When you think of Hong Kong you undeniably think of all the skyscrapers looming over the city. The city’s tightly-packed towers are some of the tallest in the world, and have been documented by a range of local and international photographers for their visual and architectural qualities.
Hong Kong Photographer, Andy Yeung, has captured the metropolis from a new perspective using a drone camera, appropriately labelling the series “Urban Jungle.”
All images via Andy Yeung
Neglected and abandoned for years, the the church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, was originally designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912. With help from ‘Church Brigade’, a collective group of enterprising individuals, online fundraising and Red Bull, the church was salvaged and turned into a public skate park called, Kaos Temple.
Artist, Okuda San Miguel was commissioned to cover the walls and vaulted ceilings with his unique style of colorful geometric figures. A rainbow of colors cover every wall in the church, making it truly a wonderfully remarkable place to skate.
Pigment in Tokyo is what my art dreams are made of! Warehouse TERRADA opened up an art supply laboratory and store designed by the architect, Kengo Kuma. The main aim of Pigment is to preserve ancient art forms and techniques by inspiring artists to use older materials, by providing them with the tools and knowledge to do so.
In addition to selling brushes, pigments, special glues, and papers (some used in Japanese painting since the Meiji period), the store will also provide workshops by both art professors and manufacturers of the supplies housed in-store.
“Over 4,200 colors of pigments, more than 200 antique ink sticks, and 50 kinds of animal glues..” – Pigment Tokyo
If you, like me, can’t make it to the store – check out their online store!
This modern and minimal presentation tube is the perfect way to transport your designs in the chicest way possible.
Arkitube is a reinvention of the norm. A modular, sleek, lightweight presentation tube, it is designed to transport large architectural, design, and construction drawings, plans, and posters. Unlike the cumbersome containers or cardboard tubes available on the market, Arkitube is designed to reflect the precision, delight, and refinement that its precious cargo details.
Click here to support the project!
Treehotel by Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter comprises of mirrored glass boxes suspended around the trunk of a tree in Harads, northern Sweden. The hotel hidden among the trees provide a way for visitors to blend into nature in an unobtrusive manner.
The “tree rooms” create a shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminum structure hung around a tree trunk, boxes clad in mirrored glass, 4x4x4 meters. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view. To prevent birds from colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet color is laminated into the glass panes which are visible to birds only.
Each “Tree Room” accommodates space for two people; a double bed, a small bathroom, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree. The hotel has been opened to the public since July 2010.
Treehotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. It’s a tale of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together. “The Tree Lover” is a philosophic story about the significance of trees for us human beings.
Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, www.tvark.se
Via Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and Treehotel
These remarkably crafted plastic habitats for hermit crabs were created by Japanese artist, Aki Inomata, for her series of work titled, “Why Not Hand Over a ‘Shelter’ to Hermit Crabs? (2010-2013).”Inomata was influenced by the architecture of major cityscapes, like the New York City skyline, a Parisian apartment, and a Tokyo-style house.
“This work is inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and became Japanese for the following fifty years, before being returned to France. The same piece of land is peacefully transferred from one country to the other. These kinds of things take place without our being aware of it. On the other hand, similar events are not unrelated to us as individuals. For example, acquiring nationality, moving, and migration.” – Aki Inomata
Using CT scanning, she took the morphology of a discarded shell to design, print and produce several types of habitable shelters, which the hermits would find similar in construction to their usual exoskeleton.
Via Aki Inomata and Design Boom
The SS Ayrfield, an 1,140 tonne abandoned ship, known to many as, The Floating Forest has remarkably sprouted dense vegetation on its surface. Located in Homebush Bay, Australia, The Floating Forest was built in 1911 and used during World War II to carry supplies to US troops who were stationed in the Pacific region at the time.
Oh the stories it would tell…
Images via Enpundit.
Photo credits from top: Evangelique (last picture as well), Steve Dorman, Andy Brill, Steph Eva, and Bruce Hood.
I am absolutely enamored by this grass carpeted path, called Tapis Rouge, created by Gaëlle Villedary in the French village of Jaujac. The path itself is described as a
“piece of nature designed to create a communion between nature and man through art.”
The carpet uses 3.5 tons of natural material spanning over 1,400 feet through the old town. It runs up inclined curves, along a tiny roadway, up and over stairs and even under the split roots of an old tree.
Despite its name, Tapis Rouge (Red Carpet), the softness of the lawn is irresistible to those moving on foot and rather harkens the sentiments an organic Yellow Brick Road whose end is undefined, where the possibilities of adventure are limitless.- enpundit
Colors Colors Colors! Megan Geckler’s installations make me happy! Here’s to brightening your night.
The site-specific architectural installations are assembled from thousands of strands of flagging tape, a colorful plastic ribbon utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites. This anonymous material is located on the periphery of our everyday life, manufactured in a wide array of colors and coded for multiple practical uses. When distanced from their intended applications, this material lends a manufactured quality to the pieces. The translucency of the material has encouraged me to experiment with light in later works, designing and fabricating diffusers, or sometimes building around the fluorescent tubes themselves, which share the industrial territory of the flagging tape. The tape becomes the surface and a point of departure for color studies, achieved by layering the material over itself, much like a painter would use a glaze, exponentially increasing the limited palette that is available.- Megan Geckler
All images and video via Megan Geckler
Definitely belongs in my dream house
Musée Gustave Moreau Staircase
Can you blame me?