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The Sea Organ (morske orgulje) is is a natural musical instrument, seventy meters long with thirty-five organ pipes built under the concrete. The musical pipes are located so that the sea water and wind movements produce musical sounds that are heard by passers by so that it achieves a communication with nature and promotes a unity of architecture and environment. As sea forces and energies are unpredictable in terms of tides and winds, this organ offers never-ending concert of numerous musical variations in which the performer is nature itself.





The New French Hacker-Artist Underground

By Jon Lackman

“Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft. They met up at a small café near the Eiffel Tower to review their plans—again—before heading out into the dark. Lifting a grate from the street, they descended a ladder to a tunnel, an unlit concrete passageway carrying a cable off into the void. They followed the cable to its source: the basement of the ministry of telecommunications. Horizontal bars blocked their way, but the skinny teens all managed to wedge themselves through and ascend to the building’s ground floor. There they found three key rings in the security office and a logbook indicating that the guards were on their rounds.

But the guards were nowhere to be seen. The six interlopers combed the building for hours, encountering no one, until they found what they were looking for at the bottom of a desk drawer—maps of the ministry’s citywide network of tunnels. They took one copy of each map, then returned the keys to the security office. Heaving the ministry’s grand front door ajar, they peeked outside; no police, no passersby, no problem. They exited onto the empty Avenue de Ségur and walked home as the sun rose. The mission had been so easy that one of the youths, Natacha, seriously asked herself if she had dreamed it. No, she concluded: “In a dream, it would have been more complicated.” …”

Architecture’s new rock star: Newfoundland’s (and Norway’s) Todd Saunders

Hooked. On architecture. That’s what you’ll be feeling after the Fogo Island Arts colony is done with you. A series of pavilions cut like shards of volcanic stone are being constructed off the coast of Newfoundland at the edge of the raging Atlantic.

Architect Todd Saunders, a Newfoundlander who moved 14 years ago to Norway, is the talent behind the dark blades of intelligent design. His client, Zita Cobb, a native of Fogo Island and president of the Shorefast Foundation, is investing some of her dot-com millions to reposition her remote community into a cultural, architecturally enlightened destination.

Pinch me. This might be a rare utopia but it is not a dream.





The Outpost by Olson Kundig Architects

Caste is a creative think-tank and production studio for projects in design, image-making, communication, arts, and culture.

Example of work for Victory Barber:

Porcelain Espresso Machine by Arvid Hausser

Custom-made Danish bikes –

RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers.

“Electroland is a team that creates objects, interactive experiences and large-scale public art projects. Each project is site-specific and may employ a broad range of media, including light, sound, images, motion, architecture and interactivity. Participants can interact with buildings, space and each other in new and exciting ways, creating new relationships between people and public space and shifting the boundaries of private experience in the public sphere.”

“Melbourne is a city obsessed with making, drinking and talking about new ways to consume coffee, but Patricia brings things back to where they all started. Modelled on a traditional Italian espresso bar, the new ‘standing room only’ café serves its beans in three ways: black, white or filter – all to go. Its coffee comes in ‘one size fits all’ cups, accompanied by a refreshing shot of soda water (tapped from the in-house fountain). From concept to design, Patricia is laced with old world charm. Its sturdy marble counter, hand-worked brass detail and ceramic glazed tiles are time-honoured without ever looking ‘dated’.”

Backwoods Design and the Art of a Doo Nanny
Robert Rausch for The New York Times
A look at Butch Anthony’s home, part of an 80-acre compound in the Alabama woods, and his “micro” folk-art festival.

Mudgee Mini Cabin | Casey Brown Architecture

Wingard Architecture | Mill House

“This house is a manifestation of the Swedish ritual of sauna and bathing. It is an annex to a large old farm in the countryside of southern Sweden, converted into a vacation house for a family from the nearby city of Malmo. Apart from the saunsa and attendant spaces for undressing, washing and relaxing, the Mill House is also a small dwelling. The traditional rite of sauna involved baking together and dashing out for an invigorating dip in a cold stream. The meagre creek on the property was insufficient for the purpose, however, so a small pool was built adjacent to the sauna.”

Cabin Porn


VolgaDacha House – Bureau Bernaskoni

Olson Kundig Architects – Sol Duc Cabin

New photoblog on architecture and design in Calgary.

Some pictures of Spark, the new Calgary science centre, below:

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