You’re not the only one thinking the Refuge du Goûter looks like a James Bond villain headquarters. With its shiny metal sides and remote location (3,835m above sea level), this mountain lodge was commissioned by the French Alpine Club and designed by the Swiss architect Hervé Dessimoz. And this is where thousands of climbers spend the night while making the final ascent to the summit of Europe’s highest peak.
There is a magical looking forest called Hallerbos located in the south of Brussels, Belgium. The forest floor is infested with bluebells and their blooms burst forth in spring, coating the forest’s floor with a purplish-blue, fairy-like carpet. Besotted with them, photographer Kilian Schönberger went deep into the woods to capture this pretty fairy tale […]
Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.
So this is Edible Anus, which apparently has been around since 2004 and claims to be ‘the anus that made Britain great’ and ‘changing the world, one crack at a time’. A limited edition crystal glass anus edition is available for sale on its website, too. Classy.
The national botanical garden in Brussels, Belgium is home to the Titan Arum, better known as the corpse flower. This rare 8-foot-tall plant has only flowered three times since 2008, and it only blooms for three days. What’s even more interesting than its rarity is its smell, which strongly resembles the stench of a decomposing […]
I love this super modern apartment building in Antwerp. Known as Woning Moereels, the building was converted from an outdated water tower by the Belgian architect, Jo Crepain. The structure is semi-translucent and literally glows. The building is like a monumental lantern to the rest of the landscape. I would love to live in something like this.
Foals recently dropped by Studio Brussel in Belgium, where they performed a mellow version of their second single My Number. The band is currently embarking on a world tour in support of their third studio album, Holy Fire, released in February.
This church by architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh appears to be completely transparent. When the light hits it at just the right angel, the Belgian church seems to be glowing and completely other-worldly. It is constructed using over 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, meaning that contrary to it’s appearance, the structure is extremely solid. The […]
Haha, only in Belgium will you find the Sleeping Around hotel with, well, not a roving eye, but is roving nevertheless. Made from recycled shipping containers, the four-room hotel constantly pops up at new locations, aided by cranes that lift them onto a truck bed and transport them to the next ground of call. The […]
As part of the recent Ghent Light Festival – held in Belgium for four days – a cathedral-like light installation was erected. Containing 55,000 LED lights, the wooden structure stood grandly at 28m and was reminiscent of Roman and Renaissance architecture. We think it fit the theme of happiness perfectly and it was even eco-friendly […]
I first heard this Belgian choir on the TV show, Sons of Anarchy: their haunting harmonies backed a tragic scene is Season Three’s Ireland-based tale. A few YouTube searches later, I was hooked. Their covers of favorites like Radiohead’s Creep are bested by their originals. I don’t spend much time listening to choirs, but they’ve […]
I’ve always liked street art because it has a lot of power over people and the city. Since I spend most of the day browsing, I discovered Doel, a ghost-town in Belgium. It’s a graffiti heaven where squatters have found paradise. If you take your time and look at all the houses, you would think it’s a cartoon town. The place is in a continuous transformation, where deserted houses become pieces of a major art project.
With over 34 million views on YouTube in less than a month, this video has become a huge success. To launch the high quality TV channel, TNT, in Belgium, they placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text «Push to add drama» invited […]
Filip Dujardin is fine art and architectural photographer based in Belgium. Dujardin’s Fictions is a series of fictional structures created using a digital collaging technique from photographs of real buildings in and around Ghent, Belgium. Some of his architectural creations are structurally impossible or implausible. Some of the most intriguing buildings seem perfectly ordinary at first glance, revealing their fictional nature as the viewer registers missing or incongruous details.