From Libraries: a new coffee-table tome featuring 44 of the world’s most lavishly appointed, architecturally impressive and beautiful libraries, among them Trinity College Library and The National Library of Ireland (bottom two pix).
Above (from top): Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre, Humboldt University Berlin, LiYuan Library, Beijing, The Black Diamond, Royal Library of Copenhagen, Denmark and Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The quite frankly mind-scrambling work of artist Ben Sack: intricately detailed cityscapes drawn with a succession of 0.05 black Stabilo pigment liners that he exhausts and replaces many times in the months it takes to complete each drawing.
His most recent work (of which you can see much more here) is the circular A Single Note above. It’s 3.8 meters across.
Architects often use photographs of random passers by, cut from their backgrounds and superimposed on building mock-ups to give a sense of scale to project art.
In her collage series Wall People, Georgian artist Eka Sharashidze makes the excised humans the main focus of the image – stacking and replicating them like musical notation or modern urban hieroglyphs.
Created By Universal Everything, and referencing the work of 1960s architectural avant garde group Archigram, Walking City is a mesmeric motion graphic video sculpture featuring a walking figure whose shape adapts ‘in response to the architecture she encounters’.
Around 20 years ago, a government housing expo in the Gangnam district of Seoul in South Korea featured a town designed by leading local architects.
As well as making maximum use of the limited available footprint, this house – Ga On Jai – built by Iroje Khm Architects neatly encapsulates four distinctive Korean techniques of Korean architecture: Ru (internal support with one facade left open); Madang (the inner court); Cheoma (cantilevered roof) and Doldam (stone masonry wall).