Archive for the architecture Category

Eszenyi Gábor

Posted in architecture, craft, sculpture with tags , , on September 4, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Wow…Eszenyi Gabor’s architectural sculptures are rather amazing.

Strange collages of style and form blend together in these creations (though I do have a predilection for odd angular towers). Perhaps my favorite attribute is that these structures look cobbled together with real materials…a far cry from un-textured architectural models that may be gorgeous but lack a certain “lived in” quality that makes one almost believe an imaginary troupe of tiny builders is responsible.

In addition, they cast shadows which are in and of themselves works of art.

See more here.

Renovated Church House

Posted in architecture, home with tags , on August 7, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I have a bit of a thing for renovated church houses. Practicality aside, the architecture, spaciousness and design…transformed into a place of residence…can be quite a sight to behold.

Here is a particularly nice one.

A nondescript exterior and a yard dominated by headstones give no indication of the residential nature of this historic church in Kyloe, Northumberland. A couple decided to purchase and readapt the structure, investing nearly three times the purchase price into renovations over the course of several years.

Restoration is more prevalent than renovation, with original stained glass windows throughout, and repurposed church fixtures abounding. Much of the original seating in the church was refinished and placed throughout the home.

The outside:

See a few more images at the source.

HR Giger Museum Bar

Posted in architecture, destinations with tags , on July 29, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I have always wanted to visit the HR Giger Museum but there is entirely too much to post about there. So today I’m going to focus only on the museum bar.

The womb-like interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle.

With its bone-colored furniture and awe inspiring interior design, the wing of the castle that houses the Museum Bar has a a truly organic feel. The cast concrete surfaces of the bar furnishings have been polished to the point that they are skin soft to the touch, enhancing the impression of being inside a once living creature, of sitting on something, perhaps less than alive, but very warm and enveloping just the same.

Has anyone been to this marvelous place? If so…please tell me about it!

Read about the bar (and see some other pictures) in this article.

HR Giger Museum

Gerard Trignac

Posted in architecture, art, decay with tags , , on April 29, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I just spent a while letting my eyes wander in Gerard Trignac’s galleries.

Much of his work is centered around architectural structures.

They are shadowy mixes of classic form and industrial grit, often devoid of human inhabitants; abandoned, yet complex and teeming with life.

Such beauty mingling with decay…

See more here.

Bubbletree Tents

Posted in architecture, nature with tags , on April 15, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

The moment I laid eyes on these transparent bubble tents, my mind filled with dreams of spending evenings in the wilderness happily curled up in one of them.

Above all else, I would love to put a bed and tons of comfy pillows and blankets in this tent and stay in there through fierce thunderstorms.


Rustic Cottage on a Highrise

Posted in architecture, installations with tags , on March 19, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I have a tendency to wish that sculptures, installations and other fictional artistic creations were real. Case in point: this cabin.

Using a nineteenth-century architectural style and vintage building materials, the structure is both homage to the romantic spirit of the Western Myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion.

Although this is just an installation, I think it’s a fantastic guest house idea. I do understand the commentary imbedded in such a structure, but I happen to like it aesthetically in its own right.

See more pictures at the Source.

Daniele Del Nero: After Effects

Posted in architecture, craft, decay with tags , , on February 27, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Daniele Del Nero’s After Effects is a series of architectural scale models covered with black paper and flour…left to mold.

I always find it interesting when an artist purposely lets nature take its toll on pieces of work. Objects find themselves splashed with new life, new colors, as the process of decay takes over.

Del Nero states:
My purpose is to talk about the sense of time and destiny of the planet after the human species, through the sense of restlessness which abandoned buildings are able to communicate.

See more from this series here.

David Lynch’s Night Club: Silencio

Posted in architecture, destinations with tags , on November 20, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s a new destination for David Lynch fans: Silencio, the Parisian nightclub inspired by the film Mulholland Drive.

The club is buried within a elegant, respectable Parisian block supposedly the burial place of Molière and once home to two influential leftist newspapers–one must descend the six flights of stairs to Silencio before they realize a transformation is afoot. Inside, the visitor will encounter weirdly wonderful spatial sequences, from browsing in the art library and smoking in the “dream forest” to standing at the “Buddhist cocktail bars with their own bijoux cinemas” and passing through a “golden tunnel of mini-mandalas” with gold leaf applied by gilders who decorate the dome over Napoleon’s tomb. All this disorientation and sensory overload are, of course, heightened by copious amounts of alcohol.


Richard Proenneke: Alone in the Wilderness

Posted in architecture, film, nature, video with tags , , , on September 27, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

You think you’re tough? You’re not. You know who’s tough? THIS GUY:

Richard Proenneke lived alone until he was 82 years old, in the high mountains of Alaska…in a log cabin he built by hand.

I recently caught a PBS special about his process and was blown away.

The first part (and it looks like the second part) is on youtube, but it wasn’t until a little later that things got mind-blowing.

Alone in the Wilderness documents the entire building process. Proenneke builds every part of the cabin with natural materials (save for a sheet of plastic on the roof), and no power tools of any kind. Even hinges are made of wooden fittings. He whittles his own utensils and bowls, puts together a stone fireplace…eats what he catches and gathers (with the very occasional simple grocery shipment).

This man is so intensely efficient that it’s almost comical to the modern day technology-saturated member of society. I found myself laughing in astonishment as he built a wall by noon, then went off to clear two acres of moss for the roof. He carried almost everything on his back, too.

Proenneke’s work and life are a true testament to unadorned human capabilities. I highly encourage you to watch this intriguing look at one natural, self-sufficient life.

Dick Proenneke

House of Shelves

Posted in architecture, inspiration with tags , on July 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Jim sent me the link to this House of Shelves, knowing that it is indeed the “perfect house for me.”

See? I don’t have too many books, collections, craft supplies, etc. I simply don’t live in a house that optimizes space properly.

My personal clutter is nothing that a few thousands shelves couldn’t cure (and my meticulous nature would ensure expert organization and presentation).