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TOP 10 bike designs of 2017 (PHOTOS)

bikes have drastically changed the way we navigate and pedal our way through cities, facilitating how we get from A to B. we’ve come a long way since the draisine was invented in the early 19th century, and 2017 continued to prove what the powerful future of two-wheeled transportation might look like. from transparent bike frames to electric velocipedes, designboom brings you a survey of the top 10 bike designs of 2017.

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Gap-Filling Urban Abodes

The shapes of each loft are different and take forms as mundane as a circle and as crazy as an alien from Space Invaders. Live Between Buildings was designed for some of the world’s most cramped cities, including New York and Tokyo. The concept certainly seems viable and it may only be a matter of time before architects begin looking between buildings.

Live Between Buildings is a series of conceptual lofts designed to maximize space in urban areas. These lofts would be built in the narrow gaps between buildings, as indicated by the design’s name. Dutch design duo Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann created Live Between Buildings for the New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, a contest held by rooftop window maker Farko and the architecture magazine A10 New European.


Underground Home Designs – Swiss Mountain House Rocks

In underground home designs, this unusual house plan is the collaboration between the Netherlands architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.


This underground home, located in the Swiss village of Vals, is set amidst a cluster of mountain houses and if you don’t look carefully you might miss it!


The most striking thing about this stone house is the majestic Alpine view through a wide, elliptical opening in the hillside, revealing spacious outdoor entertaining areas that lead to the home’s main entrance.


Another entrance from a nearby barn leads residents and guests through an underground pathway, providing an alternate entryway into the home.


The circular opening in the mountainside allows for lots of windows, which flood interiors with natural light while framing the stunning mountain views. SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects











There isn’t much understanding on Chinese’s maritime past (PHOTOS) De Zeen Magazine

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

Set to be completed in 2015, the National Maritime Museum of China by Australian studio Cox Rayner Architects will be a 80,000 square metre museum located in Tianjin, China.

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

“China has been built on water,” says Rayner. “Not only has it been very much related to the sea, but it was built on canals and that’s how it evolved.”

“There’s a feeling that there isn’t much understanding of China’s maritime past. [The Chinese government] wanted the world and also their own people to understand more about how the country evolved from a water perspective.”

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

The design of the museum features five separate halls that spread out like a fan, each of which will be dedicated to a different aspect of China’s marine heritage.

“We wanted to segment it, to stop it from becoming one very large object,” explains Rayner.

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

“The brief consisted of a series of different themes, so we felt there was a good reason to give each of those an identity. So the form you see in the plan was in part about giving them a distinction and then converging to show how each of those things might relate to each other.”

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

However, Rayner reveals that the exact form of the building is still evolving, as his team are having to redesign parts of the museum as they go to accommodate the different artefacts the Chinese government is acquiring to fill it.


“Museums at that scale need about a million artefacts to occupy them, so the government has been very rapidly trying to collect elements to work in it,” he says.

“So the design has had to adapt post competition to fit some of the things that are going to be in there. It has been an evolving process.”

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

The design team are also up against a very strict timescale to finish the project, he says.

“The government announced that, no matter what, they wanted the project completed at the end of 2015, which in our terms is a record time to do a project,” Rayner explains.

National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects

“They’re about to start putting the piling in at the end of this month, so it’s a very immediate kind of start but we’ve designed it in such a way that the piling and the main floor can be put in and we’ve still got plenty of flexibility to develop the curatorial brief as we go on.”

Betaray spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon

betaray spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon

last year, german architect andré broessel of rawlemon presented designboom with his spherical glass solar energy generator concept in its early prototyping stages. developed as a stand-alone power charger station for electro-mobility, the project uses the advantageous strategy of implementing a ball lens and specific geometrical structure to improve energy efficiency by 35% when compared to existing photo-voltaic panels. by combining symmetrical and transparent spherical geometry as a concentrator lens and emitter, the unique dual axis tracking system can be fully incorporated into any building surface, improving existing efficiency and offering up to 99% transparency.

