Category Archives: Architecture

The façade of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway brought to life in a continuous motion feature conjoured from a single photograph by animator Ismael Sans-Pena, who sez of it:

The idea behind the film was to find the innate movement inherit in still forms. Every sculpture has movement in it, and it is the task of the animator to discover it. It was through the process of editing my imagery that I discovered that a single image would suffice to create the animation. The film was made by zooming into the image and panning row by row while making sure that different architectural motives aligned in every increment. This also gave a structure to the film.


The Elliptical House at Luz on the Portuguese coast, designed by Mário Martins Atelier – a series of overlapping ovals reflected in the glazed façade of the seaward wall, the curved pool and a cut-out in the cantilevered roof.


Tenkawa Fishing Cabin – cantilevered out of the grey bedrock at the edge of Mount Omine in Japan – a concrete cuboid with a liner layout (master bedroom, guestroom, kitchen, bathroom and living area) split by an internal plywood partition with spectacular views of the river at one end and the mountain at the other.


Conceptual art for a residence perched on a rural hillside in the Spanish region of Matarraña.

To wit, an inverted pyramid with an internal space defined by cantilevered platforms linked by stairways.


Ongoing construction of the twisted skeletal structure of the SOHO Li Ze Tower in Beijing.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 207m skyscraper, with its vast internal atrium wrapped in place by a series of walkways, is currently three quarters complete and due to open in late 2018.


Perched on stilts on a cliff overlooking the Pacific near Elk, California, the Shoreline Highway House is a mid-century two-bedroomed ‘holiday home’ decorated in redwood and red brick, connected by an extensive deck to a one bed guest ‘cottage’.

Yours for $1.975 million (€1.68m)

Sure you wouldn’t get a shed in Dalkey for that, etc.


Surviving elements of Ottoman era Turkish architecture, variously referred to as “kuş köşkü” (bird pavilions), “güvercinlik” (dovecots) and “serçe saray” (sparrow palaces).

These ornate miniature structures attached to the walls of significant buildings were designed to house birds and keep their droppings from corroding the walls. They were also believed to grant good fortune to those that built them