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JATA Logistics + Auxiliary | José Miguel García Pérez

This Logistics and Auxiliary Services centre was designed for JATA, a manufacturer of household appliances. Designed by José Miguel García Pérez, the new centre houses production lines, a laboratory, and administrative areas. The building was designed to reflect the philosophy of the forward-thinking appliance brand.

The façade is decorated with a repetitive pattern of concrete panels and glass windows. The angled forms add visual interest to the exterior while providing a perfect plane for the sun to hit. Upon entry, one is greeted by a double height space with a unique grand staircase. The white staircase is the centrepiece of the room and provides a nice contrast to the strict shapes of the façade. The interior spaces are all naturally illuminated by skylights and the openings in the exterior structure.

It is not often you see a structure of such architectural value housing manufacturing services. This space establishes the brand as one that cares about beauty as much as their bottom line.

anonymous asked:

does matt murdock really have a lot of girlfriends? im not familiar with the comics im sorry

   Matt is almost always dating someone. He is gifted/cursed with the romantic double-whammy of being very attractive and falling in love easily, and so usually doesn’t stay single for long. Below is a quick summary of everyone he has dated (based on our definition of the term). We’ll let you be the judge of whether or not it constitutes “a lot”.

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“The Miami Design District offers a tremendously exciting home for TOM FORD. Architecturally, it has become one of the most exciting and vibrant places in the world and I am thrilled to open my sixth US store there.” - Tom Ford

The store’s location in a vanguard architectural building epitomizes the dynamic spirit of the Miami Design District, with its cutting–edge convergence of art, design and fashion. Designed by architects Aranda/Lasch, the building is notable for its “pleated” surface of geometric, glass-fiber-reinforced-concrete panels and angular, recessed storefronts. Inside, visitors discover the environment of soft modernism and timeless luxury that is the signature of TOM FORD stores worldwide.



The Khaleesi

A 102-story residential building with sweeping views of central park and the new york city skyline. Each unit has its own unique figurally carved façade and balconies that frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes. The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. 

The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of new york. 

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Architect:  Mark Foster Gage


Building the Sydney Opera House 1957 - 1973 | Via

“The Opera House could become the world’s foremost contemporary masterpiece if Utzon is given his head.”

- Ove Arup, Engineer   

The goal: a multi-purpose venue with a hall large enough for 3,000 people, and a smaller hall for 1,200. New South Wales Premier Joseph Cahill opened the design competition for a Syndey opera, ballet and lecture house in 1955.

The international competition attracted 233 entries — only the question of cost was not considered.

Danish architect Jørn Utzon was announced as the winner. (His designs were reputedly rescued from a pile of rejected submissions.)

Utzon’s innovative, modern plan was based on the Expressionist movement, a utopian form of architecture which flowered in post-WWI Germany. The now-famous roof featured precast concrete panels loosely referred to as “shells,“ covered by ceramic tiles. But as Utzon had not specified the precise shape, the suggested methods for casting them proved problematic.

As the project proceeded, tensions grew. After the government rushed into the project to retain funds, it elected Robert Askin in 1965, a prominent critic of the opera house, as new Premier of New South Wales.

It didn’t help that the venue’s financial burden was growing. Several late modifications to the layout added to already ballooning costs.

Fed up with the new government’s lack of cooperation and unable to pay his staff, Utzon resigned from the project in 1966. There were demonstrations calling for his restoration, but another architect, Peter Hall, took over.

Ten years late and an estimated 1,457% over budget, the project was completed. The Opera house was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Oct. 20, 1973.

Utzon was not invited, and his name was not mentioned.


Incredible images from the recently completed Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, designed by Heatherwick Studio and CPG Consultants. The building is formed of 12 concrete towers with curved concrete panels and irregular horizontal stripes that were created using 10 adjustable silicone moulds.

Heatherwick said, ‘The Learning Hub is a collection of handmade concrete towers surrounding a central space that brings everyone together, interspersed with nooks, balconies and gardens for informal collaborative learning,’


Headlines immortalized on an Los Angeles sidewalk

Leon Rudek loved his newspaper job so much that he constructed a sidewalk in front of his house out of front pages.

So begins the story of the late L.A. Times whose mastery of the processes behind the production of newsprint propelled him to place front page plates along a homemade sidewalk.

Read reporter Bob Pool’s entire story about Rudek’s artistic dedication to the news here.

Photos: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times