Villa Vals

Architects CMA and SeARCH were focusing on the question if it would be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building when planing the Villa Vals. They decided to build a central patio into the steep incline to create a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving a dramatic view of the beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.

All images © Iwan Baan



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Gun Country, Michael Murphy



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Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.

Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.

The size of that asshole cannot be measured with existing technology. Nice job, John Scalzi, for exposing such dude-itude.

It’s Not Nice to Keep Secrets: Tana French’s “The Secret Place”


Secret PlaceMy only worry on starting this one was reading it too quickly – her prose is so lyrical and rich that it’s nearly impossible to stop once I’ve started. I seriously wondered whether I’d be able to sip or if I’d be forced – again – to drink deeply until the cup ran dry. Turns out not much sipping went on.

I ended up enjoying this one at least as much as her others, which is strange to me since, as…

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Anna Bjerger


"I nominate Mona Lisa and the Girl with the Pearl Earring." [via]



that’s it that’s the whole argument.

That’s literally the best way i’ve ever seen to describe it.

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Thomas Moran (1837-1926)


Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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DEGAS, Edgar
At the Mirror
c. 1889
Pastel on paper, 49 x 64 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

.For Degas, women were the heroes of modern life, the figures whose actions mattered – and those actions were the gestures of daily living.

– Wendy Lesser

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Grand Central, NYC 1929

Its not possible anymore to take such photograph, as the buildings outside block the sun rays.


Sailing in the Mist

John H. Twachtman (1853-1902)


Oil on canvas

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.
Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat (via bibliophilebunny)