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Grotto Sauna, Ontario

Can we appreciate the curves for a little bit, fellas?

This magnificent healthcare architecture project by Partisans caught my eye today — a sauna located in the grottos of Ontario, Canada. Would love to relax here sometime this winter, even if it’s cold in Canada too.

More info/pics via ArchDaily:

Located within the Georgian Bay, the site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation. Contemplated research was conducted, and through the process a Grotto was set as an inspiration that would inform the design. Grottos, historically, have been known as natural or artificial caves that are embedded deep behind the curvature of streams, and thus discovered by those who would take the time to explore.

Understanding the age-old rock, intimately, was the first step toward architecture. As a cascading granite cliff shaped by glaciers into a peninsula, the rock offered both new possibilities and an unobstructed view of the horizon. National Geographic has ranked the sunsets on this site as one of the best in the world. And we were determined to preserve and enhance the experience of it.



Cove 3 in South Africa

SAOTA is one of my favorite architecture firms and specialize in breathtaking luxury residences across the globe. The latest that caught my eye is Cove 3 in South Africa above. It features SAOTA’s characteristic infinity pool with an infinity view and is unique to their other projects given the location and the beautiful wood and stone-laden materials on the interior. Every space inside looks clean and spacious, in fact. Just browse through the gallery for looks at the bed, bath, living area and the gorgeous outdoor photos as well.


More info/pics via ArchDaily.

Minneapolis 2019 Final Four Designs

I’ve been following the design of the new downtown Minneapolis stadium that is replacing the now-demolished Metrodome for a few years now. The future home of the Vikings will now also be the future home of the 2019 Final Four, announced yesterday.

Sure, this has no effect on our lives right now, but this is cool to imagine. After all, Minneapolis was home to one of the famed Fab Five’s title games in 1992 so I appreciate the nostalgia in coming back to a city I call my second home for the first time since 2001.

The stadium itself, once again, looks beautiful. In this new video above, you can see how the HKS design sits in downtown, the striking outer aesthetics, and how it would be set up for the Final Four. The last part is all-new to me and whatever the case for you, this is a quick, cool viewing.

More details here.

Cityscape Chicago II

Photographer Eric Hines is at it again with the most comprehensive timelapse of our beautiful hometown. Simply magnificent as Hines captures the skyline, architecture, the Lake, everything from various angles and heights of buildings we can’t always get to too. Breathtaking. And a great watch for anyone in Chicago, ready to be out under the beautiful night tonight.

Please watch in Fullscreen & HD with sound for best quality.

Cityscape Chicago II is a personal timelapse piece that I have worked on periodically over the past two years. The inspiration behind the project ties similarly with the original piece. As the city of Chicago continues to change, my fascination with it grows as well. The goal for me is always to capture the city in a unique way from new perspectives, and to continue exploring it.

The timelapse sequences in this video were all shot on the Canon 5D Mark III and various lenses. Motion control used in the making of the piece was provided by the Kessler CineDrive and Second Shooter.

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Lucas Museum designs revealed

As beautiful as Chicago is, emphasis on beautiful, one natural landform the city is missing is a mountain. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a mountain overlooking the skyline?

Well, we’re about to get our first mountain… sort of.

MAD Architects revealed the first look at the designs for the Lucas Museum, set to be the newest addition to Chicago’s Museum Campus on the lakefront. MAD aimed to be “futuristic but at the same time to be natural” with their design being a natural fit with its namesake — George Lucas, famed creator of Star Wars.

I think they succeeded as you can simply tell from the renderings above. The white, curvacious “mountain” not only stands out on its own, but also amongst the other museums along Lake Michigan. Its close proximity to Soldier Field actually creates a cool transition from the older, Ionic columns of the Field Museum, to the renovated Soldier Field that retains their classical columns with the modern “UFO” addition, to the soon-to-be-constructed Lucas Museum that is full on futuristic. I love the bold, radical designs for their aesthetics, but perhaps even moreso for its progressive statement in a city whose architecture continues to highly evolve.

Flat out, just these images of the Lucas Museum ignite the imagination, and that’s without seeing the interior, described very vividly in the ArchDaily interview with MAD Architects director Ma Yansong that accompanied the release of today’s renderings. Yansong gave a ton of amazing quotes and insight about the design. It’s a must-read if you’ve taken the time out to arrive on this page.

When people enter the building they will arrive on the dome level, and they will see this huge space with natural light coming down from the top.

– Ma Yansong, director MAD Architects