architecture

My Neighborhood by Michael Durr

My first week living in Chicago was pretty amazing and these shots give a glimpse at just how amazing it was. All these photos were taken within a one block radius of my front door. It's still sinking in. Enjoy.

Mars Theater by Michael Durr

My girlfriend’s uncles, Andrew (Drew) Souders & Mark Ridge, built an amazing theater in the attic of their home in Chicago, IL. After working for years in the movie business doing extras casting, Mark had always dreamed of having a theater in their house. So, Drew made it a reality. The theater is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. After climbing a very narrow staircase all of a sudden you are transported back in time. The theater has an amazing feel from the moment you enter the lobby. It is fully equipped with a popcorn machine, lounge, and snack bar. The detail and comfort of the theater itself is absolutely amazing. Drew did most of the work himself painstakingly measuring, cutting, sanding, painting every piece added to the theater after the general contractor had left. They also incorporated Mark’s many collectibles ranging from posters, memorabilia & figurines into the decor. For my first experience, we watched the remastered JAWS blu-ray and it was awesome! With amazing sound and a big screen you actually feel like you are sitting in a theater. Although, the fully reclining seats brings it up a notch from your standard old time theater. Next up, Ghostbusters or maybe Back To The Future! I took a few photos and honestly they do not do it justice, but you'll get the idea.

Broad Group Stealing the Sky by Michael Durr

This timelapse video of a 30-story building is truly amazing. The Broad Group, a Chinese construction company, created this structure in only 360 hours. This is not first project done by the Broad Group. In 2011, the company built a 15-story building in only one week. The companies outlook on vertical cities could be the answer to China's population and pollution issues in the future.

Marina Bay Sands Resort by Michael Durr

I want to buy my ticket to Singapore. I guess the $5.5 billion dollar investment is working. This architectural feat is like nothing I have ever seen. The "Sky Park" hosts the most expensive casino in the world, bars, restaurants, the largest outdoor swimming pool, and a Museum of Modern Art. I think the United States needs to step it up a notch. How about an horse saddle park stretching over the Hancock, Trump, and Willis Towers, perhaps facing West?