Shell House, a shelter-house lost in the forest

Shell House, a shelter-house lost in the forest

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Design

In the Japanese prefecture of Nagano, nestled in the forest and just a stone’s throw from a stream of water, Tono Mirai Architects designed the Shell House, a house with an unusual shape that allows you to live in contact with nature. 

Commissioned by a private client, Shell House was born from the request for a house lost in the green, where you don’t notice the time passing. So, the architects thought of a small house, a choice almost forced by the laws that required to build only 20% of the land purchased, which blends in with the surrounding environment. This camouflage was created not only chromatically, but also in terms of materials. 

Apart from the huge glass window, the Shell House is entirely made of wood and earth. Large dark wood slabs were also chosen for the roof, which, combined with the curved surface, make the appearance of the house similar to that of a huge pine cone. 

Inside the space has been divided into two levels, the lower level that houses the living area, kitchen and bathroom and the upper level that houses the sleeping area. All the spaces are entirely covered with wood, except for the long wavy wall, built-in concrete, which follows the shapes of the plant. 

The peculiarity of Shell House is that, once the large windows are opened, the boundary between inside and outside is completely blurred, giving the feeling of living not only surrounded by nature but inside it. 

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs. 
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @emipitti, @alessandrascopetta, @mattia.dn, @marina_bocchetti, @maggie.ferraro, @georgiacalderone, @f_o_c_u_s_s, @ondiraitnu, @snapmyeye, @alinuvemphotography.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on next InstHunt.

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A thousand leaves; 1 or 2?

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riflesso

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Frank Kunert’s handmade miniatures

Frank Kunert’s handmade miniatures

Emanuele D'Angelo · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Thanks to Frank Kunert’s meticulous craftsmanship, it sometimes takes a few moments for the viewer to realize he is looking at a model. Many of the photographs seem to depict a daily scene of domestic life, a dining room, a nursery, except for the inclusion of a single strident detail, a trademark of his.

The German artist’s handmade miniatures recreate seemingly normal scenes which, on further examination, reveal a surreal scenario.
In Under The Bridge, a support column for a highway flyer has been transformed into a sweet terraced house, while in Climbing Holidays a roadside motel is only accessible via a ladder.

“I hope the viewer will enjoy it, but also feel the melancholy of my works and the ambivalence of life, the comedy and tragedy of our so-called civilized world.”

In One Bedroom Apartment, a door opens onto a closet-shaped house with a mattress embedded in a corner above a toilet, while a lovely balcony with trees and a sun umbrella protrudes incongruously from the side of a power station that erupts pollution in Small Paradise.

For Place In The Sun, use the balconies to illustrate the lives of the wealthy and the underprivileged, where a beautiful new villa has an outdoor terrace that cantilevered over the neighbor’s balcony, blocking the light.

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Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Photography

They could be frames from a film or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein‘s analog shots enclose a timeless beauty that never tires. 

Originally from Bolivia, Tamara lives in Hudston, Texas, and started taking pictures when she was still a little girl, when her mother gave her a camera and decided to put all her creativity into the shots she took. 

Today Tamara Lichtenstein’s name is internationally recognized and, in addition to collaborating with different brands and clients, she has realized several personal projects that have literally captured our attention and our hearts.

At the center of Tamara’s artistic research we can surely find the female universe and its facets: leafing through her shots we meet faces and bodies without filters, wrapped in their natural beauty. 

The grain and style of analog photography combined with the perfect use of light and the effects of double exposure, a recurring technique in Tamara’s shots, give the photographs a cinematographic style that is impossible to forget. 

Below you can find a selection of the shots, but to find out more visit Tamara Lichtenstein’s website and Instagram profile.  

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Tom Leighton, the charm of cities in the dark of night

Tom Leighton, the charm of cities in the dark of night

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art, Photography

What happens in the streets of big cities when the sun goes down and darkness covers everything? What happens to crowded squares, offices, shops? Luckily for us there are those who at night, instead of resting and sleeping, leave home and, fascinated by the spectacle that comes to life when the lights go out, start taking pictures. Tom Leighton is an English artist, photographer and printmaker who has been travelling the world for years, from London to Hong Kong, in search of views and scenarios to photograph. 

Deeply fascinated by urban environments, Tom Leighton works almost always at night, photographing the deserted streets, the buildings that lose their purpose and become imposing monoliths, the luminous signs that seem suspended between the earth and the sky. 

Among his works, what captured our attention the most are the two photographic series taken in Tokyo. The Japanese capital has more than 9 million inhabitants, but in Tom Leighton’s shots it appears almost deserted, it seems to have been abandoned by everyone. 

So, without all those people crowding the city during the day, the photographer’s eye can rest on the details, the shapes of the buildings, the views, the symmetries, inviting us to rediscover these urban landscapes with him. 

“Leighton asks us to reconsider our cities, what they are and what they might become.”

We have selected only some of his photographs, but to discover all the projects of Tom Leighton visit his website, his Instagram profile and his Behance page. 

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