PANTONE, founded in the 1950’s has given the world of design a colourful insight and has been transcending through the graphic arts community for decades. As the importance of colour has evolved so has the company and the ways PANTONE is being incorporated into design projects. Above is the wonderful PANTONEHOTEL situated in Brussels and boasting many vibrant and beautiful attributes of their ethos.
Belgian interior designer Michel Penneman and Belgian architect Olivier Hannaert designed the hotel to have each of the hotel’s seven floors enlightened by different color palettes to complement guests’ emotions with distinctive hues – whether vivid or subdued.
The idea for a hotel came from an orange PANTONEBAG which Michel Pennemean bought 8 years ago during an exhibition of the first product to be developed from and labeled PANTONE.
Situated in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland, Whitepod offers a camp of 15 dome shaped pods with luxury bedding, fully-fitted bathrooms and an impressive view on the Alps. Overlooking the stunning Lake Geneva, the website explains the features of the pods:
The cozy tents are furnished carefully with unique and antique objects from the region, soft carpet and large comfortable beds. The Scandinavian designed bathrooms are directly linked with warmed spring water. Wood stoves and good insulation guarantee a very high comfort and warmth atmosphere all day and night long. A pod is a geodesic structure anchored on wooden platforms, and naturally isolated from the cold and the snow.
Above is the Fallen Star sculpture at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, the project took seven years in the making and was supported by $1.3 million investment from private donations. Designed by Do Ho Suh particularly famous for his unusual and adaptive approach to architecture and installations. The permanent sculpture balancing off the edge of the building was the 18th such to be built for UCSD’s Stuart Collection, and is fully complete with a front lawn, brick walkway, garden and lawn chairs. Even with the interior is fully furnished. Do Ho Suh explains how to project was about:
Home, cultural displacement, the perception of our surroundings, and how one constructs a memory of a space.
Whilst this may seem to be something from a Sci-fi movie, it is in fact an installation designed byJohn Kennedy as part of an ongoing regeneration project. Known as the Halo, this mysterious structure is built on a reclaimed landfill site in Rawtenstall, England. ‘Halo’ is the centrepiece of panopticons art projects and a stunning spot for photography Christopher Furlong (Getty Images) discovered. The ‘Halo‘ is an 18m-diameter steel lattice structure supported on a tripod five metres above the ground. The core is open at the top, framing views of the sky. It is lit after dark using low-energy LEDs powered by an adjacent wind turbine and glows a sky-blue colour, giving the effect of hovering above the town.
Though these pictures may look like the blueprints to your standard, albeit rather extravagant, theme park thrill, this extraordinary ride certainly has a more sinister underbelly than any other ride you may have experienced. Named the ‘Euthanasia Coaster’ and described by it’s creator, Lithuanian Multidisciplinary Artist, Julijonas Urbonas,as “a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being” this piece of engineering genius has certainly gained it’s fair share of attention, since it’s debut showing as part of the HUMAN+ display at the Science Gallery in Dublin from April, 2011.
Prior to his design’s completion, Urbonas consulted Doctors at the Imperial College of London in order to know the exact affects of the ‘Euthanasia Coaster’ and, with terminology destined to make the Science-lovers amongst you swoon, found that the estimated results showed that a single ride on this literal ‘death trap’ would induce Cerebral Hypoxia, otherwise known as a lack of oxygen supply to the brain, with symptoms such as Greyout, Tunnel Vision, Blackout and G-LOC (G-Force induced loss of consciousness) being consequently followed by Cerebral Anoxia, in other words, leaving each passenger brain dead, due to it’s blistering 100 meters-per-second speed and 60 second exposure to 10g.
This portable beach house is built around core values of simplicity, functionality and smallness, the house on sleds sits within the sun kissed landscape of the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand.
The Architects responsible for such a creation is the Auckland based Crosson,Clarke, Carnachan Architects.
“The hut then transforms into a sun drenched haven, opening up to the views of the surf and the distant Mercury Islands.”
This encapsulates the holiday home essence with its confinement, of which many families would not adapt to, this family however relish in these plights; cooking, dining, sleeping and showering. All basking in the glorious sunspace of the utopist white sand beach of Coromandel Peninsula.
Next time you head over to Costa Rica you might want to stay in this hotel. Yes i said that right, this refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 has been turned into a hotel for your relaxing needs.
At this height, you will enjoy scenic ocean and jungle views from the hard wood deck built atop the plane’s former right wing. The plane’s interior is Costa Rican teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. Our 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms–one with two queen sized beds and the other with one queen sized bed, each with its own private bath—a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, dining area foyer; an ocean view terrace; a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase; and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens.
Johannesburg studio GASS Architecture have recently completed the Westcliff Pavilion. Located in Johannesburg, South Africa. This stunning residence combines stunning interior with the natural exterior of the surrounding area. The trees and shrubbery provide privacy and closure whilst allowing a roomy living experience.
Whistler is a beautiful Canadian resort town located in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in Canada. Located there is this massive residence featured 5 bedrooms, heated outdoor living spaces with a pool. Im afraid unless you have around $9 million you dont have much chance of living here though.
There’s nothing more exciting than all of the different architecture that cities bestow upon us. The old, the new, the refurbished– it all has a place within the urban areas that are so dense and diverse. The “Flip House” by Fougeron Architecture is one of those that just amazes and inspires over and over.
Sitting up high above Clifton, this house connects a hillside garden on the east through the generous living space to the expansive Atlantic Ocean to the west. The site enjoys spectacular views, both of the sea and Lions Head and these views and the impact of the sun were key informants contributing to the overall design. Designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
A custom-designed house for the universal human desires for both orderliness and spontaneity, while firmly rooting itself to the landscape and creating privacy by shaping the terrain. - Designed by Tsao & McKown Architects
A journey into the high mountain landscape surrounding the Aiguille du Midi can be made by the Panoramic Mont Blanc lift which is the highest cable car traverse in the world and which connects France and Italy. Above is the viewing platform and bridge suspended 3842m above sea level.
New York city-based studio Steven Harris Architects has designed the Casa Finisterra project. This 9,000 square foot, five bedroom, seven bath contemporary home sits upon a breathtaking Baja California peninsula.
Located in the Bavarian Forest National Park in Neuschonau, Germany is the world’s longest tree top walk. This fabulous nature trail culminates with an amazing 44 meter (144 ft) tree tower. With stunning views and fabulous bridges its a must see place for the nature lover.