itscolossal: Designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and architect Arata Isozaki, Ark Nova is the world’s first inflatable concert hall that will begin touring in Japan in October. The concert hall will bring music, workshops and other special events to areas still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.


Casa Tóló in Lugar das Carvalhinhas, Portugal by Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira

For reasons of functionality and integration, it was opted to organize the main entrance based on the street where car transit was possible. This road leads to the northern higher part of the lot. Nevertheless, it is possible to access the house from a more rustic footpath from the south. Its fragmentation, necessary due to the steep topography, transforms the whole into a composition of small linked and interconnected volumes, creating an unevenness that allows for a more secure and rational use of the lot. In this way the house’s various functions are clarified with each elevation corresponding to a single compartment. The roof functions simultaneously as pavement support for the gardens: similar to the traditional threshing floors and patios in the northern regions of the country with hilly terrain.

Photography: Fernando Guerra

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Dignity/Scale from Measuring the Universe by Jeanne McRight

Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place, Toronto - architect Santiago Calatrava

…how important it is that architecture does not become a predator on the landscape, but rather gives dignity and human scale to its environment.

- Santiago Calatrava

SoP - Scale of Environments 



Badass London Sundown, view looking west from London Bridge

Marco Ribbe


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Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa, photographed by Noritaka Minami

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Edel Weiss Residence - Matteo Thun + Partners

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Sagrada Família

With its unparalleled Gothic architecture, Sagrada Família is the most stunning Roman Catholic church in the world. Located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, the church has been under construction for over 160. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the church is as yet unfinished. However, Sagrada Família was still designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica. No longer classified as a cathedral, the church must be the seat of a bishop.

Combining Gothic and Art Nouveau forms, Gaudí devoted his last years to the project. At the time of his death in 1926, it was less than a quarter complete. Sagrada Família’s construction was interrupted again by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume slow progress for many decades. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

The church is composed of three major facades: the Passion facade, the Nativity facade and the Glory facade. Much of the ornate Nativity facade was completed by Gaudí himself. The Passion facade’s graphic nature and gaunt, tortured figures remain true to Gaudí’s original vision, meant to inspire fear and reverence.

The church’s interior is defined by incredible columns that reach majestically toward the ceiling. Gaudí’s plans called for 18 spires, as well as numerous towers, chapels, and portals. When built, the tallest spire, which symbolizes Jesus Christ, will secure Sagrada Família’s place as the world’s largest church building. Relished by the art community, one critic stated that the church is, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

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Educational Centre En El Chaparral by Alejandro Muñoz Miranda

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TWA Flight Center Eero Saarinen

On the news today:

"After marking the fifth anniversary of his Top of the Standard club during Fashion Week, hotelier Andre Balazs has reason to keep celebrating. His company has been tapped by Port Authority officials to develop JFK’s historic TWA terminal — and Page Six can exclusively reveal that the hotel project will be called the Standard, Flight Center.

The Eero Saarinen-designed terminal will be transformed into a hotel and conference center, along with food and beverage offerings, retail space, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum.” [via]

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Foggy Morning at Cloud Gate rcruzniemiec

Last time I was in Chicago I was lucky enough to have a foggy morning, so I woke up at the crack of dawn and made my way to Millennium Park. More luck as almost nobody was around and I had a one in a lifetime chance to photograph Cloud Gate aka The Bean from every possible angle and have this piece of art for once (mostly) devoid of human reflections and with only reflections of its immediate surroundings. Hope you like them as much as I do!

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The Brain, Seattle WA by Olson Kundig Architects

The Brain is a 14,280 cubic-foot cinematic laboratory where the client, a filmmaker, can work out ideas. Physically, that neighborhood birthplace of invention, the garage, provides the conceptual model. The form is essentially a cast-in-place concrete box, intended to be a strong yet neutral background that provides complete flexibility to adapt the space at will. Inserted into the box along the north wall is a steel mezzanine. All interior structures are made using raw, hot-rolled steel sheets.

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TOM FORD’S RANCH (2012) Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. TADAO ANDO.

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