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Valley Of The Blue Flame.


We know this sounds straight out of a Star Wars film, but Ruben Wu was on a trip to visit the Ijen and Bromo Tengger Semeru volcanoes in East Java last month.  Not all of it sounds that strange… he’s a Chicago-based photographer that captured the unusual sight of molten sulphur.  Ok, well, now it gets weird again.  Molten sulphur flows from fumaroles at the base of the aptly named Blue Fire Crater at Ijen. The area is usually swarming with tourists, but Wu stayed after sunset until the moon rose to capture these otherworldly images.

The journey into the Ijen Caldera is not for the faint hearted. A two-hour trek up the side of the rocky volcano is followed by another 45-minute hike down to the bank of the crater. The blue fire found at the base is the result of ignited sulphuric gas that burns up to 600 degrees Celsius (1,112 degrees Fahrenheit) and can flare up to 5 meters (16 feet) into the air. It is the largest “blue flame” area on Earth.  Check the photos out.

OLS House by J. Mayer H. Architects


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This is the hillside OLS House by J. Mayer H. Architects. With a composition of filleted corners and sweeping curves it is intended to maximize landscape views in an otherwise suburban area. A deep, recessed balcony characterizes the sinuous concrete form and protects the home from solar heat gain thereby continuing an environmentally friendly building system that includes weathered zinc and solar panels. Intended to house a family of four the building’s elevated ground floor is buried into the hillside. The open plan first level contains the gathering spaces: living, dining and kitchen areas are enveloped by floor to ceiling glazing, allowing natural light to bounce off the curved walls. The full-height windows provide unobstructed views of the valley and garden. Upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms are connected to the lower storeys by a large central staircase, its steps surrounded by folded, curved planes. Slats and anti-glare sheeting combine with industrial materials like screed to create an environmentally conscious architecture that at once invites the landscape to its abstracted interior.

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