Tuesday, October 27, 2009

KARO'S Booze for Books Pav

Somewhere in Leipzig stands a library that doesn't forget its past, booooze!

German designers KARO have designed an outdoor library in Leipzig, Germany.Developed from an installation in 2005 made of beer crates, the new building comprises sheltered seating areas and niches to store books. The new building is clad in wood and materials from a former warehouse. It took some some years to organise the money to build this so called “bookmark” for real. It opened in June this year.Last year, in its project-phase, it has been shown at the Venice Biennale in the German pavillon (updating Germany). An installation of it has also been shown in 2006 in the exhibition.... (excerpts from Dezeen).

It is interesting that the beer crates was the skin on one side and on the other side, the innards show up.
My question is, is it just an installation with benches and niches? From these photos, we see people interact with it. I couldn't find pictures of interiors. What if the books get stolen?

What does the L stand for? Lo_er? :-)

The form in its scale doesn't yell "permanence." Maybe the size times two, will make it really look like a "building." Right now, dwarfed by the old structure at the back, it is an installation that looks like a miniaturized version of a modernist box edifice with an interesting surface.

The choice of green for the interior walls... Any connection to booze?

What is cool with this installation is that it makes designers realize that using beer crates can provide an interesting skin for buildings......Like this...Columbarium Niches 3000. Neat

Photographs are by Anja Schlamann.

A reaction to a post in Dezeen

Rich Gilbert's Egg Cake

I know. I love the process how it was made but of all colors, why green?

It could be just the lighting effect, but the video (below) shows that the foam color is clear. Using green backlighting for this chair makes them look like dinosaur eggs or eggs of Slimer (ghostbuster). Yellow is better, it will remind us of Spongebob.
I am personally disgusted by cellular like stuff because it feels like they are going to multiply anytime and eat me. But it is just me. To prove that this chair is not a living organism, Rich Gilbert demonstrates (video below) the making of this Superfoam chehr.

Making of SuperFoam Chair from Rich Gilbert on Vimeo.

What if we had the power to manipulate nature’s structures?
SuperFoam is a re-creation of naturally occurring reticulated foam structures through a casting process that facilitates designing the properties of the foam itself. By developing the casting process the properties of the foam could be controlled so the chair flexed and deformed to create a supportive structure. (excerpts from Rich Gilbert)