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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This home gives you one of the best views in all of Greece (and is built underground)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 7 July 2015

Forget building a home that’s like the rest of ‘em. What you need to stand out and keep up with the Joneses is the Casa Brutale by architects Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos.

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Kids in this Japanese preschool get to play in puddles indoors

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 25 June 2015

While most, if not all preschools discourage kids from playing in the rain, Japan has one innovative institution that does the opposite. It lets children be themselves as they play and splash in a giant puddle accumulating in the school’s courtyard.

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A pop-up tree office opens in London to support the local environment

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Wednesday 17 June 2015

Imagine going to work, looking up from your computer and not seeing fluorescent lighting. Or better yet, not seeing stark white walls. If you live and work in London, this might be a reality because a brand new pop-up office has emerged in the city’s Hoxton Square.

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Artist paints white hotel room with colourful graffiti, but only half of it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 12 June 2015

If you’re not gonna finish what you’ve started, at the very least make it look like this. In his project ‘Sunday’, Kiev-based designer Pavel Vetrov painted an all-white hotel room with street art. The catch is, he painted only half of it.

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In Melbourne, a trippy staircase encourages more people to take the stairs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 3 June 2015

When Australia’s largest health insurer Medibank decided to build themselves a new headquarters, they asked creative studio ‘HASSELL’ to design a healthy and active working environment – because you know, healthy is what they do. So the studio came up with a staircase design that’s vibrant, engaging, and most importantly in an office setting, trippy.

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Rich Star Trek fan builds himself a $100-million building that looks like the USS Enterprise

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 28 May 2015

In China, a wealthy tech executive has put his hard-earned money to good use: by giving mankind a real life USS Enterprise – albeit one that doesn’t fly.

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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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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