Sunday, October 22, 2006

City Windows

Reading the Sunday paper today, I came across this picture of a famous piece of architecture in Vienna, the Friedensriech Hundertwasser apartment building. The hundertwasser house is an extreme example of how housing identity is formed. Inside the building, no two apartments are alike, and are designed and decorated completely differently. Many of the apartments take up several storeys, and are designed as "houses within houses".
The exterior of the building is textural, colourful and asymetrical. What a wonderful and exciting piece of inner city living! If only more architects were given to such artistic liscence, we might be rid of some of the world's uglier high rises. Click on the link below to see more of this wonderful building.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Looking at all this colour explosion led me to look around some more, and I found another great building, this time in London. St. Martins Lane Hotel features light displays in every Guest Room that allow guests to personalize their own individual space by changing the colour of the lights in their room to suit their whim or mood. This interactive service helps to turn the hotel into a beautiful and ever changing mosaic of color. Must put that one on my must do travel list.

And the more I looked, the more it reminded me of something. To make your own city scape quilt, you could try our MO pattern, City Windows! I made the original quilt using woollen tailor's samples, cashmere and patchwork cottons. Have a look at the architecture in your area and use the images in your quilting! You never know what you might come up with. Sarah :)