Friday, March 6th, 2009



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When I was writing the post about Jenga buildings the other day, I had not seen the photos of the Axis Viana Hotel from the front. It’s interesting how different the feel is, as the horizontal is exaggerated and manipulated , while the shot I shared before accentuates the vertical when it is viewed from the narrow side. Also, this shot shows the rhythm of the window spacing and how it relates to the larger lines of the building. At this angle there is almost a mirrored UPC code thing happening (to my bleary eyes anyhow):

Also, because of budget overruns mostly due to an underground pool, the interiors the lead architect designed were cut from the project. This area seems nice in its simplicity, though most of its appeal can be credited to the architecture:

While I find this stairway appealing…

…this boring area next to it reminds me of the Naug Lounge at the A-School at UVA in the 1990s-early 2000s. For those of you who never had the pleasure, this is NOT a compliment:

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009



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This month’s issue of Wallpaper* gets an A+. It has a nudie cover with a hidden message on it, some fashion, some Siza, some Danish design, Antoni Burakowski’s home, and it showed me this hotel for the first time:

It’s a hotel by VHM in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Wow, I am really drawn to this and I’m not sure why. Is it a fascination with this:

? Stacking seems to be a trend in architecture lately, including white gift boxes:

The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. And this glass box madness:

Have you seen any others around? Share with the class in the comments section!

You know what’s funny? As I linked over to my old posts after writing this post, I realize I am saying the same things over and over again without wavering in my opinions whatsoever, or even having a deja-vu that I’ve said it before! That really cannot be a good thing. I’d better start eating more brain food and doing crosswords.

  • Stacked Hotel photo by Dan Holdsworth for Wallpaper*
  • Jenga photo linked to source
  • New Museum photo from here.
  • 56 Leonard renderings via Curbed (head over there for a huge range of comments and opinions on this design), copyright Herzog and de Meuron, Basel 2008