All around the world there are many “unique” places to call home. Some people live in caves, sailboats, and apartments 7000 feet above sea level. As one travels across the planet, one sees the nearly unlimited range of places people call home. As one travels across the Internet, one can discover some of the most crazy examples out there. [Read more...]
The Kassena people of Burkina Faso build some of the most beautiful homes you’ll see, out of the most unusual of materials. The small, landlocked country is sandwiched between Ghana to the south and Mali to the north, yet the country still holds many diverse cultures. The Kassena village featured here – Tiébélé – is a small circular place covering just 3 acres and is the home of their most stunning architecture – decorated top to bottom with gorgeous black geometric patterns and images of local culture. [Read more...]
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Little known to most visiters of “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Walt Disney actually had an apartment not far from the entrance to the park on Main Street, USA. Perched above the tiny firehouse, Walt’s apartment was his part time residence during the busy period while the park was being built and the classic film Lady and the Tramp was on the drawing board. [Read more...]
Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again. [Read more...]
Meeting your partner’s parents can be scary. Lots of questions to make sure you’re good enough for their child, little tests to discover your weaknesses, etc. But for New Zealander Daniel Gray, his engineering expertise was put to the test with a project thoroughly thought out by his girlfriend’s mother who they were visiting in Edmonton, Canada for the holidays. The mother, Brigid Burton, did not want Dan to be bored during the visit, so she began creating colorful ice blocks made by freezing water and food coloring in recycled milk cartons long before the couple arrived. She challenged Gray to create a rainbow igloo, thinking it would be an impossible task, and in exchange she would grant him permission to marry her daughter, Kathleen Starrie. [Read more...]
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At first glance the paintings of Berlin based Jens Hausmann are simply beautiful images of sharply linear modern architecture. But, when one looks below the surface of these utopian cement spaces there is something far more captivating than simple homages to a building form. What begins to emerge is a sense of the surreal, mainly driven by otherworldly colors and wide angle perspectives, and partly by the subtle placement of his occasionally visiting figures: one person stares at the wall; another kneels, their head hiding in a cupboard. It’s a beautifully quiet, if slightly un-nerving, world. [Read more...]
Sometimes to get the best view of something, you have to eliminate all distractions. That’s what artist Suzanne Geary has done in her fantastic series of rooms in perspective. Drawing each with colored pencil she shows us a top-down view of someones living space, showing us just one room with all external walls and details erased from view. Instead we are treated to a bold field of color, almost giving us the feeling it’s floating in space. [Read more...]
Ever since seeing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now the new Hobbit movie, people have wanted Hobbit homes. It’s hard to imagine a dwelling with more natural cozy appeal than the little homes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels. Round front doors, low ceilings, and curved woodworking galore; these places blend in with their natural surroundings, providing a place many people would be seriously happy to come home to. Now architect Peter Archer has created a Hobbit inspired home for life-long J.R.R. Tolkien fans in Pennsylvania, one which channels the beauty and spirit of the low-set homes, while providing a practical space to enjoy. [Read more...]