quinta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2012

House on a Cliff_by Petra Gipp Arkitektur and Katarina Lundeberg

This impressive house has been designed by Petra Gipp Arkitektur and Katarina Lundeberg, and is placed on a cliff which is located on an island near Stockholm, Sweden, overlooking the bay from high up.

At the clients requirements the architects have created the dwelling as an interplay with the experience of the environment, providing both the felling of privacy and transparency. The concept idea was to create a strong connection between the house and the cliff, an unique combination creating a whole. The structure of the house is composed of two volumes, each of them with a different purpose, the first providing sleeping space and great connection with the exterior, while the other one features a great living room and a kitchen, the place where that emphasize the public aspects of dwelling. The interior design displays a simple yet modern approach, using an aesthetic based on abstraction and functionality, with simple lines and a clean aspect.

The large floor to wall windows provide enough light for the interior space and forms an internal light between the two volumes creating a conceptual cut between the closed space that turns inwards, and the generously open volume. The materials used for the both the interior and the exterior design were carefully chosen to emphasize the architectonic structure.

Fay Ray the World’s Most Photogenic Dog_by William Wegman

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the birth of the photogenic dog Fay Ray, William Wegman’s wily weimaraner that could assume nearly any position, New York’s Senior & Shopmaker Gallery is exhibiting a survey show of vintage 20 x 24 Polaroid prints from the celebrated canine’s primary period of creative modeling. Caught in a variety of comical poses, the talented Fay Ray becomes an elephant, lion, dog walker, doll, and a hypnotist’s muse on the artist’s conceptual commands.

“Fay loved to show off her ability to hold difficult positions,” states Wegman in the gallery’s online catalogue. “If the pose was too easy for her, she got bored. She required a challenge to keep her intensity. You could see it in her eyes.”

Adoro de Paixão este trabalho! Quem me conhece sabe porque! :)  Vejo o meu Mateus em cada pose!

quarta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2012

Stacking Green_by Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa Architects

Whoever wanders around Saigon, a chaotic city with the highest density of population in the world, can easily find flower-pots crampped and displayed here and there all around the streets. This interesting custom has formed the amused character of Saigon over a long period of time and Saigonese love their life with a large variety of tropical plants and flowers in their balconies, courtyards and streets.

The house, designed for a thirty-years-old couple and their mother, is a typical tube house constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front and back façades are entirely composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two side walls.

The distance between the planters and the height of the planters are adjusted according to the height of the plants, which varies from 25 cm to 40 cm. To water plants and for easy maintenance, we use the automatic irrigation pipes inside the planters. We named this tropical, unique and green house “Stacking Green” because its façades filled with vigorous and vital greenery.

The house structure is a RC frame structure widely used in Vietnam. The partition walls are very few in order to keep interior fluency and view of green façades from every point of the house. During the day we get the varying light with the time of day trimmed by the top-light in the center. In the morning and the afternoon, the sunlight enters through the amount of leafs on both façades, creating beautiful shadow effects on the granite walls, which are composed of strictly stacked 2cm stones.

The green façade and roof top garden protect its inhabitants from the direct sunlight, street noise and pollution. Furthermore, natural ventilation through the façades and 2 top-lights allow this house to save a big energy in a harsh climate in Saigon. Concerning these ecological approaches, we referred a lot to the bioclimatic principles of traditional Vietnamese courtyard house.

In this chaotic city, we defined the full variety of surrounding greenery as a context of Saigon and applied to the main concept of this house. Although the Saigon townscape is getting uniformed and boring under the influence of the furious urban sprawl of recent years, we intended this house to inspire people to re-define and re-increase the greenery as the character of this city. “Stacking Green” is just one small house, but it is generated from the context of Saigon. We hope that “Stacking Green” makes Saigon become more distinguished and fascinating with much more tropical greenery in the future.

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.)
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki

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Imagens que me prendem_Hoje

terça-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2012

Julia Stegner for Vogue Germany_by Gred Kadel

Vogue Germany February 2012
Photographed by Gred Kadel

One of the best editorials I have seen thus far. Every shot by Greg Kadel is to die for..I can't imagine anyone else shooting this better & working with the beautiful Julia. Everything about this ed is magical. The quality, styling, 60s rendition, & her delicate fingers. Just...magical.
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