Nomiya Space Restaurant at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Architect Pascal Grasso designed a temporary, transportable restaurant on the roof of Le Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris, France. The temporary structure, features a dining room for twelve people with a very nice panoramic view over the Seine and the Eiffel tower in Paris. The restaurant comprises a glass cabin with perforated metal screen that covers the central cooking area. Coloured LED lighting is placed between the metal skin and the glass cube .The glass cube is part of the Art Home’ culinary project by the Palais de Tokyo and Electrolux.



The art center « Le Palais de Tokyo » asked us to imagine a temporay piece on the roof of the building. We designed a take-down and easily transportable module, which is a twelve seats dining room, with a panoramic view on Paris. Nomiya is the name of the very small restaurant in Japan. The structure is 18m long,  4m large, 3.50 m high and weights 22 tonnes. It has been constructed in the Cherbourg boatyard, in the North of France, and transported in two pieces by special trunks to Paris, and then set on the roof of the Museum.




This construction is composed by a glass volume, covered by a metallic skin on its central part. The dining area, entirely made of glass, is looking at the Seine and the Eiffel tower. The central part (cooking aera) is covered by a punched made-to-measure sheet metal. The perforations represent an aurora borealis drawing. The lightning system is put between the glass and the metallic skins.





Composed by lines of leds, it emphasizes the drawing of the facade and changes its colors, like a real aurora borealis. The interior design is minimalist, with a white Corian furniture and a grey wooden floor. Above the dinner table, suspended leds extend the sparkling of the city.


Artist associated : Laurent Grasso

Structure / facade engineer : ARCORA
Client: Palais de Tokyo / Electrolux

Photos are by Nicolas Dorval-Bory


BA_LIK Pavilion by Vallo Sadovsky Architects, Bratislava


Slovakian architects Vallo Sadovsky designed a flexible pavilion for a public square in Bratislava, Slovakia. The BA_LIK pavilion is composed of five wheeled elements that can be configured as a exhibition or performance spaces.


Text and pictures are from the architect:

A_LIK pavilion designed by Vallo Sadovsky Architects is set in one of the Bratislava’s historical squares. It is one of the projects of City Interventions, their long running initiative which invites young architects to propose feasible architectural solutions to various problems and neglected spaces in Bratislava, with the hope that, within an urban context, small changes can create big effects.


Flexibility and mobility are main characteristics of the pavilion. The object itself is composed of 5 elements mounted on wheels that can be moved and connected so it becomes closed and compact or loosely open.

a4During the summer months it can be used for various cultural activities: a theater performance, concert or a photography exposition. Similar to how a concert differs from a theater performance the proposed structure can adapt and change. In time when there is no particular event taking place, the pavilion becomes a modern city furniture, giving young contemporary identity to a square otherwise catering tourists with pseudo-historic “little big city”


The pavilion is part of an ongoing research of Vallo Sadovsky Architects on how people can influence and modify the urban space using small architectural objects and furniture. Naturally also various unintended types of interaction occur: the homeless sleep over, young people party inside, writers spray graphics, however none of them proved disruptive nor destructive. Fortunately, the Balik pavilion proves the fool-proof strategy usually preferred by city officials wrong.


Photos by: Pato Safko & Peter Spurný


Level Green by J Mayer H Architects, Wolfsburg, Germany.


Last month, Berlin architects  J Mayer H completed a permanent exhibition on sustainability for car brand Volkswagen’sAutostadt visitor attraction at their factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The exhibition, called Level Green is designed in collaboration with Berlin designers  Art+Com, and explores the concept of sustainability in relation to the environment, economy and society.

The space, which is divided by a green network of displays, is inspired by the well known PET- sign that was taken as a starting point for this design. The construction is executed by the use of easily processed wood composite sheets, MDF that later got painted with a acrylic based car paint.


