Archive for ‘landscape’

February 8, 2012

Architecture by Snowflake

Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta

The Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta (Snowflake) have been awarded the “display” category winner at World Architecture festival in Barcelona in November 2011. But much more than any award, the team at Snøhetta is honoured by sincere admiration and excitement their works bring to architecture lovers worldwide. If you need any words to describe this beauty in the wilderness, read here.

February 4, 2012

Bravo for Patkau!

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plywood forms grouped in the snow make shelter for skaters in Montreal

A flock of plywood forms in the middle of a frozen river? It is not a beginning of some fiction novel, but a real architectural addition to the Canadian winter. The team at Patkau Architects have given form to a long lasting need of people in Winnipeg to find shelter in the freezing -30 degrees and sweeping Arctic winds. Grouped together like a herd of buffaloes and turning their back to the wind, these leightweight shelters can be moved in the speing and reused come next winter.

Well done Patkau team!

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September 13, 2009

Xárene Eskandar – Tentative Architecture

Xárene Eskandar`s Tentative Architecture

Xárene Eskandar`s Tentative Architecture

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By the author: “Tentative Architecture is an immaterial architecture that can happen at any time and at any point in space. It is an architecture that is immediately related to the bodies occupying it and does not exist without the presence of one.”
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March 20, 2009

Completely unexpected – but stunning!

bolivia - a stall selling trinkets

bolivia - a stall selling trinkets

on the death road

on the death road

lake Titicaca

lake Titicaca

I came across these pitures of Bolivia, seen and photographed by a traveler, and had to share – the beauty of nature is exceeded by the humanness of man-made object and scenes.

Photographs by  GillianPeterborough, through tripadvisor

January 29, 2009

Alpine bliss – the Rigi house, by afgh architects

view from living room, rigi house by afgh

view from living room, rigi house by afgh

another view of Alps, house rigi by afgh

another view of Alps, house rigi by afgh

Feast your eyes on this alpine beauty, and check some more pictures at the afgh architects site here

January 28, 2009

Swimming pool at Quintay, Tomás García de la Huerta

A view of the pool, Tomás Garcia de la Huerta

A view of the pool, Tomás García de la Huerta

This amazing swimming pool at Quintay, by Tomás García de la Huerta, struck me for it`s chaotic elegance and use of the constraints the elevation provided. The materials used are very unpretentious, but striking in their combinations – eg. the contrast between the light, rough wood slats and the dark, smooth granite ceramic tiles. This is what “modern” is for me.

part of the pool by Tomás Garcia de la Huerta

part of the pool by Tomás García de la Huerta

through plataformaarquitectura

August 12, 2007

Paradise revisited

lisoni hote 

It is not too big a statement – Dellis Cay Island (in the West Indies) is truly a paradise, and an architecturally enriched one, too. Developed by the O Property Collection, led by Dr Cem Kinay, a remarkable name in the business of luxury developments, Dellis Cay stands out from other “ordinarily remarkable” design resorts. Where else in the world could you get a Zaha Hadid designed villa at the marina, a Kengo Kuma spa and a David Chipperfield villa overlooking the ocean? And the list goes on…

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August 9, 2007

News at OMA

Beijing skyline is increasingly defined by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), with Rem Koolhaas as part the creative force at OMA.  Just as we`re getting used to the unortodox feature of CCTV building (shown at right), there`s more to come: the building next to it, also designed by OMA, will be a new luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced it will be managing this new offspring in the central business district of Beijing. Opening is due mid-2008, in time for the Beijing Olympic Games.

see more pictures and other news from OMA 

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