The amazing Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Museum, London. Photographed by Tom Radenz
An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, June 18, 2015. The building was planned to be demolished, but several units in the building refused to move out as they couldn’t reach a compensation agreement with the authority, local media reported. Picture via REUTERS/Ma Qiang/Southern Metropolis Daily
Cony Island amusement park, Brooklyn, New York City by Franck Bohbot
Bohbot’s series, entitled “Last Stop — Coney Island” transforms the seedy New York amusement park into a placid landscape of washed out pastels and muted dreams. Through Bohbot’s lens, the park morphs into a hazy limbo trapped somewhere between a child’s idealised version of the adventure park and an adult’s far more jaded perspective. The eerie yet beautiful landscapes conjure the opposite feeling of actually being at the crowded, sweat-filled pier, and that’s exactly why they have us so entranced.
A Lake Cottage in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada by UUfie / photographed by Naho Kubota.
Words from the architects:
Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the cottage is designed as a two storey, multi-uses space for a large family. The structure, composed of a 7m high A-frame pitch roof covered in black steel and charred cedar siding. A deep cut in the building volume creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors to further give the illusion of the building containing the forest inside.
Fourteen openings in the main living space reveal both inhabited spaces, skies and trees. The abstract nature of the interior spaces allows the imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces. A solid timber staircase leads to a loft which gives the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as sunlight softy falls on a wall covered in shingles stained in light blue.
Using local materials and traditional construction methods, the cottage incorporated sustainable principles. The black wood cladding of the exterior is a technique of charring cedar that acts as a natural agent against termite and fire. Thick walls and roof provide high insulation value, a central wood hearth provides heat, deep recessed windows and operable skylights provide ventilation and diffused natural light.
‘Aten Reign’ by light artist James Turrell’s, in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
A giant 60-foot maze at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C created by Danish architects BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
The amazing ‘Factory’, Sant Just Desvern, Spain by architect Ricardo Bofill.
In 1973 Ricardo Bofill found a disused cement factory, an industrial complex from the turn of the century consisting of over 30 silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms, and he decided to transform it into the head office of Taller de Arquitectura. Remodelling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements: stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic.
Mercedes Benz Museum, in Stuttgart, Germany – designed by UN Studio and photographed by Maik Lipp
Words from the architects: >> In order to create an interior which was suitable for classical concerts, first of all we had to somehow fade out the gym’s characteristic appearance and find a suitable cover. But further on, we were eager to form an atmosphere that would compliment musical events and to then partition the homogenous space through gentle transitions. We therefore created a spatial structure built from two items: This included the creation of an interacting translucent media system and a geometric grid of point lights. The media system’s hanging layers are made out of a thermally bonded non-woven geotextile fabric. As the fabric dominates over the beams and walls, we then blurred the room’s boarders through the use of different outlines and the translucent, opalescent texture of the fabric’s layers. We also defined the locations of the two main functions, these being the auditorium and stage. The point lights themselves are made from light bulbs which emit equal intensity light and hang in equal distance at the nodes of a square raster. These bulbs are hidden among the waving textile layers above the auditorium, and come into view above the stage thus bringing the musicians into focus. With the use of the textile layers, we succeeded in improving the room’s acoustics whereby the hanging ribs dampened the sharp reflecting sounds dispersing them through the space. This in turn, generated a more comfortable atmosphere and optimized the musical experience.<<
‘Houses of the Holy’ – stunning photographs of colorful vaulted mosque ceilings, captured by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji
Final Wooden House in Kumamoto, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects / Photographed by Iwan Baan
Words from the architect: I thought of making an ultimate wooden architecture. It was conceived by just mindlessly stacking 350mm square.
Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. Columns, beams, foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, floorings, insulations, furnishings, stairs, window frames, meaning all. However, I thought if lumber is indeed so versatile then why not create architecture by one rule that fulfills all of these functions. I envisioned the creation of new spatiality that preserves primitive conditions of a harmonious entity before various functions and roles differentiated.
