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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How would you like to climb this 540 foot vertical wall in Switzerland? No, really?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Saturday 14 June 2014

Listen up, you climbing enthusiasts! If you don’t already know, the world’s tallest vertical wall that is available for you to conquer is Diga di Luzzone in Switzerland. Built at a height of 540 feet, this artificial structure is actually part of the functioning Luzzone dam. While it was never originally intended for climbing, dare devils around the world have made their claim after a German manufacturer of climbing holds installed a line of over 650 artificial holds and bolts.

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This guy converted a retired Boeing 727 into a comfortable home

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Unlike most people, a house is not a home for Bruce Cambell. He would rather live in a Boeing 727 surrounded by woods, thank you very much. So he purchased a retired Boeing 727 for about US$220,000 and install it in a suburban wooded area outside Portland, Oregon of USA.

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The whimsical tea-house designs of Terunobu Fujimori

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Whether you consider him an eccentric, a genius or both, Terunobu Fujimori is certainly capable of producing some incredibly imaginative and show-stoppping buildings. The sixty-eight year old Japanese architect was relatively unknown in the West until his appearance in the 2006 Venice Biennale, but since then his whimsical but functional houses have been capturing hearts […]

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These photos reveal just how rapidly the world is changing

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 May 2014

If you’ve ever marveled at the incredible pace of this growing world, you’re in good company. Just years ago, in fact 20 or 30 years, some cities were still arid deserts and more countryish than city. For instance, in 1990, UAE’s Dubai tall skyscrapers and millionaire’s paradise was nothing but a dream, and a desert. […]

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Nice rock, let’s carve a holiday home out of it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Saturday 24 May 2014

This is so neat. Somebody in Spain came across a huge chunk of rock overseeing the coast in Costa de Morte and decided to make a holiday home out of it. To be specific, Madrid-based Ensamble Estudio did. Minimalistic it may be, but this property isn’t just some barebones den either — the 270 sq […]

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Vintage Boeing 727 is given second life as an exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Thursday 22 May 2014

The aptly named Phoenix Suite at the Costa Verde resort in Costa Rica is certainly the coolest thing I’ve seen all week, and is now right at the top of my list of money-being-no-object holiday destinations! Salvaged from it’s resting place at San Jose airport, the 1965 airframe has taken to the skies once again (albeit only at 30 feet, not 30, 000) as a luxury two-bedroom suite in the trees on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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This awesome swimming pool is also a bridge between two 38-story buildings in Singapore!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Sunday 18 May 2014

The ‘Sky Habitat’ in Singapore consists of two 38-story tall towers, able to accommodate a total of 574 apartments. Its most glaring feature, however, is the 50 meter long swimming pool that also serves as a bridge between the two condo towers.

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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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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