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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!

Image courtesy of: Express UK

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
Tagged: Russia TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY KAMVARI ARCHITECTS

Finally...

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
Tagged: GERMANY ELBPHILARMONIE HAMBURG CONCERT HALL HERZOG & DE MEURON

The best reading room ever!

February 17, 2017

We found a special place in Prague that's probably new to most... a giant, wooden zeppelin that was built to be used as a reading room. This wooden airship actually "floats" between two buildings at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art; it's a permanent installation that will be home to museum-organized talks and will host writing workshops to compliment current exhibitions.

Named "Gulliver", as homage to Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", this is sure to quickly become a destination for Prague locals and visitors alike. A more amazing place to crack open a book is hard to find... hopefully, it'll beckon youngsters to put aside their electronics for a while.

120 people can fit inside this wood and steel zeppelin structure designed by Czech architect, Martin Rajnis. It took Rajnis 2 years to actually see the finished "airship" come to fruition and it's a nice contrast to the Centre's modern warehouse design. We think this newly opened installation will quickly become a Prague "Top Ten" destination!

This light-filled room is especially gorgeous on a sunny day!

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

This ingenious permanent structure is 42 meters long and 10 meters wide.

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

In itself a work of art, the zeppelin is representative of the early 20th-century's optimism and unparalleled technological advancements.

Image courtesy of: Lonely Planet, photographed by: Matej Divizna

The Czech architect, Martin Rajnis has won many awards. We can certainly see why!

Image courtesy of: Finnish Architecture

Posted in: Culture
Tagged: PRAGUE ZEPPELIN DOX CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Japanese artist, Manabu Ikeda, is truly remarkable! This "pen and ink" artist recently finished a masterpiece that he's been working on for 10 hours a day, six days a week... since 2013. "Rebirth" is a significant name for a very significant topic: Ikeda's massive drawing tells the story of Japan rebuilding following the terrible 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

This 13 ft. x 10 ft. piece shows a tree growing out of the carnage remaining following these two natural disasters. Look closer and you'll see many tiny details that depict individual stories from that time.

Ikeda said, "My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don't intentionally depict detailed images. Because I see details when I observe things, rather than the whole, I find pen and ink to be the best tool to express how I see them". We invite you to take a look for yourself!

What a fabulous tribute to the nation of Japan!

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The 2011 disasters were unforgettable and brought together the people of Japan in their aftermath. There was so much happening that it's no wonder the artist utilized such a large format to present his story.

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What a talent!

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If you're anywhere near Madison, stop by the Chazen Museum of Art. It's here that "Rebirth" is displayed. Surprisingly, it was drawn in Ikeda's basement apartment on the University of Madison campus.

Image courtesy of: This is Colossal

Posted in: Culture
Tagged: Drawing JAPANESE ARTIST MANABU IKEDA

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