There are no separations of floor, wall, and ceiling here. A place that one thought was a floor becomes a chair, a ceiling, a wall from various positions. The floor levels are relative and spatiality is perceived differently according to one’s position. Here, people are distributed three-dimensionally in the space. This is a place like an amorphous landscape with a new experience of various senses of distances. Inhabitants discover, rather than being prescribed, various functionalities in these convolutions.
This bungalow no longer fits the category of wooden architecture. If wooden architecture is merely something made from wood, then wood itself surpasses the architectural procedures to directly become a “place where people live” in this bungalow. It is of an existence akin to primitive conditions before architecture. Rather than just a new architecture, this is a new origin, a new existence.
Beautiful photographs of the very elegant racetrack stands of the Zarzuela Hippodrome (1935) in Madrid, Spain, by architects Carlos Arniches and Martín Dominguez, and engineer Eduardo Torroja / photographed by Ximo Michavila.
The beautiful ‘Herringbone House’ by London based Atelier ChanChan in Islington, London. Photographs by Mike Tsang.
Words from the architect:
The house aims to relate to its context by taking the syntax of the local vernacular: namely gable ended roofs and the brick material of the Victorian terraces. However, the open plan interiors with ceiling to floor windows, skylights and courtyards are supported by a modern steel structure.
The combination making for a modern vernacular house inspired by the old to create something new. The ornamental herringbone brickwork was used to create personal expression and to articulate the picture windows and volumes by using framing, pattern and variety in the laying of the bricks.
From his series ‘Courts’ by photographer Ward Roberts:
Sports courts are subjects to extremes: battered by the stomps and slams of players or else left in silence. These days, much of the beauty and pathos of courts lies in their minimalist sentiment. In their deserted state they become sculptural, attracting the eye of the photographer or painter more than the player. As Ward’s photographs show us, we easily sympathize with the treatment of such venues that are developed purely for our use and occasionally attract abuse. The only evidence of action you’ll see on many outdoor courts nowadays is the handy work of amateur graffiti ‘artists’. For many, the attraction to healthy recreational activities has been superseded by faster, louder viewing experiences. The humble local court has been neglected in preference to the stadium, which delivers sport as spectacle with staples like pre-match entertainment, merchandise and a bar. The surrounding buildings that feature in many of Ward’s images give us another clue as to where all the playing action has gone – indoors. Text by Ward Roberts
‘Tree House’ by London based architecture studio 6a Architects // Photography by Johan Dehlin.
London studio 6a Architects has extended the home of architecture critic Rowan Moore and his family by adding a timber structure that curves around a tree (+ slideshow). The extension was designed by 6a Architects to provide a new ground-floor bedroom and bathroom for the London house, which is an amalgamation of two cottages constructed in the 1830s. A ramped corridor runs parallel to the existing house, negotiating a gentle change in level and allowing access for the mother of the family, who uses a wheelchair. This corridor connects the house’s living room with the new bedroom suite, which extends out into the garden. The exterior of the structure is clad with reclaimed timber, while white-painted timber panels line the interior walls. Glazed doors open the space out to a curving timber deck that surrounds the sumac tree and steps down to the garden. (Text via dezeen)
House K by world renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto / photographs by Iwan Baan, text by designboom:
Sou fujimoto‘s ‘house k’ is a voluminous, crescent-shaped home in northeastern osaka’s dense urban fabric. the approach to an disproportionate L shaped site is one of a soaring, thickened ground plane. pressed against the neighbors’ homes on three sides and bordered by a grove of trees, the rectangular volume literally grows out of the ground with a gentle concave motion until it peaks at the eastern-most point. the canopy therefore becomes a striking visual object from the exterior while providing the family with much-needed exterior space in the form of a rooftop terrace. the habitable roof additionally confronts the ubiquitous concrete slabs with a composition of trees in faceted metal planters.
