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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Set up this spherical pod as your office, why not?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

The Archipod, we’ve got to say, must be the coolest garden office out there. The sphere-like design literally puts you in the centre of your immediate universe, the 2.9m-diameter space reaches up to a comfortable height of 2.5m, and it comes with a curved desk. The walls are double-insulated, the roof dome is made of […]

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Architecture of new Remarkables ski base

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Architecture on Monday 21 July 2014

We recently visited the The Remarkables, a mountain range and skifield just out side of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were named by the Queenstown settlers, upon seeing it during sunset one evening and named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

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Chinese company uses 3D printing to build ten houses in one day

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Friday 11 July 2014

3D printing is fast changing the way we manufacture objects, from tools and toys, to clothing, and even body parts. Recently, giant 3D printers in China were able to produce ten houses in just one day, and at a cost of less than US$5,000 per house, proving just how time and cost efficient 3D printing […]

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Electrical towers get a stained glass makeover by art students

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 10 July 2014

With a little bit of imagination, the whole world can be your art oyster – even electrical towers! ‘Leuchttrurm’, which means ‘Lighthouse’, is a 2010 art installation by three art students from Klasse Lobbert in Germany.

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Ancient greek and roman interiors carved into marble blocks are simply gorgeous

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 2 July 2014

While most artists, past and present, would subdue an entire block of marble to their will, carving nature into a human or architectural form entirely, British stone carver Matthew Simmonds does the opposite. He encases timeless Greek and Roman architectural interiors in inescapable frames of nature. It’s a totally different perspective of seeing and appreciating these iconic structures.

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Awesome bus stops we wouldn’t mind waiting just a bit longer at

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Is it fair to say that nobody loves to wait at bus stops? Fortunately for the dozens of Krumbach, a village of inhabitants in Austria, their wait is made a little more appealing with seven rather unusual bus stops in their midst. These rather photogenic seven are design collaborations by internationally renowned architects such as Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radic with local architects and craftsmen.

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In West Africa’s Burkina Faso, this royal residence is mud art architecture at its best

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 26 June 2014

Rita Willaert has been to southeastern Burkina Faso and back— and she has more than touristy snapshots to prove it. At Tiébélé, she found a 1.2 hectare village at the base of a hill overlooking the West African savannah where the royal residence made up of decorated mud brick and earthen homes belonging to the […]

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This is not actually an abandoned building with overgrown plants

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 17 June 2014

This may seem like a not-so-lovely tenement building with a jungle for a rooftop garden, but look closer – or farther, rather – and you’ll see that it’s not what it is. ‘Mansion Concrete Planner’ by MollaSpace is a highly-detailed flower pot that comes complete with windows, stairs, and even balcony handrails. If you don’t […]

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Finally, an infinity pool you can swim on edge in

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 16 June 2014

Kois Associated Architects has now designed a 2,131 sq-ft house including a gigantic infinity pool to be built on Tino, an island in Greece. It looks so blisteringly cool we don’t even want to ponder the practicality (read: 0) of it all.

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World’s largest sprawling vertical garden will blanket its dwellers with green

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Saturday 14 June 2014

With a surface area of 2,289 square meters, the scarily huge vertical garden of the Tree House condominium in Singapore is certainly no shrinking violet. It’s so huge, it recently won the condo a Guinness World Record for having the world’s biggest vertical garden. Not that they’re useless at all: the cooling walls of green […]

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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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