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Wooden LEGO blocks by Mokurokku

Japanese firm Mokurokku hopes to get you feel closer to nature with their new wooden bricks.

Each box of mokulock bricks is priced at ¥2,835/USD31 and includes 50 pieces. they seem to be compatible with standard LEGO pieces, and we would want to see sets of mixed plastic and wood construction on different textures and colors. the mokurukku set has a disclaimer that the pieces can warp or fit together imprecisely due to the nature of the material in different temperatures and scale of humidity..

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Mural Tribute to Oscar Neimeyer (2013) - Eduardo Kobra
This is probably the most impressive piece of street art I’ve come across! Totaling 52m in height this mark of respect for Brazilian born, Modernist architect, Oscar Neimeyer, uses a skyscraper as a canvas.

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Mural Tribute to Oscar Neimeyer (2013) - Eduardo Kobra

This is probably the most impressive piece of street art I’ve come across! Totaling 52m in height this mark of respect for Brazilian born, Modernist architect, Oscar Neimeyer, uses a skyscraper as a canvas.

Maracana House, Sao Paulo - Terra e Tuma

Concrete has been made cosy in this sunken house in Brazil. There are some really nice elements at play here, particularly concerning the connection to greenery and the outside.

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Louvre Lens - SANAA

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizwa (of SANAA) are a duo, whose work I’ve admired for sometime now. Pictured here is one of their most recent cultural projects, situated in Lens, Northern France, a  city known for its UNESCO World Heritage Coal Piles. The gallery building was commissioned by the Louvre Museum, and carries on an emerging and noteworthy trend by major cultural institutions in Paris, of decentralising the Parisian choke-hold on French cultural artifacts.

The building and landscape have been designed to be sensitive to site, SANAA’s response is a uniquely seamless and transient building, almost ‘non-existence’ in character, that distracts little from the surrounding context.

“In order to visually and physically open up the site, the main glassed area features a hollow in the core of the building. This delicate glass box serves as an entry hall to the museum and is a genuine public space for the city of Lens. It is transparent and opens up to several directions of the site, and it can be crossed through to get to different quarters of the city. The spaces are contained by a façade of anodized, polished aluminium that reverts a blurred and fuzzy image of the site’s contours, reflections that change as one strolls by depending on the landscaping and available light.”  SANAA via DETAIL Online

The use of building suits SANAA’s refined and subtractive approach to architecture very well. The firm has an acute knowledge of detailing and minimalism that I can sometimes find too lifeless for private residences, but particularly apt for cultural/ commercial projects.

So this almost hit us!…how about that.

Illustration by P.Carril for National Geogprachic

So this almost hit us!…how about that.

Illustration by P.Carril for National Geogprachic

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Harold Street Residence - Jackson Clement Burrows Architects

This project in Melbourne, is yet another good housing project by an Australian practice…they really have a mastery of one-off residences Down Under.

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Fishers, Haiti (n.d.) - Guy Mokia
This long exposure snap featured as a National Geographic Photo of The Day. I particularly enjoy the milky white subtleties of the whole composition, even though upon further inspection it posses a highly eerie quality.

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Fishers, Haiti (n.d.) - Guy Mokia

This long exposure snap featured as a National Geographic Photo of The Day. I particularly enjoy the milky white subtleties of the whole composition, even though upon further inspection it posses a highly eerie quality.

Husteca Archive (Renovation)
Architects: Ana Moron Hernandez, Rayomond Bambo Naya & Pedro Lafuente

Husteca Archive (Renovation)

Architects: Ana Moron Hernandez, Rayomond Bambo Naya & Pedro Lafuente

You Loved me like a distant Star (2012) - Tracey Emin
With Valentines Day creeping closer, British star artist, Tracey Emin, will present her neon works at Times Square NYC. The pieces will be displayed on 40 screens for 3 minutes at midnight, throughout February…Not sure this one is the most positive though!

You Loved me like a distant Star (2012) - Tracey Emin

With Valentines Day creeping closer, British star artist, Tracey Emin, will present her neon works at Times Square NYC. The pieces will be displayed on 40 screens for 3 minutes at midnight, throughout February…Not sure this one is the most positive though!

Jewish Synagogue and Community Centre, Ulm

Architects: ksg

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The general design of the Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station is in response to its environment. The building is set back from the property line, leaving a free public urban space that allows pedestrian access. 

ilikearchitecture:

The general design of the Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station is in response to its environment. The building is set back from the property line, leaving a free public urban space that allows pedestrian access. 

L-House, Japan: Secluded in context and design, timber meets concrete, in this raw interpretation of architecture…we’re very much fans of the materiality and honesty of this project!
Architects: Florian Busch Architects 

L-House, Japan: Secluded in context and design, timber meets concrete, in this raw interpretation of architecture…we’re very much fans of the materiality and honesty of this project!

ArchitectsFlorian Busch Architects 

Freemans Coffee: A year old, owned and operated by David Freeman, this wonderful independent is one of Scottish capitals hidden gems. Tucked away in the residential district of Marchmont, this a place that greets you with smiles and warmth ( a blessing in Edinburgh’s climate!). Great atmosphere, great staff, good coffee and decent food, a worthy visit if you are ever in town. Get there before lunch though, otherwise you will be battling it out with a few students and young families, and once seated you don’t want to leave, something we’re very guilty of!

A well executed conversion of a dilapidated 1960’s office block in Milan.

ArchitectsPark Associati