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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Artist renovates old house in the woods with lots and lots of colour

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 11 November 2014

In the middle of the woods in High Falls, New York, you’ll stumble upon a house that looks straight out of a fairy tale. Like the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel – minus the candy and the child-eating witch – its façade will tickle your fancy and make you want to explore every nick and cranny of this stunning home.

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Would you buy this super eerie Romanesque mansion in Kentucky for US$1?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

You’re too late. It has been bought by Oracle Design for this princely sum this year, which will see the ghostly mansion restored and redeveloped into apartments. Called the Ouerbacker-Clement House, this Halloweenish mansion was owned by a coffee merchant named Samuel Ouerbacker in the late 19th century in what was a very fashionable neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.

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This building got a facelift thanks to modern Aboriginal designs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

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‘It’s that pink and blue building on Flinders Street, YOU CAN’T MISS IT’.  Melbourne-based artist Reko Rennie tapped into his Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi roots and gave it an urban twist, the result being this eye-catching façade called ‘Always was, always will be’.

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House has view trained on the horizon, reminds us to be optimistic

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Research and design firm PRAUD, started constructing the 120-sqm Leaning House in Chungpyong, South Korea in 2013, and finally finished the completion in August this year. The structure is designed to tilt up towards the sun, while the south-facing front windows are angled specifically to let in warm sun beams during the day. If this […]

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Artist transforms an apartment into a tennis court because… why not?

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Monday 27 October 2014

We absolutely love it when Art doesn’t take itself too seriously. A work of art can have meaning and still make you chuckle, a point perfectly illustrated by this awesome installation in a French gallery. Artist Benedetto Bufalino wants people to rethink indoor tennis, and so transformed an irregular set of rooms at the Interface Gallery in Dijon into a pristine tennis court.

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Customize your very own zombie-proof cabin for $130K

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Monday 27 October 2014

When the zombies come (and come they will), you’ll have two options. First option: become a victim. This is the easiest option of all, but probably the most painful. Second option: hide away in your zombie-proof cabin until the zombie apocalypse is over. You might have to gather a few friends to help you pay for the zombie-proof cabin-it’s just under $130k-but it’ll be well worth it because you’ll be alive and stuff.

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The views inside this $79.5 million New York City penthouse are simply breathtaking!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 20 October 2014

If you’re looking for a new home and you have $79.5-million to spare, head on over to 432 Park Avenue. The newly-built 1,396-foot skyscraper is the tallest residential tower in the entire Western hemisphere and its penthouse will give you unparalleled, 360-degree views of all of New York City. The tower is located between streets […]

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In Brisbane, you can shop, dine and watch movies at an ex-prison site

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 14 October 2014

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The Barracks in Brisbane has its roots as the 1860 Brisbane Petrie Terrace Gaol, which was home to 96 prisoners in two cell blocks for two decades or so before it was forced to close from bursting at the seams with too many convicts.

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Take a peek into the world’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment at US$21.8 million

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Saturday 11 October 2014

Would you like a quick tour of the world’s most expensive 1-bedroom apartment? It’s being listed at 1.8 billion yen (US$21.8 million) as we take a peek. Simply called The House, it’s located at the most exclusive district of Tokyo – Minami-Azabu. At 4,434 square foot (411.932 sq m), we did the math and it came up to a jaw-dropping US$4,920.75 per square foot.

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This man scoured the beach for one million seashells to stick onto his house

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

When we were very young, we recited ‘She sells seashells by the seashore’ in its entirety to see who would get their tongue twisted. Well, Xiao Yongsheng from Lingshan Island of China’s Shandong province has put those seashells to better use instead. He spent two years building a shell house by decorating the outer walls and the roof with more than one million colorful shells he collected on his own private beach.

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In China, a school maximized its limited space by turning its roof into a running oval

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

What this school lacks in space, it more than makes up for it in ingenuity! Located in the heart of a sprawling high-density area, the Tiantai No.2 Primary School didn’t have the luxury of having wide grassy areas to put their running oval and basketball court. The solution? Put it on the roof!

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Concept house harnesses the power of tidal waves for electricity

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Wednesday 1 October 2014

This is more than just a house. This feat of architectural engineering is also a power station that harnesses the power of waves. Designed by Margot Krasojević, the Hydroelectric Tidal House is simple awesome. The building is structured around two shells, an inner and an outer.

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This office disappears to prevent employees from working overtime

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 26 September 2014

The Heldergroen office in Amsterdam looks just like any office during working hours, but once the clock strikes 6, a key is turned and steel cables lift the desks up into the air, effectively stopping anyone who wants to do overtime.

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This is not a real cabin: it’s a basement man cave and it only cost $107!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 19 September 2014

Now THAT is a man cave! Reddit user ‘kelhans’ turned his ordinary basement into a 1950s era hunting cabin man cave. What’s more impressive? He spent only $107 on materials! Using mostly found or reclaimed materials (like the fireplace bricks, which he scavenged on the side of the road), he spent 6 months transforming every nick and cranny to have that rustic feel.

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Check out this awesome futuristic house hidden away in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Thursday 18 September 2014

Talk about inaccessibility! Not only is this concept house located deep in the Scottish Highlands, but it’s mounted high above the ground on stilts. Roost House, created by French designer Benoit Challand, was inspired by the modernist architecture of Le Corbusier as well as the sculptural forms of Santiago Calatrava. Set several stories above the ground on an angular scaffold, the concept was created around the idea of a futuristic self-sustaining house.

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