Work starts on Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen swimming pool

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News: construction is underway on an outdoor bathing lake in Riehen, Switzerland, by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Naturbad Riehen will be filled with natural water without chlorine or chemical additives and is designed to accommodate 2000 bathers per day. As well as the pool for bathers, the Naturbad will incorporate a series of biological water treatment basins embedded in a sloping field on the other side of the road.

Herzog & de Meuron originally won a competition to design a municipal pool for Riehen in 1979, but the scheme was shelved in 1982. The Swiss architects were then commissioned to rethink the concept in 2007, when they abandoned the conventional swimming pool concept in favour of a facility using natural filtration.

via Work starts on Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen swimming pool.

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science by Lyons

This science facility in Melbourne by Australian firm Lyons has a tessellated facade based on the hexagonal geometry of a molecular structure (+ slideshow).

Located at the Bundoora campus of La Trobe University, the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science is a six-storey building with hexagonal windows stretching across its front and rear facades.

“The cellular exterior of the building is derived from ideas about expressing the molecular research that is being undertaken within the building,” explains Lyons.

Some of the hexagons are extruded from the facade, creating a series of irregularly shaped meeting spaces, while others are simple windows shaded by overhanging canopies.

via The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science by Lyons.

No Bad Colours colour changing workstation by Ron Arad at Salone

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“We are talking about reflecting rather than transmitting colours, so we don’t require backlit panels and the surfaces enjoy rather than suffer from external light,” said Arad.

via No Bad Colours colour changing workstation by Ron Arad at Salone.

Project: Office for Living installation by Jean Nouvel at Salone

Milan 2013: French architect Jean Nouvel has set out his vision for the office environments of the future in a huge installation at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile this week (+ slideshow).

Commissioned by Cosmit, the parent company of the Salone, Project: Office for Living sees Jean Nouvel explore the changes taking place in the workplace and offers an alternative to today’s “unliveable” offices.

via Project: Office for Living installation by Jean Nouvel at Salone.