Contemporary artist Anish Kapoor's "Descension," a 10-foot-wide black whirlpool installed in Italy, conjures enough abysmal feelings as it is. Try adding a shark to the water. The Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week television fest is this week, and we at ARCHITECT are big fans. (Perhaps you spotted our new social media profile pics.) As we've done before, we used this week as an opportunity to sharkify some projects. Enjoy.
The New York and San Francisco offices of Snøhetta, Portland's Mayer/Reed, and Canadian firm Dialog are designing the Willamette Falls Riverwalk to view the second-biggest waterfall in North America. The design would also make the world's scariest shark-viewing platform.
Toronto's Partisans designed this serene-looking sauna in Ontario. There's nothing like a shark to ruin a good sweat.
Here is the proper way to drink from these fancy new 3D-printed faucets from American Standard.
Snarkitecture's ocean-inspired ball pit at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., has it all: lounge chairs, umbrellas, and a snack bar. But sharks? It has those, too.
Jean-Michel Wilmotte, of Paris firm Wilmotte & Associés, told ARCHITECT that his goal in renovating Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum was "to make the architecture disappear, so you can see the objects." Or, you know, the sharks.
Dutch firm Studio Roosegaarde's "Waterlicht" light installation, shown here at the Museumplein Amsterdam, "shows how high the water could reach without human intervention," according to the firm. Sea-level rise also means shark-level rise, right?