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09/17/2014 18:00:16

(via king-juba)

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09/17/2014 17:00:15

darksilenceinsuburbia:

The N.B.K. Residence (2) in Beirut, Lebanon by Bernard Khoury/DW5

Sitting right in the middle of the war-swept Mediterranean coast of the Levant, with the scars of conflict and violence still visible in its urban tissue, the city of Beirut, despite all the difficulties it has faced, is now home to a flourishing design and architecture scene. With impressive large-scale projects already finished or approaching completion (including an iconic new university building by Zaha Hadid and a translucent mixed-use tower complex near the city’s port by Renzo Piano), as well as smaller scale projects (one cannot ignore the work of the people behind the Carwan Gallery, or the ingenious lighting design of .PSLAB), the Lebanese capital seems bent on pinning itself permanently on the global design map, as a place where time-honoured traditions meet with cutting-edge practices and contemporary aesthetics.

A perfect example of what the city’s design and crafts scene can indeed achieve is the N.B.K Residence (2) by architectBernard Khoury and his firm, DW5. Literally perched atop a nine-storey building adjacent to the infamous Green Line (the dividing buffer zone that used to split the city into the West/Muslim and East/Christian parts), the residence is in fact the architect’s own home, and as such it reflects his continuous experimentations and accumulated experience in interior design techniques, all in close collaboration with local artisans and design specialists.

As it doesn’t share any visible structural elements with the building on which it stands, the N.B.K. Residence (2) looks more like an independent house stacked on top of the existing structure, spanning three levels: the first floor and a mezzanine comprise the main volume of the living areas (including a spectacular double-height lobby and living room with generous views to the city), while a guest house, maid’s room, swimming pool and roof-garden terrace are situated on the topmost level. Wooden panel cladding has been used to cover interior floors and walls, in a technique that comes from experimentations in previous projects and was executed in collaboration with carpenter Doumit Tannous. The strong presence of wood has been complemented with black-painted steelwork: the ribbon-like spiral staircase, the mezzanine structure, the bookshelves in the lobby and the signature antenna-lights on top of the building were all created by Beirut-based design studio Acid (especially the latter shine like beacons at night, making the residence stand out as a landmark in the surrounding area). (by Kiri Spirou)

photo by Ieva Saudargaitė, © Bernard Khoury / DW5.

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09/16/2014 21:00:15

(Source: artchipel, via azurediamond)

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09/16/2014 20:00:19

architorturedsouls:

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto / Fumihiko Maki

(Source: dezeen.com)

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aberrantbeauty:

Jacqueline Hammer

aberrantbeauty:

Jacqueline Hammer

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09/15/2014 21:00:03

maya47000:

Winterliche Zugromantik by Oliver Diecke

maya47000:

Winterliche Zugromantik by Oliver Diecke

(via aberrantbeauty)

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09/15/2014 20:00:04

netlex:

Shadowy path, by Serge Najjar

netlex:

Shadowy path, by Serge Najjar

(Source: vivipiuomeno, via sesame-oil)

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09/15/2014 19:00:06

mtopfstedt:

Elster-Saale Canal Lock
unfinished since 1942

(via fuckyeahabandonedplaces)

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09/15/2014 18:07:11

tastefullyoffensive:

[nineteenletterslong]

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09/15/2014 17:00:08

aberrantbeauty:

Landing zone (by Anton Novoselov)

aberrantbeauty:

Landing zone (by Anton Novoselov)

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09/14/2014 22:00:20

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09/14/2014 21:00:19

artemisdreaming:

Found on ty-214.livejournal…  originally from the 2012 urban photo contest on skyscrapercity.com, photographer:  Vagamondo  / Jesus Giraldo on flickr  (photo name: working on a dream)

artemisdreaming:

Found on ty-214.livejournal…  originally from the 2012 urban photo contest on skyscrapercity.com, photographer:  Vagamondo  / Jesus Giraldo on flickr  (photo name: working on a dream)

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