Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots.

Lushan Primary School by Zaha Hadid Architects

Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up to 120 children, serving the 12 surrounding villages that have a total population of just 1,800.

Following a campus-style layout, the school will be split up into a series of individually housed classrooms, dormitories and utility buildings that will be orientated to receive optimal natural light. Continue reading

IDEA is an ironic “design supermarket” based on IKEA products

Niklas Jacob worked with 17 designers to produce a series of satirical flat-packed products in the style of IKEA furniture, for an installation at Milan design week.

The IDEA project is aimed as a reflection on the increasing popularity of furniture superstores, such as IKEA.

The Milan-based designer wanted to explore the relationship between “design supermarkets” and “flatpack philosophy”, where a piece of furniture is bought and assembled at home by the customer themselves. Continue reading

Sean Griffiths uses visual trickery inside London house extension

Optical illusions including a trompe l’oeil painting and mirrored walls alter the perception of space inside this extension to a south London house by architect Sean Griffiths.

161 Norwood Road by Sean Griffiths

The property is situated in a conservation area bordering Brockwell Park in the London Borough of Lambeth. Griffiths‘ design for the extension aims to increase the amount of light reaching the reconfigured interior.

The new addition is slotted onto a compact site to the rear of the existing building, and is carefully configured to achieve the required space whilst meeting strict local planning regulations. Some visual trickery helps to enhance the appearance of space. Continue reading