Andreas Angelidakis joins ASAP and his visionary blog, among other visionary works such as the Cloud House, enter the collection. Angelidakis, a Greek, Sci-Arc and Columbia trained architect, has created Internet buildings early on, in 1997, creating a neen world that plays on the virtual and real, and the scalelessness of today's architectures, that exist between, in, and around media, virtual, real, printed, text, and blogs. For Angelidakis printing is the equivalent of buildings, hence his work exists among and between models, printed 3D models, the printed page and image, print as text, and blog as printed.
Angelidakis's Sandbox Series illustrates the essential tenet of his work -- that architecture exists across printed media, be it virtual, textual or three-dimensional. Here buildings become both visionary and real, animate and object-like taking on various personalities, recalling the poetic characters of John Hejduk and the visionary works of the Memphis group. As the architect writes: They at once primitive and futuristic, actual and virtual. The houses represent "an escape from everyday reality similar to a vacation ... and at the same time it is a proposal for a realistic, sustainable, portable and energy independent beach home." These works first appeared together in a Sandbox, and were similarly reproduced within printed text, each of which Angelidakis considers architecture.
Andreas Angelidakis' blog is one of the most visionary works in architecture, chronicling contemporary works and juxtposing them with historial precedents. This is the first blog to be collected as architecture and is indicative of the way in which Angelidakis works in general: he sees no difference between media. All architecture is printed -- be it on the web, via a 3d printer, or in the pages of a magazine. Scale becomes ambiguous and architecture exists as a spatial construct across and through various media. As a work that is ongoing the blog is considered to be both in- and outside the archive.
Clouds and Moons and Buildings is a powerpoint presentation of 55 slides that juxtaposes contemporary and historical visionary works that float among the clouds, from Tomas Saraceno's 2009 Cloud House to Lebbeus Woods's 1984 City of Air to Angelidakis's own Cloud House to works by Doomdough, Ettore Sottsass, and others.
Suns and Thoughts and Buildings is a powerpoint presentation comprising 57 slides that juxtaposes historical and contemporary visionary projects, from Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace to Philippe Rahm's climatic environments to Olafur Eliasson's Weather Room.
Cloud house is a proposal for a vacation home. The shape of the cloud was found on the internet but the idea comes from growing up in the Greek summer landscape of semi abandoned and unfinished haphazardly constructed concrete domino frames. Based on Le Corbusier’s idea for fast and flexible housing, the Domino frame on pilotis populated the south Mediterranean landscape as the perfect post war solution. This modernist ideal soon degenerated into a solution for cheap, profitable and fast construction that was often raised without the proper planning permits. Due to a legal loop hole these structures had the option of becoming legal if they were built fast enough, so the rural landscape got filled up with unplanned concrete frames that could not yet afford to become real houses, creating a landscape of post-modernist decadence, anarchic construction and casual, haphazard habitation. People lived in them during the summer months, much like they would inhabit a rock: they closed off some areas with plastic sheets making a temporary shelter, and anyway the weather was nice so not too much was needed and you could stay close to nature. The Cloud House is closely tied to this idea of a building that starts of as a basic open air frame and gradually converts itself from nature to home, in this case a cloud that becomes a house.