The Weekn’der, designed by Lazor Office (NOT Located on the Head of a Shark…)

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When explaining some of the features of their Week’nder building, located in Ashland County, Wisconsin, design firm Lazor Office states that the structure opens and closes, as the façades transition from transparent and bright to dark and opaque as you transverse around the exterior or the interior. The wood (plywood and pine) and steel (corrugated and smooth) supported building’s design and construction is based on two prefabricated modules delivered by truck and ferries, minimal concrete for foundation and bottle jacks instead of a crane. The combined parallel modules contained the three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and additional infrastructure, and were joined together with a shared gable roof that itself created an shared and tent-like “dry-space”. The aforementioned design and structural materials give the weekend getaway cabin a rustic feel, as well as a additionally balanced coordination of various colors and textures. Continue reading “The Weekn’der, designed by Lazor Office (NOT Located on the Head of a Shark…)”

Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters

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This 2015 building is the epitome of modern architecture; plain-looking (or boring to some) while still being elegant in its simplicity of design and materiality. The Saengthai Rubber Headquarters building (which is basically in the form of two boxes wrapped with a black concrete frame) is located in front of a 50-year-old factory compound on Poochaosamingprai Road — say that five times fast — in Samut Prakan, Thailand, Bangkok’s historical industrial development area. The building’s expressive gesture is part of a strategy to use it as a symbolic gateway to the district. Continue reading “Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters”

THE TIN MAN AS A HOUSE?!?!? – WIRed #126

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It’s time for Episode 126 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a house inspired by the Wizard of Oz’s Tim Man character, my favorite features of VLC, get your Vampire Killer on in LittleBigPlanet 3, and Eric Bischoff’s latest wrestling project! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “THE TIN MAN AS A HOUSE?!?!? – WIRed #126”

A Tin Man-inspired, umm, Tinman House in Bangkok

I guess it’s safe to say that the owner of the building REALLY likes steel structures; might have to so with its high resiliency, performance under difficult conditions, and quick assembly .  Anyway, the ‘Tin Man’ building showcases a simple and straightforward — yet still distinctive — design using structural steel as the primary material. Interestingly, the use of structural steel also reflects the construction process’ flexibility and represent the quality of the ‘Truth to materials’ architectural design process. Located in the heart of Bangkok — where there’s a concern with the limitations of land use — ‘Tin Man’ is a 3-story house designed to save as much space as possible under the 6 meter-span of structural steel. The owner of the house is a fan of the Tinman character from L. Frank Baum’s classic book, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ in which the Tinman is a representation of one being with a humble, honest heart. Continue reading “A Tin Man-inspired, umm, Tinman House in Bangkok”

The Conservative Conservatory by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos

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This structure by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos is a conservatory for plants and people, including a lookout onto the garden and the night sky while being sheltered from the elements. It serves as an extension to a rural retreat, providing space for a growing family with a living room and special space for growing and enjoying plants from other climates. The building is light and transparent, organized into five glass-panelled rooms, and finished with utility areas in two Stone volumes. Continue reading “The Conservative Conservatory by Lorenzo Alvarez Arquitectos”

Is That ‘Cousin Itt’ or a New Waterfront Building in Japan?

Okay, I know I’m not the only person who is seeing this, but does this new building in Aomori resemble a certain popular member of the Addams’ Family, only in rectangular form? I’m pretty sure that’s not was what Molo, d/dt and Frank la Riviere Architects Inc. had intended, but oh well; the building’s done and it still looks really nice.  They designed the Nebuta-no-ie Warasse with 12-meter-tall steel ribbons running around the façade of the building. The building officially opened in January 2013 in recognition of the Nebuta Festival (origin 8th century), a paper lantern celebration that takes place in Aomori every August. What ceremony is that again, you ask? Well, every year, the festival’s five best paper floats win a spot on display inside the bronzy Cousin Itt-ish building. It may only be poetic if the first set of award-winning paper floats are just as strange and shiny as this building.  We can only hope…. Continue reading “Is That ‘Cousin Itt’ or a New Waterfront Building in Japan?”

Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

Check out this lovely watertower by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin called, surprise-surprise, Watertower. This 25′ by 10′ patchwork watertower structure stands at 14-foot-tall, and is made from 1,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglas from New York and steel from Pennsylvania.  It currently rests on top of a building that houses the artist’s studios at 120 Jay Street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn. Starting on June 7th (that’s tomorrow), the … Continue reading Artsy, Beautiful Stained-Plexiglas Watertower Lights Up the Brooklyn Skyline

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Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.

Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do.   Continue reading “Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)”

Antibacterial Stainless Steel Developed; KILLS GERMS DEAD!

Say goodbye to seeing this on a regular basis (if your one of those lazy people who apparently DON’T KNOW HOW to wash or clean dishes); I mean, it is cheaper and it saves more water (which saves $$$ on your water bill) to hand-wash dishes than to use a dishwasher.  Ok, sorry; my rant is over.

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