Juxtapoz // Monday, December 02, 2013
The Salida Turda salt mines in Romania were excavated in the 17th century and were crucial to the Romans as a source for salt and wealth. Now a museum, three mines reaching as deep as 120 meters underground feature a sports arena, Ferris wheel, mini golf course, bowling lanes, and a boat-able underground lake!
Street Art // Saturday, November 09, 2013
A 28-foot-tall tudor-style structure with reflective mylar has been built in a downtown parking lot of Flint, Michigan by architect William Villalobos with colleagues Cesc Massanas and Tomas Selva. Mark’s House pays tribute to the causes of the difficult housing market that has brought foreclosure to an overwhelming amount of homes in Flint. "People don't only lose a house; they lose a bunch of memories that are recorded in the back of their brains that are attached to something physical," says William Villalobos. To reach out past their own local community and connect globally, the underside of the structure contains photos of Kickstarter supporters who helped this project materialize.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavillion is located on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park. The building serves as an observation pavilion and educational programmes and is reached via a 1.5km nature path 1200m above sea level.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 07, 2013
The Teshima Art Museum designed by Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa and Japanese artist Rei Naito opened in 2010 for the Setouchi International Art Festival that was held in the Takamatsu Port area of Japan. The open gallery space features 25cm thick concrete shell with two elliptical openings that are open to elements.
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
That isn't a screenshot from an underwater Pixar film, it is an actual water park in Beijing, China! It is located in the former home of swimming and diving events during the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing National Aquatic Center. Designed by Forrec Ltd., the colorful fantastical world sits in one of the few structures to remain in use and profitable following the event.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The Sagrada Familia church began construction in 1882 and is anticipated to be completed in 2026. The UNESCO World Heritage Site recently released a video depicting the final stages of construction of what was Antoni Gaudi's last project and "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 24, 2013
White Walls is pleased to present Augustine Kofie’s Structurally Sound, as the artist’s third solo show with White Walls, directly following his sold-out exhibition in Paris. From our point of view, it seems as if Kofie's work becomes more and more complex, more alluring in its experimentation, and more original in its balance between fine art and architectural drawing structure. Definitely go check this one out.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Birmingham Library is the largest public library in England and the largest public cultural space in Europe. The beautiful new structure houses over 400,000 books, 240 computers, an art gallery, two cafes, a music library, a performance space, shop, and green outdoor spaces. We say less malls, more libraries, but whose going to listen us...
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 16, 2013
The Efuge du Gouter is a self sufficient hut located on Europe's highest peak and is meant to house mountaineers after they reach the end of their climb. A helicopter was used to transport materials, wood was cut from nearby forests and the 69 pilings anchor the structure 12m into the mountain rock. Withstanding winds up to 300 km/h the building also as a melting unit to keep off the snow!
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Living wall inventor Patrick Blanc's latest installation called L'Oasis D'Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) includes plants from 237 different species planted in diagonal waves. Coinciding with Paris Design Week (Sept. 9th-15th) the wall occupies a five-story building and brings some much-needed green to the inhabitants of the city. We think there should be more of these out there!