Paper Bridge, Steve Messam, Cumbria, England, UK, 2015
Ramblers in the Lake District’s Grisedale Valley will have stumbled across an unusual sight last May. This bridge, the work of artist Steve Messam, was constructed solely out of 22,000 sheets of red paper (no bolts or adhesives were involved), wedged together to create a self-supporting structure.
The paper bridge is one of 300 quirky and surprising structures featured in Nanotecture, a book dedicated to small-scale architecture. Click through to see more of these unusual constructions.
© Steve Messam
PlayLAND, LIKE Architects, Paredes de Coura, Portugal, 2014
© Dinis Sottomayor Photography
The Cloud, Zébra3, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Wink Space, Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki, Kobe, Japan, 2013
© Shin Inaba
Mirage Pavilion, Studio Nomad, Hajógyári, Budapest, 2014
© Danyi Balázs
Inflatable Space, Penttinen Schöne, Essex, England, UK, 2010
© Penttinen Schöne
Dragon Skin Pavilion, LEAD and EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Hong Kong, China, 2012
© Dennis Lo
Boxel Pavilion, University of Detmold, School of Applied Science, Detmold, Germany, 2010
© Dirk Schelpmeier
The Shadow House, Michael Jantzen, St Louis, Missouri, USA, 2014
© Michael Jantzen
Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things by Rebecca Roke
The book contains 300 works of small-scale architecture including a transportable sauna, an inflatable house, a human-sized kaleidoscope and, we kid you not, a chalet for cats.
Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things by Rebecca Roke is published by Phaidon and is available to buy now for £14.95.