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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Energy efficient villas in China by Vincent Callebaut

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 7 March 2014

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has come up with some extraordinary designs for 45 energy efficient villages in Kunming, southwest China. It’s part of a ‘pioneering scheme encouraging eco-responsible lifestyles’ and it’s being named Flavours Orchard. The concept behind the project is to erect 45 villas within the grounds of a 90,000 square-meter site, with a self-managed food garden, solar roof panels, electric car garages underground, and triple-glazed windows to ‘reduce the need for air cooling equipment’.

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Welcome to El Chapo’s secret tunnels: everyone’s invited!

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 7 March 2014

Mexican kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was finally caught last month (again!) in a condominium complex. Remember him? He was the drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel. Anyway, he was captured in a surprise ambush by Mexican marines on February 22 and Reuters photographer Daniel Becerril was able to capture images of El Chapo’s […]

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The 100 Walls Church is like a maze, but for Christian folk

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Something tells me the 100 Walls Church has a lost child intercom around every corner! This magnificent building is located in the Philippines and was designed by New York architects CAZA. CAZA says they wanted to design a ‘sacred space that embodied the contemporary search for meaning’. And ‘like a forest of walls, our design […]

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Check out the world’s coolest college buildings

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Monday 3 March 2014

International building database Emporis has just released a list of ‘the most spectacular university buildings around the globe’. You’ll be amazed to see the beautiful architecture on this list, because it includes almost every country. One of the buildings that made it on the list is the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, which opened in […]

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This might be the most beautiful house we’ll never get to stay

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 21 February 2014

Is this the most beautiful house we’ve seen yet? When something reflects its surroundings as much as this house does, you’d better be sure you’re staying in a nice neighborhood. London-based Ekkehard Altenburger created the Mirror House in 1996 as an temporary installation, situating it in a natural lake on the Isle of Tyree in Scotland. With the Atlantic Ocean reflecting in its mirrored exteriors, it’s certainly a handsome house.

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Mindbending! South Korea may actually build this $290 billion sci-fi property

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 21 February 2014

Apparently there are now plans for South Korea’s port city of Incheon to build 8City, a massive $290 billion leisure and gaming destination by 2030. According to the developer, if the project gets the green light, the resort will be built on Yongyu-Muui island near Incheon international airport, and come with the likes of casinos, […]

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Your typical Victorian house, with a surprise room inside

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 17 February 2014

Welcome to your typical Victorian era mansion. It’s got approximately 7,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, a study, a wine cellar, and BAM! An action-packed spaceship cockpit right in the attic. Ok, that’s just the play room for the kids, but isn’t it neat in an 80’s sci-fi movie kind of way?

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A bridge that’s a carpark that’s also a park

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 13 February 2014

A carpark that’s also a park that’s also the bridge that’s also the carpark and park. Confused? You definitely are because architecture-ception just happened. With an upsurge in tourism arrivals in Moena, Italy, architect Angelo Salomone of AS-DOES had the problem of building a park, a carpark, and a bridge, all the while trying to not destroy Mother Nature too much.

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In the Netherlands, they have a roundabout for bikes. And it’s gorgeous!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Again, the Dutch have proven that their country is oh so perfect. While most countries are still trying to integrate bike programs on their crummy roads, the Netherlands are already light years ahead. Introducing, the ‘Hovenring’, one of the world’s first bicycle path roundabouts.

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Planned makeovers for abandoned stations of Paris

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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