Artist's Entrance Middelheim in Antwerp
This weekend I was in Antwerp with my family and besides some shopping, we spent an afternoon at the Middelheim Museum park. Even though it was wet and cloudy, it was lovely to stroll around the Museum park. This curvy red, white, pink building is one of the entrances of the park. At first I thought it was a vintage gas station, just like the Brabant Service Station. But when I looked up close, the name of the building, the Artist's Entrance, made sense.
Dutch artist John Körmeling built the Artist's Entrance in poured concrete and glass between 2004 and 2012 as one of the 9 entrances of the park. The neon letters emphasize some artists' names that are featured in the Middelheim Museum park. The concrete roof is white, but the bright red floor reflects on the ceiling which gives it this wonderful gradient glow.
I love how the building is so tongue in the cheek: it's a nice sheltered entrance, the perfect place for an exhibition opening for example (you could show some smaller art pieces in the glass "room"!), it has beautiful curves and a bold color, it includes nice letters and neons and the proportions are really good. It's on the border between architecture and art, a place that I can truly appreciate.
A little bit of Vegas on top of the roof:
A perfect pink gradient:
Names of artists with sculptures in the Middelheim Museum park are featured on the roof:
Middelheim Museum /// Middelheimlaan 62 /// 2020 Antwerpen /// +32 3 288 33 60
open tuesday to sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 (longer in the summer) admission free
Green Factory in Paris
Last night was the official opening of a wonderful new green place in Paris: Green Factory. Unfortunately I couldn't make it, but I was lucky to visit a few weeks ago and seriously: if you are an Urban Jungle Blogger, you want to add this place to your Paris list. And even if you're not that good with plants, owner Noam Levy has a solution for you.
In their very cute workshop & boutique close to the Canal Saint Martin, Green Factory proposes a large selection of self sustaining terrariums in all different kinds of shapes. Miniature landscapes with a real tree as its main character:
You've heard it before: I don't think a black thumb exists. Of course I've killed more than a few plants, but I believe that if you take time to care for your plant and do your homework (just Google to find out what your plant likes), you'll have a fair chance of enjoying a thriving urban jungle.
But if you like plants but don't have time for them, you should get yourself a Treeki. Taking care of plants couldn't be easier than with this completely self sustaining ecosystem in a glass jar. A Treeki is equipped with a LED light, powered by a solar sensor in the lid. Which means if it becomes dark, the light goes on and you still get to enjoy your beautiful greens. (you can see what that looks like right here)
The little LED light doesn't really change anything about the photosynthese, it's purely decorative. You only have to water your Treeki twice a year and nature takes care of the rest: the water is absorbed by the plants, they reject it as steam and this becomes liquid by condensation on the glass walls. Which means the water is constantly recycled inside the jar.
The shelves in the store are also recycled, from nice wooden pallets:
A little Kokedama:
I love that the workshop of Green Factory is in the middle of the action. You immediately get a peek behind the scenes, with misting tools, glass containers, little Ginseng ficus trees, planters and soil. My hands got all itchy, I wanted to make something too:
Another corner of the store with a large diversity of plants like les Filles de l'Air (air plants), mosses and beautiful Asparagus ferns:
So, what do you think? I know I'll be back soon for a real workshop ;)
Green Factory /// 17 rue Lucien Sampaix /// 75010 Paris /// 06 07 96 67 16
open every wednesday through sunday 11:30 - 19:00
Our bathroom renovation #3
Oh yeah! Another bathroom renovation update, because things are slowly starting to look like a real bathroom! The plumbing is done, the walls are up and we even have two little circle windows! I think they are the coolest feature yet, not only because I love circles but even more so because they keep our bathroom light and bright.
It looks really narrow in the picture, but it's a rather spacious double shower (1meter wide x 2.4 meter deep):
And see: no more toilet! It moved to the separate toilet room behind the wall on the left! This weekend I filled and sanded the holes in the walls and of course Wally had to check it out:
There's still a lot of work to be done: new floors, tiling, a washer/dryer closet, wall finishes, painting... but this view is really inspiring:
Previous updates are here and here. Funny how quick you get used to a new layout, the old bathroom seems like ages ago... well it really is more than 5 months ago ;)
sunset over Paris
Paris is always a good idea. It's so cheesy but when filming for Urban Jungle Bloggers in Paris last weekend, we just had to include a rooftop view. We were lucky to be there during Golden Hour. Just minutes after we finished shooting, the sun went behind the clouds and "the moment" was over.
I've seen the Eiffel tower so often ever since we moved here twelve years ago, but really, this view never gets old:
I think Igor agrees:
Have a wonderful weekend, in Paris and beyond!
Le Comptoir Général in Paris
Le Comptoir Général in Paris is one of these places that's been in a corner of my mind for a long time, but I never visited it. While filming for Urban Jungle Bloggers this weekend (see our Facebook page for a peek behind the scenes) we walked by the Canal Saint Martin on our way to Holybelly and had to go in. It's a real urban jungle out there with surprising details everywhere. They call themselves the "Temple of Ghetto Culture as well as an art museum: the result of creativity that springs up in poor or marginalised places all over the world. And especially in Africa."
Have a look:
Lots of potted plants, succulents and cacti... in a true cabinet of curiosities. Or like they call it: La Petite Boutique des Horreurs...
The trees and plants grow across the entire (huge!) space:
Unfortunately we didn't have time to sit down for a drink, but it looked very relaxed, a bit boho and a bit Berlin (it is so un-Paris-like spacious here!):
My favorite details were not the plants (wow!) but these African hairdresser signs. Straight from another era:
I also loved to see that this place is not another hipster-white-Parisians place. Sorry, but it's just very nice to see a large variety of people here, old, young, European, African, Asian, vibrant!
Le Comptoir Général is also quite a nice place to write a bit next to a thriving Monstera:
The entire space has different areas, the Endemic Garden, a ballroom, a hairdresser, a library, a classroom and a coffee shop:
What do you think? Don't you agree this place doesn't look like Paris?! Definitely a nice spot if you need a break and want to enjoy something a little different.
Le Comptoir Général /// 80, Quai de Jemmapes /// Paris 10e /// +33 1 44 88 24 48
open every day from 11:00 to 01:00
for dinner tonight: Indian cress leaves