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.
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 […]
The Spitbank Fort boutique hotel, designed like a private island off Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, England, has its roots as an abandoned sea fort that used to defend against naval attacks from the French. What a place! It looks pretty darn fantastical.
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.
This exhibition is the ultimate juxtaposition of the old and the new. The Beyond Limits contemporary sculpture exhibition on display at England’s historic Chatsworth House features work from artists such as Marc Quinn, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow, Thomas Heatherwick, Allen Jones, and Mario Merz.
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.
The official name is Hang Nga Guesthouse and Gallery located in Dalat. The city is 1,500m above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in the southern part of the Central Highlands. An architectural dream, which literally bends all the rules, there is not a straight wall in sight – very refreshing. Over five stories high, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Japanese architecture firm Tetsuo Kondo are at it again following their dreamy outing at Venice Biennale three years ago: they’ve traipsed over to the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and built an impressive cubic two-storey space with a canopy of billowing clouds contained within.
Somewhere in the Kunsthof-passage of Dresden, Germany, there’s actually an outdoor building wall that makes music whenever it rains. Christoph Roßner, Annette Paul and Andre Tempel, who live in the building, were the ones who decided to rig a bunch of funnels to coax a grand performance out of musical instruments by hydraulic action. It’s […]
In Karlsruhe, Germany, the kids who attend Kindergarten Wolfartsweier must contend with the serious business of walking straight into the mouth of a cat everyday. Artist Tomi Ungerer and architect d’Ayla-Suzan Yöndel are behind the brilliant kindergarten building design of a kitty in a sphinx-like pose. It’s so cool, the cat’s tail at the back […]
In downtown Birmingham, Alabama, an otherwise drab underpass at 18th street is equipped with thousands of LEDs that sees it light up like a rainbow every night. Artist Bill FitzGibbons is behind this fab work funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Community Catalyst Fund in partnership with REV Birmingham.
In 1968, the late John Milkovisch started using the old beer cans he saved from his afternoon drinking sessions with his wife to make the shiny metallic exterior of the Beer Can House located in Houston, Texas. He ended up using 50,000 beer cans. What can we say? He sure drank a lot.