Posts Tagged ‘modular’

The Man with the Golden Gun – James Bond

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So this is how the last energy crisis looked, in spy fiction anyway. The James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974, which unfortunately starred Roger Moore rather than Sean Connery, revolves around the capture of an innovative solar energy device funded by the villain Scaramanga and coveted by MI5, which desires the world-dominating powers it confers for itself.

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Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Australia, by Clive Wilkinson Architects

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Bank in Sydney, Australia, built like a vertical Greek village. Clive Wilkinson Architects. I actually can’t decide if I like this or not. I like the idea, but it still feels a little cold. Of course, it’s a bank, which to me might never feel right, architecturally speaking.

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Vancouver, if Tokyo doesn’t want the Nakagin Capsule Tower, let’s ship it over here.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

It shouldn’t be that difficult; it comes apart. The owner residents of Tokyo’s famous Nakagin Capsule Tower have voted to demolish it and rebuild a “modern” tower on the same location, which is now a valuable property adjacent to the Ginza district. See the recent article by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in the NYT and an interesting post on pingmag.

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Home 1980!

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

From the standpoint of 1970, this is apparently how “1980” was going to look. Actually, this vision wasn’t that far off, not as far off as Kubrick’s 1968 vision of what the year  2001 would look like. Above, a “think shell” from the total modular interior design concept known as “Home 1980.” IKEA needs to steal this idea.

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Roger Tallon’s helicoid spiral staircase

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

This disassemblable spiral staircase by French industrial designer Roger Tallon is, not surprisingly, in the design collection of the MOMA. It is both ingenious in engineering terms and beautiful. Tallon is one of those prolific and versatile designers responsible for a diverse collection of projects. Among many other things these include the Wimpy chair, cutlery, TVs, sinks, France’s streamlined TVG high speed train, and more recently he was the design director for the Eurostar trains as well.

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The Standard Hotel in New York

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Tip! Thanks to the recession, NYC hotel room rates are way down, and if you can also take advantage of a new hotel’s soft launch prices – the new Standard Hotel is sort of open while they iron out the bugs – you can get an amazing deal for a week in New York.

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