Architectural Elements


Tent House in Queensland

This forest clearing addressing a pocket of rainforest in the Noosa hinterland, is approached through a typical neighbourhood of rural houses and acreage dwellings. The journey to the Tent House by Sparks Architects continues from the street via a winding bush track through the forest which acts as a threshold between the constructed world and that of the clearing, a place remnant of early settlement in the region; a camp.

The brief called for a 3 bedroom family dwelling with a central open plan living and kitchen space. The architectural response is a duel concept pairing an operable insulated box for cooler months that allows habitation to a tent-like amenity in warmer months. The walls, or doors, of the box slide open manually, while the roof, or lid, has an automated sliding operation. With the roof fully open the translucent tent membrane comes into view and a new volume, light, and material is experienced. As the doors slide open the forest wall becomes an architectural element; a natural wall that contains a broader space of the house plan, stretching it across the remaining clearing and garden. The tent roof serves as a ‘fly roof’ above the insulated roof and takes the brunt of the heat load. The void between the two roof elements allows for a simple stack ventilation process. The varied pitches of the tent roof maximise winter sun penetration and protects the east, west and southern exposures.

Follow the Source Link for image sources and more information.


The Art of Ola Kolehmainen 

The Finnish photographer Ola Kolehmainen graduated from the Department of Journalism at the University of Helsinki in 1992, and had his first exhibit in 1994. In 1999, he graduated from the MA in Photography at the University of Art and Design at Helsinki (now called Aalto University). 

Kolehmainen chooses large-format images of modern architectures, façade details or elements of an interior room. As opposed to architectural photography, it doesn’t interest him that the buildings be recognized. By means of a selection of details, he creates his own style which comes to be abstract compositions.

Follow the Source Link for image sources and more information.


What’s this?  A sister and her brother?

What’s this? A woman by herself?

What’s this?  The remains of the cock tower, bobbited, stuffed and mounted just beneath a rose, which has been nailed to a wall and is oozing architectural elements?

It can only mean one thing:

I’m a fountain of blood, in the shape of a girl

Yes, we’re doing this!

Keep reading


anonymous asked:

Hi Archy, I was wondering of you had any ideas on the scale of the human body in relation to design and architecture. Do you have any favorite designs that have the human scale at the base of their ideas? And how would it be helpful to those still figuring out the scaling experience of a human in a space? Thanks!

All buildings address human scale at the base of their ideas. Whether is for practical purposes (like for example the height and depth of a stair tread) or  to create a relationship to the architecture (creating a monumental entrance to inspire awe).

Keep reading


Aron Kodesh from Mantua-Sermide, Mantua, Italy - 1543.

This extraordinary wooden Ark, decorated with original delicate gild carvings, is one of the oldest Holy Arks in the world.

The shape of the Holy Ark recalls the traditional representation of the facade of the Temple in Jerusalem, which housed the Ark of the Covenant; it is designed like a building and features architectural elements such as columns and capitals.

The Torah Ark and its two monumental cathedrae (chairs) come from the Scuola Grande Synagogue in Mantua and were made in 1543, according to an inscription that appears on one of the cathedrae: “The Great Synagogue here in Mantua, Nissan (5)303” [1543].

The Scuola Grande was transferred in 1633 to a new site, within the Palace of the Duchess Felicita Gonzaga. The Ark was transferred in 1635 to Sermide, a small town 70 kilometers south-east of Mantua.

In 1956 the Ark and the cathedrae were brought to Jerusalem and assembled in memory of Rabbi Sally Meyer.

This year’s Pritzker Prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena was featured in the 2010-11 MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. In 2003, the Chilean government commissioned Aravena’s firm to create housing for a community of nearly one hundred low-income households on a 1.25-acre site in central Iquique, a desert city in northern Chile with a population of 200,000. The budget consisted of $7,500 per unit for land, infrastructure, and building.  

[Elemental. Quinta Monroy Housing. 2003–05. Iquique, Chile. Photograph: Tadeuz Jalocha]