Thursday, December 29, 2011

Casa Once Mujeres by Architect Mathias Klots

The first thing that attracted me to this article was the name, Casa Once Mujeres, “House of Eleven Women” it’s a pretty catchy name. The owners of the house are a divorced couple, combined the couple has eleven children, all women.

The house is located on a side hill in Zapallar, Chile built in 2007 by architect Mathias Klots. The house has amazing vistas to the Pacific Ocean as well as open and airy interior spaces.

Original article from Plataforma Arquitectura

Friday, December 16, 2011

"Dream BIG" by Peter Fecteau & some History

The “Dream Big” installation was a yearlong project in which artist Pete Fecteau combined 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes to create the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   
No question, Rubik’s Cubes are fascinating objects that mix lots of patience and a touch of genius. I haven't been able to go beyond two rows of the same color but did you know that the Rubik’s Cube was invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1974? Pretty cool, I’m sure Mr. Rubik would love Pete Fecteau “Dream Big”. Enjoy!

From: Design Spotter

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Abundance, by Camille Utterback -- San Jose City Hall, 2007

Two of my favorite things in the world; Architecture & Art Installations! I first came across this video and a great class I took in college called "The Moving Image". Abundance is a temporary public installation by Camile Utterback, commissioned for the City of San Jose, California by ZER01 – the Art and Technology Network. The installation it's meant to be viewed at night, when it transforms the cylindrical facade of the City Hall designed by Richard Meier and the plaza into an interactive social space. Check it out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Com-Oda by Mr. Simon amazing folding chairs

Com-Oda is a set of six folding chairs that when they are not in use, they form another piece of furniture utilizing the space when they are in use and when they are not! I like the folding chairs and its also a great way to store them. Pretty smart! Com-Oda was designed by Mr. Simon a Spain-based graphic and product design studio.

Thank you Core77 for posting this awesome project!

Crater Lake by 24° Studio

Crater Lake is one of the winners for Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of Kobe, Japan. This installation was design by 24° Studio as a multi-use environment, the entire installation serves as seating and/or meeting place by evoking social interaction within and around its environment. The Crater Lake will be exhibited at the Kobe Biennale 2011.

I really like this installation; I like the form, structure and materials. Its structures like this that activate spaces in big open public areas. I really appreciate the flexibility of it; it can be move, built and dismantle to different places and environments. Love it!

Crater Lake
Crater Lake

Thank you Contemporist for sharing!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cycle-In Cinema -London

Cycle-In Cinema, pop-up movie theaters relying solely on pedal power to screen movies, hosted by Magnificen Revolution. Simply awesome!

Rainbow Village -Taichung, Taiwan

I came across this awesome place and I thougt it was worth sharing. In a small town of Taichung, Taiwan, Haung Yung-Fu has covered almost every surface of Rainbow Village with his paintings. Check it out!

 Thanks for sharing; Matador Nights and

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Enjoy the outdoors with Ergonomic Stainless Steel!

Another of my favorite design websites is design-milk, now featuring an awesome stainless steel outdoor furniture by Kirv. The line of outdoor furniture it's ergonomically designed and can be made fully site specific plus the colors and shapes are amazing!
Kirv Hi-Rise
More info

Steve Jobs, thank you for your forward thinking!

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Change the Record by Paul Cocksedge -London

One of my favorite websites Dezeen is screening London based Designer Paul Cocksedge, who transporms vinyl records into amplifiers for smartphones. One word, Amazing! Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Colorful & Silent Architecture -Luis Barragan

In Fall of 2009 I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico with an amazing group of people to study Architecture, here are some of my favorite photos of Luis Barragan's Architecture. 
Casa Gonzalez Luna, 1928

Casa Galvez, 1954

Torres Satelite, 1957

Casa Egerstrom, 1968

Casa Gilardi, 1977

Casa Gilardi, 1977

All Stairs should be Piano Stairs

I absolutely love this idea! All public stairs should be piano stairs!  Thank you for this amazing and creative idea! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rolled up magazines = Happier Boots!

This weekend I thought my magazine pile was getting a little too big, so I went through it to recycle a few. But before I finish that, I moved on to the next task, cleaning my closet. I noticed my knee-high boots were getting damage, they were bended and in a messy closet. I tried several times to straighten them up but nothing was working. Then suddenly it hit me! I went back to the kitchen and rolled up some magazines to put inside my boots, and it worked!
For the ankle-high boots I cut paper towel rolls in half. Try it! All you need is paper towel rolls, magazines, rubber bands and boots!

Friday, September 30, 2011

A weekend project: LAPICERO

While working for a big architectural firm, I noticed so many plotter paper rolls in the garbage. These cardboard rolls or “plotter tubes” like are known in the architecture field are amazing. They are made out of brown cardboard and they’re extremely strong. After asking permission, I started taking them home. One by one, they populated a corner in my studio room. And although, I tried to avoid looking at that corner of the room, I knew that one day I will use them for something cool.
So one weekend, I just grew tired of seeing them taking over my corner and I decided to making them into an art piece that will hold my pencils/pens etc. and that will take care of the problem of having my pens/pencils all over the place.

With the help of my lovely husband, we cut the plotter tubes in different heights to give it dimension and texture. We hot glued them all together and placed a back to hang it on the wall. I placed it above my drafting table and since then, all of my pens and pencils live happily in one beautiful LAPICERO.
One of my favorite websites; inhabitat was having the Spring Greening Competition. So I decided to submit my LAPICERO project. To my delight I was one of the finalists! Check it out!

My LAPICERO project was also featured on StumbleUpon website and it had more than 700,000 views from people, WOW! That’s insane but pretty awesome as well! Recently I googled “LAPICERO” and a lot of websites and bloggers featured my weekend project. So, to all of you, Thank you! :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A little bit about me.....

My name is Griscel, I am originally from Mexico City, I consider myself very lucky, I have an amazing family. I am the youngest of five (Ana, Marco, Caro & Jorge) and my parents (Aida & Antonio) are the rock of the family. I moved to the United States when I was thirteen years old, I lived in Connecticut with my family for ten years, I married an amazing man from Uruguay (Enrique). Then we moved to Boston, MA in 2006 so I could go to Architecture school. And now I am still here, I love this city!

I recently graduated from Boston Architectural College, people say "BAC: the easiest place to get in but the hardest to get out" so I feel very accomplised and happy to be part of the 1% of people that complete the Architecture program at the BAC.

This blog: El Corredor Griss! I always wanted to have an outlet to explore/research/explain my interest and now this is the perfect way to do it. I love Architecture, Design, Art, Books, Crafts, Food, pretty much anything that inspires me. So please stick around and follow my blog!

Thesis Project: "Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"

WOW! First posting, this is exciting! I will start with my thesis project from the Boston Architectural College: "Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"

Every day we interact with others and take on the role of "performer" (sender of messages) and "audience" (receiver of messages), and we easily swap back and forth between these roles. The more effectively we are able to take on both these roles, the more effective our interactions can be. Buildings need to be able to do this as well.
The objective is to create a building that can similarly send and receive dynamically, engaging the community as its audience and performer interchangeably, while allowing its users to also participate in the exchange. Thus creating an energetic environment that brings in (a sense of) culture and participation to the community.

"Exploring the Interaction of Performer & Audience through Space"