Obviously, we’re generally only interested in development taking place in and around Philadelphia. But we also have a certain fascination with funky architecture stories from other cities. So when a reader sent along this story from The Atlantic Cities, we couldn’t resist sharing.


At first glance, you may think that the facade is falling off the house pictured above. It is, in a sense, but it’s actually a little more complicated than unexpectedly failing architecture in a seaside English town. The home you see above is actually a public art installation from designer Alex Chinneck. The home was previously blighted and vacant, and was acquired by the town’s government to turn into public housing. But the renovation isn’t expected to begin for about a year.

Past vs. Present

In an effort to both eliminate blight in the meantime and create a buzz-worthy public art project, Chinneck created panels offsite and assembled a temporary new facade last month. The hope is that folks from downtown will come to the neighborhood to take a look at this project, which is located in an area that’s fallen on some hard times. While we don’t imagine we’ll ever have the chance to see this building in person, the photos sure look incredible.

Would you go out of your way to see a similar installation, if something like it appeared in Philadelphia?

For more information on this project, dubbed From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes, click here.