Artist renovates old house in the woods with lots and lots of colour

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 11 November 2014

In the middle of the woods in High Falls, New York, you’ll stumble upon a house that looks straight out of a fairy tale. Like the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel – minus the candy and the child-eating witch – its façade will tickle your fancy and make you want to explore every nick and cranny of this stunning home.

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This building got a facelift thanks to modern Aboriginal designs

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

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‘It’s that pink and blue building on Flinders Street, YOU CAN’T MISS IT’.  Melbourne-based artist Reko Rennie tapped into his Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi roots and gave it an urban twist, the result being this eye-catching façade called ‘Always was, always will be’.

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House has view trained on the horizon, reminds us to be optimistic

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Research and design firm PRAUD, started constructing the 120-sqm Leaning House in Chungpyong, South Korea in 2013, and finally finished the completion in August this year. The structure is designed to tilt up towards the sun, while the south-facing front windows are angled specifically to let in warm sun beams during the day. If this […]

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The views inside this $79.5 million New York City penthouse are simply breathtaking!

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 20 October 2014

If you’re looking for a new home and you have $79.5-million to spare, head on over to 432 Park Avenue. The newly-built 1,396-foot skyscraper is the tallest residential tower in the entire Western hemisphere and its penthouse will give you unparalleled, 360-degree views of all of New York City. The tower is located between streets […]

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In China, a school maximized its limited space by turning its roof into a running oval

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

What this school lacks in space, it more than makes up for it in ingenuity! Located in the heart of a sprawling high-density area, the Tiantai No.2 Primary School didn’t have the luxury of having wide grassy areas to put their running oval and basketball court. The solution? Put it on the roof!

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This office disappears to prevent employees from working overtime

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 26 September 2014

The Heldergroen office in Amsterdam looks just like any office during working hours, but once the clock strikes 6, a key is turned and steel cables lift the desks up into the air, effectively stopping anyone who wants to do overtime.

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The smallest house in the world can be yours for a crazy $443,920

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 11 September 2014

If you think you’re paying too much for your cramped apartment, wait ‘til you see the ‘world’s smallest house’ that’s priced at a whopping $443,920! A one-bedroom house located in Barnsbury, North London is currently for sale on UK property website, Zoopla.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an entire room in a single box

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 23 August 2014

Convenience is an understatement when it comes to the room-in-a-box. A German design and furniture company came up with this brilliant concept, including a whole room’s worth of furniture in a box that only measures 90 x 120 centimetres. No tools are needed in the process of turning this box into a room, and assembly takes less than 10 minutes!

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This might look like a lake, but it’s actually a $2 million swimming pool

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 20 August 2014

What’s a good way to spend $2 million? THIS. Called ‘The Mountain’, this extravagant pool located in Springville, Utah is the stuff dreams are made of. As you can see, it’s not like your ordinary backyard pool, it actually blends in with the scenic background through its man-made cliffs and waterfalls. This 360,000 gallon pool […]

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The world’s most luxurious (and over the top) bedrooms

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 1 August 2014

When it comes to bedroom decorating, many of us just head to the local Ikea to pick up a cheap bed or chest of drawers. But for the 1% who live lives of luxury, bedrooms are more like palaces, with every detail gone into their designs. HGTV takes us on a journey with their incredible list of the world’s most luxurious bedrooms, and you may just be surprised what some people are treated to.

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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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