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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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Planned makeovers for abandoned stations of Paris

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Monday 10 February 2014

Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet has made quite a stir with her plans to revive old and abandoned Parisian metro stations. Not only would Koziuscot-Morizet be the first female to ever hold the title of mayor in the capital, but she’d also be the first to reclaim Paris’ abandoned stations.

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Want to scale an entire building like Spidey? This building’s designed for that

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 6 February 2014

New Wave Architecture has a conceptual design for a new rock climbing hall in Polur, located the Māzandarān province of Iran. It overlooks the country’s highest climbing peak, comes with boulder walls inspired by tectonic forces, and an exterior made out of white fiber cement panels. If it ever makes its leap into reality, you […]

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Watch America’s tallest hotel built in less than 1 minute

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Sunday 2 February 2014

The tallest hotel in North America has just opened in New York’s Times Square (don’t worry, I live here and it was news to me, too). Just how tall is this building? It measures 760 feet tall, or 68-stories. Or, 231 metres for us metric people. The building stands at the corner of 54th Street […]

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The Okazaki building is a rainbow of colour

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 30 January 2014

Sick of the plain brick apartment block you’re living in? Move to Japan! Located in Nagoya, the Okazaki Building, as it’s called stands as a ‘bold, beacon of colour,’ bringing vibrancy to a neighborhood trapped in dreary greys. This building was designed by Ciel Rouge Creation, an architectural firm based in Tokyo, Paris and Marseille.

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The high school campus you wish you attended

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 30 January 2014

Here’s a high school campus that would make any kid want to go to school every day. The Island School in Hong Kong isn’t like your typical high school building. There are no boring walls, no low ceilings, and no prison-like bars for windows. Instead, the 28,000 square meter facility uses flexible classroom spaces and […]

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Berlin loft with built in furniture

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 30 January 2014

With a loft like this, who needs IKEA? Georg Bechter Architecture has designed a multi-story loft in Berlin that saves space with its smartly built-in furniture. At the centre of the room is a rounded white glossy panelled column that integrates a fireplace and a flat screen TV.

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That extra $8M you have lying around can buy you Oprah’s condo

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 24 January 2014

Just thought you’d like to know that Oprah’s Chicago condo is up for sale. You know, if you have an extra $7.75M lying around (that’s around 8.8M AUD). But before you turn down the chance to sleep where O did, listen to what you’ll get. This condo features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half […]

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A building that looks like a giant Anemone

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 22 January 2014

Don’t panic just yet. That’s not some sort of giant boxy sea creature out to wreak havoc and mayhem. That’s just a coral-inspired building for the students of the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer, part of the Paris-based Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Inspired both by Anemone tentacles moving beneath the ocean surface and its ocean-side […]

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Here are the smallest homes on Earth

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 16 January 2014

If you’re claustrophobic, the new trend of micro homes might not be your cup of tea. But these teeny tiny homes are getting a lot of attention for their innovative designs and low building cost. Business Insider gave us a tour of 24 homes from all over the world that some would find too small […]

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Trekkie fan spent $30,000 to make her home look like the USS Enterprise

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 10 January 2014

Starfleet Command, I think we just found the mother of all Trekkies. Line Rainville is a devoted fan of the popular and generation-changing 1960s series ‘Star Trek’. So much that she spent $30,000 in various redecorations of her home to transform it into a replica of the USS Enterprise Bridge. At first, she remodeled her […]

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London building turned upside down by Alex Chinneck

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Architecture on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Alex Chinneck, a London-based artist and designer, has installed a fascinating piece on the street of Blackfriars Road in London. The building appears to have been turned on its head, but it’s actually an installation titled Miner on the Moon, and features windows, doors, and shop front signage all turned on their heads to create the upside down effect.

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Birdbnb, an Airbnb for birds

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 3 January 2014

Birds now have a swankier and more beautiful home than you thanks to vacation rental site, Airbnb. In a new campaign called Birdbnb, the internet giant seeks to provide shelters for migrating birds because to them, ‘Every Traveller Deserves a Home’. With the help of five designers, Airbnb made birdhouse copies of its 50 most […]

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House floats on water, lets you be based anywhere you like

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 30 December 2013

Dymitr Malcew’s mobile floating home concept, which comes with a buoyant platform that props up an entire home with rooms that directly go out to the terrace to the edge of the water, also has plenty of glass walls that let natural light stream into the space. It’s clearly designed for greatness.

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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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