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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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

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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?

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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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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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