In a photo essay originally commissioned by Lobby Magazine, Laurian Ghinitoiu captures the fascinating secrets of the 1972 Pilgrimage Church in Neviges, Germany. Designed by Gottfried Bohm, the church is constructed of 7500 cubic meters of concrete and 510 tons of steel rebar. The structure’s jagged peaks form high, austere ceilings that look like concrete mountains behind the town’s historic homes and shops.
There has been a recent surge in the number of libraries that allow patrons to check out more than merely books. 99 Percent Invisible reports that the Sacramento Public Library now loans objects such as “a laminating machine, music instruments, digital cameras, sewing machines and other appliances and technologies.” Many libraries across the country have joined this craze, beginning to check out seeds, tools, and more.
Source: 99 Percent Invisible
In an effort to repair part of the Great Wall of China, a portion of this monumental structure was filled to the brim with mortar. Formerly-missing bricks and crenelations were filled with new bricks as well. Although this effort occurred two years ago, it has recently sparked outrage across cyberspace as images began to circulate. The New York Times reports that park officer Liu Fusheng stated, “This was vandalism done in the name of preservation … Even the little kids here know that this repair of the Great Wall was botched.”
Source: New York Times
The New York City Public Art Fund, the Save the Redwoods League, and artist Spencer Finch have collaborated to recreate a California redwood forest in downtown Brooklyn–at a 1:100 scale, of course. While “California’s Lost Man Creek is 380 feet tall, the Brooklyn version will stand around 4 feet high.” The trees representing the redwoods are metasequoias, which will be trimmed down periodically to maintain their height at the appropriate scale.
Source: City Lab
Carquero Arquitectura has won an A+ Architizer Award for its controversial reconstruction of the Matrera Castle near Cadíz, Spain. The firm used lime plaster similar to that found in the castle’s stone walls to render the building’s new addition, which takes the form of a modern white cube with the same dimensions of the original structure. Although the restoration has been called “truly lamentable” by Spanish cultural heritage organization Hispania Nostra, architects and preservationists around the world have commended the project for its unique approach to preserving the building’s original fabric while differentiating between old and new.
Photographer Simon Davidson explores the tranquil beauty that exists in chaos in his new series, “Burnouts.” The series records the dramatic plumes of smoke that are produced from high-horsepower tire rotations on stationary vehicles. By contrasting the raucous reality of a burnout with the smoke’s elegant form, Davidson uses his still images to identify the “zen like moments” that are not immediately obvious to the sideline viewer.
See the collection here.
Source: Design Boom
Architect Henri Cleinge has transformed an abandoned 1928 bank into an inspiring and functional coworking space. The space, managed by startup Crew Collective, features sleek private and semi-private office space while maintaining the character of the original building. Cleinge’s additions allow the intricate vaulted ceilings, smooth stone walls, and decorative tile floors define the open and inspiring new workspace.
Brazilian architect and photographer Olympio Augusto Ribeiro has brought eighteenth-century Rome to life by combining the etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi with modern-day photographs. By depicting scenes from multiple temporal viewpoints, Ribeiro’s collages inspire a connection with the past and an understanding of the importance of the built environment. The images illustrate the evolution of the city that led to the mix of architectural styles that exists in Rome today.
A new Instagram series, #olive_libraries, celebrates the unique architecture of libraries. Using only his iPhone, photographer Olivier Martel Savoie has travelled to document libraries all over the world. From the glass-walled stacks of sleek modern libraries to the intricately carved reading rooms of historic libraries, Savoie’s photographs reflect the importance of libraries as community spaces. Follow him on Instagram at @une_olive.
An intricate, winding honeycomb structure called Vessel will be the new centerpiece of the Hudson Yards development, situated on Manhattan’s West Side. Aiming to create art that “…everybody could use, touch, [and] relate to,” designer Thomas Heatherwick connected a network of stairs and landings to create an interactive public gathering space. The finished structure will be vase-shaped and 150 feet across at its widest point. The finished landmark will include a landscaped area with gardens, groves of trees, and a river fountain.
The Museum of Modern Art has released a digital image archive that contains images of exhibitions from the museum’s opening in 1929 to today. Featuring more than 33,000 photographs, press releases, catalogues, and more, the archive is free-of-charge to use and provides an in-depth look at the MoMA’s rich history. This archive provides context that will allow for a deeper understanding of the place of modern art in our society. Search the collection on MoMA’s website here.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library have released 10,000 architectural sections, plans, and related imagery through online image database Artstor. The collection is based on the GSAPP’s History of Modern Architecture class, with projects ranging from 1871 to 2013. The primary focus of the collection is 20th century architecture, including projects from Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Adolf Loos, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas. Sketches, posters, and photographs are represented in the collection in addition to sections and plans. View the collection at Artstor here.
Source: Artstor Blog