The Factory

Has any place ever filled you with tremendous awe? With wonder and dreams of a different world? The way we feel while looking at The Factory, designed by Ricardo Bofill, just touches on these notions. This amazing multi-functional home was once an abandoned cement factory, left for ruin in Sant Just Desvern, Spain. The enormous complex […]

Japanese Woodblock Prints – A Reintroduction

Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th to 20th centuries have been collected, digitized, and made available to the public through the Library of Congress. Frequently depicted in the block prints are actors, women, landscapes, daily life, Japanese literature scenes, and views of Western foreigners; themes present from moments of leisure and entertainment in Japan. According […]

Garden of Architectural Dreams

“An absolute garden, synthesis of nature and architecture”. A collaboration between Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi and the Dubai based group Designlab Experience has resulted in Archetype, a large scale wire mesh installation that blends the visual connections of natural and architectural space. Fabricated for a royal event in Abu Dhabi, the installation encompasses 7,ooo sqm […]

A Lock Not So Grimm

Residing in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago is an astoundingly intricate lock depicting the Grimm Fairytale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. The lock was created by the German-born metalworker Frank L. Koralewsky in 1911, after he immigrated to Boston and became a member of the Boston Society of Arts and […]

Norman Kelley: Young Artists to Know About

Does one have to design a building to be called an architect?  Perhaps, but then there must be something else, a certain je ne sais quoi that makes the design more than the sum of its parts.  One group of architects continually prodding into these questions is the practice of Norman Kelley.  Founded by Carrie Norman and […]

Depth and Illusion at the Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation is a Chicago Institution that continually inspires the arts and design world through exhibitions, talks, and performances, mostly held in the historic Madlener House in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  The Prairie-style mansion is gorgeous from its outlook to the street to the detailing of its grand staircase. The Madlener House from W […]

Design and Science, Past and Future

Design practice and scientific methodology became increasingly intertwined in the twentieth century.  This shift may have begun at the Bauhaus school in Germany, where designers, artists, and architects explored the relevance of industrial materials with an experimental curiosity.  The question that arose then remains much the same today: with our ever-expanding empirical understanding of the […]

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of […]

A childhood fantasy come to life: Sweden’s Treehotel

We are enamored with the Treehotel located deep in the forrest of Harad, Sweden. The Treehotel lives at the very tip top of what feels like the whole world, Harad and is an excellent resting place for travelers on their way to see the Northern Lights in the nearby Arctic Circle. Owners Kent and Britta Lindvall commissioned […]

National Library of France renovations: weaving worlds together

After years of renovations commencing in 2011, the National Library of France in Paris was unveiled. We are particularly drawn to the complexity of the project bravely taken on by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Bregal. The project’s objective to update the building, constructed in 1869, for the growing visitor population and to update the site […]