1. thisbigcity:


    via Copehagenize.com

    Do the ducks feel safe? That old classic!

  2. Scotland’s Huge Kelpies Sculpture Complete

    Scotland’s £5million horse’s head sculpture is set to open to the public this weekend

    The two monuments – named ‘The Kelpies’ after Scotland’s mythical Loch-inhabiting water horses – are part of a £41 million revamp of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

    Called the Helix Project, the 350,000m² programme – backed by the Helix Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council – features a lagoon, woodland areas, public artworks, footpaths and a cycle network.

    Standing 30m-tall the horse’s heads, designed by Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott, ‘pay homage to the working horses of Scotland’.

    Scott, commented: ‘It is almost eight years since I did the first sketches of the project on the table of my then girlfriend and now wife’s kitchen in Amsterdam, so to see them completed is both humbling and fantastic.’

    ‘I have always been fascinated with horses and the heavy horse was at one time the driving force in industry until after the Industrial revolution.  There is an ancient and almost primal link between man and horse and The Kelpies you see here today are an outstanding exemplar of art and engineering coming together to deliver something really special for the people of Falkirk and Scotland.’

    Tim Burton, of Yorkshire-based SH Structures, which was responsible for the construction, added: ‘The delivery of this project has involved a mixture of traditional skills, technical innovation and the most up to date 3D modelling techniques. As well as being a stunning piece of public art it is also a fabulous piece of engineering.’

    Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studio’s competition-winning £1million visitor centre, which is located inside one of the horse’s heads, is due to complete later in the year.

    (Source: architectsjournal.co.uk)

  4. 3leapfrogs:


    Caja Madrid Tower by Norman Foster.

    Photo: Jose Gariddo.

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    (via dailyfotojournal)

  5. See The Forest That’s Growing Within A Concrete Block In Milan

  6. See The Forest That’s Growing Within A Concrete Block In Milan

    In the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy, there is a pair of residential towers that (will) host more than 900 trees on 8,900 square meters of terraces as part of a “rehabilitation” of the historic district. Or in other terms: lots and lots of trees in a tiny little space to make the place look prettier. An ace creative idea. A video will also be posted above.

  7. sherifabian:

    Structures of new drawings:

    Story 4: [Brisk] Walker

  8. Cairngorm National Park, Scotland

  9. archatlas:

    Metropolitan Cityscapes

    "As devotees of Architecture we often traveled to visit famous buildings, not satisfied to only view them in books. Each Architectural quest brought us to places we might never have thought to visit, walking streets we otherwise would not have walked. In the end, it was the journey and not the destination that mattered. In these places and on these streets, we bore witness to scenes outside our usual experience. The array of foreign sights, sounds and smells quickened our senses as we breathed in these new vignettes of urban life."

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  10. Fantasy House by Benoit Challand Perched on Stilts in the Scottish Highlands

    French visual artist Benoit Challand has combined the visual language of Le Corbusier's houses and Santiago Calatrava's sculptures to form a vision for a futuristic self-sustaining house on stilts.

    Named Roost House, the conceptual residence is depicted in a set of photo-realistic renderings in a remote location in Scotland. It would be raised several storeys above the ground on an angular scaffolding structure.

    Benoit Challand designed the building to reference Villa Savoye and Cabanon, two of the most famous houses by modernist architect Le Corbusier, as well as a series of artistic sculptures by Spanish architectSantiago Calatrava.

    According to the artist, the house would generate all of its own heating and electricity. ”Using a bunch of new technologies, in terms of building engineering and environmental resources, this house is intended to be fully autonomous,” he said.

    Walls both inside and outside the house are pictured clad with timber. Protruding floor plates form balconies around the perimeter, while a vernacular pitched roof is topped with solar panels.

    Residents could access the building by climbing a vertiginous ladder (not shown). There would also be a wind turbine attached to the undersides of the lowest floor.

    Spaces inside the house are visualised containing a selection of iconic furniture designs, including the LC4 chaise lounge by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, and the LCW chair by Charles and Ray Eames.