Intricate cityscape drawings done from memory by Stefan Bleekrode

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By Stefan Bleekrode in New Art on Monday 25 November 2013

These cityscape drawings by Stefan Bleekrode are deceptively realistic images of well-known existing and imaginary cities the world over. Although drawn in a seemingly realistic manner further enhanced by the use of light and shade whenever possible, most drawings also present themselves as highly accurate architectural and perspective studies. All drawings he made so far were done entirely from memory and executed using ink and watercolour.

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The Buzz: beehive-inspired towers in Singapore

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 22 November 2013

Architect Thomas Heatherwick has come up with a design that will hopefully “pollinate” socialization among teachers and students. Ok, that sounded wrong. Let’s do this again. The new Learning Hub for Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTUC) wants to deviate from the typical classroom design, such as square walls with fluorescent lighting, uninspiring interiors, isolated spaces, etc. They […]

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At just 4 feet across, this home is a tight squeeze

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 4 November 2013

Designer Jakub Szczesny has converted a 4-ft space between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland into an extremely narrow house. While no one has actually taken up permanent residence except for artists who stay there for a few weeks at a time to take in inspiration, it makes for a proper home with plenty of windows, […]

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Historical structures and their contemporary add-ons

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 4 October 2013

Old meets new in this fascinating collection of historical structures and their contemporary add-ons. And in this particular collection from Architizer, the newest additions are all on the roof. From the Metropolis Center in Bucharest to the incredible Secondary Landscape project in Tokyo, this photo collection is eye candy for all you armchair architects. But […]

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M.C. Escher’s impossible staircase just became possible

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 4 October 2013

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.

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The world’s most astounding parking lots

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 25 September 2013

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 […]

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Abandoned sea fort, reborn as private island hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

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.

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The world’s first invisible skyscraper in South Korea

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 17 September 2013

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.

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Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth House

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Wednesday 11 September 2013

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.

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The forgotten monuments of Yugoslavia

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By Mareike Muller in Architecture on Monday 2 September 2013

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.

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The Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

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By Marcus Byrne in Video on Friday 30 August 2013

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, […]

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Yes, it’s true: My Neighbor Totoro’s house is for real

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By Erin Emocling in Architecture on Friday 23 August 2013

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 […]

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This audacious and illegal rooftop mountain villa in China? It’s priceless

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 15 August 2013

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 […]

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Massive floating dome made from 450 broken umbrellas

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 14 August 2013

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 […]

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In Tokyo, you can literally walk in the clouds

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 14 August 2013

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.

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