Saturday, March 21, 2009
Casa no Gerês, designed by Porto-based Correia/Ragazzi Architects, has received its fair share of international awards and is a house I can see myself live in. A simple box, not too big and with a view to die for.
This is a house that is easy to love from certain perspectives and from others; it looks quite unsuitable for its surroundings. From some angles, the house seems like an accident, some kind of a mishap with transportation containers and building materials. One part of the building is buried inside the hill while another sticks out over the river. It appears about to teeter off the hill at any moment, just waiting to land in its final resting place in the river.
The owners, Micé and Eduardo Pinto Ferreira, have been Correia’s clients for more than a decade, and gave her carte blanche to create their dream house on the 5,000 square-meter site by the Cávado river, as long as no trees were cut and the 60 square-meter house (maximum allowed footprint for the site) was made of concrete. The house is located in Peneda-Gerês National Park, along the Spanish border in northern Portugal, so the environment and its inviolability were crucial and the rules strict.
But looking out from the inside, the awesome beauty of the home becomes apparent. The simplicity of the structure, the openness of the views and the calm balance of the elements seems to speak the same language as the bleak surroundings. Nature has a way of being beautiful even when it is not, and this house knows that secret.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Okay, not every model I post on here has to be my own taste, but sometimes I really don't like a model's looks, which is the case with Dan Felton. But hey, if he teams up with a great photographer like Ryan Pfluger and the shoot is good, what do I do with that? Post it? Don't post it? Well, as you can see I posted it. What's your opinion on both the model and the shoot?
The dutch Google startpage celebrates the start of Spring by placing this very cute variation on their logo featuring "Rupsje Nooitgenoeg" AKA "The Very Hungry Catterpillar" which happens to be my favourite childhood book. I read it over and over and over and over. Sweet!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Another costume by Gaultier. The harness he created for the Keep it Together performance during Blonde Ambition in 1990. Video from the performance in Japan below, but the later versions in Europe are much more fun to watch.