text and photos via somewhere i would like to live
In the city of Tokyo, a building stands as an anachronism in relation to the surrounding landscape. The building in question is the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007), one of the leading members of an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. This prototype for life in the 21st Century ultimately proved to be an exception rather than the rule, as the first capsule tower became the last completed in the world. Today, the building faces the threat of demolition to make way for a conventional apartment complex. This photographic series captures the building as it faces an uncertain fate.Noritaka Minami’s work ’1972′ is a ongoing project and a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural memory in Tokyo. The camera engages this singular presence within a city and explores the implications this vision of the future from the past holds for contemporary society.
atop a construction crane at the sagrada família in barcelona : image © vadim mahora
vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym via designboom
russian photographers and daredevils vadim mahora and vitaly raskalovym travel europe with a clear purpose — to illegally climb to the highest point of the city’s main attraction, hang off its edge, and capture their extraordinary viewpoint. their latest adventure had them scaling skyscrapers, construction cranes, and cathedral steeples, exposing some of the most magnificent and outrageous perspectives of architecture and urban sites. their non-conventional form of tourism brought them to 12 cities, soaring to the top of renowned monuments like antoni gaudi’s masterpiece, the sagrada família in barcelona, the iconic eiffel tower in paris, and the gothic spires of the cologne cathedral in germany.
photography by greg girard & ian lamboth : text and images via daily mail
Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992.The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.
text and images via stylepark photography ailine liefeld
A concrete air-raid bunker, built in 1942 on the corner of a city block in the Berlin Mitte district is the home of art collector Christian Boros and his wife Karen. Five repetitive storeys contain 80 rooms whose neutrality forms a suitable showcase for the client’s contemporary art collection
private bunker by carsten güth via offmag
Private Bunker Series, the collection of photographs show a variety of residential houses shut-off from the outside world; their windows and doors nowhere to be seen. There’s a surrealism and a beauty to these images. In many ways they feel claustrophobic – even horrific – but there’s also an elegance to be found in their minimalist forms and their obscure abstractions. Carsten Güth studied architecture but now lives and works in Stuttgart as a designer. Recently he released this series as a zine and you can check out photographs of it on his blog. . Read More
photos : Chris Kuklok, Buzludja, Evgeni Dinev, Xiao Yang and Nicola text : Guéorguy Stoilov
via : architectuul
This monument located on Mount Buzludzha is the biggest ideological building in Bulgaria. It was built as a tribute to the creation of the Bulgarian socialist movement in 1891. Several access roads were built (today in a really bad condition) from Shipka and from the main road Stara Zagora – Roussée. The road exit for Buzludzha is a gigantic statue of Dimitar Blagoev. The construction of Buzludzha was made possible thanks to government funds and supporters’ donations for an amount of around 14 186 000 leva (around 7 000 000 €). The site was built by civil engineering troops from the Bulgarian army and volunteers. The master builder was General Delcho Delchev who was in charge of the Stara Zagora civil engineering section. The author of this project was the architect Guéorguy Stoilov. Several famous painters and sculptors have participated to the decoration. Ever since the superseding of Bulgarian president Todor Givkovand and the political changes that occurred in Bulgaria from 1989, the state of the monument has been worsening. portraits of Ludmila and Todor Givkov have been voluntarily destroyed. The copper adornments have been stolen. The building is slowly disintegrating; marauders are consistently breaking windows and stealing mosaics and ornaments. Nowadays, the monument is abandoned and no public institution seems to be concerned by the conservation of renovation of the building. The Bulgarian socialist party itself is not taking any action towards the maintenance of its most important symbol. . Read More
photos by natacha pisarenko via gawker
Epecuen, Argentina was once a popular lakeside resort town, known for its saltwater baths and spas. It was especially popular among Argentine Jews from nearby Buenos Aires, who found the lake, which had 10 times more salt than the ocean, and was buoyant, similar to the Middle East’s Dead Sea. But then in November 1985, after a series of wet winters, the lake flooded the town. A retaining wall failed and the salty water submerged the streets. Now the waters have receded, exposing what remains of the former resort. The Associated Press’s Natacha Pisarenko took these photos as she followed a tour guide through the ruins. .
louis kahn by naquib hossain via oen
here are some incredible images of buildings designed by the great architect Louis Kahn, photographed by Naquib Hossain.
Interestingly enough the pictures on the website were shot using an old Minolta SLR and colour slide film, most of the black and white photographs were taken with Agfa Scala film. Obviously, I couldn’t present these exact photographs as they’re a lot smaller in size, but Naquib also has a nice selection on his Flickr page for us to peruse and I’m really chuffed to present them here on the site! The buildings are monumental to the least, the shapes and textures are just mind blowing. A true genius at work. In terms of photography I’m undecided which collection I like best, I think the film camera brings an interesting element to the whole Louis Kahn experience. It’s almost as if it adds an extra dimension and unveils new details and textures that you wouldn’t see otherwise. I guess it also takes you back to the original drawings and how it would of been imagined in his brain as a designer.
Although his works are big in stature and can often be brutalist on the eyes, Louis had a way of using abstract shapes that gave buildings depth and detail. An interesting concept that I’ve been drawn to lately is the idea of “bearing all the scars”, I saw this first through ceramic/pottery work and it made a good link through to architecture as well. Lo and behold, whilst watching a Louis Kahn documentary they talked about this exact same idea and how Louis used it in his own works. In my eyes this links back to various other concepts that I’ve personally surrounded myself with, embracing time and progression, celebrating cracks and natural marks, also the weathered look that appears due to time and use. Maybe this is a way of thinking rather than a design principle, but I think it affects the final piece in some way or another and you can see it throughout the builds here. It’s not often that I have my breathe taken away, but these builds are sure to do that, so why not have a look around on the Louis Kahn Visual Archive to see if anything takes your fancy in terms of inspiration. Enjoy!