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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Hello, Acrophobia! This observation deck allows you to tilt over the city

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Chicago’s John Hancock Center has just opened a brand new observation deck known as TILT. And just as its name implies, this observation deck allows guests to tilt over the city from the 94th storey. Tourists are secured inside an enclosed glass and steel platform that holds up to eight people at a time and gives them a 360-degree view of the Windy City.

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A beautiful mobile home for just $33,000? We talked to the owners about it

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 12 May 2014

While most couples would go for a big and lavish home, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison opted for a tiny one. 221 square feet of living space, to be exact. It’s equipped with a master bedroom, a bathroom, a mini guest loft, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a space-saving staircase that doubles as a closet. They’ve never been happier. In this interview, we talk to them about their new lifestyle – called ‘tiny living’ – and how others could follow in their footsteps. [Read our original post about this mobile home here]

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Countries and their famous landmarks depicted as machines

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 10 May 2014

Federico Babina, the Barcelona-based artist who brought us ‘ARCHIST‘, is back with another architecture-inspired series of imaginative illustrations. This time he’s set on creating giant machines with the monuments and landmarks of different countries in his collection called ‘ARCHIMACHINE’. The series depicts 17 machines, each representing a country’s architecture and culture. For Babina, the architecture […]

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Yes, this really is an invisible barn, but how on earth is it done?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 9 May 2014

A barn with the superpowers of invisibility? You can bet there are smoke and mirrors at work here. Actually, just mirrors. New York-based architects STPMJ have designed a stealthy building that blends in with the trees and foliage surrounding it.

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A 134-year-old sea fort transformed into a luxury hotel

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Back in the day, Spitbank Fort was considered ‘a vital chess piece in the protection of British waters against a possible invasion of France’. Nowadays, there’s no threat from France, so this fort has been converted into a luxury hotel that can only be reached by boat. What’s so luxurious about a hotel in the […]

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Architecture designed and built by animals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 30 April 2014

In his book Animal Architecture, photographer Ingo Arndt documented some of the most amazing sights of homes built by animals like beavers, bowerbirds and termites. The red weaver ants are the speediest of the lot: they can apparently put together a proper nest within a day.

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Modular architecture you can set up and live in anywhere

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 29 April 2014

Barcelona-based studio In-tenta have designed the DROP XL, a modular 30-sqm structure made from wood and glass, with steel legs that propel the unit above ground. While it looks like a concept design for now, the eco-friendly minimal-impact sure looks like a fine piece of architecture we wouldn’t mind shacking up in as soon as […]

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Incredible animal architecture around the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Monday 28 April 2014

When we think of world-renowned architects, rarely do termites, beavers, wasps, and birds come to mind. But after looking at these photos, they should! German photographer Ingo Arndt has put together an amazing book, Animal Architecture, which ‘captures the stunningly intricate structures that animals around the world create using nothing but nature’s raw materials and […]

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An inflatable trampoline bridge in Paris? Yeeha! We interviewed the designers

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 28 April 2014

Instead of crossing bridges by walking or by riding a car, why can’t we bounce or flip our way across instead? This is what architecture firm AZC had in mind when they submitted a proposal to build an inflatable trampoline bridge for pedestrians to cross the Seine. The structure involves three inflatable doughnut-like rings with mesh trampolines stretched across each one, allowing pedestrians to bounce their way to the other side of the river. It also provides people two options upon reaching the end of the bridge: to exit by way of a staircase or by way of a slide.

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The mobile home of your dreams

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 25 April 2014

While many would opt not to live in a mobile home, this fancy $22,000 ($33,000 if you include the appliances and furniture) house on wheels might just change a few minds. Conceived by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison in their quest to escape the rat race and completely change their way of living, they built ‘hOMe’ […]

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What the Brazil World Cup arenas look like just months from kick off

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 25 April 2014

The first game of the World Cup in Brazil is just a couple of months away and it looks as though the country is ‘rushing to finish the last of its brand-new stadiums’. Just eight of the World Cup stadiums are ready to be used (out of 12), with some venues half-built, ‘sometimes tucked between […]

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Aerial views of America’s sprawl by Christoph Gielen

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, New Photography on Friday 25 April 2014

Photographer Christoph Gielen takes us on a journey into the American ‘burbs in the book Ciphers. Gielen says of his work: ‘The goal of this work is to connect art with environmental politics and to trigger a discussion about contemporary building trends by looking closely at the ramifications of sprawl – to ask: what is […]

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Apartment transforms and opens up like a playground for grown-ups

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 24 April 2014

Wow, what is this? This crazy apartment design by Vlad Mishin comes with metal-framed plywood sculptural moulds that sharply pivot, fold and rotate to reveal the TV panel, the kitchen, and openings to different parts of the 60-sqm space. It looks like a total delight to live in.

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A cabin that’s so small, it doesn’t need a permit

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 18 April 2014

Did you know that in Finland, you could build your own place without a permit? Of course, that place would have to be less than 96-128 square feet. In 2010, designer Robin Falck found a location out in the woods where he planned to put up a cabin. Problem was, he didn’t have time to get a permit and finish construction in time for his mandatory military service, which was in less than a year.

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Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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