Villa La Cassinella - Lake Como, Italy
Perched on the western shores of Italy’s spectacular Lake Como, Villa La Cassinella is a jewel-like oasis of serenity and refinement. Surrounded by 30,000 sqm of beautiful gardens, the property boasts a tennis court, a terrace with spectacular lake views, an infinity edge swimming pool, and a separate building where guests can enjoy a cutting edge home cinema and a fully equipped fitness room. The interior design is a sumptuous mix of Sienna marble floors, period furnishings and exquisite European antiques. Inside the elegant rooms, special touches such as luxurious Italian bedding, opulent chandeliers or huge open fireplaces will make you feel like royalty.
In their “Apocalypse in Art" series, Ukrainian artists Vitaliy and Elena Vasilieva envision the world’s current citadels of art under siege. In a future desolated by environmental disaster, the familiar forms of our cultural landmarks stand out in sharp relief: the New Museum's stacked blocks in a flooded landscape, the Guggenheim's helical galleries nestled among the sand dunes, and the Pompidou Center's exposed infrastructure lit up in a lightning storm. By placing cultural landmarks in imagined post-apocalyptic world, the artists raise questions about the longevity and role of art and the relationship between environment and our cultural artifacts. Even in an apocalyptic future, art lives on, a testament to the power of cultural creation. Indeed, the series suggests that if culture is harnessed to transform how we view and treat the environment, such an end might be averted.
56 Leonard Street tower, Manhattan.
The Alexico Group in the mid-2000s demolished New York Law School’s four story Mendik Library in anticipation of building an 820-foot tower at 56 Leonard Street at the corner of Church Street.
Work on the Alexico site halted for four years during the housing crisis, but has started again with a rush. Through the magic of the zoning resolution Alexico is building an 820-foot residential tower.
The tower, called iconic by Alexico, will rise in twisting layouts that have cantilevered apartments projecting in dizzy cascades.
Stunning Images Of Skylines Captured With Time Lapse Photography
by Dan Marker-Moore
vitaliy and elena vasilieva visualize an architectural apocalypse
all images courtesy of © vitaliy and elena vasilieva
see the whole series here.