Lave Water Center
It might look like a component from the Starship Enterprise, but this is actually a very nifty concept for a counter-top dishwasher, water filter and storage bay. Developed by Brazilian product designer Guilherme Lopes Pedro, the water center is designed to suit the needs of a small family, and would be perfect for homes where space is at a premium.
Image courtesy of Guilherme Lopes Pedro.
Eiffel Tower Renovation
This first floor renovation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings brings the future to the Parisian landmark. Designed by Moatti Rivière, the update brings a welcome center, shops and a restaurant to the site, as well as finally giving the tower disabled access. Due for completion later this year, the renovation includes the installation of solar, hydraulic and wind power.
Image courtesy of Moatti Rivière.
Serpentine Pavilion 2014
This is the 2014 design for the Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary structure constructed each year outside the Serpentine Gallery in London, UK, that has become a showcase for radical architecture. This year’s design is by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, and will be made of translucent fibreglass on a granite base when it opens to the public in late June.
Image courtesy of the Serpentine Gallery / Smiljan Radic.
Designed by rock star architects MVRDV, this design for a public art space in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was just selected for construction. At 15,000 square metres, it will tower over the park, reflecting the space in its mirrored, curved walls. Inside, visitors will be led through expanding gallery spaces to a rooftop garden and restaurant.
Image courtesy of MVRDV.
This stylish table uses photosynthesis to charge your phone. The orange surface is actually a dye-synthesized solar cell that creates an electrical current to power up anything plugged into it. Designed by Marjan van Aubel, the table has been developed to work in ambient light, not sunlight, so it will function fine indoors.
Image courtesy of Marjan van Aubel.