Here’s some information from the architect’s:

Personal responsibility in the sustainable use of global resources continues to play an increasingly important role in the life of the average consumer. In this context, the offices of J. MAYER H. Architects and Art+Com Berlin were commissioned to develop a permanent exhibition on the topic sustainability for the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. The exhibition LEVEL GREEN was opened on the 4th of June 2009 and encompasses approximately 1000 m2, the exhibition renders this highly complex topic tangible, providing for an aesthetic access to information. In so doing, it seeks to unfold the various aspects of the topic while creating an information environment that addresses the visitor on different sensual levels.


Subject to constant re-evaluation based on the latest scientific findings, the term sustainability is characterized by a high degree of complexity. The architectural design of LEVEL GREEN takes the numerous interdependencies of the topic as a starting point and translates this quality into the metaphor of the web. Similar to a continuous organism, the single elements of the exhibition are connected into one homogenous structure that houses all content and technical installations.


As one of the first prominent signs of the growing consciousness for environmentally friendly consumption, the well known PET-sign was taken as a starting point from which the metaphor of the extensively branched web was developed. This originally 2-dimensional sign was extended into the third dimension and through a series of step-by-step manipulations a complex structure was created, which allows for an abstract property of the topic to be experienced on a spatial level.


09The dramaturgy of the exhibition is not determined by a linear approach but one of nonlinear logics, opening the space for a more ambiguous experience. Vertical Elements define different areas within the exhibition without strictly separating them, allowing the visitor’s experience to be carried by the idea of playful discovery.

After a phase of extensive material research, the design was executed by the use of easily processed wood composite sheets (MDF) with varying thickness according to the structural and geometrical demands. The MDF-Material is specially treated to meet the fire rating requirements (B1) necessary for this project. In order to guarantee the structural performance of the construction, all vertical elements were reinforced with a steel structure and bolted to the concrete floor. After various testing, the colour coating was executed with acrylic-based car paint, developed to guarantee high usability while meeting strict environmental regulations. The painting was done by local firms accustomed to high quality standards common in the automobile industry.



The concept for the display of information is based two main formats: the object-like display of data and statistics on a more sensational level and touch sensitive surfaces for in-depth explanations on different aspects of the topic. Designed to evoke the visitors initial interest, the first are placed within the exhibition space in the form of data sculptures or sample objects. The latter take on the form of black surfaces for interaction or information carrier and are seamlessly integrated into the vertical elements which define different areas within the space.  Necessary technical installations are also integrated into the design and appear only in the abstract form such as glowing lines or painted covers.

As far as the subject matter is concerned, the exhibition LEVEL GREEN argues for scientific research and the use of latest technological development as necessities for survival in the future. This point of view is represented as an atmospheric environment, in which physical and digital spaces complement each other, creating one common narrative.


1210Photographs by Uwe Walter.


Platoon Kunsthalle by Platoon + Graft Architects, Seoul, Korea


The PLATOON KUNSTHALLE opened its doors on 11th april this year and is set up in seoul as a space for subculture in Asia. Its programmatic orientation towards cultural movements beneath the radar creates a dynamic space where new ideas are born and presented.

The structure is built from 28 standard shipping containers by Graft Architects as a icons of a flexible architecture in a globalized culture. The stacked containers forms a unique construction that can be rebuilt anywhere at any time. The PLATOON KUNSTHALLE provides showcases of underground artists, studio residencies and a fine selection of cutting-edge stage performances to introduce the energetic potential of subculture in Korea and Asia.

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Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location:  Seoul, Korea
Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects and Baik Jiwon
Program: Exhibitions, Bar & Restaurant, Event Hall, Artist Studios, Library Lounge, Office Studios, Workshop Room, Roof Top Bar
Project year:  2008-2009
Photographs:  Platoon



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JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid Architects, Manchester


A few weeks ago, Zaha Hadid Architects have built an installation at Manchester Art Gallery to house the performances of music by Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

The structure, a translucent, fabric membrane stretched over a steel structure suspended from the ceiling divides and encloses the space, creating a stage, enclosure for the audience and passages into and out of the auditorium. The installation is designed for the Manchester International Festival, the venue hosts a series of concerts which started last Friday and continue until 18 July. Concert details are on the MIF website.


