The amazing Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern Museum, London. Photographed by Tom Radenz
‘Man & Mortar’ – photo series by Jason Paul, capturing fellow athlete parkour world champion Tim Shieff as he runs free around the city of London – naked.
The prints are now exclusively available to buy on Beautiful Crime and the project is supported by The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver, with a percentage of all print sales going to his charity, the Fifteen apprentice programme.
This collection of stunning images was inspired by the juxtaposition found within the architecture of modern Greek cities, with surviving statues and monuments of the ancient world – which they’ve then transposed to the iconic urban landscapes of Central London. Both professional athletes and World champions within the discipline of Parkour, ‘The Art of Movement’, it was Tim and Paul’s physical abilities that facilitated their access to photographic locations beyond the reach of normal photographers and models.
Jason and Tim were interested in examining how within everyday life, we casually accept – or fail to even notice – artistic effigies of the naked human form such as statues or paintings, yet the sight of uncovered flesh within the same space generates consternation and surprise.
Talking about the project, leading parkour Jason Paul says: ”Lots of the London architecture we shot against has a square, rigid and linear feel to it, contrasting starkly with the curves of the athletic, natural human form.”
Tim Shieff, World free run champion and close friend of The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver adds that, “People are often disconnected from their own human form within their daily lives, we wanted to play with the idea of presenting our natural state within the urban straightjacket of conformity.”
Collectively they wanted to make a difference with this unique project and have therefore decided to donate a proportion of each print sold to Jamie’s charity for disadvantaged teenagers, the Fifteen apprentice programme.
Tim, who regularly appears on Jamie’s Youtube channel ‘Food Tube’ as a leading figure within the contemporary Vegan and raw food movement, felt that the inspiring nature of the pictures – promoting body image confidence – sits perfectly with the values and goals of the Fifteen charity. (text via beautifulcrime.com)
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.
‘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)
From the exhibition: “Momentum’ by United Visual Artists currently on display at The Curve, Barbican Center, London /
Words from the Barbican website:
Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules?’ UVA
United Visual Artists invites you to experience Momentum, a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Curve.
Momentum consists of twelve pendulums that activate light and sound as they swing, drawing attention to the Curve’s vast arc, inviting you to journey through the space guided by your heightened senses. Each pendulum has been meticulously designed and built using steel, aluminium, and custom electronics. The sound is individual to each pendulum, prepared and tuned to seamlessly resonate as they move within the Curve.
Momentum creates an environment that has its foundations in detailed research, sophisticated computer technology and mechanical expertise. Yet, the effect is to create a space that feels wondrously transformed, one which you are invited to experience and explore.
Sail Away – a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world by artist Susan Stockwell
This post is part of our second Theme Week where since last Friday, you the public had the chance to choose between 5 themes/inspirations for each post this week. Yet again you chose probably the most challenging theme we had listed: ‘Miniature’ Hope you enjoy… :)
Rather rare views – from his series ‘Empty London’ by Nick Dolding
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
Our first architectural exploration in London, the amazing Serpentine Pavilion by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, 2013 London / Photographs © Hovercraftdoggy.com
Tomorrow morning, the Hovercraftdoggies are moving to a little place called London! Once settled, we will be back to our usual self with regular posts every day.
/ Photograph: Warren Mews, London captured by Garry Knight
‘The London Eye’ – a giant 135 metres (443 ft) tall Ferris wheel sitting on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. Captured by young German photographer Laszlo Schürbüscher
‘Lens House’ a modern 70 sqm office extension to an existing 400 sqm nineteenth century house in Islington, London by Alison Brooks Architects / photographed by Paul Riddle.
Beautiful photograph of the ‘London Eye’ a giant Ferris wheel (with 120 meters in diameter the tallest in Europe) located on the River banks of the River Thames in London, UK / unknown photographer
Photograph of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in the background, London, UK / by rosieburtphotography
The Shard, London – at 310 meters, currently Europe’s second tallest skyscraper by architect Renzo Piano / photographed (during construction) by Jim Stephenson
Roof of the King’s Cross Station, London Concourse Redevelopment / by architects John McAslan + Partners
photographs by Hufton + Crow
The Shard, London / architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / photographer: George Rex
London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects / photography by Richard Davies.
City Hall, London / photographed by Joe Muddiman