Category Archives: Architecture

San Francisco in quarantine by drone – an eerie sight for those who know the place – Fisherman’s Wharf, downtown, Market Street, the Haight – all deserted, apart from a few stragglers.

Now how about empty Vienna?

Or empty London.

Or empty Manhattan.

Or empty Dublin.

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Behold: the Galleria department store in the Korean city of Gwanggyo, 25km south of Seoul.

Designed by OMA/Chris van Duijn, the facade features a replicating mosaic of precision cut triangular stones and bulging triangular opal windows apparently inspired in part by the nearby Suwon Gwanggyo Lake Park.

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These are sandcastles.

The brutalist sedimentary architecture of artist and sandcastle maestro Calvin Seibert, conjured from nothing more than sand and water, smoothed and levelled by knife, trowel and hand. Sez he:

I always start at the top and work down, taking great care to keep the horizontals level. I pretty much make things up as I go along, allowing surprises and engineering difficulties to shape the castles.

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The glorious depth and symmetries of Gareth Pon’s architectural photography – each one with a tiny rocket concealed, ‘Where’s Wally’-style, within the composition.

How’s your eyesight?

From top: Ponte, Johannesburg (+detail); Chicago, Illinois (x3); Hong Kong (x2);  Atlanta, Georgia (x2).

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An artist’s impression of the new IKEA store at Vienna’s Westbahnhof station, where construction has just begun 

Set for completion in early 2021, (though there’ll probably be a bunch of screws and a weird plastic thing left over), the store, with its green facade of 160 integrated trees and roof terrace, has no car parking spaces – a nod to Vienna’s first rate public transport system.

IKEA promises 24 hour delivery for any items that can’t be carried out by hand.

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Early next year, Toyota plans to start construction of a ‘prototype city of the future’ at a 175 acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Details are a little fuzzy at present but according to the press release:

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. The rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota plans to weave in the outdoors throughout the city, with native vegetation and hydroponics.

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Bassins de Lumières – a 13,000-square metre former German and Italian WW2 submarine base at Bordeaux – soon to be the world’s largest digital art centre.

In April 2020, French art events management company Culturespaces will open the huge facility to the public, hosting immersive exhibitions of classical and contemporary art on the walls and beneath the surface of four water filled basins.

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If you follow the HBO series ‘Succession’, you’ll recognise this as Kendall Roy’s swanky condo, and if you like it you can buy it.

Only slightly less impressive than its onscreen version, the condo is a 297m³, 4-bed, 3-bath duplex in a 19th century cast iron building in Tribeca fitted out in oak, marble and Gaggenau appliances with a centrepiece 7m ceilinged ‘great room’.

Ownership also includes private storage, a 24-hour doorman, use of the building’s fitness centre, spa, resident lounge and courtyard.

Yours for €6.4 million.

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