The wonderful creations of sculptor Ted Lott – stripped back elements of modern architecture constructed using a bandsaw as a scaled sawmill to generate miniature pieces of wood and other proportioned raw materials which he builds into items of found and vintage furniture. These, sez he:
…point to the complex interaction of necessity, artistry, economy, function and beauty present in the original objects, while highlighting the possibilities of transformation and growth that are a requirement for the continuation and evolution of life.
Behold: 1 Colombia Island, off the Manhattan coast in Long Island Sound – a 523 square metre 1940s residence with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, spacious living area and kitchen with polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls throughout.
Virtually self-sustaining, with solar panels and its own desalination plant, the insular property also includes a rooftop deck with views of the skyline of New York City (30 minutes away by boat) and ownership of the nearby 3-acre Pea Island.
‘Inception’-style visions of Russian cities by Vladimir-based production studio Lestnica – each one anchored by a single architectural feature around which the surrounding cityscape fans outward and upward in melon-twisting fashion.
A software algorithm was applied to cameras in semi-automatic mode to produce thousands of test images from which dozens of hours of work yielded the final composites.
The evocative watercolours of Chinese painter Zhifang Shi who travels the world painting each of his subjects en plein air, focussing on architectural points of entry and, elsewhere, modes of transport.
The Hidden City series of photographer Navid Baraty – vertiginous views of New York streets mirrored in the walls of glass buildings to give the impression of ‘a sort of hidden dimension or parallel universe’.
1980s ‘woonball’ housing in the Dutch municipality of Hertogenbosch, north-west of Eindhoven.
Designed by the late Dutch artist and architect Dries Kreijkamp and still fully occupied 35 years on, the 5.5m diameter PVC bubbles of the ‘Bolwoningen’ sit on cast concrete plinths with an internal staircases connecting two bedrooms on the bottom floor, a kitchen and bathroom on the first and living space with a panoramic view up top.
Behold: the Koda Light Float House – a zinc-clad dwelling surrounded by a generous deck on a pontoon raft connected to shore by a wooden bridge.
More house than boat (designed to be towed between locations), the minimal interior features double-height ceilings, an open living space, kitchen, and a lofted sleeping area from where to view the locale where you’ve chosen to dock.
Indian zoroastrianism… involves the depiction of an historical and religious funerary place called ‘tower of silence.’ this tower is told to have the purpose of revitalizing endangered vultures which prey upon the dead bodies of humans….the architect proposes a process of decay and regeneration in the form of visionary burials called ‘tectonic vultures.’ this system consists of such new techniques in body decomposition as freeze-drying and liquefaction, transforming the human body into nutrients in the forms of powder and liquid. coral, the urban infrastructure of marine life, is then fed by those processes and subsequently reverted back into its natural condition.