Electrical towers get a stained glass makeover by art students

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 10 July 2014

With a little bit of imagination, the whole world can be your art oyster – even electrical towers! ‘Leuchttrurm’, which means ‘Lighthouse’, is a 2010 art installation by three art students from Klasse Lobbert in Germany.

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Ancient greek and roman interiors carved into marble blocks are simply gorgeous

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 2 July 2014

While most artists, past and present, would subdue an entire block of marble to their will, carving nature into a human or architectural form entirely, British stone carver Matthew Simmonds does the opposite. He encases timeless Greek and Roman architectural interiors in inescapable frames of nature. It’s a totally different perspective of seeing and appreciating these iconic structures.

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When fashion means dressing up a bit like architecture

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Monday 30 June 2014

Under her fashion label ARC, designer Islean Valath creates these ready-to-wear minimalistic wearable sculptural pieces of art that make the wearer look like architectural forms without foraying into tacky terrains. Really dig the subtleness.

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In West Africa’s Burkina Faso, this royal residence is mud art architecture at its best

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 26 June 2014

Rita Willaert has been to southeastern Burkina Faso and back— and she has more than touristy snapshots to prove it. At Tiébélé, she found a 1.2 hectare village at the base of a hill overlooking the West African savannah where the royal residence made up of decorated mud brick and earthen homes belonging to the […]

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This is not actually an abandoned building with overgrown plants

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 17 June 2014

This may seem like a not-so-lovely tenement building with a jungle for a rooftop garden, but look closer – or farther, rather – and you’ll see that it’s not what it is. ‘Mansion Concrete Planner’ by MollaSpace is a highly-detailed flower pot that comes complete with windows, stairs, and even balcony handrails. If you don’t […]

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This awesome swimming pool is also a bridge between two 38-story buildings in Singapore!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Sunday 18 May 2014

The ‘Sky Habitat’ in Singapore consists of two 38-story tall towers, able to accommodate a total of 574 apartments. Its most glaring feature, however, is the 50 meter long swimming pool that also serves as a bridge between the two condo towers.

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A beautiful mobile home for just $33,000? We talked to the owners about it

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 12 May 2014

While most couples would go for a big and lavish home, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison opted for a tiny one. 221 square feet of living space, to be exact. It’s equipped with a master bedroom, a bathroom, a mini guest loft, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a space-saving staircase that doubles as a closet. They’ve never been happier. In this interview, we talk to them about their new lifestyle – called ‘tiny living’ – and how others could follow in their footsteps. [Read our original post about this mobile home here]

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Countries and their famous landmarks depicted as machines

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 10 May 2014

Federico Babina, the Barcelona-based artist who brought us ‘ARCHIST‘, is back with another architecture-inspired series of imaginative illustrations. This time he’s set on creating giant machines with the monuments and landmarks of different countries in his collection called ‘ARCHIMACHINE’. The series depicts 17 machines, each representing a country’s architecture and culture. For Babina, the architecture […]

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Yes, this really is an invisible barn, but how on earth is it done?

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 9 May 2014

A barn with the superpowers of invisibility? You can bet there are smoke and mirrors at work here. Actually, just mirrors. New York-based architects STPMJ have designed a stealthy building that blends in with the trees and foliage surrounding it.

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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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This giant beagle is actually a bed & breakfast in Idaho

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 11 April 2014

Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]

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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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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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