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A competition was announced for architects to present designs for pit stops along the 5,772 mile long Trans-Siberian Railway. The world's longest railway is barren, deserted and isolated; and the air is usually cold along this route (which extends from Moscow to the Far East of Russia).

The London-based studio of Kamari Architects won the contest by proposing a series of wooden cabins which resemble elephant trunks. Traditional woodworking techniques will be used to create a form to showcase the train's movements. The elongated structures will be reminiscent of gabled cabins, slender and tall. 

Slightly raised from the ground in order to insulate them from the cold ground, these cabins are intended to compliment the landscape vs. overpowering it. Construction of 5 cabins will start in 2018. We love the idea of modern design "invading" Siberia, which accounts for 77% of Russia's land area. Here's to added beauty!

Perfect timing as the railway turned 100 last year!

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The traditional forms of architecture is what made Kamvari Architects designs stand out. These beautiful cabins are intended to provide shelter to the train's passengers.

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Sustainability at its best... the trunk will condense the air to minimize the need to cool or heat the cabin.

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We love how the cabins seamlessly blend into the landscape!

Image courtesy of: Dezeen

Posted in: Culture


February 22, 2017

With a $1 billion price tag and nearly a decade of construction; Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie opened recently. To say that this is an architectural feat is not serving justice to this amazing project. At the helm were the Pritzker-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. Days upon days were spent reviewing every fabulous concert hall before coming up with this ingenious design. The finished project is stunning!

Constructed atop a historic building which was an abandoned brick warehouse on the banks of the Elbe River, the 26-story structure holds court at Hamburg's already beautiful skyline. Interestingly enough, 3 concert halls are set within, a 4.5-star luxury hotel and 45 apartments. The geometric facade offers wraparound 360-degree views of Hamburg and UNESCO's World Heritage Site of Speicherstadt.

One of our favorite features are the 1,000 liquid-inspired glass panels covering the surface, which actually reflect the "ripples of Hamburg's nautical history". Another highlight  is the enormous Grand Hall where 2,100 seats surround the central stage in a unique way. Pitch-perfect acoustics are produced thanks to Yasuhisa Toyota (the famed Japanese surround sound expert) by wrapping the halls' walls and ceiling with 10,000 individually molded panels, a sound reflect is suspended from the vaulted ceiling. 

It was quite a feat to put this all together, and, not surprisingly, almost a year's worth of tickets are already sold out. Whatever the event, there's not a better location in which to spend a peaceful evening!

The venue opened last month, on January 11th. Good luck getting a ticket!

Image courtesy of: Design Boom

What a wonderful addition to the already gorgeous Hamburg skyline!

Image courtesy of: Inhabitat

The reflective qualities of the building show amazingly accurate projections. Sometimes, it feels as though the building itself is swaying!

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The enormous hall seats over 2,000 and is the latest and greatest showcase of Europe's large urban development projects. For this one in particular, the architects have reinvented the city's 400 acres of dilapidated docks along the city's active port into a center of upscale boutiques, a promenade and high-rise condominiums!

Image courtesy of: Telegraph

Posted in: Culture

Artwork image courtesy of Philips

Quote courtesy of Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gerhard Richter, Gerhard Richter: The Daily Practice of Painting. Writings and Interviews 1962-1993, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, London/UK Anthony d'Offay, 1995, p. 112

Posted in: Welcome to My Cage
Tagged: GERHARD RICHTER quotes

Eugène DelacroixThe Women of Algiers, 1834. Collection of the Louvre.

Image courtesy of artsy via Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Delacroix is one of the most famous artists infatuated with Orientalist subject matter, perhaps due to his large output of more than 80 completed oil paintings in his lifetime with this focus.

 His 1834 painting (now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris) Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement, offers the artist’s presentation of a lush women’s quarters in a Muslim residence in Algeria. This painting has been held in the highest regard by artists in subsequent generations, most notably Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, and more recently by Jose Dávila.

As a collection it becomes apparent that Delacroix’s inspired and exotic memories are memorialized as artworks, yet abstracted, reimagined, reinterpreted and viewed again through each modern lens, today most notable as entire areas are removed from our collective memory entirely, re-presented to the viewer as the absence reminds us not to forget our past.

Enjoy a presentation of these artworks here, and for further reading, enjoy Abigail Cain’s informative recount of each work here on artsy.

Roy LichtensteinFemme d’Alger, 1963.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Collection. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; Image courtesy of The Broad

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Women of Algiers), 1955

Image courtesy of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

Photographed by AFP/Andrew Burton. Image via Christie's and

Jose DávilaUntitled (Femme d’Alger) IV, 2016. Archival pigment print, edition of 1 with 1 AP, 68 1/8” X 59 1/16” (paper)

© Jose Dávila. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Posted in: Fine Art
Tagged: Pablo Picasso Art Collection Eugene Delacroix Roy Lichtenstein Jose Davila

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