Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Crooked House in Sopot - Poland

There was a little square and music & coffee house "Kawiaret" before. "Crooked House" construction started in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished.

There are two entries - main at the front of the building from the "Bohaterów Monte Cassino" Street, and second one from the Haffnera Street.

Building architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish drawer and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings.

Below, some more description from Allcon (General Contractor of the building):

"The building is situated in Sopot, at Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street. It is the compact settlement and it is an extension of the already existing shopping and service center which main entrance is at Haffnera 6 Street. Through booth building leads walking duration connecting service center between Haffnera and Monte Cassino Street.

The building with its character refers to fabulous drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. Exterior elevation suits to very popular Monciak’s promenade style. The building with its floors refers to cornices and floors of neighbouring buildings. Colorful stained glass entrances, stone elevation decors and windows framed with sandstone make impression. There is also unusual roof covered with sheet metal with enamel roof tiles coloured with green shades, see blue and Parishian blue, which in the whole makes illusion of dragon scales.

The building was projected as three-storey object with service attic. Communication between three storey assure the lift and allowed staircase freely available. Passage from ground-floor to storey is available thanks to perfectly demonstrated range stairs. Passage from first-floor to second floor leads through reinforced stairs and from second floor to mezzanine through steel stairs which are covered whole by wood."

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Long Cat Is Being Photo Edited

This time the one who is being photo edited to make it more cool is this long cat.

You have to CLICK TO ENLARGE, this one, it's very very LONG...


Friday, May 15, 2009

Hidden Forest Office in Madrid

Spanish architecture firm Selgas Cano recently unveiled their new office in Madrid. Located within a forest, the tube-like structure is half-sunken into the ground, giving the illusion of complete isolation.

A large window runs the entire length of the structure and forms part of the roof, ensuring workers a panoramic view of the surrounding woods. The office is entered via a partially-hidden stairwell and has retractible shutters at the end of the structure. Selgas Cano’s design is seen here photographed by world-renowned dutch architecture photographer Iwan Baan.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

X-Ray Photos Of Different Consoles And Its Accessories

X-ray technician and Flickr member Reintji has combined his passions into a rather splendid peek inside the workings of game consoles. Presumably sliding the hardware into the x-ray machine between fracture victims, he offers a glimpse inside the old and the new, from NES to XBox 360.

While the consoles themselves are moderately interesting, they're all pretty similar - square boxes with a bunch of chips inside. The controllers, though, are where this ongoing project shines. The various joypads are instantly recognizable through their silhouettes and this makes the internal gubbins all the more fascinating.

Above we have the iconic NES controller alongside the rather more complex N64 controller (to me the best controller ever made). Head to Reintji's FLickr gallery to see the big versions, including the NES Zapper gun.


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