So there was a water tower in a small Belgian village that no one paid much attention to. That is, until a businessman decided to convert it into the dream home I had no idea I wanted. The entire exterior was restored to its original state and the inside, well… the photos speak for themselves.
This place is incredible. Not only visually but the high tech features and, most of all, that awesome view.
This 100ft (30 meters) water tower located in the small Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel was originally built between 1938 and 1941.
It stood empty for most of the last decades, until local businessman Patrick Mets hired Brussels based architecture firm Bham Design Studio in 2007 to convert the former water tower into an amazing family home. Just look at this room.
Even the cat’s lair was given special attention.
No dogs allowed apparently.
The gorgeous spiral staircase goes upstairs.
Aside from the large glass window panes and being built in an old water tower, what makes this home so unique is its high-tech features.
There are movable projectors and an advanced domotics system that lets you control every aspect of the home.
From the color of the lights…
…to the temperature in each part of the home.
Kitty approves of his water tower home.
The real prize of this place is where these stairs lead.
Once you’re on the top floor, you get closer to the epic terrace.
That beautiful view makes this place one in a billion. You get a 360 degree panoramic view of everything.
I want to live here. Right now.
Photos by: Andreas Meichsner, Jasmine Van Hevel, Mauro Brigham and Olivier Papegnies
It’s possible you’ve never heard of Simon Beck, but after today, you won’t be able to forget him or his wintry works of art. Simon is an artist and is most well-known for making incredibly delicate and detailed art in the snow, just by walking over a fresh snowfall. Heliterally walks miles in the snow to create these pieces. And the part that blows our minds? He could spend hours upon hours creating one design, just to have it be covered by snowfall or blown away by the next day. But he still makes them.
Simon walks over layers of fresh snow in special shoes to create his mind-boggling art.
He can easily walk for miles just to create one design.
But the results are worth all of the effort. In fact, they are mesmerizing.
The most interesting thing about this art, though, is Simon creates it knowing it could be gone the very next day.
These delicate patterns were created in the beautiful Savoie Valley in France, overlooking Mont Blanc.
Simon found spaces in between lodges and mountains at the Les Arcs ski resort to create his masterpieces.
He creates large, mathematical patterns that have different effects when viewed from different angles.
At different times during the day, his creations will look different.
It’s just hard to believe that he spends countless hours making these…
Only to know that they will be gone from this world within a matter of hours or days.
If you’d like to see more of Simon’s art (which is genius bordering on insanity), visit thisFacebook page dedicated to it.
Guy Laramée, a Canadian artist from Montreal, is doing something seemingly shocking with books: he is destroying them. Don’t worry, though, it’s all in the name of art. Some might protest using this medium in such a way, but when you see the final outcome of his pieces you’ll stop questioning why he chose to carve books. He creates incredibly detailed landscapes and caverns by whittling a book down or carving through the interior pages.
The 56 year-old artist has dabbled in music composition, directing, writing, painting, singing and many other art forms. When you see his carved books, though, you’ll think he was born to do it.
He is able to take something that is easily forgotten in today’s society, a book, and turn it into something unforgettable.
“Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains.”
Instead of letting the paper book die, Guy is transforming the book into an entirely new creation.
These mountains are from a project called Han Shan.
Han Shan was a 9th century Chinese poet, whose name translates as “Cold Mountain.”
The scenes he can create are truly fantastical, almost better than reality.
Another series of his is called A Caverna (“The Cave”).
The caves he designs are both beautiful and hauntingly sad…
They are reminiscent of times past.
Another series, El amor por las montañas, seems to focus on the beauty of mountains, something incredibly hard to capture but he does it so well.
Simply incredible. If you want to see more of Guy’s outstanding work, visit his website. It’s hard not to be in awe of his skill.
He stated, “I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening.”
Source: Guy Laramée