Architecture

We can’t believe how far humans have come since their architecturally naive Nethanderal ancestors. Once upon a time, we used to just dwell in caves. Now we’ve making waves in architecture in ways we’ve never thought possible. From shipping crate houses to apartments shaped like toilet bowls, we’ve got contemporary architecture owned. We think.

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Come see what the world’s narrowest house is like at 1.2 meters wide

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 28 January 2015

You’ll be forgiven for walking right pass it since the Keret House is wedged firmly in between two large buildings at only 1.2 meters wide. Built at a cost of 70,000 Euros (over US$80,000) in Warsaw, Poland, it is highly likely that this is the narrowest home in the world. With a total floor space of 45 square meters, it’s a mere 36 inches wide at its narrowest point and 48 inches at its widest.

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In Australia, a beach house appears to be floating in mid-air

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 22 January 2015

Along the Great Ocean Road in Fairhaven, Southern Australia, sits – or should I say, delicately balances – a unique beach house that doubles as an illusion. Called ‘The Pole House’, the oceanfront home appears to be floating in mid-air, with only a walkway connecting it to the ground!

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There is an entire cocktail bar awaiting you inside this coke vending machine

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Unsuspecting customers at Shanghai’s new sandwich shop The Press are often in for a big surprise when they realize that the innocent looking Coke vending machine at the corner is actually the door to a beautifully designed watering hole. ‘Considering that Shanghai has already seen its fair share of hidden speakeasy-themed bars and lounges, we decided to build suspense and break it in an entirely unexpected fashion,’ says the designer Alberto Caiola.

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You may just recover a whole lot faster at this fairytale setting of a hospital

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona has been named as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites since 1997, and it is easy to see why. Located at a stone’s throw away from the world famous Sagrada Familia that was designed by Antoni Gaudi, it has been completely renovated and its almost whimsical architectural heritage made accessible to the general public.

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Can you guess these famous sitcom homes from their 3D floorplans?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, and Big Bang Theory all had/have exciting sets.

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This house was built to be incomplete: it’s the world’s first inside-out house!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Architecture on Wednesday 14 January 2015

A client approached Cut Paw Paw with a unique request. They wanted a house that was ‘ridiculously inside out’. So that is exactly what they got: a house that was deliberately built to be incomplete. Connecting the inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw took the challenge seriously and created a unique concept that blurs the line between internal and external space.

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This inner-city primary school was cleverly created to encourage biodiversity

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 9 January 2015

Picture your primary school. If you lived in a big city, you might’ve gone to a school that had only a small patch of grass for playtime. Maybe it was all concrete. In the suburbs of Paris, a primary school has been designed to encourage biodiversity, with an ‘elevated landscape’ for students to be introduced to nature in an urban setting.

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In Brazil, a building that looks completely like a spinal cord

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 8 January 2015

Fancy living inside a human body part? Famous architect Zaha Hadid recently unveiled the renders for her first ever project in Brazil: an 11-story residential building along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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Africa’s soon-to-be tallest building looks so much like Sauron’s tower

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 29 December 2014

Apparently, Mordor is located – or at least will soon be located – in Morocco. The ‘Al Noor Tower’ is a planned 1771-foot (540-meter) building to be built in Casablanca. Once finished, it will be the tallest building in all of Africa.

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An incredible cathedral made entirely from nature in northern Italy

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 26 December 2014

Notre Dame and Sagrada Família are impressive, but when you pit them against the beauty of Giuliano Mauri’s Cattedrale Vegetale, nothing comes close. It’s located at the foot of Mount Arera in northern Italy, and features rows and rows of trees that form one of the most beautiful structures in the world. Building of the sculpture […]

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Return to stone age and live comfortably within this ‘boulder’ of a cabin nestled in the Swiss alps

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 19 December 2014

Called Antoine, this compact boulder cabin has a bed, table, stool, fireplace and window (you have to look outside for your ablutions). It is inspired by and act as a tribute to the alpine experience and the writing of French philosopher Paul Virilio in 1975 on hidden bunker archaeology and principles of camouflage. Built off […]

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This building looks like a crumpled piece of discarded paper but its design is inspired by something else altogether

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Love it or hate it, this piece of crumpled paper of a building will definitely stop you in your tracks. Housing the UT Sydney Business School and built at US$180 million, it is California-based architect Frank Gehry’s first building in Australia. With an imposing and asymmetrical facade spanning to the east and the west, the […]

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Forget the conventional hotel and bunk down in a honeycomb sleeping cell

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Saturday 13 December 2014

When you’re at a week-long music festival, the last thing you want to do is stay in a regular hotel. You want to be as close as possible to all the action! That’s why there’s a new BnB on the block, calling itself B-And-Bee.

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There are cars and more cars and . . . is that a giant ferris wheel on this bridge in China?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Possibly the only ferris wheel on a bridge in the world, the Tianjin Eye is a 120 meter (394 feet) tall giant of its kind built above the Yongle Bridge which spans over the Hai River in Tianjin, China. Electrically powered, it has 48 passenger capsules. Each accommodates eight passengers and takes 30 minutes to […]

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These magnificent dental clinics will put your local dental office to shame

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 2 December 2014

Here’s what my local dental office looks like: white, clinical and stuck in the 1960s. It also smells like disinfectant and is full of magazines from last year. And that’s one of the good ones in my neighbourhood. Whenever you think of a dental clinic, it might be exactly the same.

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