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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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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Kenny Ong Contributor

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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You may just recover a whole lot faster at this fairytale setting of a hospital

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona has been named as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites since 1997, and it is easy to see why. Located at a stone’s throw away from the world famous Sagrada Familia that was designed by Antoni Gaudi, it has been completely renovated and its almost whimsical architectural heritage made accessible to the general public.

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Can you guess these famous sitcom homes from their 3D floorplans?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, and Big Bang Theory all had/have exciting sets.

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This house was built to be incomplete: it’s the world’s first inside-out house!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Architecture on Wednesday 14 January 2015

A client approached Cut Paw Paw with a unique request. They wanted a house that was ‘ridiculously inside out’. So that is exactly what they got: a house that was deliberately built to be incomplete. Connecting the inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw took the challenge seriously and created a unique concept that blurs the line between internal and external space.

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This inner-city primary school was cleverly created to encourage biodiversity

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 9 January 2015

Picture your primary school. If you lived in a big city, you might’ve gone to a school that had only a small patch of grass for playtime. Maybe it was all concrete. In the suburbs of Paris, a primary school has been designed to encourage biodiversity, with an ‘elevated landscape’ for students to be introduced to nature in an urban setting.

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In Brazil, a building that looks completely like a spinal cord

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 8 January 2015

Fancy living inside a human body part? Famous architect Zaha Hadid recently unveiled the renders for her first ever project in Brazil: an 11-story residential building along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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Africa’s soon-to-be tallest building looks so much like Sauron’s tower

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 29 December 2014

Apparently, Mordor is located – or at least will soon be located – in Morocco. The ‘Al Noor Tower’ is a planned 1771-foot (540-meter) building to be built in Casablanca. Once finished, it will be the tallest building in all of Africa.

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An incredible cathedral made entirely from nature in northern Italy

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 26 December 2014

Notre Dame and Sagrada Família are impressive, but when you pit them against the beauty of Giuliano Mauri’s Cattedrale Vegetale, nothing comes close. It’s located at the foot of Mount Arera in northern Italy, and features rows and rows of trees that form one of the most beautiful structures in the world. Building of the sculpture […]

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Return to stone age and live comfortably within this ‘boulder’ of a cabin nestled in the Swiss alps

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 19 December 2014

Called Antoine, this compact boulder cabin has a bed, table, stool, fireplace and window (you have to look outside for your ablutions). It is inspired by and act as a tribute to the alpine experience and the writing of French philosopher Paul Virilio in 1975 on hidden bunker archaeology and principles of camouflage. Built off […]

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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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