Forgotten Monuments from the Communist Era in Bulgaria

January 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

© Nikola Mihov

Photographer Nikola Mihov has shared his story and photos of the many iconic communist era monuments in Bulgaria that were dismantled after the fall of the totalitarian regime in 1989. Nevertheless, more than one hundred important monuments built between 1945 and 1989 remain standing. The majority of these sites are not recognized by the state and they remain ownerless. Their exact number is unknown and it is difficult to find information about their authors and their history.

Be sure to read his story here and to check his great photographs.

Dancing Squares

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Masayuki Hayashi

Japanese designers Nendo have designed a pendant and floor light made of thin sheet metal that is made flat and then bent into a spherical shape. This really simple idea of ‘Dancing Squares’ has resulted in a series of other objects that can be seen here.

111, Lincoln Road

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Iwan Baan

Swiss Architects Herzog & DeMeuron have completed recently this megalomaniac car park in Miami. It is not that often that even Starchitects get the chance to design such a building that has a simple program and an enormous budget, allowing them to sculpt their Architecture in terms of pure aesthetics. This building is really a joy to look at because it becomes more of a Mega-sculpture rather than Architecture. I only wonder how much it would cost to park my car there. But heck that’s Miami!

Check out the great photos of this building by Iwan Baan.

Monday Song: Day is Done

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Nick Drake was an English composer and songwriter best known for the sombre pieces composed on his guitar. He recorded his first album Five Leaves Left in 1969 when he was 20 years old and left us with the age of 26 after recording three really great albums such as Bryter Layter in 1970.

Enjoy your Monday!

Yosemite National Park time-lapse

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Yosemite National Park is probably wide known from the marvellous Ansel Adams photographs back in 1940’s. Since then it has reached the ultimate status of a sanctuary for the Landscape Photographer.

This time-lapse video from Photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee really suits the mood of the place. Its moving images are so deep and so full of beauty that one cannot go through them without a feeling of joy. I really enjoy the whole edit of the video and specially those really slow pan and zoom movements.

The one metre extension

January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

© David Mikhail Architects

Having worked as an Architect in London before, I am always interested to see what British Architects come out to re-arrange old victorian houses that look all the same everywhere throughout London.

David Mikhail Architects managed to extend this old victorian house into a lighter livingroom and with a double-height kitchen by rearranging the floor heights of the ground and basement floors.

More info about this project here.

Ferreries Civic Centre

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Pedro Pegenaute

Spanish studio Arquitecturia have just completed this very subtle building for a Civic Centre in Tortosa, Spain. Part of the building occupies the old city market while the new extension focus on redefining the square where it locates. All the exterior of the building is covered with metal slats while the interior is made out of slim white wooden slats. The photos from Pedro Pegenaute really bring to life this small yet very interesting piece of Architecture.

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