There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds

Hello, hello! My name is Stephanie and I run a blog called even*cleveland where I keep track of the things that make me tick. I'm a big fan of Design Crisis. I come here every day to see what sort of strange and gorgeous excess Karly and Erin have turned up - gold-plated piglet banks, 1970s style supergraphics, homeless unicorns, Delft-painted busts of Lenin ... not to mention the interiors. It's a boggling array, and it always amuses and delights. Needless to say, they are a tough show to follow. Trying to is enough to make me want to retreat to a safe place.

I could go here, because I do have a bit of an obsession with clouds...

dietrich wegner playhouse

'Playhouse' by Dietrich Wegner

Somehow, the idea of nestling in a post-apocalyptic cloud, no matter how fluffy, is not all that reassuring. I'd probably get territorial and paranoid and start making like Mick Jagger.

Monica Förster's Cloud is a friendlier space:

Monica Förster 'Cloud'

It's an inflatable room based on 'happy weather' clouds, and designed to be a portable work area although I think it could double as the coolest kid's room ever.

For the true nephologist, nothing compares to Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Blur installation. Built in 2002 as exposition pavilion for the Swiss Expo, it literally was a visitable cloud hovering on the surface of a lake created by 35,000 nozzles blowing out high pressure mist.

'Blur' pavilion

The view inside:

Inside the 'Blur' pavilion

It was designed to function as 'a habitable medium that is formless, featureless, depthless, scaleless, massless, and dimensionless', surrounding visitors in an optical and auditory 'white-out'. I wish I could have seen it in person. Pure magic. There's a reason they were the first architects to win a MacArthur Prize.

And if you can't visit a cloud, you can always wear one, along with a snappy LEGO hat:

Jean Charles de Castelbajac Lego hats

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

I don't know where these people live, but I hope to visit their land. Thanks to Erin and Karly for letting me visit theirs!