The aftermath of New Year celebrations in Holland could clearly be seen at this glass recycling centre in Gameren, where lorries delivered the contents of overflowing bottle banks across the country. (via BBC)
At first glance, it doesn’t even seem real. The glossy, reflective sides belie the brick walls and massive window shutters. It almost looks like an unfinished video game where the designers failed to adequately apply the texture to their 3D models.
But the Glass Barn is very real and we have design firm MVRDV to thank for making it look so fantastically unreal. The secret to the surreal look is that while the building exterior is made of glass, the surface has been printed with pictures that make it look like a traditional barn -only much larger.
Artist Frank van der Salm photographed a number of historic buildings in the area to work with MVRDV to develop a sort of building collage of a typical farm. This image was blown up to fit the massive market that the firm was hired to construct. The structure is drastically larger than most barns; the printed doors appear to be about 13 feet tall, which helps makes adults of the area feel nostalgic as they remember their childhood trips to local farms with buildings that seemed larger-than-life at the time.
The printed image varies in transparency in different areas, so the building appears to have real brick walls in some areas while others fade away under daylight to look like windows that appear out of thin air, tearing through the brick structure.
At night, the building is illuminated from the inside, serving as a monument to the area’s traditional farmhouses. (via Homes and Hues)
Male Dutch Television Hosts Suffer Through Simulated Birth
Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, the hosts of the Dutch TV show “Guinea Pigs”, are no strangers to stomach-churning stunts. They narrowly avoided legal action in 2011 after eating pieces of each other’s flesh on air. But their latest one probably upset their tummies more than those of anyone in the audience.
During their Jan. 14 show, Storm and Zeno shared footage of themselves experiencing simulated labor pains at the hands of some all-too eager female technicians. In order to understand “the worst pain there is” the only way men can, they strapped some electrodes onto their abdomens to experience contractions.
What ensued was cringe-worthy for men and delightful glee for women. Though they started out with intermittent giggles and groans, the pair were clutching pillows and each other in misery by the end of the nearly 10 minute ordeal. The hosts didn’t have to experience the final act of birth (we don’t want to know how they would simulate that), but their sheer agony was enough proof that they got the idea. (via TIME.com)
Policemen drag away a protester who blocked the entrance to a makeshift camp for asylum seekers. A court has ordered a group of asylum seekers, whose applications for political asylum have been rejected by Dutch authorities, to leave the site. The group, who had exhausted their final options against deportation and had rejected other offers for temporary accommodation, set up this camp at the end of September 2012, local media reported. (via Reuters.com)