The following is from Zaha Hadid Architects:

A voluminous ribbon swirls within the room, carving out a spatial and visual response to the intricate relationships of Bach’s harmonies. As the ribbon careens above the performer, cascades into the ground and wraps around the audience, the original room as a box is sculpted into fluid spaces swelling, merging, and slipping through one another.


“The design enhances the multiplicity of Bach’s work through a coherent integration of formal and structural logic. A single continuous ribbon of fabric swirls around itself, creating layered spaces to cocoon the performers and audience with in an intimate fluid space.” said Hadid.



The process of realizing the design involved architectural considerations of scale, structure and acoustics to develop a dynamic formal dialogue inseparable from its intended purpose as an intimate chamber music hall.

A layering of spaces and functions is achieved through the ribbon wrapping around itself, alternately compressing to the size of a handrail then stretching to enclose the full height of the room. Circulatory and visual connections are continually discovered as one passes through the multiple layers of space delineated by the ribbon. The ribbon itself consists of a translucent fabric membrane articulated by an internal steel structure suspended from the ceiling. The surface of the fabric shell undulates in a constant but changing rhythm as it is stretched over the internal structure.


It varies between the highly tensioned skin on the exterior of the ribbon and the soft billowing effect of the same fabric on the interior of the ribbon. Clear acrylic acoustic panels are suspended above the stage to reflect and disperse the sound, while remaining visually imperceptible within the fabric membrane.


Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes.


Nothing office by Joost van Bleiswijk and Alrik Koudenburg, Amsterdam, Netherland


Nothing is new commercial creative  agency, formed by Michael Jansen en Bas Korsten that just opened its doors in Amsterdam, Netherland. The interior and cardboard construction is designed by Alrik Koudenburg and Joost van Bleiswijk.

The whole construction is made out of more than 500 square metres of reinforced cardboard. The 1500 separate pieces were slotted together using no glue or fixings.

Photography by Joachim Baan.







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Opening Retreat at Kunstfort by UN Studio, Asperen, Netherland


Dutch architects UN Studio have created an installation in an abandoned fort as part of RETREAT, an art exhibition that they have curated at Fort Asperen near Leerdam in the Netherlands.



Opening RETREAT Exhibition at KunstFort Asperen, curated by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos / UNStudio – 28 June open for public.

On June 28th the exhibition RETREAT at KunstFort Asperen will be open to the public. Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos invited 12 artists to exhibit works which provide surprising interpretations on the theme of RETREAT from differing disciplines and perspectives.


The theme shares a close affinity with the work of Van Berkel and Bos, which combines a rich and diverse theoretical position and  to which the artists respond in their own ways with very specific ideas surrounding spatial experience.


UNStudio has designed a spatial installation which reinterprets the organization of the fort and forms the binding element between the exhibited works. The structure winds through the fort like a ribbon, playing with the changing perceptions and experiences of the space, both literally and symbolically. The material and the diamond structure of the installation reflect the exhibited artworks which are installed around the fort.




Via designboom.

Images from UNStudio.


Cardboard Cloud installation by Fantastic Norway, Oslo, Norway


Recently opened an exhibition featuring a giant pixaletaed cloud made of suspended cardboard boxes at the Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) in Oslo, Norway. The design is made by Fantastic Norway architects!

The clouds consists of over 3000 cardboard boxes and divdes the large exhibition space into smaller areas. Enjoy the pictures!



“Cardboard Cloud // Description

The ”Cardboard Cloud” is an exhibition designed for the Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) in Norway / Oslo. The exhibition aims to displays work done by Norwegian design students. Fantastic Norway Architects designed the architectural framework for the exhibition.

Being that the exhibition is set to present brand new design objects, we decided to base the architectural concept on the thrill of unpacking.


