Sunday Books: To Breathe, To Fly, To Float

A floating bridge by French artist Olivier Grossetête provokes the imagination in north-west England. Photo courtesy Olivier Grossetête.

Our photo essay this week is inspired by the Danish poet and novelist Hans Christian Andersen:

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”

 ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

We share with you some of our favourite architectural projects from around the world that all have water in close proximity, whether by design or nature. From floating bridges in England to still-pool reflections in Greece, and from an abode perched on poles in Norway to secluded hideaways on the coast of Canada.

If you are interested in water-based urban design, you can check out Frame’s book Float! – read about manoeuvrable bridges and floating barge-farms, and discover buoyant buildings that outwit the tides.

 “Life is a tide; float on it.”
―  Prem Rawat

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