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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Green with envy! Inside San Fran’s Dropbox office

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 27 December 2013

For all of you who work in cubicles, this one’s gonna make you green with envy. Introducing San Francisco’s new Dropbox office. Designed by Geremia Design and Boor Bridges Architecture, this office space features exposed pipes, raw copper furnishings and concrete floors, plus little oddities like a ping pong ball wall in a hallway, quirky […]

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Download blueprints to famous homes to DIY

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 20 December 2013

If you’ve always wished to live in a beautifully designed home but never had the funds for it, Paperhouses might be of use to you. This unique site is the first open source platform that brings world-class residential architecture for free to the general public. And here’s how it works. Each house is designed by an ‘internationally renowned architect,’ and those blueprints are then uploaded online for free.

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Inside the $145 million Scientology HQ in Clearwater, Florida

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 19 December 2013

There’s something both amusing and intriguing about Scientology. Amusing because it was founded by L. Ron Hubbard and intriguing because everything is so hush-hush about this organization. But what’s not hush-hush is the amount of money that went into creating the Scientology Headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.

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Sand dune-inspired house in Victoria, Australia

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 12 December 2013

On the south coast of Victoria, Australia, strong winds and harsh rain constantly bring their fury on local houses. To deter the prevailing elements, Sydney-based James Stockwell has come up with a simple but effective house design, turn its back on the wind. Inspired by sand dunes, the structure turns its back from the wind […]

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Old 120 meter deep salt mines rehashed into a history museum

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 10 December 2013

IT’S A TRAP! Mole Men are in there. What’s that? There’s a carousel in there? I’m in! Taking the elevator down the 17th century Salina Turda Salt Mines in Transylvania, Romania can feel like going to the center of the Earth. But once you’re finally at the bottom, an unexpected site will greet you. A mine museum complete with a 180-seat amphitheatre, a carousel, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, a bowling alley, and a mini-golf course is there, under 140 feet of ground.

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In Germany, a church made from snow and ice

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 7 December 2013

Finally, going to Church can be seen as something … cool. In Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, locals built a Catholic church made out of ice and snow. This is part of their hundred-year tradition where town officials in the past refused a request from residents to build a church. To remedy this, locals did what anyone else would do, make a snow fort church.

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That’s not a man cave, THIS is a man cave: Rural Aussie sheds turned man caves

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 5 December 2013

It’s a man world, in his man cave at least! Capturing the ‘visual diaries of a guy’s life,’ photographer Jasper White shows us just how a shed in rural Australia can be transformed into a manly paradise of tools, cars, trophies, and beer. While the typical man cave in America is in the den or […]

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The winning design for Australia’s Gold Coast cultural precinct

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 5 December 2013

A playful and fun cultural precinct in Gold Coast is set to be developed by one of Australia’s leading creative design firms. ARM Architecture bested 75 other proposals in the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition. Jurors praised it as “playful and inclusive,” with the design promising to encourage people to experience and contribute to […]

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A tower that looks like it’s built out of waterfalls

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 4 December 2013

The Souk Mirage/Particles of Light commercial complex is recently unveiled concept by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s latest. The top secret project (they won’t tell where it will be built) is composed of stacked arches of different sizes, and a series of waterfalls to help cool the edifice. It’s inspired by the silhouette of Bedouin tents and gives will make you believe you’re staring at a hundred foot mirage.

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Australian family reclaims the World Record for most Christmas lights in a home

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 30 November 2013

Take that, America! Australia has officially won back the championship belt Guinness World Record for most Christmas lights in a residential property with 502,165 bulbs. All the credit goes to the Richards family in Canberra for reclaiming the throne from a family in LaGrangeville, New York. They previously held the record in 2001 with 331,038 […]

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Eiffel Tower doppelgangers

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Friday 29 November 2013

As it turns out, there are a whole lot more replicas of the Eiffel Tower then I ever imagined. And none of those replicas are even in France. There are some in Texas,  Las Vegas, Tennessee, China, Romania, Greece, and even Mexico. None of them are as tall as the original, but they’re still pretty […]

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Lucid Stead: a mirage cabin made of mirrors

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 28 November 2013

Designed by Phillip K. Smith III, this cabin reflects its desert surrounding, creating a mirage effect. Smith’s Lucid Stead was created using an aging homestead and some cleverly placed mirrors. The original structure feels at home in the harsh environment yet the mirror additions give it a spectral quality. It seems to float in the […]

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12 mindblowing buildings that look nothing like a building

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Once in a while, you’ll come across a strange building in an unfamiliar place and you’ll go ‘Let me take a selfie with this weird building!’ Here are some of those buildings that make that list.

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The Buzz: beehive-inspired towers in Singapore

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 22 November 2013

Architect Thomas Heatherwick has come up with a design that will hopefully “pollinate” socialization among teachers and students. Ok, that sounded wrong. Let’s do this again. The new Learning Hub for Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTUC) wants to deviate from the typical classroom design, such as square walls with fluorescent lighting, uninspiring interiors, isolated spaces, etc. They […]

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Futuristic architecture by Michael Jantzen

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 November 2013

Architectural designer Michael Jantzen, whose vision is to ‘reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness’, admittedly designs structures that are fantastic and surreal. Even more extraordinary is his M-Vironment series of flexible hinged-panel houses, which are not just conceptual, but actually functional. Held together within a main frame, dwellers can […]

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