Tuesday 27 October 2009

Art & Skiing...

As winter draws ever nearer my thoughts are drawn to Christmas 2008 and skiing in Flaine, France. http://www.flaine.com/en/index.php

Flaine is located in the Haute-Savoie region, close to Geneva and Mont-Blanc. The resort of Flaine was created in the 60s by Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas, lovers of modern art and classical music. The primary directive of Flaine was to create in France a prototype of architecture, town planning and design, based on aesthetic choices and on environmental protection . The Architect of Flaine was Marcel Breuer, a boss of Bauhaus, born in Pécs in Hungary in 1902, died in 1981 in New York.

We stayed in the newest addition to the community, an apartment block called Les Terrasses d'Eos, a ski –in, ski-out development, which was constructed by Intrawest, a world leader in destination resorts. http://www.flaine-montsoleil.com/en/discover/

Psst...I’m in the last promotional picture on the website...just (picture below)...I’m in the red jacket preparing for a day on the slopes!

Monday 26 October 2009

Simple Flyby...

A 2-storey extension to the front of a dwelling in the village of Willand, Devon. This simple flyby was created in a couple of hours to demonstrate to the the local planning authority the effect of the extension on neighbouring properties. Whilst it may appear a little crude, it clearly demonstrates the 3D form in a highly effective manner.

Saturday 24 October 2009

Land, Sea + Air...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, but I am sure that few could deny that the Icon A5 Aircraft is stunning and classifies itself as a sports plane in much the same way we have sports cars. I don't usually post this sort of thing but good design comes in many forms. This 2-person aircraft is capable of water, as well as a ground take off and landing with wings that can fold to the side in under five minutes. I think this is a wonderful contribution to the design world and frankly wouldn't be out of place in a Bond movie.