Architecture for Personal Space, Installation, and Children…

20 Oct


Takasugi-an roughly translates as “tea house that’s too high.”

architect Terunobu Fujimori with his work Takasugi-an in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

[“the ultimate personal architecture.”  Its extreme compactness … makes it feel as though it were an extension of one’s body, “like a piece of clothing.”]

-taken from the dezeen design website

here is a video of Fujimori talking about his work.  unfortunately the video is not in English, but you can still get a sense of the tea house and what it is like to climb the ladder and go inside.  at one point in the video Fujimori shakes the tea house and gets a nervous laugh from the film crew.  i think he gets a kick out of it. 🙂


Land(e)scape by Marco Casagrande and Sami Rintala

A dramatic architectural installation designed to draw attention to the plight of the Finish countryside.

[click the picture to link to a blog with more info]

Casagrande & RintalaMarco Casagrande and Sami Rintala – was a Finnish architect and artist group producing architectonic installations 1998 – 2003 for international venues of contemporary architecture and art. Their works move in-between architecture and environmental art. [1] -taken from wikipedia

here is a video of the Slaughter Carnival. The burning of the architectonic installation Land(e)scape by Marco Casagrande & Sami Rintala. The work of cross-over architecture worn the Architectural Review´s Emerging Architecture 1999 2nd prize. Choreography and performance by Reijo Kela. Casagrande & Rintala, Savonlinna, Finland 1999.



FORT CONTEST! (too bad we missed it by a year 😦 )

MORE FORTS! (scroll down after you click the link… you’ll find more fort links there)

FORT VIDEO (ok, it’s the movie trailer, but it has two moments that show and talk about the fort)

what about a reading loft? or a literature castle…. has some ideas

blogger janis roseanne (she didn’t capitalize her name) writes “the reading loft is definitely inspired by the loft that was in my kindergarten classroom seventeen years ago.  somehow playing dress-up six feet above ground was a lot more fun than on ground level!

more gravity defying houses


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