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Beautiful carparks

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By Snell in New Photography on Friday 16 November 2007

Branislav Kropilak is a young photographer of Slovakian background who has concentrated on an unusual range of photographic subjects — garages, landings, trains, and lobbies.

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Artificial Russia

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By Snell in Cool Travel on Thursday 15 November 2007

What is it with these big fake islands that look like things from the air? We’ve had palm trees, a map of the world, and now an island that looks like Russia!

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Ecopod coffin

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By Snell in New Eco on Saturday 10 November 2007

With us all increasingly looking for everyday efforts to be more green and care for our planet, why not consider an option for our last day here?

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Zaha Hadid Island

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By Snell in Architecture on Saturday 3 November 2007

With the ten year mark passing us by since the building of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the bureaucrats have decided that the ‘Bilbao Effect’ needs another shot in the arm. This time they’ve turned to Iraqi-born architectural supremo, Zaha Hadid — who seems to be everywhere at the moment — except that this time it is not a mere building but rather a complete island. She plans to cut off the land that joins it to the mainland and reconnect the newly formed island to the city with eight bridges.

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Light Rod Pavilion

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By Snell in Architecture on Wednesday 31 October 2007

Carmody Groarke, a young British firm, have just won an Architecture Foundation competition to design a new pavilion in Regent’s Place, London. The firm is a finalist in BD’s Young Architect Practice of the Year, and has designed the pavilion to be made of a series of vertical rods that reflect light during the day […]

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Chanel architecture

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By Snell in Architecture on Monday 22 October 2007

Fashion guru, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfield, and star architect, Zaha Hadid, have combined to create this Mobile Art Container, which is to roam the world from 2008 to 2010 bearing installations by 18 international artists. The result of a chance meeting between the two in the lobby at the Mercer Hotel in New York, the ‘container’ […]

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The British Stirling Prize

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By Snell in Architecture on Thursday 18 October 2007

This work by the British Architect David Chipperfield is the winner of the 2007 British Stirling Prize.

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A rocking car

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By Snell in New Products on Thursday 18 October 2007

Now this is a toy! This beechwood rocking car was designed in 1950 by Hans Brockhage and Erwin Andrä. We wish that all things had such a clear and pure joy.

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Silk Dress architecture

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By Snell in Architecture on Tuesday 16 October 2007

This close-up of the construction of the wrapping for a new Neiman Marcus store in Boston was inspired by a silk dress.

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In bed with scale

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By Snell in New Art on Thursday 27 September 2007

Ron Mueck, an Australian hyper-realist sculptor working out of London, has created this intriguing work ‘In Bed’ that I couldn’t resist.

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Siberian eco tower

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By Snell in New Eco on Friday 14 September 2007

Foster + Partners have clearly been busy on the large scale eco front with another offering in the Russian city of Khanty Mansyisk. This 280 metre tall tower is built like a cut diamond to maximise daylight through the winter months by the refraction of light. Of the project, the architecture firm says, ‘this mixed-use […]

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Eco utopia in the desert

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By Snell in New Eco on Wednesday 12 September 2007

Foster + Partners has declared that the walled city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi will be the world’s first zero-carbon and zero-waste city.

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Genius jewel

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By Snell in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 September 2007

The Super-Kamiokande, or Super- K as it’s known, is not the latest nightclub VIP booth but is, rather, a neutrino observatory designed to search for proton decay, study solar and atmospheric neutrinos, and keep watch for supernovas in the Milky Way.

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Mushrooms

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By Snell in New Art on Friday 31 August 2007

Carsten Höller, the same creator of those magnificent slides that we featured a little while back, has designed a beguiling room with mushrooms. Formerly a scientist (in evolutionary ecology and olfactory communication in insects), Höller uses the audience as subjects of perceptual and psychological experimentation.

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River building

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By Snell in Architecture on Thursday 30 August 2007

In the architecturally progressive city of Graz in Austria, a building bridge is stretched across the Mur river in apparent contempt of its watery location.

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