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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Contemporary shophouse sports its own indoor pool

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 14 November 2013

Cross disciplinary design team FARM teamed up with KD architects to design a shophouse in Singapore that comes with a monolithic lap pool that ‘guides one’s experience from the front to the rear’, as well as stairs that loop through the shophouse. Bathed in natural daylight that seeps through the roof, the place looks amazing

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Now you can work from your home… bathroom

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 14 November 2013

You heard us. Work from your home bathroom, why not? Especially when they look like some of these astoundingly well-designed bathroom workspaces. We’ll just have to remember not to die accidentally falling into the bathtub while slaving away on a plugged-in laptop.

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This library in Mexico doubles up as a playground

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 11 November 2013

What kind of trickery is this? Niños Conarte from branding agency Anagrama created a vibrant playground out of a library Monterrey’s Fundidora Park with more space to play than you’ll find in most libraries, and we don’t mean hide and seek. The bright geometric bookshelves — which resemble mountainscapes in a nod to the topography […]

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Vienna home to the world’s most beautiful public housing projects

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

We’ve all seen the typical public housing projects maintained by our government, but if you’re living in Vienna, there’s definitely no stigma attached to public housing. In fact 60% of the Viennese population lives in municipally built, owned or managed housing. So it’s no wonder there’s a new exhibition at NYC’s Austrian Cultural Forum titled […]

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World-famous architects design must-see bus stops

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

A bus stop isn’t just a bus stop anymore. Thanks to world-renowned designers such as Alexander Brodsky, Smiljan Radic, Sou Fujimoto, and RintalaEggertsson Architects, bus stops are a work of art. These designs were part of the BUS:STOP project in the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach, where a new association dedicated to encouraging culture in […]

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China home to world’s largest ball pit

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

Kids seem to have all the fun when it comes to amusement parks and traveling shows, so why not give the adults some excitement? China sure knows how to do just that! As part of the Kerry Hotel’s “Pink October” campaign and raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, they added 1 million pink and green […]

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High design homes for man’s best friend

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 7 November 2013

Long gone are the days of Fido sitting in the backyard in a makeshift doghouse. Designers are now getting into the wonderful world of canine doggie dream homes with the likes of Kazuyo Sejima, Kenya Hara and the architectural firm Reiser + Umemoto getting in on the craze. And the best thing about Architecture for […]

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Rooms with no view: Fake windows adorn these apartments in China

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 5 November 2013

In the latest on China’s notoriety for fake products, three buildings of a high-rise residential complex in the Shibei district of Qingdao have been gaining a lot of attention for sporting fake painted windows on their walls. Just… wow.

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At just 4 feet across, this home is a tight squeeze

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 4 November 2013

Designer Jakub Szczesny has converted a 4-ft space between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland into an extremely narrow house. While no one has actually taken up permanent residence except for artists who stay there for a few weeks at a time to take in inspiration, it makes for a proper home with plenty of windows, […]

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The biggest treehouse in the world

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 1 November 2013

If back in your childhood you dreamed of building a small, quaint tree house in the backyard that could fit you and a few of your friends, dream bigger, kiddo.

Minister Horace Burgess has built himself the world’s biggest tree house, located in Crossville, Tennessee. It has 80 rooms, including a sanctuary/chapel/indoor basketball court, cause you know, Jesus loves basketball. It cost Burgess $12,000 to put this massive structure up in 14 years.

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Monterrey library is a reading space, playroom and climbing experience

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 31 October 2013

Take a look at this library in Monterrey, Mexico. Designed by the team at Anagrama, the Children’s Library and Culture Center lies inside a warehouse-like building and boasts an incredibly modern design that sees neon rafters and shelves offset by angular shaped shelving and flooring.

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Hermitage San Colombano: a church carved into a rock

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By Hameed Adigun in Architecture on Tuesday 29 October 2013

It’s a church carved in a rock. It’s a church carved into a rock! I mean come on… It’s a church carved into a flippin’ rock! How cool is that? I almost didn’t notice it for a minute and when I did, my first thought was ‘what the …’ Fill in those blanks. This wonderful […]

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The coolest office ever? It’s on a rooftop somewhere in Vienna

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 28 October 2013

Is this the coolest office you’re seen yet? We dare you to look at this rooftop meeting room of a law firm and not say ‘Yes’. Located in the intersection of Falkestrasse and Biberstrasse in Vienna, the firm the help of architectural design studio Coop Himmelb(l)au to apply some ridiculously awesome trickery to extend its office space upwards as long ago as 1988.

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Footbridges as Works of Art

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 24 October 2013

The modern day footbridge is more than just a means of getting from A to B. Today footbridges are being built in innovative ways and come in all different designs that inspire. Take a peak at the footbridges in this photographic collection and see how unique some of the designs are: The world’s first curved […]

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The Most Beautiful Operating Rooms of the World

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, New Photography on Wednesday 23 October 2013

When asked what you regard as beautiful, you might think of open fields, mountain ranges and even a work of architectural art. But what about an operating room? Photographer Cara Phillips takes us on a journey into the fascinating world of cosmetic surgery in her book Singular Beauty. The concept comes from Phillips’ experience of beauty magazines showing “retouched fashion editorial” photos followed by ads for cosmetic surgery.

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