The repetition of simple forms and materials give The Ironbank Building in Auckland, NZ a lot of design punch.

Trompe L’Oeil Daylight

Novel use of technology to overcome a design constraint: if you can’t have sunlight, create the perception that it’s there.  More photographs and text here.

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Dezeen has posted photographs here of some of the other pavilions due to open this weekend.  Photos of the Canada and UK pavilions were posted previously.  Some very innovative design on display here, but what’s up with Japan?

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This rendering is of a twelve unit condominium project just brought to market in Kolkata, India.  The building was designed by Piercy Connor Architects of the U.K.  For an in-depth description of the project, go here.

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A bold stroke that’s sure to polarize, the new Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter uses perforated metal screening to clad an existing industrial brick building making big impact in the process.  There are more images here.

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Traditional is nice, but…

…my “contemporist” inclinations are showing.  This retreat designed by Bjarko|Serra Architects of Seattle shows considerable simplicity and restraint without being cold or minimal.  There are more photographs here.

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Dutch company Peer+ has launched a new glazing product called “Smart Energy Glass” that provides three different states of shading (bright|dark|privacy) and generates electricity that can either be used in the building or contributed to the grid.  The first pilot projects in the Netherlands are currently under way.

SEG Dark
SEG Bright
SEG Privacy

This article in BCBusiness references a few of the new products including building products, fuel and furniture utilizing the millions of board feet of lodgepole pine laid to waste across the province.

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