Thursday, 29 September 2011

Worldwide Innovation, swissRoomBox

The world’s smallest motorhome setup, that can be installed in most cars!

Swiss creativity: over 100 years ago, the invention of the Swiss Army Knife was transforming a basic knife into a multi-functional tool.

Today, another Swiss company has created the swissRoomBox® that will transform your car into a multi-functional home on board.

Thanks to an ingenious modular system installed in the boot of your car, you can cook, eat, take a shower and sleep during your outdoor adventures!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Orange Cube - Lyon, France

While at the seminar at IIDEX in Toronto, I was introduced to this work of art in architecture:

"Completed last fall, the 67,640-square-foot building, which contains a ground-floor furniture showroom and offices above, is perched on a river’s edge in a converted industrial zone in Lyon, France. Surrounded mostly by gray, modern structures, the six-story box, with its conical gashes and pulsating orange veil, is the life of the party."

"In January 2006, Jakob + MacFarlane won a competition to design the building that would become the Orange Cube. No tenants were lined up at the time; the brief simply called for an eye-catching structure on a half-acre site. “The idea was to have a competition, get iconic buildings, and, through this interesting architecture, get someone to pay for it all,” explains MacFarlane."

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