Madrid-Barajas Airport

I am really surprised that with an 8 hr idiotic layover last year at the Madrid-Barajas airport I don’t have more pictures of this beautiful terminal. Terminal 4, which is where I spent the brunt of my 8 hours, was designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers (Madrid-Barajas Wiki). They won the 2006 Stirling Prize for this design, and I can tell you they definitely deserved it. Were it not for the curvaceous ceiling clad end to end in wood and the brightly painted steel supports that change in hue from yellow at one end of the terminal to violet at the other, I think I would have gone insane.


The Y-support beams are just really mesmerizing to look at.


I thought the design of the air conditioning vents were interesting too. They ran the whole length of the terminal against the glass panes that make up the facade of the whole terminal. That is another reason I really liked this terminal. There was so much natural light, that it didn’t feel like you were in a busy international airport.


What was also pretty cool was all the activity going on around outside the terminal. It was fun to watch an airport crewman pop out occasionally from some out-of-view door, hop in to one of these little carts, and zip off to do some no doubt crucial task. These little carts remind me of a flock of sheep, just hanging out in a pen. I wonder if they talk to each other while they wait for someone to whip them up for work?

Photos: © art.is.analogue


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Stalin’s Skyscrapers

I’d rather not say too much about these photos. Philip Sayer is a genius as he captures the ominously glorious nature of Stalin’s skyscrapers. Here is an excerpt from the article by Rachael Crabtree of Domus:

His black and white photos capture the brooding architectural dominance of these colossal structures, including the 27 storey Foreign Ministry, 24 storey Transport Ministry and the 240m tall Lomonsov Sate University, which encircle the city of Moscow. These striking architectural representations of social realism, although fuelled by optimism for the future, can be seen as huge exercises in Stalinist propaganda. He captures the complex history of these immense, commanding, and highly symbolic constructions – as awe inspiring feats of engineering, as anti-monuments to a failed optimism, and as sinister markers of a dominant regime.

You can catch the exhibit in London at Marsden Woo Gallery, you know if you are lucky enough to be somewhere in that neighborhood.

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Photos: ©Philip Sayer
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Their expressions are priceless.

The whole concept of a candle chandelier is pretty cool, but what really did it for me was the expression of the two girls watching the contraption rise and dip into the wax. Its that same look you get as a child while watching the inner workings of a grandfather clock. To me that feeling of awe and wonderment is truly priceless. Kudos to Studio Glithero for their creations as I will definitely be keeping tabs on all that they do from here on out.

The Big Dipper

Big Dipper from Studio Glithero on Vimeo.

In Big Dipper, an audience can witness the complete life of a product, from the moment the chandeliers are conceived until the moment they burn and perish.


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Night Night

Vanessa Hordies designed this exquisite lamp that invites you to drift off to sleep. The base holds the light and wiring, while the hourglass slowly trickles over the light source dimming the light over a period of fifteen minutes. I’m not a big fan of bright lights and one that will dim itself without a fancy mechanism is pretty cool. I am a big fan of the sleek hourglass, partially because the archetypal feminine shape is always nice to look at.

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via Dezeen

Also check out this short video for Night Night.

Night Night by Vanessa Hordies from Dezeen on Vimeo.

Cardboard USB Drive

Russian designers Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich of Art Lebedev Studio created these simple and clean USB drives made out of cardboard. Apart from being eco-friendly, which I am a big fan of, the compact design and the ability to directly write or doodle on the USB drive itself adds to the genius of this design. Unfortunately, while flipping through their shop I did not see these for sale.

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Photos: Art Lebedev Studio