Nestled within a courtyard at the Hôtel de Griffy in Montpellier, France, this 2015 installation of pink and white balloons attempts to capture the feeling of spring by mimicking the color and feel of cherry blossoms as they fall from the ceiling. The 6-day installation titled “Un dixième Printemps” (The 10th Spring) was created by Margaux Rodot, Benoit Tastet, and Mickaël Martin, and draws inspiration from Hanami, a Japanese tradition of enjoying the abundance of blooming flowers across the country from the end of March to early May.
Netting secured across the courtyard ceiling effectively contained the helium-filled balloons that were gradually replenished each day as they gradually fell to a patch of grass below. Sunlight from above cast a pink hue into the space that filled windows and balconies surrounding the installation space. Un dixième Printemps was created for the 10th annual Lively Architecture Festival and went on to win the 2015 Jury Award. (via Designboom)
Last year we were thrilled to discover this little paper world constructed by artist Charles Young who conceived of the idea as a 365-day creative project to explore different architectural forms through paper, every single day for a year. Except… it turns out he never stopped. The tiny paper metropolis has now grown to 635 buildings, many with moving parts that Young expertly animates and shares daily on his Tumblr. The entire papercraft city will be on view from November 10-26, 2016 at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland.
Working with hundreds of steel rods and pieces of piano wire, Spanish artist David Moreno constructs unwieldy sculptures that look like 2D sketches. Usually centered around a structure or row of house-like buildings, each artwork is designed to look like a haphazard collection of sticks, perhaps something easily destroyed by a big bad wolf. The link between drawing and sculpturing is very intentional as Moreno himself refers to his process as literally “trying to draw sculptures.” You can see more of his work on Behance.
Michigan artist Taylor Mazer renders the seemingly mundane world of empty alleyways and nondescript buildings of the midwest in excruciating detail on a canvas scarcely larger than a few postage stamps. Working with a fine Micron pen he constructs old buildings brick by brick and casts entire drawings in deep shadow, forcing the viewer to explore the piece up-close to discover every minute detail. The cityscapes are devoid of people, instead focusing on architectural details, light, and the unknown forces—weather or otherwise—that force people indoors, or away altogether.
Mazer works as a freelance illustrator and artist and is currently adjunct faculty at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. You can see more of his work on Behance or Instagram, and many of his original drawings are available in his shop.
As part of a personal project exploring typography, artist Lola Dupre (previously) imagined a series of unusual structures shaped like letters of the alphabet. The artist utilized her well-known collage technique that incorporates existing photographs that are cut into tiny pieces, often in duplicate, to make each building. Dupre recently started an Instagram account where you can see some of her latest completed works. (via Soft Shock)
Located in a forest just beyond a nondenominational cemetery sits the Sayama Forest Chapel, a three-year-old building designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP (previously). From a bird’s eye view the chapel appears to form both a star and two hands pressed together in prayer, which is a traditional Japanese structural form called “Gassho-zukuri.”
“For those who are in deep grief and inconsolable, how can architecture nurture them? With this in mind, I designed buildings that gently surround them and support their intentions,” explained Nakamura to Yellowtrace.
The building was also built in a way to promote growth around its exterior, with walls tilted inward to leave room for the forest to grow around its shape. The chapel’s floor and patterns of its slate also lean toward the forest, subtly asking visitors to concentrate their mind on the surrounding elements of nature.
The chapel was named as a winner in the religious buildings and memorials category in this year’s Architizer A+Awards, an awards program that celebrates the year’s best in architecture and products. (via Yellowtrace)