‘in addition to increased and optimum solar performance, the design offers benefits for users, designers and architects,’ explains broessel. ‘unlike any existing solar technology, the design and its dematerialized aesthetic permits high transparency and full building integration with no weather impact, due to its dual axis tracking system. the design allows the possibility to connect both standard and hybrid collectors in order to convert electricity and/or thermal energy, offering a scalable, reversible, self-sufficient system.’

in contrast to its traditional photo-voltaic ‘dual-axis’ counterparts, the generator incorporates a fully rotational weatherproof natural optical tracking device that is adequate for functioning on inclined surfaces and curtain walls, empowering any building surface. the new solar generating concept even has the capability to concentrate diffused daylight or moonlight for a more effective site context application. on a cloudy day, the device produces 4 times more energy than a conventional PV system.betaray prototype

the unit comes with a modular collector system that charges and stores energy both night and day. by reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with a transparent liquid filled sphere point focusing concentrator, the collector module can be expanded with a stirling engine to generate surplus electricity.betaray energy collectordesign studiesrawlemon microtrack systemconcept

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10 vertical farms designed to bring farming into the urban world

10 vertical farms designed to bring farming into the urban world

Vertical farming

Migration to urban areas is becoming quite common and in the next 10-20 years they will house a major chunk of the world population. Space will definitely become a constraint in the already congested cities. The huge number of people will put heavy demand on the resources. Thus, looking for sustainable designs that can support the eco system and economy of this concentrated population set is a must. Food sourced from rural areas would be insufficient to meet the demands of this vast population. A viable answer to the quandary is to expand vertically. Thus, developing self sustaining farms vertically in the overcrowded city will help immensely. A list of some has been provided below.

1. Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm

Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm

Built alongside the Thames and London bridge in the capital city of UK, this structure inspired from a bee hive is a residential building as well as a vertical garden. Conceptualized by Xome Arquitectos, the ecological wonder of this structure does not end here, it can also produce energy and harvest rainwater. The rainwater amassed is used in toilets, bathrooms and for hydroponics. The plants though cultivated at the center of the structure grow out and hang on the outside of the edifice.

2. The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly

The massive size and unique shape of this structure will command attention and stand out against the New York skyline. There are 132 floors and the width is spread across 600 meters. In this dragonfly shaped structure, there will be 28 farms producing grains, vegetables, dairy, and meat. The steel and glass structure is self sustaining for its energy needs and will be powered by biowaste, wind and solar energy. A brainchild of architect Vincent Callebaut, it will be laid out at the Roosevelt island in Manhatten, New York.

3. Clepsydra Urban Farming

Clepsydra Urban Farming

This tall all glass edifice will serve as a farm and either a residential or commercial building. Based on the concept of a greenhouse, the Clepsydra Urban Farming plan houses eco friendly features and can be erected alongside any building like a residential tower, school, shopping mall, office, etc. The construction will have 10 storey’s and will produce food equivalent to yields of about 6 acres of farms.

4. UPI-2M proposes biofuel generating vertical farms


This tall and curvy building will cultivate algae, which will be used to produce clean and green bio fuel. Farms called Biooctanic will make use of bamboo and algae to generate this fuel. As land space shrinks, cultivating algae vertically comes as a feasible solution. The bio fuel will also encourage oxygen generation, plant growth whilst reducing air pollution.

5. Harvest vertical farm

Harvest vertical farm

Not only humans, but animals and plants can also be housed in the tall vertical skyscraper like construction. As land area becomes sparse to meet the requirements of an ever growing population, Romses Architects have come up with a vertical building in Vancouver that will accommodate livestock and fishes. The building powered by green energy will also be used to cultivate food crops.

6. Vertical farm with wind turbines

Vertical farm with wind turbines

Built by Dallas Skyfarm, the lower floors will house large trees while the upper level will be used to tend a shallow hydroponic system. Powered by wind energy, the lower levels will actually be used as parks. On the higher floors of the building fruits and vegetables will be farmed.

7. Whittier Organic Food Center

Whittier Organic Food Center

This design has won the coveted Caven Family Traveling Fellowship 2011 which was given to Daniel Toole, a student at the University of Oregon. It not only reduces carbon emissions but also reduces the cost of generating green energy. In this concept, the green house structure has been inverted to utilize wind, solar and hydro energy.

8. Off-shore vertical farm concept

Off-shore vertical farm concept

This framework will stand tall over water instead of land and thus will be able to harness energy from water, waves, sun, and wind much better than any land structure can. Australian architect Ruwan Fernando has contemplated building several levels that can be used for different purposes like dwellings and farming. Sea water is desalinized and used while minerals are soaked in to nourish food crops.

