We are going to stick to the couch

Spectacular photograph capturing northern gale force winds as they hit the harbour in Seaham, northeast England, baterring the seafront. Photograph by Owen Humphreys.

Spectacular photograph capturing northern gale force winds as they hit the harbour in Seaham, northeast England, baterring the seafront. Photograph by Owen Humphreys.

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We need a house

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`Houses of Parliament” by Robert Steinkopff

 

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We look out

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Tilty Hill Residence, Thaxted, Essex, UK / 18th century Dutch barn conversion by British minimalist architect John Pawson. This tranquil barn represents one of Pawson’s most significant projects and is a hallmark for modern day minimalism. It is also available to rent at The Wow House Company.

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We see the light

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The Shard, London – at 310 meters, currently Europe’s second tallest skyscraper by architect Renzo Piano  / photographed (during construction) by Jim Stephenson

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This is our sunday

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Floating Heads by artist Sophie Cave

/// Unnerving or Ennervating? Whatever you may decide, Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads is turning many of them.

Just about the first thing you noticed when you entered the Kelvingrove museum in Glasgow in 2010 were the heads.  So many heads hanging above your own that they can come as something of a shock.  The juxtaposition between the heads and their surroundings an (almost post) Victorian mansion adds to their overall effect. But the reactions to them are just as varied as their expressions.

Certainly the variety of reactions the faces elicit themselves are as diverse as the expressions on the faces. Unusual is certainly a word that springs to mind.  Well, to be honest in this setting one would be unusual – this exhibition by Scottish artist Sophie Cave shows over fifty of the disembodied human faces and they depict a whole gamut of emotions too.

Perhaps the fascination lies in the fact that the faces look like masks worn at carnivals.  Masks have a certain power – they transform those wearing them and they have universality in as much as they appear in every culture (in all sorts of shapes and sizes).  What message do these faces as masks convey to you?

Whatever you may think, one thing is certain.  They add a certain something to the Kelvingrove – which is Glasgow’s favourite museum as well as being the second most visited art gallery in the UK outside of London.

photographs by ‘Son of Groucho’ & ‘chatirygirl’

We are all under the same roof

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Roof of the King’s Cross Station, London Concourse Redevelopment / by architects John McAslan + Partners

photographs by Hufton + Crow

We make progress

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Black and white photograph of the Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper building under construction in London, UK
Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, height 308.4m (AGL); 72 occupied floors and a 15 storey spire. London Borough of Southwark.

The Shard, London / architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop / photographer: George Rex

We go around

velodrom london olypmics games stadium biking bicycle arena timber architecture facade sloping organic curve beautiful architectural photography London firm Hopkins Architects have completed the Velodrome, the first of the five permanent venues on the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped steel-framed structure sits on a 360 degree glazed concourse at entry level, and is clad in timber with little apertures to allow for natural ventilation. The lightweight, double-curving, cable-net roof structure was designed to reflect the shape of the cycling track. 6,000 seats are located all the way around the track and are split into an upper and lower tier by the glazed concourse. 48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl in which the building sits. The London 2012 Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic indoor cycling events and also includes changing rooms, retail facilities, workshop and a viewing concourse.

London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects / photography by Richard Davies.

 

 

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We are out of control

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City Hall, London / photographed by Joe Muddiman

We came from another planet

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UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Heatherwick Studio / photographed by Philippe Brysse

We can see the other end

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Black and white photograph of a bridge in Scotland, UK by photographer Nina Papiorek

White Wall

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cliff, wall, coast, rock, sea, landscape, photography, nature

Photography by Oliver Sterk