Probably more widely known for their robot-stacked bricks, Gramazio & Kohler turned their attention to stacking wooden slats last summer for the West Fest Pavilion. All of the wooden pieces of the pavilion were cut and placed by a robot, or at least a robotic arm (see above). Because the length of the wooden pieces doesn’t change, or doesn’t change as much as the curvature of the columns, the slats de-laminate toward the roof, and when lit from within, each of the 16 columns becomes a sort of lantern.
Gramazio & Kohler describe their work as “the direct implementation of material and production logic into the design process, establish[ing] a unique architectural expression and a new aesthetic.” However, their West Fest Pavilion looks (er… looked) more evolutionary than revolutionary; more like the progeny of a gothic arch and the Memphis International Airport. Who knew their baby would look so good?
My friend and Afterzine creator Hamish pointed out these great images by artist Jenny Odell. Jenny’s medium in these images were actually Google Maps, oddly enough. What look like random shapes or abstract dots are actually manmade structures. The image at top is “Approximately 1,376 Grain Silos, Water Towers, and Other Cylindrical-Industrial Buildings”, the image below that are swimming pools, both a large and small, and the last is “195 Yachts, Cargo Ships, Tankers, Barges, Riverboats, Hospital Ships, Cruise Lines, Ferries, Military Ships, and Motorboats”. it’s amazing how great these random images look when thoughtfully placed together.
LOFT, ink drawing 102 x 72 cm, modernMantra by Thomas Broomé
submitted by letmeoutofhere
An illustration by Mike Shea laser etched into cardboard by dannyid.
The extremely talented Elroy released the amazing video above about a month ago featuring artists Supakitch and Koralie creating one the most beautiful mural I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how long this took but it’s amazing how much time, effort, sweat and blood these two put into this mural. As I watched I kept wondering when they were going to finish, but they kept adding on more and more, making the mural larger and more complex as they went. Anyone know where this mural is located? It looks like it’s inside somewhere, it would be a shame if it was every painted over, though I’m glad it’s been fully documented at the very least. Yet again a big thanks to Rikke Luna for the suggestion!
‘buildingunderground’ by eva papamargariti