In 1972, architect Michael Reynolds came up with an unorthodox approach to solving what he perceived as a catastrophic ecological crisis. It was a mere two years after the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, long before conversations about eco-conscious design became fashionable. Still, the newly graduated architect took one look at the sheer volume of garbage the United States was producing and decided to take matters into his own hands—quite literally. The result was the Thumb House, a desert dwelling built out of roughly 70,000 discarded beer and soda cans that were wired and mortared together. “The Thumb House
What with the pandemic, it is difficult to set foot outside, and opportunities to escape from home are thin on the ground. Thankfully, Google is there to help us visit some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Here are four ideas for virtual tours that will enable architecture enthusiasts to get away from it all.
The Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier in Poissy, France
One of the great masters of 20th-century architecture, Le Corbusier was given carte blanche to design the Villa Savoye, a rich client’s second home in Poissy, Île-de-France. The resulting building is an embodiment of the French