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MINILIFE lately in Luxembourg

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Originally, I am from Luxembourg. When I was 19 I left the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to go to university in the States, then Austria, ... and except for 2009, I have putting up my tents on 4 continents so far. 

But no matter how far I am from Luxembourg, I still feel very anchored to this tiny place in the heart of Europe. Obviously friends and family are active magnets for this special relationship. Furthermore telling people here about my native environment makes me proud and miss it even more. Growing up in a highly diverse environment - up to 40% foreigners; being trilingual is average and doubling the work population by day - just imagine the amazing outcomes being the offspring of these synergies. And that's stuff that gets me excited, ... and on some days makes me home sick. To think about what I have been missing out on...

That said I am really overwhelmingly happy that you can find MINITECTURE teepees, playmats, bunting and our swings in De Weltbuttik Esch and MINITECTURE has been covered in last week's Lëtzebuerger Land journal!  

 Thank you Michèle Sinner for the interview. 

Thank you Michèle Sinner for the interview. 

 Swing into Spring with MINITECTURE  

Swing into Spring with MINITECTURE  

 

MINIBLOG is BACK!

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HELLO!

MINITECTURE's blog is back! It has been exactly one year since my last post!

Matthieu and I are still in Dakar, the girls are growing so fast, and a lot has changed since... soon it will be ONE year that MINITECTURE is not only a blog but expanded into a creative outlet and shop! Last year, Stina and I, inspired by the color and pattern choices of african waxes, started creating playtents and buntings! Since I could not stop creating and trying out new products for the MINITECTURE collection!

Unfortunately, my friend Stina left to go back to Sweden. Let me tell you it is more fun to be 2, but it won't keep me from stopping what we started.

Also I am back to be an architect in a regular office. So I am an architect in the morning and an minitect in the afternoon ... I am feeling pretty FULLfilled these days.

Enough about me, let me show you some of MINITECTURE's latest creations:

These photographs are taken by the wonderful Malick Welli in Medina, Dakar. Malick is a young and very talented senegalese photographer and an amzing friend

To see the whole photoshoot go here!

MINITECTURE - baukind

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Léonore already started school this week in our new home town Dakar, Senegal. Dropping her off to a beautiful colourful place every morning and picking her up dancing to the sound of african drums, just makes my day! 

Visiting different schools and daycares last week - as well as house searching - awakes and triggers my impatience to create! I can't wait to be making something again after weeks and weeks of sorting, cleaning and packing! And realising that I get to plan out two (!!!) kids rooms this time - gets me very excited! 

For inspiration and in spirit of the "rentrée" these days, I would like to introduce you to baukind - an architecture practice specialised in creating one of a kind kindergartens (so far only in Germany) ! Have a look!

For more information, floor plans and pictures go to baukind.de (in german).

Do you remember BAUPILOTEN ?

MINITHOUGHT - In Hibernating Mode

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Hello - how are you?

I apologise for my long absence on this blog - the last few weeks were filled with colds and fevers and in between a lot of family and friends visiting trips, so that at the end of the day I just felt exhausted... all i wanted was cuddle up in my nest. 

But spring is back - have a look at the wonderful magnolia tree below - and my hibernation mode is over! 

So MINITECTURE.ORG is back on - with new MINIVOYAGE reports coming up, as well as MINISTORIES and a few new exciting projects I would like to share with you! So stay tuned! 

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MINITECTURE - Crochet Trampoline

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Remember my trampoline post and an other post about the crochet playscape by Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam! Now I stumbled upon a proposal by JDS architects for a crochet trampoline for Frank L Wright's Void in the Guggenheim Museum, New York! Isn't this exiting - have a look! 

Experiencing the Void

Architecture turned into enjoyment and participation.
Instead of contemplating the void, we propose to “experience” it by letting a trampoline net spiral down the rotunda space.
The experience plays on Wright’s original scenography of the Guggenheim to visit the exhibition downwards.
— http://jdsa.eu/rot/

MINITECTURE - Baupiloten

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Léonore goes to the pilot group (1-2yr old) in daycare and I definitely want to be a Baupilot one day! 