A wonderful example of beautiful simplicity – a corrugated aluminum ‘house for mother’ in Sweden, designed by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
‘House for mother’ by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF), is located in linköping, sweden, and is part of the linköpingsbo 2017 housing exhibition. the dwelling is divided into two parallel volumes slightly shifted from each other, thus creating spaces both in front of and behind the building. oriented to a park in the north, and an alley in the south, the two adjacent gables emphasize the overall theme for the area in general: narrow plots and a variation of housing types. the first form contains the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the bathroom and laundry room housed in a smaller cabin within the structure. the second volume, partly in two levels with a less inclined roof, accommodates the bedrooms and a small studio. the façades and roof are covered with raw, corrugated aluminum in juxtaposition to the warm interior with an exposed timber structure and walls lined with plywood. the polished concrete flooring folds up along the perimeter of the building and transforms into a bench and shelf. (Text via designboom.com / all images courtesy of förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
The ‘Atriumhaus’ – a beautifully designed atrium house in Händelallee, Hansaviertel, Berlin by award-winning architecture studio bfs d of Berlin
With a sure hand bfs architects have helped an atrium house in Berlin’s famous Hansaviertel back to its former glamour. The modernist building was part of the 1957 building exhibition in Berlin’s Tiergarten park. It was designed by Eduard Ludwig, who among other things also designed the airlift monument at Tempelhof airport.
Photographs by Annette Kisling | Text by: Mirko Beetschen
‘A-art house’ by designed by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima (of the Japanese studio SANAA) in collaboration with Yuko Hasegawa (chief curator of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art) for the Inujima art house project inI nujima, Japan / Photographed by Iwan Baan
Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain – a walkable, large outdoor sculpture on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim, Germany – designed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth / photographed by Manuela Martin
From the series ‘Vaults’ by photographer David Stephenson in which he beautifully captures cathedral and church ceilings across Europe transforming them into fascinating two dimensional patterns.
Beautiful, abstract architectural photography of buildings & facades in Miami, Florida – captured by Diego Guevara
/// This post is part of our first Theme Week where since last Friday, you the public had the chance to choose between 5 theme/inspirations for each post this week. You chose ‘Reflection.’ :)
Fantastic Black and white photographs of the Selfridges Building in Birmingham, UK designed by architecture studio Future Systems, photographed by Giles McGarry
‘Ant House’ in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan by mA-style architects / photographed by Kai Nakamura
‘Keret House’ – the world’s narrowest house, in Warsaw, Poland designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, Built between two existing structures from two historical epochs, the narrow infill is more of an art installation that reacts to the past and present of Warsaw. Although the semi-transparent, windowless structure’s widest point measures only 122 centimeters, it’s naturally lit interior doesn’t seem nearly as claustrophobic as one would think.
The Keret House will serve indefinitely as a temporary home for traveling writers, starting with Israeli writer Etgar Keret.
Photographs © Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha
‘Doughnut City’ – Incredible photograph of parking lots in the city of Houston, Texas / photograph from the book: The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
The term Doughnut City is used to describe a phenomenon that affects the physical shape of some cities of the North American Sun Belt. It consists of the concentration of urban activity on the ring road (where the newest and most advanced generation of housing estates and office parks are located) and the parallel physical disappearance of all that remains inside (the interior is affected by an accelerated process of obsolescence that leads to the demolition of a multitude of buildings). Viewed from a European perspective, the Doughnut City is a phenomenon that goes against nature. If in the cities of the Old Continent proximity to the center means an added value, in the Doughnut City quite the reverse is true: the most eligible urban areas are on the final periphery. (text source)
Curious how places left abandoned have a special magic or beauty about them…would you agree?
