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 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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Grandad just built a leisure centre in his own backyard, complete with a private casino

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Monday 1 December 2014

When you have entirely too much money-and you’re not in the mood to move to a larger home-you do what Graham Wildin did. This 62-year-old grandfather of five built an enormous leisure centre in his backyard. He dug 18-feet into the ground and removed 9,000 tonnes of soil to build the 10,000sq. ft. building, which […]

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Sweat it out at this beauty of a sauna with amazing views across the bay

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 28 November 2014

Compared to the standard four-by-two saunas we sweat it out at gyms and hotels, this beauty designed by Canadian studio Partisans is one of a dream kind that we wouldn’t want to get out in a hurry, heated up or not. A large percentage of the prefabricated design was constructed before it was transported and installed on a private island’s prehistoric formation by the bay, located at the north of Toronto.

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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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The rocking room is a massive rocking chair for many people at a time!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 10 November 2014

Why stick your bum to one rocking chair when you can rock an entire room with it? In keeping with the theme ‘Design in Motion’ of the recent 2014 Seattle Design Festival, a team of architects and designers got together to make a 15-ft long room that could fit in large groups of people gently […]

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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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