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Eye of Ra'

The ambition of this design is to merge ancient Egyptian history with the futuristic fluid methodology of design. It is a literal translation of Egyptian most iconic religious tool into a fluid form of street furniture that borrows the characteristics of the flowing style where no specific shapes or design is advocated. The Eye represents both the male and female counterparts in the procreation of God Ra. The street furniture hence is presented in a sturdy design symbolizing masculinity and strength while its curvaceous looks portray femininity and gracefulness.

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Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Some of the most fulfilling designs are those embedded and contextualised in their local culture. It was the designer’s intent from the outset to reflect, in the architectural expression, the vibrant nature of Asia, Hong Kong and Wanchai. The shading device on the hotel façade resembles a dragon; the glass bottomed cantilevered pool is considered as a pearl often associated with dragons. The hotel design also provides legibility at both the City (macro) and Human (micro) scale.

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Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The university is located in Suzhou, where the famous Taihu stone is unearthed. The design of the Administration Information Building was inspired by the porous nature of the stone due to long time of erosion. The pores and holes are transformed into a void structure with functional spaces linking up different programmes of the building. The voids also allow the building to respond to the users and surrounding context and turn it into a vessel for interaction. The different heights of voids also create a three-dimensional Suzhou garden within the building.

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Screen House

The existing house was dark and poor cross ventilation. Therefore we propose a new concept to have large windows, but at the same time filtering the heat from the sun. The stairs acts as an airwell with a skylight and ventilation vents.Thus improving the air circulation in the house keeping it constantly cool. The screen on the external facade not only acts as shade from the sun but also giving privacy for the user as the neighbouring houses are built closely to each other.

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Malopolska Garden of Arts

The MGA is a culture venue with a performing arts centre and a mediatheque, located in 19th-century urban block in Kraków. The form is a contextual game of mimesis and abstraction. It draws inspiration from the context by making references to the roofing geometry and tissue of the nearby buildings, the ceramic elevation refers to their brick façades. The building fits in the scale of its environment by maintaining the roof lines and divisions of the historical façades. Due to its abstract and free composition it has created a modern architectural sign in historical surroundings

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The Zephyr

The Zephyr is a multifunctional bicycle storage bollard. As pictured here on the waterfront in Geelong (Australia), the Zephyr is a sculptured bollard, a classical design element. It brings Art to the environment where the enjoyment of the outdoors can be appreciated, either alone, or with friends. So, use it to park your bicycle, enjoy the view, enjoy the company of others and enjoy the style and sheer sumptuousness of the Zephyr.

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Design interview of the day

Read the latest interviews and conversations on design, creativity and innovation between design journalist and world-famous designers, artists and architects. See latest design projects and award-winning designs by famous designers, artists, architects and innovators. Discover new insights on creativity, innovation, arts, design and architecture. Learn about design processes of great designers.

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