Most would be quick to consider inner-city living in Paris as a bit dense or congested, though quite comfortable in the grand scheme. This is part of the city’s charm and character, some would say, where creating your own pocket is part of life in the city. In particular, the elbow room of the 10th arrondissement has started to give way to some serious makeovers, and the results are notable. Set in the heart of the French urban hub, ‘the 10th’ of Paris is one of the more interesting areas of the city’s 20 administrative precincts. Recently more than a few hidden gems have been discovered and reworked. The trouble, of course, is finding the right time and opportunity to claim the perfect stake. The Bonnard family was lucky enough to seize a recent opportunity when they got word from a friend that an old insurance company was selling a property in the area, something that could easily be reworked.
viernes, 30 de marzo de 2012
No se si todos entendereis este post pero he encontrado este blog llamado xiao de alguien que parece dedicarse a retratar sus espacios cotidianos. Marcadas por la austeridad y perdidas en algún lugar de China o Japón, estas escenas me sugieren la belleza de lo mas simple. De hecho no quiero saber mas de lo que puedo ver en ellas.
martes, 27 de marzo de 2012
The Stunning Repurposed Architecture and Lunar Landscapes of Gotland’s Refined Resort
London-based photographer Peter Guenzel explores the sparse and calming atmosphere of former limestone refinery turned eco hotel, Fabriken Furillen. Stretching across 600 acres of an old quarry site on the island of Gotland off the southeastern coast of Sweden, the minimalist retreat is set amid the area’s untrammeled natural beauty featuring rocky coastline, wind-swept pines and glistening sea. After discovering the deserted factory in the 90s, founder Johan Hellström preserved its original infrastructure and recycled local materials such as concrete, limestone and hardwood to build the hotel's 17 rooms. “The interior perfectly matches the industrial character of the buildings and the colors of the surrounding area,” observes Guenzel, who has shot for the likes of AnOther, Arena Homme Plus and The Observer. “But it still felt warm and welcoming in a minimalist ‘Swedish’ way. Much of the industrial infrastructure is still in place but not restored—the jetty with the crane, for example, felt like it was slowly disintegrating.” For those seeking complete solitude, Hellström erected Wi-Fi-free hermit cabins alongside the hotel to provide total escapism in between visits to its idyllic bakery or restaurant. “The greatest part about it is the unknown,” says Hellström. “Even if you look at the building carefully, you can't see what's on the inside, and that's very thrilling.”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this place. It’s a converted cement factory in Barcelona designed by Ricardo Bofill in 1975, which became his head office. It’s such a fantastic example of a repurposed industrial building – and I love how all that greenery makes it seem like it’s still abandoned.
domingo, 25 de marzo de 2012
Felix Odell es uno de esos fotógrafos que consiguen recrear escenarios donde parece ser que algo acaba de ocurrir. Tengo debilidad por la luz que consigue captar en sus imagenes. Este va a ser el primero de varios post dedicados a su trabajo.