Tokujin Yoshioka’s Kou-an Glass Tea House reinterprets the traditional Japanese tea ceremony

“Nakanosawagawa Tree House” by Japanese architect Ryo Yamada


Architecture: Jenga-like Hong Kong hotel concept uses shipping containers as rooms



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At first glance, the Hive-Inn resembles a colorful set of stacked blocks that are reminiscent of the fun-yet-challenging game, Jenga. They are much than that, of course, and the individual elements make up a proposed hotel concept by Hong Kong-based architects at OVA Studio. The building, designed for the Radical Innovation Awards, is composed of recycled shipping containers whose modular design allows for rooms to be traded in and out without disturbing the surrounding containers.

This clever concept presents extensive branding opportunities. Since portions of the hotel can be changed, containers could be temporarily sponsored by companies like Ferrari, who would decorate the space inside and out. It would give fans of the product the opportunity to live in a place that’s crafted with a brand’s unique sensibility and aesthetic. As different partnerships begin and end, the exterior would always have something new for you to see.

Although presented as a hotel, the architects see other possibilities for Hive-Inn. They envision it for use in emergency housing or medical care units. Mobile apartments or offices are another option. Imagine if your home traveled with you as you moved from one country to another – you’d never be far from a warm, familiar place.


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Design: Ruan Hao’s CATable is a shared table that lets cats play while humans work


Bored Panda:


As cute and cuddly as cats are, they can be disruptive when they want to hang out and you need to work. With the help of Chinese architect and designer Ruan Hao and his new CATable, which he designed for Hangzhou and Hong Kong-based architecture firm LYCS, busy humans and bored cats may finally be able to coexist peacefully.

On its surface, the table is fairly normal. Below its plain wooden surface, however, is what the creators describe as a “paradise for cats.”

The thick table has a network of smooth wooden tunnels that are just the right size for your feline friend to creep and crawl through.

Perhaps most annoying is their propensity to sit on your keyboard (or lap) when you’re trying to work, which LYCS and Hao totally get “Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.” They also understand that cats love tight crawl spaces, which WE totally get – “A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole.”

There’s a ton of designers out there who are in the business of creating brilliant products and pieces of pet furniture that help us live more comfortably together with our pet companions.

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Design: CATable is a shared table that lets cats play while humans work








“Melco Macau”: Macau’s City of Dreams Hotel by architect Zaha Hadid

Universally revered architect Zaha Hadid will be making her own contribution to Macau’s bustling “City of Dreams” project with a new hotel tower to accompany the four that already exist on the property.

Marked by a beautiful sculptural design with an exposed exoskeleton, the 40-story monolithic structure will boast 150,000 square-meters of floor space, approximately 780 guest rooms (including sprawling suites and sky villas), and a variety of gaming rooms, atriums, and restaurants to go along with both a spa and sky pool. Reinforcing the dynamism of the design, the building’s exoskeleton optimizes the hotel’s interior layout by reducing internal structural requirements while also allowing for neatly-integrated entrances and exits.

Hadid’s “City of Dreams” hotel tower is on track for completion in 2017.


Design: Japanese architect Kengo Kuma creates an interior using wooden stacks



Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has layered wooden boards to create striations inside this workspace and cafe for an online restaurant guide based in Osaka.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma designed the interiors of two spaces for Gurunavi: one that’s used as a physical base and information centre for the Japanese restaurant guide and another that serves as a cafe.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

Both follow the same design language, with surfaces created using layers of plywood to create a landscape that functions as furniture.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

We piled up pieces of wooden panels to build the interior like topography,” said Kuma. “Various kinds of food-related items are laid out on this wooden ground.”

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

At the Shun*Shoku Lounge cafe, the wooden boards are stacked from floor to ceiling in one corner and create a counter in the centre plus seating around the sides.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

Similarly in the workspace, the strata wrap around the edges of the room and extend out at various heights to form shelving, desks and seating.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

The two spaces are both enclosed by glass walls on three sides and a solid wall at the back. They are separated by a tunnel that leads to further retail units at Osaka’s main railway station.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

A similar layering effect also features in Kuma’s design for the V&A museum in Dundee, which was granted planning permission in August last year.

Gurunavi cafe and office by Kengo Kuma

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Fumihiko Maki – Memory in architecture

Fumihiko Maki, the designer of New York‘s 4 World Trade Center, which is set to open next week (the first tower to be open), presents a lecture: “Memory in Architecture.”

The design of 4 World Trade center has two fundamental elements – a ‘minimalist’ tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a ‘podium’ that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalization of lower Manhattan.”