Frustrated Architects


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Architect? Yes. Frustrated? Definitely. You may not built one, but you can burn a lot of wax candle skyscrapers and calm down the pyromaniac impetus from this love-and-hate relationship… (or wait till the chocolate models come out)

“Flammable” is Jingjing Naihan Li‘s take on modern skyscrapers (+have a look at Li’s non-flammable projects and products)

on brutalism and whales

Imagine that you are visiting a pretty and quite traditional city, so overloaded with medieval cuteness that it is almost getting boring. And suddenly across one gate, in the center of all the tradition, you get a glimpse of an absolute architectural beauty: a brutalist building sandwiching a huge skeleton!

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20130706_194408Around it the beauty is unsurpassable: brutal architecture, concrete and glass and wood and stone delightfully combined, afternoon light flooding the space, and what’s best: more whales, including an orca, a pygmy whale and a narwhal waving to you while floating in the air! Boy oh boy, that’s a building!

20130706_19451620130706_19520920130706_19481920130706_194849The Cambridge University Museum of Zoology (built  by Arup Associates in 1966-74)  is unfortunately closed for refurbishment until 2016. But the architecture and the whales will be there to keep you in good company.

Read more about the inovative constuction incorporated in the building here. Pictures by WWT (using a mobile phone camera, therefore the poor quality.)

Green Box / Act Romegialli Architects

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A small disused garage renovated by Act Romegialli Architects. as an accessory to a weekend house, situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alp.

A structure realized with lightweight metal galvanized profiles and steel wires wraps the existent volume and transforms it into a tridimensional support for the climbing vegetation.
Inside the Green box are organized a room for the gardening tools, great passion of the owner,an area for coking and a space for conviviality.

Photos by Marcello Mariana

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Previously: storage barn by Gray Organschi architects

Fuck Yeah Brutalism

Fuck Yeah Brutalism is a great blog that celebrates the movement with so many imposing buildings that bring tears of pleasure in your eyes (and make it very hard to decide which ones to post).  WWT holds dear thoughts of béton armé and its graceful application and hopes that blogs like Fuck Yeah Brutalism will help to bring bruto-skepticals back to their senses and make them passionately exclaim “Such clarity! Such elegance! Such beauty! “

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Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, Florida, 1972, by Ferendino Grafton Spillis Candela

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Primary School, Quarzazate, Morocco, 1966, by Jean-François Zevaco

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Osaka University of the Arts, Japan, 1965-67 by Daiichi Kobo Planning Group

brutalism b4Fairydean Football Club Stand, Galashiels, Scotland, 1963

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brutalism b8Pilgrimage Church, Neviges, Germany, 1965-68 by Gottfried Böhm

see our other posts on Brutalism in Egland here , on Brutalism in USSR here and on arcane Brutalism (yes, it exists!) here.

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa

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Extension of a family house in Kagawa, Shikoku island by Japanese architect Hironaka Ogawa.
The two monumental trees acting as main structural columns, were originaly cut down from this site in order to make space for the new house.

Photos by Daici Ano  via spoon & tamago

House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki

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A flexible two-story residence / atelier (75sqm), designed for a young couple by Japanese studio Hiroyuki Shinozaki. The architects created a shifted box where funcions are distributed over the various levels, allowing visual connectivity and communication throughout all storeys of the house.


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photos by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi and Tatsumi Terado.

from time to eternity

Illustration for Einstein Tomb  by Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012
“I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules”  New York Times. August 25, 2008.

R.I.P. Mr Woods

Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes

The 18th century ruins of Sant Francesc church in Spain, converted into a multifunctional cultural facility by architect David Closes



Photographer: Jordi Surroca -   via the fox is black

If you like this project you must check:

The naumann.architektur house

The Forte de Fortezza renovation

The Million Donkey Hotel

may I have a cup of brute please?

Built in a city who has undoubtedly surrendered itself to commercial architecture, generic office glass towers and boring identical light brown brick developments British Brutalism has created a number of buildings that are able to relieve both eyes and soul of the aesthetically tortured Londoner.

Photographer Andy Spain who took all of the pictures of this post writes “ […] their strength and power speak of a time when people had a belief in architecture as a force for civic good. These structures were solid spaces to create a solid and strong world emerging from the gloom of the second world war. The (concrete) buildings represent what was great about building a society, universities, hospitals, local governments as opposed to the steel and glass of contemporary retail and office complexes.”

 Via Archdaily.

living in a box

Documentary on people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Created by TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen.
More info on the tiny house blog.
Found here. Link to video.