Category Archives: Architecture

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


The artful architecture of France, captured by photographer Sebastien Weiss.

Above: Tour Aillaud in Nanterre; Le Centre National d’Entraînement, Paris; Houx de Créteil in Créteil; Grande Arche in Paris; ZAC du Coteau in Arcueil; Stade Jean-Bouin and La Cité Curial-Cambrai in Paris.


A pleasing, if rather impractical, conceptual ‘home’ constructed from baubles and parametric orbs in Normandy, France designed by French architect Cyril Lacenlin.


Skull in the Mirror: a 19th century French chateau (abandoned for the last 30 years and lately donated to the Town Hall)  transformed by artist Okuda San Miguel as part of last week’s Festival LaBel Valette organised by Urban Art Paris.


A digital photoseries in which German photographer Clemens Gritl extrapolates the scale and repeated patterns of 20th century brutalist forms, capturing his exaggeratedly monumental towers in the classic black and white style of 1960s architectural photography.


An extensive (and doubtless expensive) array of architectural elements by ltalian artist Edoardo Tresoldi commissioned as part of a royal event in Abu Dhabi.

Constructed from wire mesh, lit from above and below to create the ghostly effect, the installation took Tresoldi three months to put in place with the help of Dubai-based Designlab Experience.

Previously: Is There Anything To Be Said For Another Mesh?


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The lobby of Yangzhou Zhongshuge bookstore in Zhen Yuan, China designed by Shanghai based studio XL-Muse: a cavernous curved roof, shelved with books and a polished black marble floor to create the optical illusion.

MORE: XL-Muse creates tunnel of books for shop in China (Dezeen)