Three-Dimensional Sculpture Creates Portal Illusion

Architect friends Adam Scales, Pierre Berthelomeau, and Paul Van Den Berg worked together to create this surprising and playful installation, entitled Reframe, for the 2012 Festival of Lively Architecture. Through visual exploration and movement, visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the variations and changes that appear. From one perspective, the structure is the shape of a three dimensional cube. From a new angle, viewers can see a series of separate, flat polycarbonate sheets standing just a few inches apart.

The architects built the structure together in Rotterdam, where they combine their styles of “researching, testing by doing, and initiating and challenging the social and physical building of the city” through a hands-on approach. Realities and perceptions constantly change as you move around the space, play peek-a-boo with viewers on the opposite end of the row, or challenge your eyes to see the illusion of a long, square tunnel. Visitors will find themselves repeatedly adjusting (or reframing) their understanding of the installation as the complex architectural elements reveal new details and surprises.

Festival of Lively Architecture website
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January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

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January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

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