarla como soporte para su trabajo.

Pen Pencil Stencil #Daily_Inspiration