on the grounds of the historic royal fort gardens in bristol, artist katie paterson and architects zeller & moye have realized a participatory, public artwork that relays stories of the planet’s history and evolution. ‘hollow’ is a meditative space made up of 10,000 unique tree species whose narratives span millions of years — from petrified wood fossils from the earliest forests that emerged 390 million years ago, to emergent categories of arboreal life. the douglas fir posts that form the façade reflect the varying heights of trees and a forest canopy. once inside the warm ‘miniature forest’, visitors experience a monumental collection of tree specimens surrounding them, sourced and gathered over the past three years from across the globe. above, light filters through apertures in the ceiling, mimicking the way sunlight radiates through a forest.
from kyoto to california, and from the oldest tree in the world to some of the youngest, the samples narrate both human and environmental stories from across the earth — including the indian banyan tree, under which buddha achieved enlightenment, and the japanese ginkgo tree in hiroshima, which survived one of the darkest moments of human history.
‘the ‘hollow’ interior is an introverted and meditative space where, whether sitting or standing, one finds oneself embraced by history,’ architects christoph zeller and ingrid moye describe. ‘our design conjoins thousands of wooden blocks of differing sizes to form one immense cosmos of wood producing textures, apertures and stalactites. openings in the vaulted top let in just enough natural light to create the dappled light effect of a forest canopy.’
just beyond the lively, northern italian town of cortina d’ampezzo, the ‘starlight room dolomites‘ welcomes guests wanting an intimate retreat from urban life. accommodating single visitors, couples, and small groups, the tiny cabin offers unobstructed views of the surrounding alpine landscape. placed at an altitude of 2,055 meters (6,742 feet), the wooden abode is set on faux-skis and features a glass ceiling and walls, providing a panoramic perspective of the mountainous setting. a double bed fits snugly inside the enclosed transparent chamber, allowing visitors to observe the starry sky by night, far from light pollution and noise. adventurous guests can arrive to the site by snowmobile or using snowshoes.
jeep honors all-terrain heritage with seven concepts for 75th anniversary
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for the safari off-roading event in utah, 4×4 experts jeep, together with performance parts company mopar, unveiled a series of seven concept vehicles celebrating 75 years of all-terrain dominance. a team of dedicated engineers, designers and fabricators have been customizing production vehicles since 2002, and have introduced more than 50 concepts for the enthusiasts who attend the safari.
the ‘crew chief 715’ concept was built as a salute to the company’s military service. based on the ‘wrangler’, the open-air vehicle showcases a beefy design with cues from it’s heritage. inside, the basic interior features leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft control switches and a media center with a navigational compass.
a workhorse on farms across America in the 1960s, the jeep ‘FC 150’ tackles both challenging rocky trails and the towing needs of a western cattle ranch. the concept is based on the ‘CJ-5’ using its original steel body that proudly shows it’s scars, while components underneath have been totally revamped. inside, the vehicle features vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a duck hunting pattern and a CB radio.
based on the jeep ‘renegade’, the ‘comanche’ is designed to be off-road ready with practical utility. a stretched wheelbase adds an additional six inches to accommodate the five foot bed. it’s powered by a 2.0 liter diesel engine with a nine speed automatic transmission and jeep’s active drive lock, which incorporates low range and a locking rear differential.
the ‘trailcat’ was built around a supercharged 6.2 liter hemi hellcat V8 engine coupled with a six speed manual transmission that outputs 707 horsepower. designers stretched the wheelbase an additional 12 inches and added 40 inch all terrain tires.
the tribulation house, designed by brisbane-based m3architecture, provides for a dynamic indoor/outdoor lifestyle within its lush vegetative site in the daintree rain forest in cape tribulation. given its ecologically sensitive sight, the project finds itself within a natural clearing in order to avoid unnecessary tree removal. the structure begins as a trail head that eventually forms an elevated path that unfolds into a series of canopies and interactive spaces.
dark facade panels combined with exposed timber elements help the structure disappear into the constantly changing shadows of the forest. angular roofs frame full height glass walls or recede from the building footprint to expose semi-exterior areas that bring outdoor living to the interior. throughout the front facade of the house, a thick white rope transforms from the handrail of the entry walkway to a playful interactive element draped along the edges of the roofs that serves as a functionally decorative piece. the entire structure sits upon stilts elevated above the ground to minimize the direct impact on the topography using heavy timber and light-weight wood frames to compose the structure that is allowed to expand and contract with the humidity and varying weather conditions.
at the 2016 mobile world congress, LG electronics unveiled its flagship ‘G5’ smartphone with a metal uni-body featuring a slide-out battery and a modular platform. the presentation also included a collection of companion devices such as a security drone and VR devices. LG is the first major manufacturer to really dive into modularity, especially with a flagship phone like the ‘G5’. a risky step, it does offer users more options with the ability to transform the phone into a digital camera, hi-fi player and more, while keeping its traditional removable battery setup.
the ‘G5’ includes two primary camera lenses that lets users choose between standard and 135 degree wide angle lens to get more in the shot. the 5.3 inch display is made with a 3D arc glass that creates a gentle curve and stays on without drastically draining the battery.
