HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too. [Read more…]
Photographer Richard Silver’s ongoing series Time Sliced captures famous monuments from around the world in 36 different ‘slices’ of the day as it transitions into night. Like his contemporaries Fong Qi Wei and Stephen Wilkes, Silver must spend hours on location to create the final image which sees time arrayed across the scene. [Read more…]
For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.
From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.
Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more…]
Towering over the Bruneseau Nord industrial neighborhood beside Paris’ eastern ring road is the futuristic new headquarters for cement distribution company Calcia… and appropriately it’s made completely out of cement. Silos 13 was designed by VI.B Architecture to highlight the very material the firm specializes in, and do it with utilitarian style. [Read more…]
Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau. [Read more…]
There are plenty of reasons to get away from it all, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave all the comforts behind. Studio Allergutendinge have developed a modularly assembled wooden shelter that looks to provide a good balance of outdoor living and minimalist amenities. Perfect for finding inspiration surrounded by the quiet of the natural world. [Read more…]
Italian product and graphic designer Matteo Muci has remembered five iconic houses from the early to mid-century with a slick animation that sees their various pieces falling from the sky. Including Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye; Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld Schröder House; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House; Philip Johnson’s Glass House; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – each is created before our eyes out of their individual design elements. [Read more…]
The 2013 Kobe Biennale featured an Art Container Contest, challenging entrants to build something spectacular within the confines of the standard shipping container. Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created something that enlarged that ‘confined’ space to one that was nearly infinite – a kaleidoscope large enough to step inside. [Read more…]
Portugese architect André Chiote has created a minimalist poster series celebrating this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more…]