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The Swimming Pools of Alberto Campo Baeza

While the weather is scorching hot in New York City, it is a great time to daydream about the perfect open air swimming pool. I’m not talking about the cloyingly chlorinated rooftop “member’s only” vats that seem to be city crossroads of vulgarians, but instead the thoughtfully placed, elegant pool that is at peace with its environment, and is as inviting as it is a compliment to architecture or landscape.

Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza is a genius of sorts when it comes to pools, their proportion to structure, and involving them in the poetry of space. Here are five striking designs from Estudio Campo Baeza that beautifully incorporate the swimming pool.

House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza
House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza
House of the Infinite (2014), Cádiz, photos by Javier Callejas

 

Rufo House by Alberto Campo Baeza

Rufo House (2009), Toledo, photo by Javier Callejas

 

Gaspar House by Alberto Campo Baeza

Gaspar House, Cádiz (1992), photo by Hisao Suzuki

 

De Blas House by Alberto Campo Baeza

De Blas House, Madrid (2000), photo by Hisao Suzuki

 

Casa Guerrero by Alberto Campo Baeza

Guerrero House, Cádiz (2005), photo by Roland Halbe

 

More at: Alberto Campo Baeza

Listening / Viewing: Hurts – Some Kind of Heaven

Directed by Chino Moya.

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

In the Chiltern Hills of England stands the Fayland House, a single-storey, landscape-aware residence designed by renowned British architect David Chipperfield. The Fayland house was recently awarded “Best New House” by the UK’s Architectural Review.

The building was conceived as a “large earthwork,” dug into the sloping ground of the heavily wooded, chalk-grounded Chiltern Hills. The walls, columns, and plinth were constructed from custom-made white brick, set into a lime mortar that was applied then sponged to leave a thin residue, resulting in a color that would be similar to the chalk beneath the house. The colonnade is fronted by 11 broad columns, extending the length of the facade and sheltering the outdoor space that is connected to several of the house’s rooms.

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

To negotiate the ground’s changing levels, the structure is built on an ample plinth, which the studio compares to a “dam sitting on the sups of the slope.” “On one hand the house appears as a natural escarpment in the landscape, while on the other it affirms itself as a man-made structure expressed by the robust brick columns placed in front.” 

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Behind the walls, four open air courtyards are concealed, and it is through the largest courtyard on one end that the main entrance is formed.

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Fayland House by David Chipperfield Architects

Inside the house, the brick walls have been left exposed, beautifully conversing with a bare concrete soffit and polished terrazzo floors. With one sprawling level, the house’s main areas are arranged to best utilize the front-facing design, as well as the inner courtyards, with a guest area at its own end of the building.

More at: David Chipperfield Architects
Photos: Simon Menges

Listening / Viewing: Panteros666 featuring Woodkid – Clear

Directed by Inès & Victor.

En Plein Vol: Kinetic Hair Dryer Installations by Antoine Terrieux

In this video, you can see the mesmerizing work of magician, juggler, and artist Antoine Terrieux, as part of an installation that took place at the Maison des Jonglages (House of Juggling) in La Courneuve, France.

The kinetic artworks are made possible by calculated placement of hair dryers, which create such scenes as a perpetually flying paper airplane, a dancing string, and a water vapor vortex.

Music by Egokind & Ozean.

Ovo iPhone Amplifier

Ovo iPhone Amplifier

Ovo iPhone Amplifier

There have been several attempts to bridge high technology and traditional analogue audio design values, but few have been as graceful as May May Design and Andrea Maldifassi’s Ovo marble iPhone amplifier, produced by Monitillo Marmi.

Italian marble house Monitillo Marmi has been working in the stone field for many years, typically in architectural elements such as counters and wash basins; with advances in technology and interest in the material, they have debuted a collection of design goods in collaboration with a wide range of artists, which includes this resourceful design.

The passive amplifier (compatible with iPhone 5s or 6) is carved and hand-finished from a single block of Carrara marble and includes no electric parts, relying solely on simple sound diffusion and projection through form. Although the concept is straightforward, the sculptural piece allows for listening modes as based on placement: either positioned lying down for direct sound, or propped up for higher projection.

$370, available at Designboom

Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson Studio

Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson

Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson

Rain Lamp by Richard Clarkson

We are all taught that water and electricity should never mix, but Richard Clarkson Studio has ingeniously (and safely) designed a lamp that perfectly highlights how well they can work together.

The Rain lamp is a hanging acrylic globe that uses light, water, and an intricate, discreet pump to create a rippling light projection on whatever surface is below. Inside the globe: an LED light bulb, a pool of water, and the circulating pump, which carries droplets of water from the bottom to be released around the bulb; as these drops form and fall to the pool, the light changes and refracts, magnified by the globe itself.

The Rain lamp hangs by aircraft cable, and is available in brass or white finish, in 12” or 16” size. From $940.

More at: Richard Clarkson Studio









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