Astley is a unified site of great complexity and resonance: moated castle, gateway and vestigial curtain walls, lake, church and the ghost of pleasure gardens all combine in a picturesque landscape of great power. The Astley Castle can accommodate 8 people. You may book here.
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A proposal to turn the abandoned Battersea Power Station in South West London into a museum and amusement park, from the French Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZN), winners of the ArchTriumph competition Museum of Architecture, 2013.
The 80-year old decommissioned building is located on the south banks of the river Thames surrounded by a mix of residential, industrial, office typologies and a nearby train station and park.
Built between 1930 and 1955, the victorian style design is an excellent example of original art deco interiors, constructed with steel frames and brick cladding and four concrete smoke stacks towering 103 meters above the ground; the coal-based electrical energy producing factory will be converted
into a venue for the exhibition of architecture from the middle ages to the contemporary age.
AZN on project’s concept : Our created pathway links together a number of spaces for discovery: the square in front of the museum, clearings, footpaths outside and above and inside, footpaths traversing courtyards and exhibition rooms. The angles and perspectives created by the rail’s pathway, through the movement within and outside of the structure, place visitors in a position where they can perceive simultaneously the container and its contents, the work and nature.
Previously: A trampoline Paris Bridge by Atelier Zündel Cristea
Rain activated mural on a brick wall of an abandoned synagogue, in Hartford, Connecticut, designed by sculptor Adam Nilewicz. The enormous design of the famous Charter Oak, a painting by Charles DeWolf Brownell, appears when the wall becomes wet from the rain -or a sprinkler system- and disappears once dry.
Bricks w/various chromatic and opacity qualities, made from non-recyclable debris, recycled PET, dust, silicone leaves and purple bacteria. The selected phototrophic bacteria can also produce energy through photosynthesis. A project on the reuse of building materials created by Tzeny Gorantonaki, John Apostolopoulos, Anna Neratzouli and Ioanna Thanou, architecture students @ Technical University of Crete. Find more here.
An interesting solution for this almost windowless atrium space. Double height ceiling , inovative table layout, industrial simplicity, exposed brick covered with metal mesh grates, concrete, reclaimed wood from a Tribeca building and a gigantic ficus, certainly do the job.