24, singapore. in his fourth (and final?) year in architecture school.
a miscellany of type, architecture, music, clothes and other odds/ends.
also blogging about life in architecture school over at archistudent with another friend.

ryanpanos:

Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via

The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.

Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.

In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels.  Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.

ryanpanos:

Rabot Towers | Pieter Lozie | Via

Rabot Towers, an abandoned public housing project in Ghent, Belgium. When the first stage of demolition removed the building’s exterior walls, the former blight became an unexpected beauty. The three-tower complex once accommodated around 840 residents. However, with the building no longer fit for occupation and an overhaul deemed too expensive, the project is now slated for demolition.

lartichaut:

Kolumba- New and old part of the building 
Peter Zumthor

lartichaut:

Kolumba- New and old part of the building 

Peter Zumthor

(via spatula)

ryanpanos:

Blok Wschodni/ Eastern Block | ZUPAGRAFIKA

Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block” is a collection of paper models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The series is made up of iconic examples of functional architecture (Rotunda PKO), some less classic buildings, however, familiar to the city dwellers (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów), as well as ”Wielka Płyta” prefab bloks from the outskirts (Tarchomin). The whole set is eco-friendly as it is made from 100% recycled paper and carton. Each building is hand-drawn and  includes a short technical note on its architects, year of construction and exact location.

(via lessadjectivesmoreverbs)

thedapperproject:

beinx:

Living Cube

Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So he made a minimalist cube design with a shelf for his vinyl collection, TV, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside is tons of storage space. He’s brilliant. And I want his log rug! 

Need.

kirstymcmullan:

barelytherearchitect:

enochliew:

Nishi building by March Studio

The ceiling feature consists of 2150 pieces of reclaimed wood and 1200 steel rods holding the wood into place.

I think this would give me a headache, it’s too much. 

I don’t, I like it

(via superarchitects)

archatlas:

View Terrace and Pavilion Didzis Jaunzems

(via alwaysinstudio)

(via archilist)