Category Archives: Architecture

Behold: the longest glass bottomed bridge in the world, extending for over half a kilometre 200 metres above the Lianjiang River in China’s Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area. Designed by Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University, the span comprises three layers of 4.5cm-thick glass lined with steel and suspended from cables.

Capable of supporting 500 people at a time, it’s a lot more stable than the previous record holder.

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a  meditative short film in which Japanese sculptor Etsuro Sotoo talks about how  41 years working as a sculptor culminated in a celebrated attempt to finish Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. To wit:

In 1978 Etsuro Sotoo arrived in Barcelona. He had just graduated in Fine Arts, he had just one year of experience as an Art teacher. When impressed by the unfinished temple: “It was the most fabulous pile of stones I had ever seen” …He asked for a job as a stonecutter. He wanted to continue the Nativity façade (the only façade that, thanks to his work, would be declared by Unesco World Heritage). He did a test and they gave him the position. Since then, he has completed what Gaudí did not even have time to think about. When he finished with the gaps, he started with the architect’s notes. When the tracks are over, it’s up to him to make decisions (source).

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Hic.

What replaced The Hamlet?

That is the question.

Anyone?

Dublin before The Tiger (David Jazay)

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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