You know those little people who inhabit architectural renderings? Where the hell do they come from? I know one source now, it’s called Skalgubbar and it’s the passion project of Teodor Javanaud Emdén.
I started the project a few years ago and it has taken off fairly recently and my people who are my family and friends have now started to infiltrate the world of architecture. They are featured in a lot of architecture competitions projects (that I have seen 2013) and almost always in at least one shortlisted project.
The variety and range of people are incredible, anything from a person with a bouquet of balloons, an old woman holding giant mushrooms, or a man petting a black cat on the ground.
Two of my favourite things are architecture and illustration so it’s no wonder that I love these illustrated buildings by the Italian illustrator Giordano Poloni. Giordano currently lives and works in Milan where he creates both illustrations and motion-graphics for clients such as WIRED, Random House, Vice Magazine and Smith Journal. These images come from an ongoing series called “Climbing in Love” which Giordano describes as “a personal series about architecture and love stories”.
Sometimes things aren’t always what they seem. This 200 year old stacked stone house in Linescio, Switzerland has been discretely gutted on the inside by Buchner Bründler Architekten, turned into a simplistic dream space, perfectly formed in concrete. My favorite detail is the sleeping space above the fireplace which allows the concrete to gather ambient heat from the fire and keep you warm at night. Brilliant, right?
Making a home truly your’s is a very personal process. In most cases it means arranging your belongings in a certain way or painting rooms a color you love. For home owners Joris Brouwers and Nicky Zwaan it meant taking matters into their own hands; designing, building, and furnishing their house themselves. The final home certainly stands out from the block, as you can see above, and the inside is like a secret getaway you want to explore.
About 45 minutes east of Reykjavik lies the Ion Adventure Hotel, a stunning boutique hotel which rests upon the peaceful terrain of Iceland. I came across the Ion and was immediately struck by it’s incredible design and it’s openness to the surroundings. It also kind of looks like something out of a James Bond film.
I’m not normally a fan of re-imagined movie posters that take a minimalist slant but I must admit that I quite like this series created by the Barcelona-based illustrator and architect Federico Babina. Entitled Archicine, the series takes a number of iconic buildings from cinema and turns them into vintage-looking posters. It’s a series that presents a wonderful overview of architecture on screen and Federico’s style lends a beautiful crisp and clean aesthetic to the buildings of the silver-screen.
Alan Taylor runs In Focus, a special section of The Atlantic which looks at topics and events through large, beautiful photos. Last week he had a special feature on modernist architect Eero Saarinen, who helped bring a sense of futurism to a world of cookie cutter buildings. The feature is a series of 44 images which shows the range and talent of Saarinen, from his work on the Saint Louis Gateway Arch to the Trans World Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed by Kisho Kurokawa, opened in March of 1972 as an ideal for architecture, allowing for a flexible capsule based system that would change and grow over time. Unfortunately the idea never really stuck and these capsules, meant to last around 25 years, are still in use to this day. Photographer Noritaka Minami has created a photo series titled 1972 which explores the Capsule Tower, giving insight into the decaying building.
This prototype for a new lifestyle for the 21st Century ultimately proved to be an exception rather than the rule. The Nakagin Capsule Tower in fact became the last of its kind completed in the world. Furthermore, the building has never undergone the process of regeneration during the 40 years of existence. None of the original capsules have ever been replaced, even though Kurokawa intended them to sustain a lifespan of only 25 years. As the capsules accumulate patina on their shells through the passage of time, they exist as a reminder of a future imagined to be possible at that moment in Japan as well as a future that never came.
As a part of a book called “Unscrolled,” which reimagines and reinterprates the Torrah, New York based architects HWKN have created an immense monument based on a description in the T’rumah which details of how to construct a sanctuary where sacred objects like the Holy Grail could be stored.
The Mercury News has a great slideshow featuring the upcoming Apple Campus which was designed by Foster + Partners. Apple is still waiting on a final vote from the Cupertino city council, but if it’s approved the 175-acre site that’s now 80 percent asphalt and buildings will turn into one that’s 80 percent open space and parkland, with a giant aluminum ring laying gently amongst it all. The model certainly helps to illustrate the immensity of the project and hopefully it’ll start development soon.
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