The cloud by MVRDV
“unveiled today, the design for ‘the cloud’, a pair of residential highrises within the yongsan dreamhub masterplan
in seoul, korea by rotterdam-based architecture practice MVRDV. reaching 260 and 300 meters, the towers are linked at the 27th floor with a volume spanning ten floors, evoking the image of a pixelated cloud. typically found at the base, the plinth has been raised to place the public green space designed by cambridge and london-based landscape architect martha schwartz at ground level. express elevators will lead directly into the connecting bridge containing a sky lounge, restaurants, cafes and conference center as well as wellness and fitness studios within the 14,000 square meter area. vegetated gardens, decks and pools will top the various shifting cubes.”
RAF SIMONS’ HOUSE
So yes this is from last years Wall Street Journal, but we’ve just spent the morning Googling Raf and just happened to stumble upon this so we figured why not put it up. And he does have the most amazing home. And a lot Sterling Ruby on his walls. And on stands. Just casually scattered around in the same way you or I might scatter magazines. Or potpourri.
by Natalie Dembinska
Designed by art director Stephen Goosson, the city set was an elaborate miniature model that covered a ground area of 75 x 225 feet and whose tallest tower measured 40 feet.
Just Imagine’s New York was primarily inspired by architect Harvey Corbett’s prediction that 1970’s New York would resemble a “very modernized Venice” and by the futuristic urban designs presented in Hugh Ferriss’s 1929 book, The Metropolis of Tomorrow.
Ferriss’s drawings of the ”business center of the future” (pictures #3-5) provided the most direct inspiration for Goosson’s sets. Broad superhighways establish a geometric ground plan that extends upward through overlapping levels of bridges, streets, and terraced walkways. The grid of streets and bridges is pierced by huge freestanding skyscrapers surrounded by lower setback buildings, a design Ferriss created as an analogy to the natural world of “towering mountain peaks… surrounded by foothills”
The opening scenes of the (otherwise mediocre) film, which feature this cityscape, can be seen here.