Endlessly appealing: A stair by dRMM.

A highlight of the London Design Festival will no doubt be this staircase at the Tate Modern designed by architects dRMM. The design is inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher who’s images of endless stairs are endlessly fascinating.

This “Endless Stair” is made from laminated tulipwood and will give visitors wonderful views over the river Thames, as well as a visceral sculptural experience.

At its highest level, the stair is 7.7m tall and can be walked every day from dawn to dusk. At night, the piece becomes an illuminates sculptural art work.

Christopher C. Hill.

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An inflatable tea house by Kengo Kuma.

The Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma has designed this inflatable building which is on show at the National Textile and Industrial Museum in Augsburge, Germany. The inflatable envelope resembles two golf balls from the outside.

Tea ceremonies will be performed in the building as well as various cultural workshops until the 17th August. Read more

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Hello Wood, a festival of art with …wood in Budapest.

POLIPHONY: Moomoo Architects.

Dubbed the Woodstock of architecture, “Hello Wood” is a week long maker’s festival where around 120 young designers get the opportunity to work alongside architects, artists, makers and other experts, in a free exchange of knowledge and culture. The aim is to strengthen the notion of thinking and working in a context where commitment to community is at the heart of the agenda.

At the end of the week long art camp,12 installations were created which are then judged by the jury of professionals. This year Polish Moomoo Architects were the winners with their piece, “Poliphony”. Read more

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London’s new airport concept by Foster and Partners.

Images: Foster and Partners.

The ability of the UK authorities to procrastinate over the planning of crucial infrastructure projects is remarkable. Party and local politics, as well as “Not In My Back Yard” attitudes are all allowed to frustrate certain key projects such as power, airports and railways.

In an attempt to do something about London’s lack of capacity at its main airport, Heathrow, the Mayor of London is working with Foster and Partners to develop a concept for a new hub airport in the Thames estuary.

This masterplan has been submitted to a government commission who are looking into the problem. We take a look at the key features. Read more

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Lampshade shower. By Nendo for Axor.

Photo credits: Flodeau.

As first year students, my friends and I, thought it would be good to throw a party where each of us would decorate one room of our shared house. My contribution to the party was the dining room. In it, I suspended the dining table, chairs and rug upside down from the ceiling.

Complete with a concept, centred on the notion of dislocated spatial queues, I retired confident it would be the star attraction of the party. It is still embarrassing to confess, that I imagined guests would be queuing to lay on the floor and stare at the installation, overawed at the space in which they rested! In the end, nobody dared enter, and the guests retired to the kitchen as they always do.

In a precise and calculated way, Oki Sato from the Japanese design firm Nendo, has found the same point of fear that I stumbled over as a student. He uses it with consummate skill to terrorise the viewer by suggesting that mixing water with electricity in the setting of the living room is something they could enjoy. A thrilling prospect! The installation goes by the name of “Water Dream”.

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