No ink. No pencils. Just shadows and light on folded white paper. German artist Simon Schubert creates gorgeous images of architectural masterpieces by folding plain, white cellulose paper. In the incredible animation below, you can follow a “ghost” through one of his fictional paper mansions. The video was created using 100 sheets of Schubert’s fine paper works. To show the intricacy of each frame, we have used images of some of his other works not found in the video. As a paper sculptor, Schubert is a master of shadow and light; the depth of each fold measures just millimeters, yet each one creates just enough shade to give them the illusion of palatial quarters. [Read more...]
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In the far lands of Norway roam reindeer. The last of their wild kind in a natural environment, these arctic deer live in dovrefjell-sunndalsfjella national park. Since Santa Claus doesn’t always welcome visitors to the North Pole to see his reindeer (they need their rest and solitude for their big day you know), the Norwegians decided to create a stunningly designed abode for passing humans where they can observe the undomesticated creatures as they romp to the rhythm of nature. [Read more...]
Looking something like wireframe models built out of paper, artist Jill Sylvia creates her insanely detailed architectural models out of a very unique material: hand-cut ledger paper. Using the often book-bound sheets of lined paper, she cuts minuscule holes between each of the sheets colored lines, giving the paper a perforated surface that becomes partially see-through. Once assembled, her models of classic U.S. architecture like the White House, Jefferson Memorial and U.S. Capitol Building, reveal their hidden inner details – like magnificent columns and domed ceilings. [Read more...]
What you’re looking at here is one of possibly the heaviest typefaces we can imagine: a gorgeous modular alphabet made completely out of concrete. David McGillivray cleverly designed the series using only 7 unique shapes which he cast into a set of 14 blocks of concrete. He then arranged the pieces into each different, and highly stylized glyph. [Read more...]
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The University of California San Diego recently got an astounding and mind bending addition… a small cottage perched precariously on the edge of Jacobs Hall many stories in the air (fittingly on Engineering Building 1). The custom-built installation was the brain child of artist Do Ho Suh, who said after conceptualizing the highly complex project that he “never thought it would be realized.” Happily he was mistaken: the building is now a reality, jutting out 100 feet in the air from the corner of its cement host buildings rooftop at a disconcertingly canted angle. [Read more...]
This intricate pattern-work on the exterior of this archway for Clerkenwell Design Week is, at first glance, mesmerizing and impressive as a piece of art, but might not initially strike you as groundbreaking. Take a little closer look though, and you will understand the innovation behind the facade. The real beauty of this archway, the ingenious idea of Giles Miller Studio, is that it employs natural light to help make its geometric face come alive. Each of the hexagonal wood “pixels” was laser cut and angled in a such a way that the light reflects off each identical piece differently, resulting in a pattern of seemingly multi-colored pieces. [Read more...]
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Inspired by Japanese traditional craftsmanship, Mikas Emil, who lived in Japan for a year, works with his paintings in a more dimensional way, but using modern techniques of today. The 29 year old Architect received his Masters in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture last summer. For the project featured below, he started with a 2 dimensional drawing of a face, three-dimensionally modeled it in Rhino, then milled the 3D drawing using a CNC milling machine in plywood. [Read more...]