notes from the outernet





The team at Australian firm March Studioare currently finishing work on this amazing interior staircase for the Japanese-inspired Nishi building in Canberra, Australia. The building is billed as “Australia’s most radically sustainable mixed-use building and apartment complex,” and if this interior treatment is any indication, it seems they might have achieved that goal. The stairwell and ceiling is constructed from thousands of repurposed boards taken from old homes, a basketball court, as well as remnants from the construction site of the Nishi building itself. Although it looks somewhat chaotic, every single board and suspension rod was designed and placed before construction began. You can see much more at the Hotel Hotel Blog.

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Nishi Building Entryway

May 20, 2014 comments →


At Hangar Bicocca, Tomás Saraceno has created On Space Time Foam, a floating structure consisting of three levels of transparent film that can be accessed by the public. It takes inspiration from the cubic shape of the exhibition space. The work required months of preparation and experimentation with a multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers, and it will have its natural continuation in an important project the artist will work on during a residency period at MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MA).

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Tomás Saraceno’s On Space Time Foam

March 10, 2014 comments →


Through a kind of architectural anthropomorphism, Henrique Oliveira reveals the building’s structure. At Palais de Tokyo, he plays on the space’s existing and structuring features, prolonging and multiplying pillars in order to endow them with a vegetable and organic dimension, as though the building were coming alive. The artist draws inspiration from medical textbooks, amongst others, and particularly from studies of physical pathologies such as tumors. Through a formal analogy, these outgrowths evoke the outermost layers of the bark of a common tree.

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Architectural Columns at the Palais de Tokyo

March 6, 2014 comments →



When the volume deflates, the ropes get loose and lay on the ground enabling compression of the installation. When the object inflates, the ropes tense to a perfect line again, strained enough to carry the weight of a human being. Bodies entrapped in 3D grid, flying in unnatural positions throughout superficial white space, resemble Dadaist collages. Impossibility of perception of scale and direction results in simultaneous feeling of immenseness and absence of space.

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A Massive Inflatable String Jungle Gym

February 25, 2014 comments →



Olaf Breuning uses the first tracks made by skiers as his influence to paint in bright vivid colors on the snowy mountainside in Gstaad, Switzerland. Elevation1049, Breuning’s new work, is a series of site-specific exhibitions set in the Alpines. Gambling with the unpredictable nature of nature, Breuning uses food coloring to paint on the mountainside, splashing the colors on to the snow, performing these snow drawings, and witnessing the evolution his art makes with the weather.

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Olaf Breuning Colors the Mountain

February 18, 2014 comments →