Places from top to bottom:
City Hall Subway Station- New York City
Ryugyong Hotel- Pyongyang, North Korea
Nara Dreamland- Japan
Château Miranda or Château de Noisy- Celles, Belgium
Christ of the Abyss- San Fruttuoso, Italy
City of Pripyat, Ukraine
Gulliver’s Travels Park- Kawaguchi, Japan
Abandoned mill – Sorrento, Italy
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party- Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria
Abandoned flats- Keelung, Taiwan
Mirny Diamond Mine- Eastern Siberia, Russia
Monochrome Photographs of the Skyline of the old town of Kerkyra – Corfu, Greece / Get a print here or send us a message.
‘Tankstelle Bülowstrasse’ – A Gas Station at Bülowstrasse 18 in Berlin, Germany / A beautiful architecture project that transformed an old 1950s Shell gas station into the new home for Swiss gallery owner Juerg Judin, designed by award winning Berlin-based architecture studio ‘bfs d‘ together with ‘planbb brakel / photographs by Annette Kisling
The living root bridges of Cherrapunji, Shillong, India – century old bridges grown by the Meghalaya villagers who train the roots to create a solid latticework structure strong enough to be used as a bridge. / photographs courtesy of Rex Features
As part of the annual ‘Open House’ weekend in London, we managed to get a peak into the beautiful home of architect Laura Dewe Mathews who build and designed her own home in Hackney, East London out of solid cross-laminated timber.
“Nicknamed the Gingerbread House by neighbours, the two-storey house sits behind the reconstructed wall of a former Victorian box factory and its tall windows overlap the mismatched brickwork…The architect drew inspiration from decorative vernacular architecture in Russia to design the cedar-shingle facade, then added windows framed by thick galvanised steel surrounds…To avoid overlooking neighbouring houses, all windows had to be placed on the north-facing street elevation, so Dewe Mathews also added a large skylight to bring in natural light from above…A double-height kitchen and dining room sits below this skylight on one side of the house and opens out to a small patio. The adjoining two-storey structure contains a living room on the ground floor, plus a bedroom, bathroom and small study upstairs..”
/ first set of photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews
The levitating church – 130-year-old exterior of the Provo Tabernacle, Provo, Utah, USA is raised on stilts as work begins to restore it into a Mormon temple after a devastating fire in December 2010 almost destroyed it / © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve
Ausbau Apartment Wiesbaden is a minimalist house located in Wiesbaden, Germany, designed by Studio Oink. A small apartment in a popular area in Wiesbaden, familiarly, quiet and bright, these were some wishes of the flat owners. The designers created a light atmosphere with a touch of nature by using natural materials and old furniture.
They painted the walls in “grey” and “patina” to make it more open and roomy. They also exposed the original wood flooring and placed ceramic tiles with a special finish on the kitchen wall. Most furniture is tailor-made for each room, so that the owner would have plenty of storage for the small apartment.
Photos of the amazing green box house, by ActRomegialli Architects
The ‘Green box’ project rises as a renovation of a small disused garage, accessory to a weekend house situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alps.A structure realized with lightweight metal galvanized profiles and steel wires wraps the existent volume and transforms it into a tridimensional support for the climbing vegetation.(via act romegialli)
Amazing photo of a wavy GT Tower East located in the city of Seoul.
Dutch firm ArchitectenConsort just completed a wavy new skyscraper that brings a fascinating change to the cityscape of Seoul, South Korea. The undulating glass facade of GT Tower East makes it look different from every angle.(via mymodernnet)
Photos from the interior and exterior of the Ripon Chapel, situated in Oxfordshire. Design by Niall McLaughlin architects. Photos by Dennis Gilbert.
In the interior space the columns meet to form a filigree vault, allowing light from the clerestory to wash through the chapel. Its central feature is a lectern, emphasising the educational function of the space. From the exterior Its elliptical form presents an uncompromising and ‘proper’ architecture at ease with the majestic presence of surrounding mature trees.
Its delicate arboreal structure wrapped in an armature of stone, Ripon Collegeʼs new chapel is a subtle synthesis of nature and the sacred. (via ar)