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This is the Ayakita Dam in Japan. Constructed in 1960, it's a fine example of an arch dam built in the Brutalist architecture style. Arch dams are known to be effective designs to withstand earthquakes. We like their choice of orange for the dam’s command centres and attached orange flood gates. Read this month’s Orange.
Soon you will be able to quaff your freshly squeezed orange juice from a cup made from the discarded orange rinds. This new technology adds a polylactic acid to ground orange rinds to create a bioplastic that can be formed by a 3-D printer into recyclable cups. The machine has market-tested very well and the manufacturer is feeling the squeeze to get them to market ASAP. Read this month’s Orange.
After ten years of growth, the North American RV industry says sales are starting to slow down. Fifty years ago, this was the RV to own. It’s a 1969 Volkswagen 21 Window Bus. And yes, it has 21 windows! Many vans back then were covered in sunbursts, flower stickers and peace symbols – but we prefer this pristine, persimmon orange and tan classic. Now that’s a sweet ride. Read this month’s Orange.
It was fifty years ago that NASA’s Apollo 11 took humans to the moon. Upon the return voyage, the command module Columbia was travelling at a speed of 25,000 MPH as it entered the earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft’s heat shields protected the astronauts from temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit by deflecting and absorbing the extreme heat. NASA said that the Columbia, for a short time, would have resembled a flaming orange ball of fire! Read this month’s Orange.
The runway was filled with excitement at this year’s annual BA fashion show at London’s renown art school – Central Saint Martins. Fashion student Fredrik Tjaerandsen presented his collection of shape-shifting balloons that engulfed the models. As they proceeded along the runway the balloons deflated to form dresses or skirts. All in all, a remarkably creative display. Our favourite, of course, was the orange balloon. Read this month’s Orange.
This striking, 23-storey building in Leeds, England is made from Cor-ten steel, a material that turns rusty-orange as it weathers. The architects say that the work of sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, who both attended art school in Leeds, influenced their design concepts. In 2010, the Broadcast Tower at Leeds Beckett University was selected by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as one of the four best towers erected in Europe. Read this month’s Orange.
California-based industrial design firm AWOL Company created this alpine race helmet for Fast Company’s Porsche Design Challenge. Inspired by the 1969 movie Downhill Racer starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, it refers to the moment in the film when a streamlined orange Porsche 911T Sportomatic plows through a pristine snow-covered landscape. We are convinced that the wearer of this helmet will capture the speed and perfect lines of that famous car. Read this month’s Orange.
The atrium at California's Berkeley Art Museum now offers new lounge seating for visitors. Whether you’re relaxing or watching live performances, the benches are sure to please. Their organic shapes are made from a rigid foam substrate laminated to layers of painted plywood. Be careful if you visit – with wireless Internet and built-in power outlets, you may never leave this orange oasis. Read this month’s Orange.
M&M Sculpture was created in 2012 by American artist Dan Colen. Artsy, the on-line resource for art collecters, refers to it as “...a clever take on the notion of artifice, merging the natural world with the inordinately artificial, and a wry approach to consumption.” We just think it’s cool to paint a big boulder like an orange M&M. Read this month’s Orange.