I blame Esme-‘pon-Cloud for this post. She sent me a link to the most amazing photos. If you like wandering through ruins, trying to imagine what they might have looked like, you will love these pics!
I particularly love the ones where the buildings have lost their roofs and nature has marched straight in. It feels so right.
Click the photo above to be taken to the entire set. Be warned though, once you start, it’ll be very hard to stop. :p
Apologies – for some reason, comments were turned off on this post. Slip of the finger perhaps. 😦 Anyway, comments are now back on and thank you for the likes.
Ever since the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, I’ve daydreamed about building an underground house that would be naturally protected from the ravages of fire. This stunning house in Greece would need some additional work to make it fire proof but the design is so beautiful I couldn’t resist featuring it:
The interiors are designed so that natural ventilation and clever use of shade mean there is no need for air-conditioning, even in the height of summer:
This I like. I’m less enamoured of the stark white interior design. There is nothing cosy about it, and as so often happens with many modern designs, it only looks good when everything is just so, ticketty boo. Perfect to look at but not to live in.
You can find the complete article and all the pictures at:
Off to lunch with my sister-in-law. 🙂
Website : Kkaa.co.jp
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I hate brutalist architecture, but that doesn’t mean I hate all modern architecture. Case in point is this amazing building in Prague.
Called the Dancing House, or sometimes the Fred and Ginger house [in a nod to dancing legends, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers], this organic looking building playfully denies the engineering that must have gone into its construction. Just looking at it makes me smile.
Here are a few more views:
To learn more about the Dancing House, or to visit the sites from which the images were taken, just click on the relevant picture.
Now I’m off to do some gardening on this glorious, sunny Sunday!
I came across this article in Quartz just now, and the video clip literally blew my mind:
Here in Australia we’re used to having so much space, it’s hard to believe that an apartment so tiny could be so much fun to live in – almost like an adult sized dollhouse, or perhaps a space capsule.
My favourite bit is the elevator cupboard in the kitchen. Imagine never having to bend or stretch again?
As for the cat facilities…what can I say? These architects have thought of absolutely everything, except perhaps the kitty litter. That was the one thing I didn’t see.
All in all, I would love to retire to one of these high tech apartments when I’m 90. Fun and function all in the one, small package.