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.
You can read more about the building and grounds by clicking here.
Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona masterpiece Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família has been under construction since 1882, and it’s not slated to be done until 2026, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a sneak peek of what the completed church will look like when it’s finished.
This is such a neat project! The Miniature Paper Pavilion Club are a collective based in Vancouver who meets biweekly to build ~1:100 scale architectural pavilions. It’s such a fun little idea and their resulting work is terrific.
“We are interested in creating imaginary celebrative public spaces” they say on their website, adding that these miniature buildings are “beacons to all humankind, elevating the wonder of innovation and excellence!” … I couldn’t put it better myself!
After You Left, They Took It Apart is the title of a series of images taken by the New York based photographer Chris Mottalini. Showing a collection Paul Rudolph-designed homes just before they were to be demolished, the series took Mottalini almost seven years to complete and presents a poignant picture of mid-century modernism at the end of its life.
Back in 2009, Make Architects turned a rather mundane, 1960’s block into something shining and fantastic. The effect of wrapping the building in brass gives the building wonder, with the light shining off it’s surface. The projected balconies have their own special details, laser cut panels which spill ornate patterns into the apartments.