For the first episode of this new series, Mass Appeal hooked up with Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness two geniuses behind a lens. The two photographers embarked on a road trip through Detroit. The city is the largest in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy and as a result many buildings have become abandoned and is a prevalent site of urban decay.
Vinyl enthusiast and turntabilist extraordinaire Rich Medina gets around. And we’re not talking local gigs only. The brother is a globetrotting party starter that’s rocked everywhere from Japan to France. And as a purist and vinyl enthusiast, Medina carries around his fair share of wax, 45s in particular. Not an easy feat, for anyone that knows how much of a beating DJ travel bags take. So when opportunity knocked and Tennessee bag makers Tucker & Bloom were on the same page about a collaborative 45 bag, you know our boy Rich had to put on. The result is the Rich Medina 45 Bag, a superior record bag built to last. It features a 1680 ballistic nylon exterior, self healing zippers and a lifetime warranty. Made in the USA too. Can we get a hell yeah?
In what looks like a scene right out of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or something even more futuristic and stellar, Norwegian architecture firm Cebra Studio has proposed the construction of the Church of Valer. The SouthEastern town lost its old church due to a fire back in 2009. Cebra’s proposal includes a crossshaped exterior and a massive widespaced, wooden interior. It’ll be interesting to see if the project will take off and be adopted. The renderings alone are quite impressive and out of this world.
Architect Carla Juacaba presents the Rio Bonito House. Built smack in the middle of the Rio De Janeiro mountainside, the minimalist construction of stone outer walls and steel beam roof and foundation serve to protect and preserve. The home is both an ode to its surroundings and a modern sanctuary from thema work of supreme balance!
Presenting the world’s most expensive penthouse, an apartment/suite in Monaco’s Odeon Tower. Created by architect, Alexander Giraldi, the panoramic rooftop setting sits adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea and his valued at over € 330 million Euros. It features an outdoor pool along with a list of building amenities like a Russian spa, a gymnasium, valet car service and even washing to keep even the most demanding of residents satisfied. So rich it’s filthy!
Australian architectural firm, Lyons Architects, recently unveiled plans for a modular science lab they’re in the works on for La Trobe University. The premise of the unique approach, estimated to cost $100 Million, is to mimic the actual “modular” experimenting that will go on in there.
The RSRV Channel continues its Artst Tlk series hosted by Pharrell Williams. In the latest episode, Mr. Williams sits down with architect, Alex Gorlin, and artist, Daniel Arsham. The three speak about influences, trajectory and meaning behind their known works. Check it out and get hip to what’s happening.