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Round 2: Guess the Architecture for 5/22/2018

Posted May 29, 2018 2:00 PM by MaggieMc

Seeing as last week's building from frankd20 was rather difficult, perhaps his original photo will help.

Happy guessing!

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05/25/2018 3:16 PM

For what it is worth, I had no idea what this was when I took the picture nor could I find anything about it. Maggie was the one who identified what it was from this picture.

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05/26/2018 1:24 PM

Wow, nobody?

Appears the stack of boxes is the primary feature. Bird nest boxes? Waveforms? Postal receptacles?

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05/30/2018 6:00 PM

No one? So a big clue is that this was taken in Bruges, with that and the picture you have I know this can be found online.

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05/31/2018 9:42 AM

How long ago did you take the picture, frankd20?

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05/31/2018 10:04 AM
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05/31/2018 1:02 PM

Well done BIS

I feel robbed because I was really close. I was looking for church towers which looked like the one in the background, but couldn't find it until by chance I found this picture from the inside of the Belfort tower in the main square.

That church in the background looked right: so all I had to do was go into google maps satellite view find the Belfort tower; find the church nearby, then, find some water nearby.

In the picture the Church is in the top left corner, the bridge where the photo was taken from is in the bottom right corner. As you can see there's an expanse of water and just a white dock: no stack of wooden rooms.

It was only after I saw your reply that I dropped the little man on the bridge for street view that I got this:-

The satellite picture is obviously out of date.

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05/31/2018 1:43 PM

I feel bad! You'd make a great detective! You made a good observation and followed a logical path. If those aerial photos were recent you'd have gotten the answer. Frankd20's photo is VERY recent -- late April/early May.

The tower reminded me of some shipping-container structures, and another weird tower thing, I've seen pictures of in the Netherlands. The Bruges clue linked up with those pictures. The tower clearly wasn't a stack of shipping containers intended as living space but it does look like a conceptual dwelling. So I searched "Bruges architecture" or maybe even "Bruges weird architecture" and saw the link to the triennial. I've never come close on one of these puzzles before and I doubt I'll get this close again.

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06/04/2018 3:11 PM

BestInShow was correct this week, and it sounds like Randall almost got it in time.

As he indicated above, Frankd20 saw this particular architectural installation — titled Infiniti23 — while on a trip to Bruges, Belgium.

The unique concept stems from the desire of the architect, Peter Van Driessche of Atelier 4, to adjust our architecture to a future of rising water levels. In Van Driessche’s plan, rectangular units could be stacked vertically in a structure like the one demonstrated in this installation. The concept evidently stems from something like “‘Metabolism,’ a post-war Japanese architectural movement in which capsules were piled up to form tower blocks.”

Each of the units would be “places for living, working, and dwelling.” The architect imagines that when the water level rises to the level of a given module, the module could be detached from the larger structure and allowed to float like a houseboat.

A video on Infiniti23 from Atelier 4 shows renderings of the structure reaching infinitely upward, as though it could go on forever with increasing numbers of modular units. In actuality, the installation features 10 (diagrammatic) modules before ceasing.

Image Sources: Frankd20 and Atelier 4

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