Meet Canon, an environmentally friendly piece of architecture that gives a most unique portrayal of light. It’s a giant walk-in telescope, with the added aesthetic of providing its very own light show. Given our current economic predicament, it’s becoming more and more important that we respect the environment, thus Canon is constructed using recycled plastic and bottles, promoting the re-use of materials and less on the reliance on money. The theory behind the lens is rather quite simple, yet ingenious; light when shown upon the ‘lens’ is refracted in several directions – similar to the experience of being inside a kaleidoscope. When the lens are extended manually, the environment in which it is placed is instantly distorted, allowing the user to experience a different kind of world, a parallel world perhaps or even a unique abstract dimension, effectively superimposing its own personality which can be felt by anyone within its boundaries.
PureSonoro (to resonate and project high quality sound)
The purpose of PureSonoro is to resonate and project a wide range of sound whether it’s acoustic/electric music or if it’s just a person giving a speech. This structure allows people to perform outside without losing sound quality as PureSonoro captures and projects the sound acoustically. The design was initially inspired by a 1900’s gramophone for its aesthetic value and acoustic/sound amplifying properties. The structures panels are all non-parallel and made of wood which projects the sound outwards clearly without distortion. Its unique shape is also designed to fold into three, for easy transportation. PureSonoro is simple, user friendly, compact, and has a low impact on the environment, making it the perfect tool to help performers to stand out or for people who are just wanting to be heard and enjoy sound.
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‘One’ is an experiential light installation structure that embodies the idea of spiritual wholeness and being at one with our surroundings and other living beings.
The present purpose of ‘One’ is to encourage reflection and perception through the use of light and framing devices. Its potential uses, however, are open to interpretation, and its function is malleable.
‘One’ is constructed from mesh, or wire netting (if possible, recycled), and recycled plastic bottles that have been cut into smaller pieces and affixed inside the mesh structure. (The choice of plastic bottle colour can greatly influence the hue of reflected light that appears within the installation.) It has a recycled timber base that is optional. The shiny ring is made from plated steel, but can alternatively be created from recycled metal that is shiny or reflective. Sustainable, hidden support rods (recycled materials) can be used as a structural system.
Wag’n’Wash is a pop-up structure in which people can wash and dry their dogs. The structure can be placed anywhere that is frequented by dogs, such as beaches or dog parks.
The design is sustainable due to the fact that it mainly uses pallets, a relatively cheap yet strong material that would otherwise be thrown away. Solar power will be used to power the dryers and water will be leached from a council supply.
The structure will be raised off the ground through the use of pallets, and allow easy drainage for water, dog hair, and any residue such as sand or mud.
To use Wag’n’Wash, people will be charged one gold coin. 50% of the proceeds will go towards funding a new Wag’n’Wash elsewhere, while the other 50% will be donated to the SPCA.
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Mizu Tea House pops-up in busy, downtown Auckland to provide an escape from demanding daily life. Inspired by traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a host will serve up to four guests and encourage visitors to take time to slow down, be present and appreciate the moment.
Mizu (Japanese for water) refers to the water feature on site, utilised to pacify city noise and add to the sense of calm retreat.
The structure is made of pre-fabricated parts that can be assembled simply and quickly by interlocking the components. Bamboo has been used as the primary material as it is a sustainable, renewable building material that is also very strong. The curved inner wall is made of inexpensive, translucent acrylic, which controls and filters the artificial LED lighting and sets the restful tone of the interior space. The continuity of the curve alludes to a larger space.
The design is inspired by the traditional Japanese tea house, in the low crawl-through entrance, tatami mat layout and guest waiting area, as well as the overall application of the wabi-sabi aesthetic.
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The slot is a sculptural bench that has several purposes, such as a seat, table or relaxing area. It can be easily constructed and disassembled as well as fitting into an environment both at home and in the community.
The slot will cut down on the amount of furniture required as it can easily be moved to places where it is most needed such as parks or large events. It will promote living well as it gives people a place to spend time outside in the fresh air with friends and family without having to worry about spending money. It also creates a collaborative environment as it will require several people to come together and construct the large bench as well as in the environment between the people using it.
The slot is an eco-friendly design as it doesn’t require screws, bolts or glue to be constructed and is treated and stained with environmentally friendly products. The slot can reuse scrap materials as well as be recycled.
People have become out of touch with each other in modern society, the majority of human interaction is done via technologies such as facebook, cell phones and emails. The Cave collective has created an environment that promotes human to human interaction, this has been inspired by a period of time in which our social skills were essential to our survival, and our basic social instincts were developed. The time of the cave and the fire. The time before technology. The time of human to human interaction. The Cave collective has created a warm environment for people to socialize, relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. TheCaveCollective-2014-18-image-small
The Chalk n’ Talk is a ‘pop’ up shelter to allow children and adults to release their creative flair while relaxing in the park. The blackboard panels give children the opportunity to learn and combine their stories; it has the capacity to bring a community together and the shelter to life. It is able to be moved from place to place and have a new story scribbled onto it. The construction is very simple using recycled wood panels and mesh that slot together to mix textures and create a piece of art not just a shelter. The purpose of this shelter is to bring family and friends together to be part of a changeable piece of art and learn new techniques without spending any money.
Movable Music [2014-20]
The stage design takes inspiration from the accordion, which correlates with the stage itself being a portable instrument.
The main function of the stage is to be interactive, engaging the audience as well as being a platform for up and coming musicians. The physical shape of the stage allows the acoustics to be projected far, being energy efficient and keeping the design sustainable. The stage integrates musical instruments, pipes that can be struck to make noises, as well as stomp boxes that make the sound of a drum when stood on. It is designed to “pop up” all in one motion and only takes four people to set it up. The structure is connected together with metal poles that allow the roof and the stage to fold down flat. The “flat pack” stage can than be lifted onto the back of a truck and transported to the designated location.
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Lotus Flower [2014-21]
This temporary Pop-up information kiosk is ideal for the ever changing weather patterns of New Zealand.
For many events around the country volunteers help with providing information to the public. This lotus flower inspired design will create a focal point in the area as well as providing a base for the information staff to operate from.
The unfolding nature of the design is due to hinged panels which can enclose an interior space or provide a backrest to recline on, this also allows for the occupants of the design to have a choice to be encapsulated and protected from the weather or to be more open and interactive with the public.
The sustainable aspect of this design comes from the use of wood off cuts which gives the exterior character. Acrylic is used for the clear panels around the middle of the design.