Tuesday, 17 December 2013

School of Technology and Management,

MONTENEGRO Architects 

Is this not one of the most beautiful architecturally designed buildings you've seen in recent 21st century, if not please stop reading. We instantly became awestruck when we stumbled across this beauty whilst online surfing.

The key feature is the Portico which hangs seamlessly across the university gardens. The structure derives from the need to create a clean corporate image as well as incorporating an amphitheatre. The result is one of the largest concrete porticos in the world.  The project started in 2003 and was completed in 2013, the school is located in the polytechnic institute of Beja, Portugal.

Image credits: FG & SG Architectural Photography, Fernando Guerra

Monday, 9 December 2013

What is Design?

Today we would like to explore what DESIGN really is. Many people affiliate themselves as being designers whether it is though education or experience. In the 21st century it is a word that has been diluted to appoint, where everybody claims to be a designer whether it be in fashion, architecture or interiors. 

According to the Oxford English dictionary design is defied as: “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made”

Here at Akua Designs London we like to defy design as: “An innovative creation, of a concept, object or theory which creates a platform for people to talk about”

Design has the ability to break through cultural & political boundaries, bringing communities together, design is the celebration of  innovative theorists.

Enjoy our selection of images, and join us in our discussion in: What does Design mean to you?

Jackson Pollock action painting- Influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

Daniel Libeskind Westside interiors- Daniel Libeskind is an American architect, artist, and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect.

Joseph Joseph Arena dish drainer- Twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph founded Joseph Joseph a decade ago in 2003, combining their respective experience in product design and business.

Lebbeus Woods Berlin Free zone 3-2- American architect and artist.

Rod Arad Voido Freeform Rocking- Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect.

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Riverside Museum

It's Monday so it means it's time for a fresh burst of something creative, something innovative, so yes we bring you the Riverside Museum. Now you would think by now we would have grasped the concept that anything architecturally insane and beautiful all at the same time belongs to Zaha Hadid.
The museum is the home for transport, with over 3,000 exhibits and is sculpted by a zinc clad roof. The zig zag panels cuts through the skyline with its 36 metre high glass panels creating what can only be described as a mesmerising work of art. 

Images copyright of Dezeen & Martin Currie