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Would You Eat a Sandwich in a London Urinal?

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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As the Brits would say, we’re not “taking the piss” when we say this London sandwich bar/cafe is situated in a Victorian urinal. Called Attendant, the narrow subterranean place is located just south of Regents Park and somewhat hidden below an ornate wrought iron entrance gate. The urinal, which was abandoned for over 50 years, was remodeled by partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell for a respectable $150,000. Besides knocking out one wall, the duo report that the main project was a very thorough cleaning. [Read more...]

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12 Amazing Treehouses Around the Planet

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever have the childhood fantasy of building a great treehouse towering high above? If you did, and actually brought the fantasy into reality, your building may have been limited to just a few pieces of lumber and the house itself only lasted a few seasons. While it was good fun, it never became anything extremely elaborate. Today, for some creative people, their childhood fantasies never left and they have continued to design and build some very impressive homes in the trees. [Read more...]

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Intertwined Scrap Wood Becomes Tree Columns

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira makes fierce installation art using scrap wood from the streets of Brazil. At first he would take peeling pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, with weather damage that were falling apart, using them as canvas for paintings, but soon he realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make unimaginable installations. He begins with a plywood skeleton (which he buys) and then uses his salvaged plywood to give texture and color to the structure. For his latest installation in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Oliveira made it seem as if the columns of the building were growing intertwined tree roots. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #459 > Home Is Where The Photos Are

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #458 > Let’s Go Geometric With Architecture

Sunday 06.30.2013 , Posted by

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Towering Building Illustrations to Explore

Wednesday 06.26.2013 , Posted by

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Toby Melville-Brown is in love with civilization and the towering illustrations he creates confirms that fact. Each of his works is a wealth of imaginative detail, often inspired by the human themes which shape our society. His recent Tower Series for example, hones in on what motivates us to build the way we do, creating fantastic buildings that focus on our needs for self-congratulation, utilization and high-density. Each takes its concept to the extreme, creating microcosms of civilization set on fulfilling one exacting goal. The resulting images are fascinating to explore and decipher. [Read more...]

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Opening Week for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For the past thirteen years London’s Serpentine Gallery has hosted the work of fantastic architects in the form of their annual Pavilion, staging perhaps the most anticipated and innovative program in the world. The resulting structures are open to the public, allowing passerby to explore groundbreaking experiments in design from such names as Zaha Hadid (2000), Frank Gehry (2008), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), and last year, Ai Weiwei. This year’s example, now celebrating its opening week, sees a cloud-like structure of tubular steel rising like an apparition from the grounds of the gallery. [Read more...]

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Home SWEET Home- A House Made of Caramelized Sugar

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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People who live in glass houses… probably never had a glass house made of sugar like this one. By caramelizing sugar at different temperatures, William Lamson was able to produce an array of colors, which he used like stained glass window panes for this beautiful Solarium. The one-room “house” was assembled at Storm King Art Center- one of the world’s leading sculpture parks in upstate New York. Surrounded by beautiful hills and trees in the distance on each side, the space was meant to be a meditative, plant conservatory/ zen garden that encourages reflection. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #452 > Just Add Water: Amazing Houses

Monday 06.10.2013 , Posted by


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Rooms Illustrated Using Their Descriptive Words

Monday 05.27.2013 , Posted by

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Modern Mantra is a highly unusual series of 18 drawings from Swedish artist Thomas Broomé. Using Indian ink on white paper he creates home interiors completely from written words describing the objects he draws. In this way the words simultaneously describe what they visually depict. In the case of his piece called Bedroom, the flowing sheet covering the bed is built up of repeating versions of the work “BED,” while the pillows are similarly created using only the word “PILLOW.” Each repeated word is distorted and placed in perspective to accurately represent the object it symbolizes, and besides those found in the words, no lines are used. [Read more...]

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