9. London Bridge Vertical farming

London Bridge Vertical farming

The London bridge in the future will be transformed into a truly majestic spectacle as it will house farmlands and also solar generators. Thought up by Laurie Chetwood, it will be situated in the Thames and will have a commercial center and organic farms.

10. VEIL-Sustainable vertical farm concept


Victorian Eco Innovation Lab has engineered that vertical farms will require a new set of technology. The large floor plates in the structure are open and will grow food hydroponically. The building also boasts of bio recycling, café, research center and an office.

The Best on show at this year’s design miami (PHOTOS)

new york-based architectural studio formlessfinder has installed a temporary pavilion at the entrance, made of an enormous mound of  miami’s sand surplus, with a cantilevered aluminum roof structure. located in a big white tent across the street from the art basel venue, the miami beach’s convention center, design miami is offering a platform for emerging talents, museum-quality works and cultural programming with panels and lectures, featuring speakers architect richard meier and media mogul martha steward.

the best on show at this year's design miami

it is about functional objects. collectible, but still functional.’ says marianne goebl, the new director of design miami, now in its seventh year and with a record of 28 galleries showcasing collectible furniture, lighting, jewelry, and objets d’art. ‘this is our biggest show to date, in number of exhibitors and total surface area.’

jean prouvé 8x8m / 26.2 x 26.2 ft demountable house, original from 1945 in metal and wood at galerie patrick seguin. 

the spotlights were on precursors of prefab houses (in full-scale on display) by modern masters jean prouvé (a number were made but only two apparently remain from 1944, one was on show at galerie patrick seguin) and charlotte perriand (‘la maison au bord de l’eau / house at the edge of the water’, designed for a competition in 1934, but never actually built, now presented by louis vuitton and displayed at the raleigh hotel). cassina showed a limited edition of the famed LC4 and paid tribute to perriand with an exhibition of her photography, meanwhile gallery downtown laffanour had a special exhibition ‘charlotte perriand – a house in montmartre’.

louis vuitton displayed ‘la maison au bord de l’eau’, a never-before built project by charlotte perriand at a design miami satellite event the raleigh hotel.

pharrell visits galerie laffanour's charlotte perriand exhibition at design miami

designboom spotted pharrell at galerie downtown laffanour presenting ‘charlotte perriand – a house in montmartre’.

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OMA / shohei shigematsu’s model in the exhibition ‘four (4): new visions for living in miami’. coconut grove’s waterfront development by terra group and its partner, the related group, together sponsored a design competition, soliciting four teams of high-profile architects to present their visions for developing the parcel. these proposals were unveiled at design miami. the exhibit included the winning design by OMA / shohei shigematsu.

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not to be missed was dutch designer simon heijdens’ collaboration with french champagne house perrier-jouët. he spent a year creating this mesmerizing light installation of 3-drawings in ‘sparkling liquid’.

‘metamorphosis’ gives insight into the ongoing collaboration of designer maria pergay with the italian label FENDI. aged 81, pergay is still designing remarkable objects and products using steel, glass, leather and fur, on show bathed in reflections of light naturally projected by metallic curtain strips.

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walter lamb seating at mark mcdonald. in the late ’40s, lamb stretched nautical cotton cording across bronze frames to create elegant outdoor furniture.

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jonathan muecke at volume gallery.

‘mystic garden’, a vibrant brass petal screen and plant lamp by algerian artist taher chemirik exhibited at galerie BSL. also the new light pieces by ayala serfaty were very beautiful.

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Dupont™ Corian® has been transformed into a very thin magnificent peacock feather chair created by uufie and shown at the rossana orlandi booth.

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mini flower offering chair by satyendra pakhale at gabrielle ammann gallery

venetian glass makers wonderglass launched a limited edition ‘night flow[T]‘ by nao tamura, the sculptural light display features hand-blown glass chandeliers. 

R 20th century gallery showed the latest hand-made works from german toy-maker renate müller. her creations were tested by psychiatric hospitals and clinics in the ’70ies and were used for balance training and orthopedic exercise as well as for sensory exercises and hand-eye coordination.

swarovski crystal palace’s mangue groove installation by guilherme torres.

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circuit boards, computer chips and wires form furniture designed by benjamin rollins caldwell, on display at theindustry gallery’s booth.

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