Eugene's Blog – March 2011 Archive (52)

Phuket's Luxury Retreat on the Rocks

Nestled in rocks above Kamala Beach in Phuket, Thailand, you will find Villa Amanzi, the ultimate luxury getaway. Designed by Original Vision architects, this six-bedroom residence features a 50 ft (15m) infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea.

The defining elements of the luxury retreat are the rock and the view. They resonate at every juncture, including in the… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 31, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Punk Rock Japanese Pop Art

Japanese artist Shohei Otomo (aka Hakuchi) shows us that his motherland has a rockin' pop culture like no other. Using simple ballpoint pen, he mixes old and new school images with his references to the Samurai, Geisha girls, and the Yakuza. Above all else, one thing is certain, Otomo does not hold anything back with these extremely detailed illustrations. …


Added by Eugene on March 31, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Where Children Sleep

James Mollison traveled around the globe and took some incredibly eye-opening photos of children's bedrooms. He then compiled them into a book, titled Where Children Sleep. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the child's story. The differences between each… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 31, 2011 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Sports-Infused Projection Mapping

Adidas France has put their own, unique spin onto the 3D projection mapping scene. Promoting their brilliant Adidas is All in campaign, they debuted this last Wednesday at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille, France. The projection features all kinds of different athletes and includes some really cool visual effects!

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Added by Eugene on March 30, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

3D Street Art Creatures

At first glance, DAL's incredibly detailed wall murals look as if they were painted on. Look a little closer, and it appears as though there is metal wire coming out of the wall! These three-dimensional pieces are all part of DAL's Creatures series, which was recently completed in Cape Town, South Africa.

Born in China, Du Yi studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts in New… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Seoul's Wavy Skyscraper (9 pics)

Dutch firm ArchitectenConsort just completed a wavy new skyscraper that brings a fascinating change to the cityscape of Seoul, South Korea. The undulating glass facade of GT Tower East makes it look different from every angle. The 427 foot (130 meter) high-rise stands out even further because it appears to drop down below street level.

Many sustainability measures were… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 29, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

In a Window - The World's Largest Squat (25 photos)

911 Prestes Maia, a 22-story tower block in central São Paulo, Brazil, is thought to have been the largest squat in the world. In 2006, the abandoned building was home to an estimated 1,630 people, including 468 families with 315 children.

In 2002, the ‘Movement for the Homeless’ transplanted hundreds of homeless families into the empty building and made the place habitable, even going so… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 29, 2011 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Up Close and Personal (11 Stunning Animal Portraits)

Danish photographer Morten Koldby has taken the most impressive animal portraits I have ever seen! Staring at us straight in the face, from point-blank range, these wild animals look as if they're demonstrating a wide range of emotions.

Kolby captures a unique perspective and by doing so gives us a sense of these animals' mood and temperament. In addition, his photos are so crisp and… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Search for Hidden Artifacts! - National Geographic

Our partners over at National Geographic just launched a really cool interactive experience. Starting today and continuing through Saturday, April 9, viewers can log on between the hours of 2pm and 2am EDT to line up to… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 28, 2011 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Street in Arms (5 pieces)

It's hard to imagine what drove Kentucky-based artist Scott Beseler to attach mannequin arms to the street's intimate objects. In a strange yet intriguing way, he brings telephones booths, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and parking meters to life. What could Beseler be saying about these everyday objects? Do we take them for granted? Are they more of an extension of us than we might acknowledge?…


Added by Eugene on March 28, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Caught in the Moment

With his latest work, LA-based photographer Carlos Nunez continues to impress us. Telling a story with every scene, he leaves us mesmerized with every shot. There's so much to love about his sexually-charged photos, including the way his gorgeous models are showered in near perfect…


Added by Eugene on March 25, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Modern Architecture: The Black Panther (12 pics)

GS Architects designed this black cantilevered office building in Graz, Austria. MP09 Black Panther is Uniopt Pachleitner Group's new headquarters. The company specializes in eye-wear and jewelery, so the architects wanted to reflect those products, as well as the company's culture and philosophy. The $45 million building also includes a hotel, office space, shop, and… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Paris Captured in 2,000 Images

Luke Shepard strung together over 2,000 images in a complex time-lapse manner to create this visually stunning video titled Le Flâneur. Setting the mood with music from XX, he shows us a side of Paris most of us have never seen.

What started as a project for his studies at the American University of Paris became an impressive undertaking. "There were many nights last spring that I got very little sleep," Shepard says. "I would often head out to… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 24, 2011 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Gehry Transforms Manhattan's Skyline (9 pics + video)

New York by Gehry has just become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere at 870 feet. Formally known as the Beekman Tower, the 76-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan has already transformed the downtown skyline.

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry told the… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 23, 2011 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Incredible Smoke Scenes (12 pieces)

Smoke moves in mysterious way. Using this characteristic to his advantage, Turkish-born artist Mehmet Ozgur mastered a technique where he photographs streams of smoke and then digitally manipulates it into recognizable shapes and figures.

Currently living in the Washington D.C., Mehmet is an engineer who is fascinated by nature, both technically and aesthetically. "I feel humbled every… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Faces in Literature (4 pieces)

Vincent van Gogh

Autobiographies usually focus around the life story of a main character. However, In the case of these clever ads, the books take the shape of the actual characters' faces.

Dutch ad agency Van Wanten Etcetera created the campaign to promote the annual Dutch Book Week. Every year, a specific genre is profiled. This year, the autobiography is… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Aurora

Only a lucky handful of us will ever see an aurora borealis in person. Fortunately, Terje Sorgjerd took this amazing video footage of the biggest aurora borealis in recent years. He spent a week in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, when temperatures were around -13 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 Celsius). To top it off, Sorgjerd edited the video with music from Gladiator for dramatic effect...

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Added by Eugene on March 22, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Skype’s Modern Palo Alto Office (12 pics)

Skype recently hired architecture and interior design firm Blitz to renovate their current 54,000 sq ft space in Palo Alto. Their primary goal was to create a world-class office that would differentiate themselves from their Bay Area competitors. Ultimately, they want to recruit the best talent in the field.

The new space reflects Skype’s spirit of innovation in a highly functional… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Dollar Bill Surgeon (12 pieces)

While most people cringe at the thought of destroying money, Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Scott Campbell sees it as the perfect medium to showcase his impressive skill set. By laser-cutting each dollar individually with surgeon-like precision, then arranging them into 100-dollar stacks, Campbell creates highly detailed pieces that are almost too bizarre to believe. In essence, he destroys to… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 21, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: Hidden Underground (11 photos)

From afar, Villa Geldrop in the Netherlands looks like any other home. Walk a little closer, though, and you'll notice that is has an awesome underground level.

Four bedrooms and a living room are located in the underground level. Hofman Dujardin Architects designed the home to allow tremendous amount of natural light to flow through the open spaces in the axe-shaped foundation. The… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 20, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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