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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An inflatable trampoline bridge in Paris? Yeeha! We interviewed the designers

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 28 April 2014

Instead of crossing bridges by walking or by riding a car, why can’t we bounce or flip our way across instead? This is what architecture firm AZC had in mind when they submitted a proposal to build an inflatable trampoline bridge for pedestrians to cross the Seine. The structure involves three inflatable doughnut-like rings with mesh trampolines stretched across each one, allowing pedestrians to bounce their way to the other side of the river. It also provides people two options upon reaching the end of the bridge: to exit by way of a staircase or by way of a slide.

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The mobile home of your dreams

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 25 April 2014

While many would opt not to live in a mobile home, this fancy $22,000 ($33,000 if you include the appliances and furniture) house on wheels might just change a few minds. Conceived by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison in their quest to escape the rat race and completely change their way of living, they built ‘hOMe’ […]

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What the Brazil World Cup arenas look like just months from kick off

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 25 April 2014

The first game of the World Cup in Brazil is just a couple of months away and it looks as though the country is ‘rushing to finish the last of its brand-new stadiums’. Just eight of the World Cup stadiums are ready to be used (out of 12), with some venues half-built, ‘sometimes tucked between […]

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Aerial views of America’s sprawl by Christoph Gielen

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, New Photography on Friday 25 April 2014

Photographer Christoph Gielen takes us on a journey into the American ‘burbs in the book Ciphers. Gielen says of his work: ‘The goal of this work is to connect art with environmental politics and to trigger a discussion about contemporary building trends by looking closely at the ramifications of sprawl – to ask: what is […]

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Apartment transforms and opens up like a playground for grown-ups

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 24 April 2014

Wow, what is this? This crazy apartment design by Vlad Mishin comes with metal-framed plywood sculptural moulds that sharply pivot, fold and rotate to reveal the TV panel, the kitchen, and openings to different parts of the 60-sqm space. It looks like a total delight to live in.

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A cabin that’s so small, it doesn’t need a permit

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 18 April 2014

Did you know that in Finland, you could build your own place without a permit? Of course, that place would have to be less than 96-128 square feet. In 2010, designer Robin Falck found a location out in the woods where he planned to put up a cabin. Problem was, he didn’t have time to get a permit and finish construction in time for his mandatory military service, which was in less than a year.

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Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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This Gundam tombstone guardian is everything a dead person could ever want

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Grave robbers, beware, an immobile suit Gundam is guarding this corpse. Located in front of a tombstone carving business in Yasu City, Japan, this very unique tombstone will make sure you’ll never be forgotten in the annals of history. The anime-inspired tombstone may be a lot more expensive than traditional ones, but hey, you only […]

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5-room apartment dies; comes back as ridiculously garish classical art museum

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 7 April 2014

Two months in Germany left such a huge impression on a Singaporean as a student, that when she grew up and bought her own 5-room flat, she decided to renovate it to resemble some sort of ornate European art museum, complete with Victorian details, gold trimmings, hanging chandeliers, candles, oil paintings, a fake fireplace, and faux flowers sticking out everywhere.

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In South Korea, a giant camera with a coffee shop inside

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 4 April 2014

Here’s another item to add on the bucket list of photographers. Six miles east of Seoul, South Korea, there’s a coffee shop designed to look like a giant Rolleiflex Camera. Also inside the iconic structure, called the ‘Dreaming Camera Café’, is a mini museum that houses both classic and modern cameras.

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Why live in buildings when you can live in between them?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 26 March 2014

We love how Danish designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have ingeniously proposed using the negative space in between buildings as actual living spaces with these cool urban infill design concepts that look really livable and edgy at the same time. Who knew there was so much potential to house more people in already-packed […]

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Incredible nature-inspired tower block by Sou Fujimoto

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 13 March 2014

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto unveiled plans for a tower block that’s shaped like a pine cone, with balconies “sprouting outwards” in all directions. This particular design is part of a series of 12 buildings planned for the Post Marianne district of Montpellier, France. The 17-storey tower is being named Arbre Blanc (white tree) and will […]

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If the styles of famous artists became architecture

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 8 March 2014

Barcelona-based architect and artist Federico Babina, has created an illustration series that imagines the art styles of renowned artists as concepts for architectural structures. Entitled ‘Archist’, the series shows the 27 styles of different artists, including Warhol, Dali, Lichtenstein, and Picasso.

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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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