Architecture in the Desert

Marc Tkach in the 2011 Best Travel Photos of The Washington Post.

Marc Tkach, Alexandria. Tkach took his haunting photo this past fall in the diamond-mining ghost town of Kolmannskop, Namibia, a place the civil engineer found “both unsettling and very calming” — calming because of the silence, broken only by the wind, but unsettling because the town is slowly being consumed by sand.

Ahmed Baba Institute Library

dhk Architects

This library made an impression on me when I first discovered it in Architectural Record. The effort to make an effect with simple materials sufficing simply the program makes a permanent mark in the desert.

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