Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Aaargh it’s a rabbit

Posted in flooring by ruthslavid on June 22, 2011

This frankly terrifying giant rabbit was part of an installation during Paris Designer Days to showcase the work of Tai Ping Carpets and its marble-look carpeting. It reminds me of the ludicrous 1972 horror story Night of the Lepus, in which mutant rabbits larger than people terrorise a community, twitching their noses menacingly. It was once introduced on TV as ‘a bedtime bunny story for big people’. Here’s a bunny nightmare.

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Bridge amusement

Posted in bridge by ruthslavid on June 10, 2010

I stole this image from a friend’s Facebook page. It is a garage in Millau, France where Foster’s viaduct is. This garage has decided either to cash in, or to celebrate. Or maybe just to have a laugh.

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Graffiti in Avignon

Posted in streets by ruthslavid on June 3, 2010

Just back from a great few days in Avignon, where they seem to have their own answer to Banksy.

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French concrete

Posted in concrete by ruthslavid on October 24, 2009

Here are some photos from the Villa Arson in Nice, which I visited in late September, on a heritage open day.

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view back towards the villa

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The extensive terraces are in the process of being restored. The building is an art school, and below the terraces are the toplit studios. There are also, set against the terrace, small apartments for visiting artists.

The magnificent external concrete, with smooth stones set in it or wonderful texture, provides a fine contrast to the board marked concrete used internally, which puts London’s Hayward Gallery to shame.

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