David Mirvish and Frank Gehry have released updated renderings of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform Toronto’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin. The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish’s collection of modern art.
In the design world, there's perhaps no architect today more polarizing than Frank Gehry. Call me a fan though of these transformative towers for Toronto (say that 3x fast) as I can imagine the abstract forms truly redefining Toronto's skyline. I especially like the skin of the tower on the right (very Gehry-esque) and the context of the towers' inspiration as a whole. Can't wait to see the new Drake video atop one of the towers' penthouse condos sometime circa 2018. A couple more looks below.
This week's Architecture spotlight hones in on a creative interpretation of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. During the 2013 Mapping Festival, Onionlab made the museum take on different shapes, including the amazing illusion of disintegrating. Wow. Watch and enjoy above!
As many of you know from visiting the interweb's most popular site, Google, they switch up their "Doodles" daily and yesterday's was a big hit for fans of 93-year old Saul Bass. You probably don't know who that is, but he's the man responsible for the design and title sequences to some of your favorite movies.
In honor of his birthday yesterday, Google not only made multiple doodles in tribute, but also this video of title sequences paying homage to the films Saul worked on. In order: Psycho, The Man with the Golden Arm, Spartacus, West Side Story, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Anatomy of a Murder, Ocean's 11, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
Very cool. And a nice quick-hit design break for your Thursday!
One look at this and I thought to myself, Kanye probably already has this in his crib. If not, at least I'd find this in the Entertainment 720 office. Whatever the case, the "Confucius Sofa" by NETTESHEIMDESIGN for Bretz is a striking three-piece that caught my eye and inspired this slideshow.
Gotta show some love to fresh Chicago toy and art boutique, Rotofugi, for this unique new, yet old-school way to create vinyl art figures.
They brought back the Mold-A-Rama machine from the 1950s, rehabbed and renamed it to the Roto-A-Matic, and enlisted some designers to sculpt a toy that the machine can sculpt for you, for only $6. Last month's toy was Tim Biskup's "Helper Dragon" (seen in the slideshow above) and was inspired by the classic green Army Man figures.
Be sure to pay them a visit in Chicago or online to find out more and get a toy for yourself. Video of the Roto-A-Matic at work can also be seen below.
*tips hat* to the spotlight on this over at Complex that had me lookin' into this more
Hey, Singapore Sports Hub, come back here with my breath! Why you gotta take it away like that?
Ok, I guess I coulda gone with "Breathtaking", but you get my point. This looks like it's gonna be pretty amazing.
Construction has begun on the Singapore Sports Hub - Singapore's National Stadium, that will actually be the only one in the world to host football, rugby, cricket, and "athletic events" in one venue. I'm assuming these athletic events will also include basketball (an All-Star Game has to happen here), a track for Usain Bolt to set more world records in, and a Capture The Flag field (a severely underrated athletic event, if you play in pitch black dark and wear camo and face paint like I did with the homies back in high school). Whatever the case, I'm quite impressed.
Construction will commence in 2014, which will double as my planning for a flight to Singapore. Not only is the structure and the moving roof itself gorgeous, but how about the stadium's site, in juxtaposition with the water and the skyscrapers behind it. Makes for some beautiful views as you can see. Be sure to check out ArchDaily for more on how it adapts to Singapore's climate, its structural and environmental efficency, and more. Salute to Arup on the design.
A few subtle additions have been made to the Lakers' Staples Center court, including stars around center court featuring the years of their 16 title victories over their franchise's long history. Plus, our first advent of Twitter onto the court as "@Lakers" makes its way on there as well. Take a look at the court in the slideshow above and if time-lapse videos are a thing for you like it is for me, then you'll want to take a click here.
To piggyback on the NBA arena post from Kuda today, I got one here courtesy of the Phoenix Suns, who today revealed a new court design via this entertaining 3 minute time-lapse video. Looks like it only takes a handful of people to place panel by panel, ha! Would have expected more for some reason. As for the design itself, I dig the black borders on the baselines and sidelines and the orange is a nice touch too. Blows their previous, bland court design out of the water. Plus, gotta love the two-tone courts. Two-tone courts are as hot of a trend in the NBA as a 2 Chainz feature is right now, ha. Truuuuuu?!
I'm excited to introduce a fresh Architecture section to the blog as, wait for it... fun fact... I actually have a Bachelor's in Architecture from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!). So architecture, and design in general, is still a strong inspiration to me, and many, to think creatively. Architecture is continually cited by many musicians (Kanye West comes to mind... remember his blog?) as an influence in their art; in a lot of subtle ways, architecture is an influence in the website you see before you, Gowhere Hip Hop. I'm excited to spotlight some new and existing projects across the world - some all-time and future*Tibs Favs. (so to speak, hah!) that catch my eye. Hope you enjoy.
For starters, I'm spotlighting a new, 6-bedroom house in Cape Town, South Africa titled 'Nettleton 198' - designed by one of my favorite firms SAOTA (I've blogged about them on my personal tumblr page a couple times). As you can browse in the slideshow above, there are some gorgeous views and the overall design adapts to the existing site so the user can experience the natural features from within the house. In general, I love the incorporation of water, open views, wide and large glass windows... Nettleton has it all. And most definitely, this gorgeous structure is on the short list of my 'Tibs' Future Places to Live In' text file, hah. More info and pics via ArchDaily.