Supermarkt Proposal | Beyond Basic by NL Architects

NL architects, Sanaya Park Lane SupermarketNL architects, Sanaya Park Lane Supermarket

Supermarkets, we go there to do our groceries, in some countries we can even buy make up and clothing but it is al very basic. Most of the time or actually almost always, it doesn’t really look attractive and it would be weird to talk about “architecture“. Amsterdam’s architect agency NL Architects is developing a new kind of supermarket. A supermarket that goes beyond its basic function. The architects are creating a green roof with a rice padded construction by sinking down the supermarket itself to a lower level. This supermarket will be constructed in Sanaya Lane Park in China.



It is totally cool to be a wallflower

Flowers in concrete walls

Living paint, flowers on the wall. An awesome way to give the city streets some colour. Scientist based in Barcelona are working on a way to make it possible to grow flowers on concrete walls. Ignacio Segura Perez is one of the supervisors on this project. How it works:

“The team carbonates conventional concrete to make it more receptive to plant growth: by keeping it in a humidity-controlled chamber, they can bring its alkalinity down to a level similar to that of water. A normal concrete layer is overlaid with a waterproofing layer, followed by the biological concrete.”


3D printing meets architecture

kamermaker DUS

landscape houseIn september I read an article about Dutch architecture firm DUS. They have made the first mobile 3D printer with the capacity to make inhabitable pavilions. In this way architects and designers are able to work on site. Sounds great, but it gets better. Last week I read an article about architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, who is going to print a whole building called landscape house, inspired by nature. Looks like 3D printing is opening new doors for architects. With the 3D printers they can make different architecture considering the form and materials. What could this mean for the future? Maybe we could make more ‘Fitting buildings” to use all the space we thought was useless. What do you think, would love to hear your opinion about this.

Source : DUS | UA

Lucia Nova – No Hotel

Lucia Nova is a boutique self-catering accommodation in Valletta, Malta. This place is wonderfull because of it’s historic value and the combination of old elements with new ones gives this place a luxurious feeling. The great thing about this house is the No Hotel philosphy. Wich is a way to avoid the old conventional hotels. The No Hotel philosophy means:

No to unneccessary large spaces
No to single dose toiletries
No to overlit hotel facades
Yes to small functional spaces
Yes to eco-friendly accommodation
Yes to personalised service
Yes to privacy

The exchange :The hotel with rooms dressed like models


The exchange is a hotel where fashion meets architecture. The rooms are styled by students of the Amsterdam Fashion institute. The rooms are ‘dressed’ like models on the runway. The hotel has a lot rooms, each different and inspiring. They also have a restaurant for late breakfast and a shop, you can find those next to the hotel.

The concept is made up by Otto Nan and Suzanne Oxenaar. The hotel is part of ‘De rode loper’ an urban-renewal project that is aimed at giving the Damrak a more diverse and fashionable look.They also have a collaboration with the Textielmuseum, because it is known for their lab-function and together with them, fabrics are being developed after designs by the students of AMFI. The exchange hotel is opening the third of December.

Trend: modern trompe L’oeil

What stood out to me in the sectors appearance and living is the use of the old trompe l’oeil technique. This is an old technique, the Romans already used, you paint something to make it look like something real. For example a window painted on a wall, it still is a wall, but it just looks like a window with a view. Nowadays designers use this as an inspiration for their products. With the new techniques for creating new kinds of materials there are a lot of possibilities. You can make floors, that look and feel like they are made of real wood, but in fact they are just made of plastic. This also applies in the fashion scene. Coats don’t have to be made of real fur, because we can make good look-a-likes now.

Bird Bricks

A lot of citybirds are listed as endangered species, because they can’t find a place where they can construct nests. Fanny Hofstra, graduated from the product design department of the Dutch Design Academy, designed Bird Bricks. These are components that contain nesting space. The bricks are set into the walls during construction. This product shows that there is a need of city nature balance. We can find a lot of innovative concepts that focus on making the city greener, but saving the animals is also very important. Klaas Kuiken also made a product for birds, wich you can see on the first picture.


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