Archive for August, 2008

Architecture Daily

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

  architecture daily, modern architecture, contemporary architecture

Arch Daily” is one of my new favorite sites. It’s just bursting with bounties of inspiring new architecture.

The presentation is great, with lots of big pictures and they even give you the plans and elevations. Not everything will suit your fancy, but for my taste, there’s quite a high ratio of fantastic designs.

Here are a few I found quite interesting:

Metal Shutter Houses

  architecture daily, shigeru ban, metal shutter houses

The “Metal Shutter Houses” by Shigeru Ban seem like a modern reimagining of some of the features of traditional Japanese architecture, where sliding panels and doors allow you to open up the house to nature’s breezes and break down the barriers between indoors and out. I personally love the idea of hydraulic folding glass walls.

Slovenia Villa

  architecture daily, slovenia villa, OFIS arhitekti

Here’s an interesting and extravagant use of wood, and what a setting!

Jardin del Sol House

architecture daily, Jardin del Sol House, Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos

Wow, the view… I love how the pool blends with the ocean, another sort of barrier breakdown. Nice raw, functional interiors too.

Ocho al Cubo House

architecture daily, ocho al cubo house, Sebastian Irarrazaval

An intriguing combo of Zen cave meets convention center. Minimalist secluded areas converge with open pillar-lined spaces. It’s glass and concrete in a modern symbiosis.

Manu Delago – Mono Desire

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Artist: Manu Delago
Song: Mono Desire (Hang Drum Solo)
Genre: Instrumental
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Here is an instrument you don’t normally see too much of. The Hang Drum.

Very smooth sounding. Check out Manu Delago’s site for some other good clips, including one more solo and some classy group stuff. He is clearly a versatile and talented musician, and I really like the mood of the songs he does with the bass clarinet player.

The sound is a little low on this, and it’s a delicate melody so turn it up a bit.

Denis Kamioka – Handmade

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

  Denis Kamioka, Cisma, Brazil, Brazilian, Handmade, Lovefoxxx, Dan Nakagawa

Handmade” stars Dan Nakagawa and Lovefoxxx (singer of CSS) who are both Brazilian musicians. The short film chronicles the emotional hills and hollows in the course of a relationship between their characters. It makes interesting use of visual effects to construct the strongly stylized symbolism that pervades nearly every shot.

This is apparently the first live action project of Denis Kamioka (Cisma), the talented and prolific Brazilian director/illustrator. He has some visually impressive commercial work on his website which is worth looking at.