Category Archives: architecture

Giving new life to old ruins – 14th century fortified manor converted into luxury holiday home

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Blencowe Hall in Cumbria consists of two fortified  towers joined by connecting buildings. It sustained substantial damage during the English Civil War, evident externally as a deep gash on the front of the western tower. This was imaginatively restored in the late 20th century. Donald Insall Associates worked with local architect Graham Norman to insert a steel frame and glazed wall into the reach, retaining it “as part of the story of the building.”
After  undergoing extensive renovation, the deteriorating former manor house became a luxury hotel  with exceptional facilities and a unique getaway experience in the Lake District.

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Magnificent buildings made entirely from wood on Kizhi Island

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Kizhi island is located on Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Pogost is an area inside a fence, which includes two large wooden churches and a bell-tower, that are made entirely from wood, from the frame to the rivets and the stunning exterior.

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Aiola Island Bridge

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Mur Island Bridge or Aiola Island Bridge is a pedestrian spiral shaped bridge that links the two banks of the city of Graz in Austria. The bridge designed by artist Vito Acconci, was inaugurated in 2003 on the river Mur. Aiola Island includes a trendy bar, a coffee house, a sunbathing area and an open-air theater. The organic shape of its shell facade was built using steel panels combined with flat glass. During the night the island is lit with blue lights, as a warning to shipping.

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Conceptual design | Tree in the house

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‘Tree in the house’ designed by architect Aibek Almasov is nestled in the mountain forests of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The four-storey home is made from four metal poles, which supports each floor with a spiral staircase connecting each, and is encased in double-glazing glass walls.

The project aims to offer an alternative to bustling city life and stifling urban structures by fusing a protective house and a natural environment without creating a visual separation.

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Black & White Architectural Photography by Dennis Ramos

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Filipino artist Dennis Ramos has been living in the United States for years, practicing photography. His fascination with the light led him to explore and experiment forms of photography that eventually evolved into fine art landscape. In this series of pictures  you will find him exploring light through architectural landscape.

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Modern Libraries

Stuttgart City Library

The Stuttgart City Library was designed by Yi Architects. Built out of pale grey concrete and frosted glass bricks it’s  façade resembles a shell. The building takes the form of cube with an edge length of 45 meters. The gallery hall is a five-story space, in a form of a square and surrounded by shelves of books.

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