Casa Cumbres by Taller Hector Barroso
The project is developed around a central patio which provides different views, natural lighting and cross-ventilation to the interior spaces. This void acts as the medullar element on the design process. It is the in situ result of the restricted views, the lack of visual elements in the surroundings and the land’s unfavorable location.
The different areas of the architectural program are built around this contemplative patio. The living-dining space is set by a visual and functional continuity between interior and exterior creating the effect of the garden blending with the living and dining room, continuing to extend to the interior patio. When both fronts are completely open, natural light effects, extended views and ventilation are emphasize.
Freelance photographer Kaitlin Rebesco is inspired by the constant change and renewal of all things. This drew her to documentary photography and is a theme she has explored throughout different fine art series. ’Vanishing City’ is her latest series of images taken in Chicago, where she grew up. Every once in a while fog takes over the city, and it is completely transformed. The structured landscape softens, becoming mysterious and otherworldly. ’In these moments the city itself really seems like a living, breathing organism. It is as if the buildings have grown roots into the ground and have come to life, changing along with the earth they are built on.’ she explains. We totally agree and are fascinated by her shots of living skyscrapers.
Michael Kenna, Harvest Moon over Puget Sound (2013)
"Michael Kenna’s work has often been described as enigmatic, graceful and hauntingly beautiful much like the Japanese landscape. Kenna first visited Japan in 1987 for a one-person exhibition and was utterly seduced by the country’s terrain. Over the years he has traveled throughout almost the entire country constantly taking photographs. From these many treks the book Japan, featuring 95 of these photographs, was conceived." - Joseph Bellows Gallery
The Hälssen & Lyon Tea Calendar by Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg
The Hälssen & Lyon tea calendar is the first calendar in the world to feature calendar days made from tea leaves. Finely flavoured and pressed until wafer-thin, the 365 calendar days can be individually detached and brewed directly in the cup with hot water. The tea calendar was sent exclusively to selected business partners.
Historic Watertower, New Media Quarter, Barcelona, Spain by Pere Falqués
The tower is located on Calle Ferrers 2, close to the modern Diagonal Mar complex. The architect Pere Falqués, best known for the classic streetlamp benches that decorate the Passeig de Grácia, designed the tower.
The tower’s initial purpose was to pull water from the Besós River. In theory, the goal was to sell this water. However, a problem arose when attempts to purify the water failed. It never reached standards set for the city’s drinking water supply. Thus, the project was never completed.
Once this idea was discarded, the tower went on to form part of a metallurgic factory operated by the Girona brothers (the Macosa Factory). The factory manufactured trains, trams, subway cars and escalators. The factory disappeared a long time ago. The only remaining trace is the tower’s most notable feature: its balcony. It is located where the water depository used to be. The tower is an interesting example of industrial architecture, painted by artists such as Calsina, Subirachs and Vilà. The tower has been conserved in a surprisingly good condition.
Photography: Joan Guillamat