In a world turned upside down…

7 May

Many of you know that I recently started an “offshoot blog”, called “Radical Architecture“.

The “theme”, you ask?

(You did ask. I have the emails to prove it!) 🙂

Take “unconventional materials” and then do “unconventional things” with them.

However, this really isn’t what I had in mind:

From the “Sometimes You’ve Just Gotta Ask Yourself WHY?” files;

The most radical intervention into architecture ever? A guy named Richard Wilson did this in the middle of the Liverpool city center. Most amazing art installation ever, huh? Okay, maybe not, but…

“Turning the Place Over” consists of an 8 meter diameter ovoid cut from the facade of a building in Liverpool city centre.

Okay. No big deal. We COULD do that…

But… He then made it oscillate in three dimensions.

He took a gigantic “rotator” used in the shipping industries (I’m told they use them at nuclear facilities too) and incorporated it into a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.

Now, if I could just figure out how to get an ISBU into that equation, it’s make the perfect “Mother-In_Law” apartment… 😉

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3 Responses to “In a world turned upside down…”

  1. JOHN VERNON May 7, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you for putting together a perfect solution
    for housing in this post modern world.

    Beset with economic constraints and housing shortages.

    With the real concerns of climatic change I am certain
    these steel containers fully secured could take a great
    deal of climatic punishment

    why arent governments listening to you the experts in design and construction ?

    Please forward the names and contact details of parties that have simple designs for shipping container homes
    that I can buy.

    I have bought other plans for wooden cabins but the cost to me was prohibitive.

    sincerely

    John Vernon.

    • Renaissance Ronin May 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Hi John,

      ISBUs DO indeed offer advantages over “traditional or conventional” housing when Mother Nature goes on a rampage.

      But for some reason, people can’t see past the “shipping container ” part and realize that it’s just a steel structure being repurposed to provide (what is in my view- superior) housing.

      While we do in fact talk to “those bluebloods on the hill” fairly often, it seems that people just don’t have a broad enough view yet.

      Thus, this blog (and many others like it)… which try to “educate and inform”, to dispel myths and help eliminate doubt…

      Watch your email. I have some information headed your way.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Jeremiah May 9, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Container Architecture is becoming much more than just a passing “niche” or “fad”. I’m seeing major mainstream attention almost daily. Websites like treehugger and inhabitat are helping a lot. Lots of interesting work is coming down the road.
    I love the video. What I love even more is you see people walking by and they just keep walking. Most don’t even seem to notice the fact that a huge chunk of that building is ROTATING! I think that is a true testament to the lack of human interaction with taller buildings. It seems to me only an architect, engineer or designer would even notice. And that is a failing indeed.

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