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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Go on holiday and spend the night in a sewer pipe in Austria and Germany

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 22 May 2015

They might not be your first choice for accommodation, but Austrian architect Andreas Strauss has totally revamped these sewer pipes and converted them into homes away from home.

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Along London’s River Thames, a floating house you can rent on Airbnb

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 21 May 2015

To celebrate London’s easing of tight home-sharing regulations, Airbnb is renting out a one-of-a-kind property that’s set in one of the city’s best locations: the River Thames.

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A photo series documenting the ‘beautiful’ scaffolding of New York

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 14 May 2015

Can scaffolding be beautiful? Anderson Moran has undertaken a photo series for the architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, that shines a light on the ever-changing scaffolding in New York City.

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Girlfriend told him to keep all his geeky stuff in the basement, he rebels with these hidden toys

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 16 April 2015

When his loving girlfriend banished all of his geeky stuff down in the basement, Imgur user ‘Ohhaibroadcast’ decided to get some payback and wage some guerilla warfare. His troops? A LEGO X-Wing pilot and a couple of other toys who know a thing or two about stealth.

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This Russian built a house from 12,000 champagne bottles in memory of his deceased son

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Thursday 9 April 2015

Many love the taste that champagne offers but the bottle that contains it? They would become 52-year-old Russian Hamidullah Ilchibaev most prized possessions. In fact, he cherished them so much he hoarded 12,000 emptied bottles and built a house with them.

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In Sydney, an architect erects a luxurious house shaped like a, erm, phallic symbol

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 1 April 2015

It’s not hard to see why people want to get their hands on this house. Designed by Australian architect Stan Symonds back in 1958, the Sherwin House is 1,204 square metres of luxurious living, set against a lush bushland backdrop. It also has a layout unlike any other: a giant penis.

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It took one man, 33 years and plenty of stones to build this stony palace in France

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Thursday 26 March 2015

Ferdinand Cheval is one postman who stumbled upon an odd stone of unusual shape in April 1879 and decided there and then to collect stones and build his dream palace in his garden. What he didn’t bargain for was the time he needed to complete the project – 33 years!

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Grassy walkway connects two office buildings by hanging high above ground

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Poland-based Zalewski Architecture have come up with a novel concept that promises to give employees some much-needed fresh air, sunlight, greenery, and the occasional case of vertigo. Called ‘Walk On’, the spiral walkway hangs from the firm’s third-floor studio and connects two office buildings.

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Man buys house, discovers kitchen that hasn’t been touched for over 50 years

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 25 February 2015

When furniture designer Nathan Chandler bought a house in 2010, he didn’t expect to find a retro kitchen that hadn’t been used since it was built in 1956. It’s as if he stepped into a time machine. Or the set of ‘I Love Lucy’.

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Climbing this facility can be never-ending, and it burns 10 calories per climb

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 18 February 2015

To celebrate their 100 year anniversary, the Siam Cement Group of Thailand built a public facility in the form of a vertical labyrinth.

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An office in Amsterdam is made entirely of cardboard

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, New Design on Saturday 7 February 2015

Nobody spill coffee. Nobody make any sudden movements. And for crying out loud, nobody light up. Ever. Even if this is Amsterdam. Because what you’re looking at is office space made out of cardboard. Yes, actual cardboard.

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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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Dutch architects are developing the world’s most beautiful hotel shaped like an amethyst

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 22 January 2015

The Plaza’s got nothing on this line of hotels! Developed by Dutch agency NL Architects, the proposal for the Amethyst Hotel looks just like violet variety of quartz, cut in half. Designed to promote the healing qualities of the amethyst, the first Amethyst Hotel (of many) is under development in China, on a man-made island called Ocean Flower, which is in the sea north of Hainan.

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

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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

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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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