The installation consists of over 3000 hanging cardboard boxes resembling a large pixilated cloud, hovering over the exhibited material. The construction creates a large variety of spaces, from cave like to lifted and open areas, inside the 350m2 exhibition hall.

04The objects and design concepts are exhibited both inside and outside the boxes. In an environmental perspective the ambition was to create an exhibition with focus on reuse and low material cost.

The cardboard boxes will be recycled at the end of the exhibition, which only leaves wires as leftovers.


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Urban Camping by Import.Export architecture, Belgium


Some stuff from home! Belgian architects import.export architects have created a mobile multi-storey structure that allows people to camp in urban areas. The structure is made out off steel and supports four platforms on which tents can be pitched.


05Camping is defined as ‘getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or more nights on a location’. As such, the phrase Urban Camping contradicts itself.

import.export ARCHITECTURE (Oscar Rommens en Joris Van Reusel, architecten) designed a new type of ‘small scale’ urban camping. The mobile UC can be implanted in any city centre that likes to experiment with this new type of camping. UC is a place where adventurous city wanderers can stay overnight, meet other campers and find a safe shelter with basic designed practical facilities.

From 24th April until 24th May 2009, UC was constructed for the first time on the Antwerp shores of the Scheldt, for the Kaailand Festival exhibition on mobile architecture.

This summer, UC will have a temporary resurrection by the Antwerp tourist service in Copenhagen, for the occasion of the project OUTCITIES from 25th July until 1st August, to promote the city of Antwerp and its innovative policy in terms of tourism.



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P.S.1 Summer 2009: Blow Up by BSC Architecture

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NY-based architects BSC Architecture was a finalist this year’s in MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program competition.  BSC Architecture was not the winner but designed a very interesting and beautiful pavilion.

(Click here to view the winning project by MOS) link to Bustler

For more than a decade, the annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program has challenged emerging architecture firms to temporarily remake the P.S. 1 courtyard within strict limits of time and budget, serving as a kind of stress-test of the state of contemporary architectural practice.

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The issues of our time call for a renewed excitement about the joys of lightness, precision and efficiency. PSi: Summer Blow Up transforms the environment of the existing courtyard using an absolute economy of physical material: less material deployed means less mass transported to the site; less material discarded at the end of the summer, and a minimum of resources consumed in the processes of manufacturing, fabrication and removal.

Beginning with the ideal of a cloud, the lightest and most economical source of summer shade, PSi uses air as a structural medium to inflate and suspend diaphanous volumes of ultra-lightweight fabric over the concrete and gravel courtyard. The geometric form of the torus, a perfectly efficient pneumatic shape, provides the basic unit that is repeated, interlinked and modulated to form a hovering cloud.

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shadowsAs with a true cloud, microclimates of shade and sun; humidity and dryness are created. Patterns of overlapping shadows animate the hard surfaces of the courtyard, providing respite from the sun on a hot day while apertures in the centers of the translucent toruses, like gaps in passing clouds, frame views of the sky above. Widely varying in size and height, the toruses are subtly deformed by internal pressure in response to the various activities of the shady space below: reclining, splashing, sunbathing, chatting. Concealed strips of clear material sewn into the fabric activate the glowing volumes of the inflatable with slowly moving arcs of sunlight. As the afternoon stretches into evening, and the sun lowers over the city, the cloud glows, bathing partygoers in a soft light.

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The torus clouds touch down with seven inflated legs which modulate and subdivide the space and experience of the courtyard. As one walks through, views alternately open and close; the space is impossible to fully understand from any single position.

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PSi will be prefabricated offsite and installed in a matter of hours. In its entirety, the material and equipment necessary for the installation will weigh less than one ton and amount to a single load on a pickup truck. For the duration of the installation the small amount of energy necessary to power the fans will be offset by electricity generated by air, in the form of wind, at a site in upstate New York. Finally, in a departure from past installations, the project is designed to be easily redeployable, and will have a life beyond the approaching summer.

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 Via Bustler / More info and pictures on studio BSC Architecture


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