Baupiloten BDA  is an interdisciplinary practice that specializes in educational buildings and housing developed through unique participatory design strategies. The work focuses on innovative experimental design that is driven by both a social and ecological agenda. 

Not that I want to move to Berlin and join their team of architects, but the core of their work inspires me enormously to do design work with children for children. 

Have a look at a few of their projects, and please tell me you don't want your kid to attend their kindergarten or schools! 

 Erika Mann Primary School -  The first project by Baupiloten where school kids played the participatory element of the design process.   Schoolchildren were involved early in the project and created wonderful scenery from evocative and inspiring images. Their ideas and wishes were taken seriously, then materialized , breaking the boundaries between dream and reality.  

Erika Mann Primary School - The first project by Baupiloten where school kids played the participatory element of the design process. Schoolchildren were involved early in the project and created wonderful scenery from evocative and inspiring images. Their ideas and wishes were taken seriously, then materialized , breaking the boundaries between dream and reality. 

 Traumbaum daycare centre seems also straight out of a tall tale. A living structure is created which communicates and interacts with the children while adapting to different times of the day.  A tree grows through the building with its branches across the school walls and invade the corridors. Large circular cavities , housed in the walls allow children to nest , alone or with others.  Susanne Hofmann , architect and designer of the agency argues that "architecture is an educational tool that offers younger living environment favourable to their development . The space and atmosphere help to strengthen the identification of students who develop a strong and very personal emotional connection with their school environment."

Traumbaum daycare centre seems also straight out of a tall tale. A living structure is created which communicates and interacts with the children while adapting to different times of the day.  A tree grows through the building with its branches across the school walls and invade the corridors. Large circular cavities , housed in the walls allow children to nest , alone or with others.

Susanne Hofmann , architect and designer of the agency argues that "architecture is an educational tool that offers younger living environment favourable to their development . The space and atmosphere help to strengthen the identification of students who develop a strong and very personal emotional connection with their school environment."

Maybe I should go ahead and ask Léonore's daycare if they don't want to change their entrance area to start! ;)

(found via http://www.milkmagazine.net)

MINITECTURE - Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

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If in Rome in 2014, please visit Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam play-net sculpture at MACRO! 

Kids are encouraged to climb in the hand crochet nylon cell-like structure and detect the world from above or upside down! 

Recently, I found images online at architecturenewsplus of the same installation in a different setup - Tezuka Architects created a wooden nest that surrounds Toshiko’s Net. 

MINITECTURE - New Play&Reading Mat

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Hello! How was your weekend?

I was busy finishing a little project of mine... have a look!

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After getting a rug and new furniture in December for Léonore's room, I continue to put together her room in 2014!  

Under her window I installed a mattress for playing, reading and of course cuddling! 

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I put the mattress in between our two (storage) wardrobes and in front of the built-in shelves! 

Additionally to the mattress I bought a few pillows at IKEA and sew some pillowcases and a cover for the mattress this weekend! 

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Matthieu brought back from Uganda in December these gorgeous African fabrics. I always thought I would keep Léonore's room neutral (all of white/grey/black) and let the toys function as the colourful elements of the room - but when I saw these fabrics I knew I was going to put together a little African-inspired corner in her room! Who knows maybe it is an introduction to what lies ahead of us.... 

MINITECTURE - Green Sandpit in Vienna

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Hello - did you have a good weekend? 

To start of the week, I would like to share with you a little  jewel I found on the net: a growing green tent put over a sandpit to give shade to the little sandcastle architects!

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PPAG architects created an innovative and growing willow tree construction over a sandpit for children! 

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This "living house" could be found in Vienna in the Museumsquartier last summer- but I believe every city should have a green sandpit like this one! More images here

(all images via www.detail-online.com)