Movember Update – Week 2

Posted by benp

on November 16, 2012

Categories: Uncategorized

So we are half way through Movember and here are the moustaches as they stand. They have raised £300 for the charity so far and are hoping to rake in some more money before the month is out.

James is a little behind but I think he is a late starter and will bloom before the end of the month!

The links again should you wish to donate are:

http://mobro.co/nickharrisonOS

http://mobro.co/jamesbrownOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Handlebar’ Studio does Movember

Posted by benp

on November 1, 2012

Categories: Uncategorized

This November James and I decided to take part in Movember!……….the aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

To get things started we went to Close male grooming for a ‘Cut Throat’ shave……..after many years of not shaving, this was quite a change for us both. See the pics below for our ‘close shave’ and we will be posting updates every week throughout November to show how we have been cultivating our moustaches…………….. Please use the links below to sponsor Nick and James or alternatively sponsor Our Studio’s team including our friends at NoChintz interior design (MoChintz & Handlebar Studio)

http://mobro.co/nickharrisonOS

http://mobro.co/jamesbrownOS

 

My big fat North American architectural adventure

Posted by benp

on September 21, 2012

Categories: Architecture, Art, Photography, Travel

During my recent visit to Toronto, Montreal and NYC…..in between eating huge amounts of food….. I couldn’t help but snap all the architecture i saw around me. This is by no means all the buildings i saw, but a selection of the ones i found most interesting. So I won’t go into detail about each one but it’s just a selection of nice pics with their name, location and architect…….enjoy!

TORONTO, Canada

Royal Ontario Museum - Daniel Libeskind

Royal Ontario Museum - Daniel Libeskind

Art Gallery of Ontario - Frank Gehry

Art Gallery of Ontario - Frank Gehry

Art Gallery of Ontario - Frank Gehry

Art Gallery of Ontario - Frank Gehry

Art Gallery of Ontario - Frank Gehry

Ontario College of Art and Design - Alsop Architects

Ontario College of Art and Design - Alsop Architects

 

MONTREAL, Canada

Habitat '67 - Moshe Safdie

Habitat '67 - Moshe Safdie

Expo '67 Geodesic Dome - Richard Buckminster Fuller

1976 Olympic Stadium Montreal - Roger Taillibert

New York, USA

Guggenheim NYC - Frank Lloyd Wright

Guggenheim NYC - Frank Lloyd Wright

Guggenheim NYC - Frank Lloyd Wright

Beekman Tower - Frank Gehry

4 World Trade Centre - Richard Rogers + Fumihiko Maki

The Highline NYC - various inc - James Corner Field Operations_Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Highline NYC - various inc - James Corner Field Operations_Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Highline 23 - Denari Architects

New Museum of Contemporary Art - SANAA

 

Plumlife Brochure – Blackpool

Posted by benp

on September 29, 2011

Categories: 3D, Architecture, Interior Design, Our Studio, Print

OS have just completed a Marketing Brochure and Images for Plumlife’s unique, new development in Blackpool.

The development, called South Beach consists of 19 two, three and four bedroom period town houses, refurbished and restored to offer stylish and contemporary living right in the heart of Blackpool.

Our friends and studio buddies NoChintz worked with us to help style and spec the furniture featured within the image.

OS Plumlife BrochurePlumlife Brochures

Crystal Road CGICrystal Road CGI

South Beach Interior CGISouth Beach Interior CGI

AHMM is Nominated at WAF for Royal Court Theatre

Posted by benp

on September 21, 2011

Categories: Architecture, exhibition, Our Studio, Visualisation

Congratulations to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Royal Court Theatre who have been nominated at the World Architecture Festival under the category Future Projects: Cultural
World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. It is a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers and clients, attracting hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world. OS attended WAF in 2009 in Barcelona, a truly fun and inspiring event!

Planning Images produced by OS for Royal Court Theatre

IWMN – War Correspondent Exhibition

Posted by benp

on May 27, 2011

Categories: Architecture, exhibition

Last night we went to the launch of the new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North – War Correspondent: reporting under fire since 1914.

The building that houses the exhibition was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The concept of the building is that of a globe shattered into fragments and brought together as 3 shards (earth, water, air) that represent conflict around the globe. The building was completed in 2001 and is clad in aluminium.

The design of the exhibition was created by Hemisphere who brought Our Studio on board to put together a short motion graphics piece to be projected on the exhibition wall. The exhibition investigates the reality of life as a war correspondent: the motivations, challenges and risks they face, as well as exploring issues surrounding changing technology, censorship, objectivity, opportunism and ethics.

The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday 28 May 2011 until Sunday 2 January 2012, so go down and take a look……….

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Posted by benp

on May 26, 2011

Categories: Architecture, Art, Photography

I was in Bilbao last month and thought i’d post a few pics i took whilst there…………………….

I went to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by Frank Gehry which was an amazing building (even on the dull and damp day I was there). The building is clad in titanium panels that gives the building its soft and shimmering facade. A great deal of time was spent by the architect in developing the look of the panels because the exact mix of heat and distortion was required to reach the texture he was after. The glass was also a challenge and at the time of conception because the expanses of glass he wanted to give the building it’s transparency needed to also keep out the heat of the sun and prevent the building becoming a greenhouse. This was achieved by mixing minute metal particles in the glass that couldn’t be seen by the naked eye but reflected a large percentage of the heat back outside.

The second image is of Jeff Coons’ Puppy which is a huge sculpture covered in living flowers outside the Guggenheim entrance. So iconic a sculpture, it has become an unofficial mascot of Bilbao.

The final image is the Basque Health Department in the centre of Bilbao which was designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos. An impressive double skinned facade on the corner of two major streets that has interesting ice-like reflective and refractive qualities.

Manchester Art Gallery – Interactive App

Posted by benp

on May 23, 2011

Categories: 3D, Architecture, Art, film, Interactive, Our Studio, Visualisation

Interactive App - Manchester Art Gallery
The interactive touchscreen app we developed for Manchester Art Gallery has gone live in the Galleries entrance hall.

We were approached by design agency Hemisphere to help develop an interactive app. The touchscreen will allow visitors who may not otherwise have been able to access the upper levels to view the newly hung paintings on the first floor balcony for the Myth, Dream and Reality exhibition. The app also lets the user learn more about the history of the hall, and view the details and decorations on the walls and ceiling.

Using a combination of 3Ds Max, After Effects and Flash CS5, we took Hemisphere’s UI design and turned it into a fully functioning application which lets the user take a 3D tour of the space, stopping along the way to view the artworks on the wall. You can touch an artwork and then zoom right into it (using a similar method to Apple’s Pinch to Zoom gesture seen on iPhones and iPads) to see the incredible detail of each artwork.

Take a look at the images below to see some screenshots of the app and a short video of it in use. If you visit the Gallery please have a go on the app and let us know what you think….

App homescreen:

Interactive App - Manchester Art Gallery

Interactive Tour:

Interactive App - Manchester Art Gallery