Junya Ishigami is known for his enchanting concepts which attempt to dissolve the boundaries between architecture and geography, the delicacy and lightness of form in his work stretching far beyond the minimalist aesthetic.

The Kait workshop in Japan is a physical embodiment of such ideas; a barely-there glass box supported by 305 unique steel columns to create a fresh interior space drenched in natural light. The interior is an artificial forest of white columns, with sunlight filtering through skylights which run the entire length of the building. 

Ishigami’s obsession with celebrating the beauty of nature within artificial form is expressed in the exterior, where the glass reflects the site’s surrounding trees and the lack of exterior walls furthers the building’s transparency. This subtlety and tentativeness is present in all of Ishigami’s work. 

Photos taken by Iwan Baan and Rudolph Escher.


Today I visited the Little Metropolis a very small byzantine church in central athens. It was built in the 14th century using only spolia! Every stone used is either of antique or byzantine origins.
It is absolutely fascinating to look at every small detail and wonder about it’s where it came from.
This church has so much history combined in it’s architecture alone it is wonderful to have seen it for it is an absolute beauty!

The triglyphic frieze in pic two probably belonged to the Eleusinion on the northern slope of the Acropolis. The crosses torches with the pomegranates, the Kernos jar and the Bullshead are familiar motivs of the eleusinian mysteries. And a similar architectural element can be seen on the small Propylon in Eleusis.

The two people in pic 7 are from a roman funerary relief. The cross between their heads was added during the construction of the church in the 14th century. Most of the spolia were altered during construction to add iconographic motivs of christianity.

The frieze above the round bow above the door in pic 8/9 from a classic temple if I remember correctly.

Architectural geometry is an area of research which combines applied geometry and architecture, which looks at the design, analysis and manufacture processes. It lies at the core of architectural design and strongly challenges contemporary practice, the so-called architectural practice of the digital age.

Architectural geometry is influenced by following fields: differential geometrytopologyfractal geometrycellular automata

Actual topics:

  • Freeform curves and surfaces creation
  • Developable surfaces
  • Discretisation
  • Generative design
  • Digital prototyping and manufacturing

THE PLATES BY CHARLES GARNIER     Opera de Paris ( Primera parte)

El libro “Monographie du Nouvel Opéra de Paris” fue publicado por la editorial Ducher y Compañía en 1880. Sus dos volúmenes recogen las láminas que Garnier y sus colaboradores hicieron para presentar su proyecto .

Fuente   biblioteca virtual de la Universidad de Navarra España (escuela de arquitectura)


Cross-Stitch house, designed by FMD Architects, uses the repetition of simple wooden structures  to produce a minimal yet beautiful home. In the daytime light is let in in wide beams, and in the evening the house glows, creating a warm, cosy atmosphere. 

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Source: Dezeen