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AGGRENAD HOTEL

aggrenad hotel

Exposed concrete, sharp angles and peaking glass form a unique structure in the small fishing village of Geoje-si, South Korea. The Aggrenad by AND is a 3 story hotel boasting 5 beautiful suites, each with accompanying balconies that view the East Sea. Inside there’s a small cafĂ© and other relaxing amenities that make this quiet town feel a little more like home. What we found most interesting about the hotel is its hyper-futuristic juxtaposition to the surrounding area’s traditional sensibilities. More and more we’re seeing eye-catching architecture used as an anchor to spawn development. For instance, in this case the Aggrenad is the first installment of several planned projects that will hopefully resurrect tourism in the area. Below, we’ve posted a few images. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: HOTEL LIFE / Categories: architecture, hotels, places

ART THAT BLENDS

city camouflage

Seeing the unseen is a beautiful trend bubbling among contemporary artists. From Liu Bolin to Joshua Callaghan, their work is creating a deeper awareness for cityscapes by hiding surprising elements in the everyday details of their surroundings. Bolin hides himself in plain view. Callaghan hides utility boxes. And both utilize a form of urban camouflage as their expression.

More recently, we came across the brilliant work of Roeland Otten, a dutch designer, who applies this technique to the streets of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Dating back to 2009, Otten has been making his mark by applying paint, large prints and even mosaic tiles to city objects to hide them in plain view. For example, in the above image Otten explains, “An old public toilet building used to measure the quality of the air in this thoroughfare in Amsterdam was to be renewed, but the district council determined the area shouldn’t suffer from another concrete element. The design camouflages the little concrete building of GGD (Health Department of the city) Amsterdam. The tiling patterns bring back the lost views as pixelated images of the shopping street Jan van Galenstraat.” Click Read More to view more of Otten’s work.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, people, innovations

SHANE VINCENT

shane vincent

For this week’s Snapshot we’re excited to present the brilliant photography of Shane Vincent. The moment we saw his work we got lost in the imagery. His unique approach to shooting cities caused a serious case of wanderlust. Hailing from London, we briefly caught up with the 20 year-old self taught photographer. He describes his beginnings as years of constant experimentation and practicing. Even though he’s tried different approaches, he’s confident that he’s barely scratched the surface of photography. As he describes, “My influences are mostly from films, old and new, so although essentially I’m just documenting, there is still an element of trying to create a cinematic image or whole mood and story from a still scene.” We have a few of his images listed below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: WJS FEATURES / Categories: photography, snapshot, people

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