Kids in this Japanese preschool get to play in puddles indoors

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 25 June 2015

While most, if not all preschools discourage kids from playing in the rain, Japan has one innovative institution that does the opposite. It lets children be themselves as they play and splash in a giant puddle accumulating in the school’s courtyard.

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Artist paints white hotel room with colourful graffiti, but only half of it

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 12 June 2015

If you’re not gonna finish what you’ve started, at the very least make it look like this. In his project ‘Sunday’, Kiev-based designer Pavel Vetrov painted an all-white hotel room with street art. The catch is, he painted only half of it.

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In Melbourne, a trippy staircase encourages more people to take the stairs

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 3 June 2015

When Australia’s largest health insurer Medibank decided to build themselves a new headquarters, they asked creative studio ‘HASSELL’ to design a healthy and active working environment – because you know, healthy is what they do. So the studio came up with a staircase design that’s vibrant, engaging, and most importantly in an office setting, trippy.

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Rich Star Trek fan builds himself a $100-million building that looks like the USS Enterprise

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 28 May 2015

In China, a wealthy tech executive has put his hard-earned money to good use: by giving mankind a real life USS Enterprise – albeit one that doesn’t fly.

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Along London’s River Thames, a floating house you can rent on Airbnb

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 21 May 2015

To celebrate London’s easing of tight home-sharing regulations, Airbnb is renting out a one-of-a-kind property that’s set in one of the city’s best locations: the River Thames.

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20,000 sheets of paper and four tonnes of stone create a Bridge in the Lake District

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By Perspective in New Art on Friday 15 May 2015

20,000 sheets of poppy red paper and 4 tonnes of stone drawn from the river bed are all that environmental artist Steve Messam is using to create PaperBridge, a stunning intervention into one of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes. This remarkable, weight-bearing paper bridge, resplendent in red, has straddled a flowing waterway in the beautiful Lake District as part of Lakes Ignite since early May.

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Say goodbye to linoleum and grab a 3D liquid floor for the home

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 4 May 2015

If you’re tired of boring kitchen linoleum and grown out of the tiles in the bathroom, you should definitely look into grabbing 3D liquid floors for your home. These incredible floor designs make you think you’re in a tropical paradise all year round.

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Girlfriend told him to keep all his geeky stuff in the basement, he rebels with these hidden toys

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 16 April 2015

When his loving girlfriend banished all of his geeky stuff down in the basement, Imgur user ‘Ohhaibroadcast’ decided to get some payback and wage some guerilla warfare. His troops? A LEGO X-Wing pilot and a couple of other toys who know a thing or two about stealth.

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In Sydney, an architect erects a luxurious house shaped like a, erm, phallic symbol

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 1 April 2015

It’s not hard to see why people want to get their hands on this house. Designed by Australian architect Stan Symonds back in 1958, the Sherwin House is 1,204 square metres of luxurious living, set against a lush bushland backdrop. It also has a layout unlike any other: a giant penis.

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This urban treehouse of your dreams holds 63 units and protects residents from pollution

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 13 March 2015

It’s not everyday you see adults enjoying life in a treehouse, but in Turin, Italy, residents of 63 units are lucky enough to call 25 Verde home. Designed by Luciano Pia, this mammoth treehouse apartment building is five stories tall and holds 150 trees that ‘absorb close to 200,000 litres of carbon dioxide an hour’.

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Grassy walkway connects two office buildings by hanging high above ground

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Poland-based Zalewski Architecture have come up with a novel concept that promises to give employees some much-needed fresh air, sunlight, greenery, and the occasional case of vertigo. Called ‘Walk On’, the spiral walkway hangs from the firm’s third-floor studio and connects two office buildings.

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Man buys house, discovers kitchen that hasn’t been touched for over 50 years

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 25 February 2015

When furniture designer Nathan Chandler bought a house in 2010, he didn’t expect to find a retro kitchen that hadn’t been used since it was built in 1956. It’s as if he stepped into a time machine. Or the set of ‘I Love Lucy’.

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In Australia, a beach house appears to be floating in mid-air

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 22 January 2015

Along the Great Ocean Road in Fairhaven, Southern Australia, sits – or should I say, delicately balances – a unique beach house that doubles as an illusion. Called ‘The Pole House’, the oceanfront home appears to be floating in mid-air, with only a walkway connecting it to the ground!

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This house was built to be incomplete: it’s the world’s first inside-out house!

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By Nicole Hughes in Architecture on Wednesday 14 January 2015

A client approached Cut Paw Paw with a unique request. They wanted a house that was ‘ridiculously inside out’. So that is exactly what they got: a house that was deliberately built to be incomplete. Connecting the inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw took the challenge seriously and created a unique concept that blurs the line between internal and external space.

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In Brazil, a building that looks completely like a spinal cord

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 8 January 2015

Fancy living inside a human body part? Famous architect Zaha Hadid recently unveiled the renders for her first ever project in Brazil: an 11-story residential building along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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