LG introduced two modular add-ons so far for the ‘G5’. one is the ‘LG cam plus’, which is a versatile camera module that attaches through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient buttons for power, shutter, record, and zoom. attached the add-on also offers a bigger1,200 mAh battery for an extra six hours of photo and video recording. the other announced module is for audiophiles. in collaboration with bang & olufsen, the LG ’Hi-Fi plus’ introduces 32 bit 384 kHz high quality audio feedback wrapped in scandinavian design.
the LG ‘rolling bot’ is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. not just a toy, it can be used as a monitoring system for the home as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances.
for the upcoming VR market, LG introduced the ’360 VR’ that can be connected with the ‘G5’ via a dedicated cable. weighing only 118 grams, it delivers 639 ppi resolution and is compatible with 360 degree images, as well as google cardboard content. for recorded VR content, the LG ‘360 cam’ is equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a mircoSD card. it provides 2K video and 5.1 surround sound on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high quality 360 degree content.
for the 2016 geneva motor show, mclaren will showcase the largest selection of models to date with a full range of models, including the latest – the mclaren ‘570GT’. intended for everyday uses, the two-seat, mid-engined sportscar focuses on usability and long distance comfort. the clean lines of the revised glass hive the ‘570GT’ a refined shape and mark out the second of three body styles which complete the ‘sport series.’ a standard fixed glass panoramic roof provides a bright, open cabin running through to the large rear glass hatch.
equipped with larger dihedral doors that open more upward, the cabin is paired with eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats upholstered in leather. the control interfaces are managed through the centrally-mounted touchscreen, while vehicle setup is configurable via the digital instrument cluster.
the front luggage area remains unchanged from its other models, but mclaren have further added an extra 220 liters of space behind the sears on the leather-lined touring deck. the glass hatch is framed by carbon fibre to provide significant torsion rigidity and stiffness.
the ‘570GT’ is fitted with the mclaren-developed 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 engine which debuted in the ‘570S’ coupé. the 562 bhp is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven speed transmission with adjustment through normal, sport and track presets. weighing 1,350 kilograms the car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and continue to a top speed of 328 km/h. the mclaren ‘570GT’ will hit the streets in late 2016. be sure to check out more of designboom’s coverage of the 2016 geneva motor show here.
BMW has announced a third generation alpina tuned model based on the ‘7 series’ offered in the united states. the 2017 alpina ‘B7 xDrive’ is paired with precision dynamics, effortless performance and comfort at the highest level. integrated with a 4.4 liter eight-cylinder engine accompanied by twin-turbo charging and direct injection, the car delivers an impressive output of 600bHP between 5750 rpm and 6250 rpm. the result is a luxury four-door that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.
alpina’s engineering tuners are responsible for significant technical details including the air intake system, the intercooler and trubocharger configuration and the high performance cooling system. the twin-turbo charging system comprises of two specially developed turbochargers positioned in the ‘V’ formation of the engine. this will encourage faster oxygen speeds through the enlarged inlet and outlet diameters.
the BMW alpina ‘B7 xDrive’ features the german’s latest suspension technology, offering its driver the same long distance cruising comfort of the predecessor while at the same time significantly sharpening the agility, handling and lateral dynamics commensurate to the power output. with the ‘driving dynamics control’ used to select the appropriate mode, the two-axel air suspension system is primarily responsible for the level of ride comfort. at speeds above 140 mph, the height is lowered by 0.8 inches, to lower the center of gravity thereby increasing agility and high speed stability.
powervision to propose unconventional egg-shaped drone to market
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robotics company powervision has announced their first consumer drone called the ‘poweregg’. it features an refreshing egg shape which, in addition to being aesthetically different from other x-shaped four-axis drones currently on the market, makes it foldable and easy to transport.
‘powervision wanted to create a beautiful yet functional design for the poweregg,’explains CEO of powervision wally zheng. ‘we think the oval shape is not only clean and pure but also has the structural and functional benefits. This simple yet vital design means that this is more than a flying robot but a work of art.’
although the ‘poweregg’ was developed for the mainstream consumer market to allow everyone to enjoy drone flying, it still includes advanced technologies that rival industrial drones, including a 360 degree panoramic 4K HD camera on a three-axis gimbal, real-time long range video transmission, advanced ‘optical flow’ sensors for indoor navigation, as well as an intuitive and easy-to-use remote control.
the team spent over 18 months perfecting the ‘poweregg’. extremely lightweight, it has a compact and original structural design. the layout includes larger propellers that required advancements to transform from the compact egg shape to the larger flight mode. on the software side, powervision used its extensive expertise to make the drone easier to fly. ‘we want flying a drone to be child’s play, something even a five-year-old can do,’continues zheng. ‘with this next generation of drones, much like the internet expanded access to information in the virtual world, drones 2.0 led by innovations like the PowerEgg can expand access to the physical world and bring together humans and machines in this journey.’
ferrari & franchi realize a 52 meter ‘blue sapphire’ for the perini navi award that celebrates the excellence of italian design. designers macro ferrari and alberto franchi drafted a performance cruiser ready for the occasional harbor race. it’s outfitted with a plumb bow and a modern stern with extensive outside areas for the owner and guests.
in bialystok, poland, graphic designer michał kulesza imagines life’s simple pleasures, ordinary objects and everyday scenes suddenly consumed by colorful toy bricks. kulesza envisions food, gadgets and garments transformed by LEGO building blocks, conceptualizing scenarios where eggs, sushi, butter and bananas are turned into inedible, stackable objects.the playful scenes minimally capture the sense of childhood, whimsy and imagination embodied by LEGO bricks, forming an alternate reality where our ordinary environment can unexpectedly switch into a surreal and wonderful world.