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Maxim Velcovsky

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Maxim Velcovsky
[Qubus Design]
Designer
Czech

Qubus Design
studio+shop
website:www.qubus.cz

Rámová 3 110 00 Prague 1 Czech Republic

shop opening hours:
monday – friday 10:00am – 18:00pm



A young Czech artist with a European perspective Maxim Velcovsky is one of the Czech Republic's leading young artists. Most of his work is in porcelain and involves 'reimagining' everyday objects; among his best known pieces are a vase in the shape of a Wellington boot and a porcelain version of a typical water-cooler paper cup. He is also known for a huge fibreglass crucifix, which stands in a Protestant church in Hradec Kralove. I spoke to Maxim Velcovksy at an exhibition of his at Prague's Galerie Kritiku, and began by asking him to explain the thinking behind his work.

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Cathedral of St.Bartholomew [April 2007] Maxim Velcovsky has redesigned the interior of a church in Eastern Bohemia, using customised design classics, rugs and chandeliers. Working with designer Jakub Berdych under the Qubus Studio banner, the interior features Verner Panton chairs customised with a punched crucifix, Persian rugs and chandeliers of rough-cut crystal. “The latest creation of the Qubus Studio originated at the St. Bartholomew’s Church in the village of Chodovice, Eastern Bohemia. On this location, Jakub Berdych and Maxim Velcovsky have succeeded in making design an integral part of religion.

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“Here at the St. Bartholomew’s Church you will surely notice that both designers have once again shown their typical flair for working with the context. Through integration and unexpected combination of intelligent elements, they have added a new dimension to the Baroque interior. “The central nave has been stripped of dull repaints and left totally exposed so that visitors can watch the course of history on fragments and details on the wall.“Illuminated by chandeliers adorned with pressed and roughly cut crystal, the bare space is dominated by an “army” of legendary chairs designed by Verner Panton with one crucial detail added – a Christian cross carved through the back of the chair.

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“Although Berdych and Velcovský had known that as a result of this work they would lose the warranty of several years provided by the legendary manufacturer of the Vitra furniture, they were not afraid to experiment.“The redesign and religiousness of this design icon is multiplied by its installation on dozens of Persian carpets, which are so typical for Muslim shrines. This space is an eclectic cocktail and a place to ponder, moving us towards cultural dialogue.”
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by another29 | 2008-08-03 05:28 | □Product

GreenPIX Media Wall

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GreenPIX Media Wall
zero energy media wall
Architecture
2008 Beijing Chaina

website:www.greenpix.org

Chang'an Jingya Restaurant
No.26 Fuxing Road, Haidian District
Beijing -100851


Architect:Simone Giostra&Partners
Lighting designer:Arup




Simone Giostra & Partners Architects have designed the GreenPix - Zero Energy Media Wall - a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui Entertainment Complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympics. Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, GreenPix transforms the building envelop into a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle. Arup provided engineering services for the project.

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“The Media Wall will provide the city of Beijing with its first venue dedicated to digital media art, while offering the most radical example of sustainable technology applied to an entire building’s envelope to date”, said Simone Giostra. The building will open to the public in June 2008, with a specially commissioned program of video installations and live performances by artists including: Xu Wenkai, Michael Bell Smith, Takeshi Murata, Shih Chieh Huang, Feng Mengbo and Varvara Shavrova.

d0079151_2262492.jpgd0079151_2272134.jpgGreenpix behaves like an organic system, absorbing solar energy during the day and then generating light from the same power that evening. The project promotes the uncompromised integration of sustainable technology in new Chinese architecture, responding to the aggressive and unregulated economic development currently undertaken by the industry, often at the expense of the environment. With the support of leading German manufacturers Schueco and SunWays, Giostra and Arup developed a new technology for laminating photovoltaic cells in a glass curtain wall and oversaw the production of the first glass solar panels by Chinese manufacturer SunTech.

The polycrystalline photovoltaic cells are laminated within the glass of the curtain wall and placed with changing density on the entire building’s skin. The density pattern increases building’s performance, allowing natural light when required by interior program, while reducing heat gain and transforming excessive solar radiation into energy for the media wall.



SIMULATOR [ for Windows XP and Machntosh OSX 10.4 ] by greenpix official website www.greenpix.org/play.php
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by another29 | 2008-08-03 02:40 | □Architecture