Gorgeous Spiraling Staircase Mimics a Whale’s Spine

Not your typical spiral staircase, this organic form is a concept by artist and architect Andrew McConnell. The piece, entitled the Vertebrae Staircase, is based off of the spine of a whale. According to the artist’s website, the project “is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single component, or vertebra, that mate with each other creating a unified spine running from floor plate to floor plate.”

The idea involves several components, including an outer, layered surface of durable composite fiber material; steel fittings and pins that lock the vertebrae together; and a handrail and steps that are reinforced by structural foam and a network of steel rods. The single flowing concept is anchored by two steel plates at the base and the top, and is meant to function as a self-supporting staircase. The futuristic plan is a visually appealing concept that also serves as a constant and unique reminder of the enduring forms of nature.

If you are interested in architectural projects that reflect nature, check out Olas! by architect Victor Lusquios, a beach house that mimics the ocean waves.

Andrew McConnell’s website
via [ArchDaily]

December 2, 2016

Upside Down Christmas Tree Hangs in the Halls of Tate Britain

  Every December, the Tate Britain debuts its much-anticipated Christmas tree. Designed by a different contemporary artist each year, the famed museum’s trees are both yuletide decorations and works of modern art. This year, Iranian installation artist Shirazeh Houshiary has quite literally turned the tradition on its head with her upside-down evergreen. Suspended by its trunk, the tree hovers above the main entrance’s stunning spiral staircase.

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December 2, 2016

Photographer Searches for Mystery Wedding Couple After Discovering Film in 50-Year-Old Camera

You never know what you’ll find when you buy something that’s vintage. When photographer Alex Galmeanu bought a rare 50-year-old camera off eBay, he never expected to find an exposed (but undeveloped) roll of film inside. “Of course I had it developed right away,” he wrote, “and, as a surprise again, I was able to recover 10 quite usable images, especially when considering their age.

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