Librarian Transforms 110-Year-Old Tree into Jaw-Dropping Little Free Library

Talk about a “giving tree”! When a 110-year-old cottonwood tree in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, needed to be removed, Sharalee Armitage Howard—a librarian, artist, and former bookbinder—transformed it into an amazing Little Free Library. Now, instead of providing shade, the tree will share books.

The not-so-little Library, which stands in Sharalee’s front yard, features inviting stone steps, a sloped roof, a large green door, and warm interior and exterior lights. The details of the Library are exquisite, with miniature wooden books—like Call of the Wildand Nancy Drew—trimming the entrance. It is registered with the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, charter #82068, and can be found on our world map. (Via Little Free Library)


Temple of Light by Patkau Architects

“The temple is an invitation to the light,” says John Patkau, cofounder of the Vancouver firm, “both physically, through its strong relationship with the sky and wilderness beyond, and metaphysically, through its invocation of wonder.”

Completed in 2017, for a cost of $2.6 million, the 3,500-square-foot structure (including entry and support spaces as well as the main volume) sits on a high bank beside the lake, on the site of an earlier temple destroyed by fire. The surviving foundation, reused for the new building, and community memories of the eight-sided domed structure that was lost, provided a starting point for the scheme, according to Patkau. The firm’s experimental work in the morphology of materials–such as its plywood Skating Shelters (Winnipeg, 2011)—further informed the design.

Atelier Masomi transforms derelict Niger mosque into library

Atelier Masomi has converted a former mosque into a library and community centre that sits opposite a new mosque it designed for the rural village of Dandaji, Niger.

Niamey-based Atelier Masomi designed the library within the former mosque, which had fallen into disrepair and was no longer large enough to support the village’s growing population, to save it from demolition.
(via Dezeen)

Algorithm by Dimitris Ladopoulos

A procedural algorithm designed to produce random geometric patterns. Dimitris Ladopoulos wanted to create an algorithm that would allow him to produce different random geometric patterns based on a rectangle.

The inspiration came from the type of diagrams called ‘treemaps’.
Ladopoulos implemented a procedure in Houdini, that takes a rectangle and splits it vertically and then horizontally. The number of splits is randomly selected from a given max. The outcome is fed to the loop, again and again, depending on the number of user defined iterations. A seed value and slight alterations of the algorithm produce a variety of results.

Red Brick Art Museum Photographed by Yueqi Jazzy Li

In the words of architectural photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li:

The Red Brick Art Museum is a hidden gem in the outskirts of Beijing. Located a few kilometers west of the Capital Airport, the museum is definitely off the beaten path. As sculptural and articulated as they are, its tall perimeter walls opposite of shanty shops across the street, do not immediately call to mind the presence of a sophisticated cultural institution. But once through the moon gate and inside the museum compound, it is clear that this is about pure celebration of masonry architecture and garden making. Shooting the various indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum, it’s hard for me not to marvel at the architect Dong Yugan’s ability to create richness and drama in seemingly minute and confined areas. It’s as if every time a shot is composed inside the picture frame, three more are waiting to be discovered just outside of it.

Evidently, many ideas of traditional Chinese gardens have inspired the various levels within a single floor and the tightening and releasing of spaces experienced in a sequence. But its singular use of masonry as the material throughout creates a cohesion and simplicity that is rather modern and bold. The museum draws a mixed crowd from all walks of life. With spaces so infinite and textures so stimulating, small children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens all seem to enjoy their own moments of hide and seek, romantic stroll, or zen like respite.

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