Month: April 2012

Cabinet of Curiosities: Brunswick House, Vauxhall

Cabinet of Curiosities: Brunswick House, Vauxhall

This morning, I visited a fascinating place, Brunswick House, a ruin in Vauxhall overshadowed by the riverside towers and residential blocks. The listed Georgian house used to belong to the Dukes of Brunswick as a grand mansion surrounded by three acres of parkland. However, more recently the building fell into disrepair and decay, until it was bought by LASSCO (The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company) in 2004, who attempted to restore the house into an eclectic location from which to sell architectural salvage. Images: my own.

23 Town Houses in Amsterdam by Atelier Kempe Thill

Amsterdam Osdorp, which was built in the sixties, has been undergoing a program of urban renewal to create a bigger variety of individual dwellings for the middle class. The question to be addressed here is how to deal with the urban and architectural heritage of post-war modernism? Their solution is to demolish existing buildings with small apartments and replace them with more contemporary homes that maintain the urban street profile, but in addition, incorporate underground parking. The plan is being designed and supervised by a Rotterdam-based architecture practice, De Nijl. This building project by Atelier Kempe Thill tries to match with the collective architecture of Osdorp, whilst allowing for some individuality with separate front doors and screened terraces. Each apartment is approached by a long front garden, which is met by a double height kitchen/living area to respond to contemporary forms of living. Partitions within the interiors are flexible and allow for multiple arrangements, whilst corridors have been avoided to save space. The project promotes a light way of living, with the users being able …

A New Discovery: the artwork of Elodie Antoine

Pinterest is a wealth of beautiful, cute and somewhat feminine images. It was on Pinterest that I found this lovely Belgian artist Elodie Antoine. Certainly inspired by Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, her work features textiles such as yarn, fabric, wallpaper, carpet wool or felt, reworked and explored into organic masculine and feminine forms. Images

House K by Yoshichika Takagi

House K by Japanese architect Yoshichika Takagi is an interweaved scenery between interior and exterior. House-shaped indoor rooms are scattered within the main open space, giving a home that feels at once indoors (in terms of thermal environment), but at the same time a feeling of being ‘outdoors’ as a backdrop within the building. These six wooden pods are set within a large exterior that envelops the entire place, one of which forms an outdoor terrace. Images: Bookcase Porn

Stop, Look, Listen: Three things to do this week.

STOP. British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A Until Sun 12 Aug The V&A’s exhibition, British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to the summer of 2012. Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design. Image: V&A var linkwithin_site_id = 519459; LOOK. Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern. 4 April to 9 September 2012 The first substantial survey of Hirst’s work in a British institution, the exhibition brings together key works from over twenty years, including iconic sculpture The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991, in which he suspended a shark in formaldehyde. Image: Tate LISTEN. Life Drawing classes at The Last Tuesday Society. 4th and 18th April Part of The Last Tuesday Society’s lecture series involves a drawing club led by Mia Gubbay, working from life models interacting with the weird, wonderful and macabre exhibits of their shop-cum-gallery. Image: Last Tuesday Society

Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers Museum by Mecanoo Architects

Kaap Skil, Maritime and Beachcombers Museum by Mecanoo Architects

The Maritime and Beachcombers Museum on the island of Texel, Netherlands, by Mecanoo Architects, is designed with four playfully linked gabled roofs, which take on the rhythm of the surrounding roof tops. The wooden facade, made of sawn hardwood sheet-piling from the North Holland Canal, represents the long-held tradition of recycling driftwood from stranded ships or wrecks in Texel. Inside, under the high gabled roofs the visitor gets a generous sense of being able to survey the sizable collection of the museum, as well as viewing the village of Oudeschild and the famous North Holland skies at a glance. Images: Mecanoo and ArchDaily