Eclectix - Admont Abbey Library

A Fairytale Come True – The Admont Abbey Library

Not Just Architecture, But Artitechture

The Admont Abbey Library in Austria, designed by the architect Joseph Hueber, is the oldest monastic library in the world. While the abbey itself was completed in 1074, the library (late Baroque) was not completed until 1776. At 70 metres long, it is also the largest in the world and features flamboyant ceiling frescoes, wooden sculptures and gold busts.

Hang Nga Crazy House

Artitechture: The Hang Nga Crazy House in Vietnam

The imaginative brainchild of owner Mrs. Dang Viet Nga, the Crazy House has been an evolving work in progress since 1990. The building is a veritable Alice In Wonderland acid trip through an Asian jungle. The exterior resembles five-story-high banyan tree, with uneven window openings and branch-like structures that “grow” along its walls and rise above the roof into the sky, with twisting organic forms and very few right angles.

Alina Chau

Alina Chau has a light, delicate and whimsical touch, which hearkens us back to  early Sixties poster art – illustrations touched by magic and hope. Youthful innocence and fairy tale kingdoms float softly through her watercolors, often embellished with decorative patterns. There is a unique freedom and positivity to her images, gestural looseness and a contagious childlike love of life. She has an upcoming solo show Voyage, in the Elmwood district of Berkeley, featuring her travel and landscape inspired works.