An entire miniature city is built from 100,000 staples and a pair of very steady hands

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 18 August 2014

What do you do when you are given 100,000 staples and a floor area of approximately 600cm x 300cm? I would tender my resignation but if you are Peter Root, you build a miniature city filled with office buildings and skyscrapers. To do it, he broke the staples into various sizes ranging from 12cm high to a single staple and arranged them patiently with a very steady hand over a period of forty hours to complete the city he had in mind.

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These photos reveal just how rapidly the world is changing

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture, Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 May 2014

If you’ve ever marveled at the incredible pace of this growing world, you’re in good company. Just years ago, in fact 20 or 30 years, some cities were still arid deserts and more countryish than city. For instance, in 1990, UAE’s Dubai tall skyscrapers and millionaire’s paradise was nothing but a dream, and a desert. […]

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Hello, Acrophobia! This observation deck allows you to tilt over the city

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Chicago’s John Hancock Center has just opened a brand new observation deck known as TILT. And just as its name implies, this observation deck allows guests to tilt over the city from the 94th storey. Tourists are secured inside an enclosed glass and steel platform that holds up to eight people at a time and gives them a 360-degree view of the Windy City.

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Why live in buildings when you can live in between them?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 26 March 2014

We love how Danish designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have ingeniously proposed using the negative space in between buildings as actual living spaces with these cool urban infill design concepts that look really livable and edgy at the same time. Who knew there was so much potential to house more people in already-packed […]

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London building turned upside down by Alex Chinneck

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Architecture on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Alex Chinneck, a London-based artist and designer, has installed a fascinating piece on the street of Blackfriars Road in London. The building appears to have been turned on its head, but it’s actually an installation titled Miner on the Moon, and features windows, doors, and shop front signage all turned on their heads to create the upside down effect.

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Buildings, we mean blobs, are taking over the world

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 17 October 2013

The next big thing in architecture is apparently ‘blobitecture’, so reported Business Insider of building resource Emporis, which has rounded up a convincing gallery of the most astounding blobs of buildings out there. With all the rising obesity in the world, buildings must really take after people.

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Outdoor funnel wall makes music when rain falls

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 12 August 2013

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 […]

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Some of the world’s most unique libraries

Sara Halas Reader Find

By Sara Halas in Architecture on Saturday 8 June 2013

Even in this digital age, there really are some libraries in the world that are worth a visit. Those included in this collection all have unique features: for example, being the greenest building in Amsterdam, housing the first editions of Homer and Plato, or chaining their books to the shelves. My inner child would be […]

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Sculptures of iconic New York buildings invade New York

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 31 May 2013

Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea’s site-specific public art installation No Limits with gigantic architectural sculptures of some of New York’s iconic landmarks is now showing alongside Park Avenue Malls till June 9. These sculptures of Chrysler Building, Citicorp Center, Empire State Building, Flatiron building, Helmsley Building, MetLife Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, Seagram Building, Sherry […]

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Carbuncle Cup: celebrating the UK’s most fugly buildings

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 May 2013

Inspired by a magazine that is now accepting nominations to find UK’s ugliest new building and award it the Carbuncle Cup, The Guardian recently got its readers to nominate the ugliest architectural structures in the country. Love what one reader said about the Leeds Arena, which is now under construction: ‘The desolate car park it […]

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What the Time-Life Building looked like in the 1960s

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 11 April 2013

Designed by Harrison & Abramowitz & Harris, the Time-Life Building opened in 1959 and is where the fictional ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce from Mad Men is set. Looking at these rare photos of the building and its spaces, it’s hard not to be impressed by Time-Life’s majestic aesthetics — the sleek and decadent […]

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Bangkok building looks flaky, but really isn’t

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 22 November 2012

Remember the floating cinema? Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s Ole Scheeren, the architect behind it, has also designed a number of other intriguing architectural structures.

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Bird apartments allow you to spy on nesting birds

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Wednesday 12 September 2012

A bird-apartment has been built in Japan’s forest, where 78 little bird families can live at once. The structure allows for one person to enter and observe the nesting birds through tiny peep holes. The bird-apartment is part of the Momofuku Ando Center’s commitment to promote access to nature. But really, who wouldn’t want to take a peek inside 78 bird houses? 

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Straight Up: a photo series by Cameron R. Neilson

Demi He Contributor

By Demi He in New Photography on Saturday 11 August 2012

Looking up at the sky once in a while can give a new perspective on life. Straight Up, the photography collection of Cameron R. Neilson, does give that characteristic of giving something old a new outlook. The camera’s angle provides a different mindset of buildings and streetlights, giving a sense of exhilaration in architecture. Cameron defies the natural order to show the abstract features in everyday life.

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Archigram Archival Project

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By Andy in Architecture on Tuesday 18 May 2010

Archigram is recognised as an influencer of many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Exhibitions of their work from 1961-1974 have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, and Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002. Despite this, the architectural vision of Archigram is mainly unbuilt and the bulk of their visionary work remained difficult to access, largely stored domestically or in temporary storage. 

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