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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Christchurch Pallet Pavilion to live on through summer

Chad Bennett Contributor

By Chad Bennett in Architecture on Monday 21 October 2013

It was an initiative that spawned from the creativity of Christchurch residents and the desire for an inner-city live venue among the city’s disused CBD. Originally set to be pulled down back in June, the temporary Pallet Pavilion is set to now remain open throughout the summer.

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The clock tower penthouse in Brooklyn we all wish we had

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 18 October 2013

Ok, so maybe the Batcave is already taken. What’s the next best thing for a superhero HQ/villainous lair? If you have $18 million to spare, you can get yourself a cool clock tower penthouse. The Clocktower Building was once a cardboard factory built in 1915, now it is home to a three-story penthouse measuring 6,800 feet with four 14-foot glass clocks overlooking Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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2013 World Architecture Festival winners

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 17 October 2013

The World Architecture Festival took place in Singapore this year and saw around 200 shortlisted projects compete for awards in 30 different categories, from offices and places of religion, to family homes, schools, shopping centers, and future architecture projects around the world. Here’s a quick recap: – Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi […]

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Buildings, we mean blobs, are taking over the world

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 17 October 2013

The next big thing in architecture is apparently ‘blobitecture’, so reported Business Insider of building resource Emporis, which has rounded up a convincing gallery of the most astounding blobs of buildings out there. With all the rising obesity in the world, buildings must really take after people.

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Historical structures and their contemporary add-ons

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 4 October 2013

Old meets new in this fascinating collection of historical structures and their contemporary add-ons. And in this particular collection from Architizer, the newest additions are all on the roof. From the Metropolis Center in Bucharest to the incredible Secondary Landscape project in Tokyo, this photo collection is eye candy for all you armchair architects. But […]

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M.C. Escher’s impossible staircase just became possible

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 4 October 2013

Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s famous impossible stairs — which cross infinitely — has now been reconstructed in real life by architecture firm dRMM on the grounds of London’s Tate Modern as part of the London Design Festival. The art installation combines 15 wooden stairways and is perfectly designed to bewilder visitors.

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18-meter high inflatable concert hall comes to Japan, houses 500 guests

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Wednesday 2 October 2013

The areas still recovering from the 2011 Japanese tsunami will play host to the Ark Nova this month when the Swiss Lucerne Festival launches a 3-week musical tour. Ark Nova is an 18-meter high PVC-coated polyester inflatable concert hall — no, really!

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A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 30 September 2013

Go inside the Broerenkerk, a famous Gothic cathedral in Zwolle, Amsterdam, and you will be in for a surprise. Alongside the cathedral’s elegant interiors, is a modern-day bookstore called Waanders In de Broeren.

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The world’s most astounding parking lots

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 25 September 2013

Web Urbanist recently scouted out some of the world’s most astounding parking lots. And we are blown away. The Ballet Valet in Miami is a grassy slab of a dream come true, while the VW Tower in Wolfsburg is a geometric wonder. But the Michigan Theater is the grandest of them all, what with its […]

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The world’s first invisible skyscraper in South Korea

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Work is about to begin for something that looks like it came out of a Bond movie. Designed by architectural firm GDS Architects, the 450-meter tall Tower Infinity in South Korea will be the world’s first invisible skyscraper. Using state-of-the-art cameras and LED lighting, the edifice can create a ‘reflective skin’ that will mimic the background behind it rendering it invisible.

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The forgotten monuments of Yugoslavia

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in Architecture on Monday 2 September 2013

During the 60s and 70s, Yugoslavia was a prospering playground for the architects of the Spomeniks: Monuments that were created as memorials to the Second World War. But with the fall of socialism, these monuments seem to be abandoned and forgotten.

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This Tokyo store changes with the current fashion trends

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 27 August 2013

This store in Tokyo was built to appear as a completely opaque box. Designed by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas, the store changes its appearance as the fashion trends change. The outside walls, for instance, display lovely prints for a cool street view. Built to house Alexandre Herchcovitch’s clothing designs, the box plays off the idea of pedestrians becoming […]

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Yes, it’s true: My Neighbor Totoro’s house is for real

Erin Emocling Contributor

By Erin Emocling in Architecture on Friday 23 August 2013

If you have 100 reasons why you want to go to Japan, then make this your 101st: a true-to-life My Neighbor Totoro house. If you’re a rabid fan of Studio Ghibli, seeing these images will surely make you go ku-rei-ji. Everything is meticulously replicated: from its kitchen and bathroom to Satsuki and Mei’s desk and […]

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This audacious and illegal rooftop mountain villa in China? It’s priceless

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 15 August 2013

You’ve got to love how people always find a way to work around the law. Well, until the law catches up with them. Apparently, a guy from China who owns a chain of acupuncture clinics has been steadily building a mountain retreat since 2007 — complete with trees, fake rocks and the such — on […]

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Massive floating dome made from 450 broken umbrellas

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 14 August 2013

A massive dome constructed from 450 discarded and trashed umbrellas off the streets of New York? Yes, according to its creators Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, the Harvest Dome structure is a “physical revelation of the city’s accumulated water-borne debris”. It is now on display at Harlem River, Inwood Hill Park, and stays afloat on […]

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