Steinhaur’s photos of the buildings look both beautiful and eerie, with silk material making them look abstract and uninhabited. However, some of these structures actually have residents. Steinhaur, who has lived and worked in Asia for the last 21 years, says that it’s not uncommon to live with silk-covered windows for the entire duration of the construction. The series of photos, entitled Cocoon, portrays these urban curiosities as disturbingly beautiful abstractions set in a dystopian environment.
What seems to be a method used exclusively in this part of the continent produces stunning visual effects that transforms buildings into monolithic volumes. The fact that buildings have to be wrapped regardless of whether they’re getting built or being demolished confuses the viewer and merges concepts of creation and destruction into a single image.