Incredible nature-inspired tower block by Sou Fujimoto

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 13 March 2014

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto unveiled plans for a tower block that’s shaped like a pine cone, with balconies “sprouting outwards” in all directions. This particular design is part of a series of 12 buildings planned for the Post Marianne district of Montpellier, France. The 17-storey tower is being named Arbre Blanc (white tree) and will […]

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Download blueprints to famous homes to DIY

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 20 December 2013

If you’ve always wished to live in a beautifully designed home but never had the funds for it, Paperhouses might be of use to you. This unique site is the first open source platform that brings world-class residential architecture for free to the general public. And here’s how it works. Each house is designed by an ‘internationally renowned architect,’ and those blueprints are then uploaded online for free.

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The winning design for Australia’s Gold Coast cultural precinct

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 5 December 2013

A playful and fun cultural precinct in Gold Coast is set to be developed by one of Australia’s leading creative design firms. ARM Architecture bested 75 other proposals in the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition. Jurors praised it as “playful and inclusive,” with the design promising to encourage people to experience and contribute to […]

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Badly designed buildings end up melting cars parked nearby

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

London now has its very own death ray! Kind of. It hasn’t yet opened (in fact construction has not even finished) but the Walkie Talking building in central London is already making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Or right reasons if you’re a global troublemaker and dream of ruling the world.

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Stunning modern vacation housing in Swizerland

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By Mkaio in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 May 2013

Living off the grid, escaping the compliant, complacent, commercial lifestyle of everyday Western living, has long been a fantasy of mine. Living inside a hill, or under one, or under a waterfall, or over a stream – that has been another life-long dream to build a unique home, completely enveloped in natural surroundings. I recently came […]

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Stunning architecture by Japan’s Toyo Ito

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Toyo Ito is the mastermind behind the colossal, solar-powered World Games Stadium in Taiwan. Designed to hold 55,000 people, the structure is a true wonder of modern architecture. But this is nothing new fo Ito. He’s been pioneering the way for modern urban architecture since the 70s when he first combined the words “urban” and “robot” to brand his […]

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The modern art of shopping: Hit Gallery in Hong Kong

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Saturday 13 April 2013

I feel a bit like Alice walking into Wonderland. This new retail space all glass, huge sculpture, and black and white floors. Designed by Italian architect Fabio Novembre, Hit Gallery in Hong Kong brings the retail experience to a new realm of surrealism. The shop is meant to communicate the Italian fashion and lifestyle. This design elevates shopping […]

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Europe’s first music hotel: Nhow Berlin Hotel by Karim Rashid

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 11 April 2013

Nhow is Europes first music hotel. This gem is located in the center of Berlin and features two music studios. This is the place to stay if you want to do some recording, collaboration, or just soak up some inspiration.

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Incredible house completely covered in mosiac tiles

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 26 February 2013

This house in Venice, California is completely covered in cool mosiac tiles. The house is a little overwhelming. Can you imagine having to do the tiling? It’s a true wonder of the American west coast. And guess what? It’s open for visiting if you call ahead!

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Dome, Sweet Dome: rent your own Dome House in Sedona, Arizona

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 19 February 2013

This needs to be your next ultimate vacation destination. Rent your own Dome House in Sedona, Arizona! It comes complete as an entire home, fully furnished with three bedrooms, two full baths, in-home washer and dryer. Oh, and did I mention the fantastic view of the Red Rocks? So don’t wait, book your next vacation […]

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Frank Gehry’s tilt shift New York

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By Scott Tulay in Architecture on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Frank Gehry’s over-scaled cornice surprised the conservative town of Boston when he renovated the Tower Records building with Schwartz/Silver back in 1989. His penthouses in New York now take their sculptural cues from the experience of exaggerated bay windows where a person can step beyond the facade of a building. What is interesting is the promotional video for the new penthouses uses tilt shift views which imply that your view 870 feet up from the tallest residential building in the U.S. will make New York seem like your personal playset.

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Photos of Impossible Architecture by Filip Dujardin

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By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Friday 3 February 2012

Filip Dujardin is fine art and architectural photographer based in Belgium. Dujardin’s Fictions is a series of fictional structures created using a digital collaging technique from photographs of real buildings in and around Ghent, Belgium. Some of his architectural creations are structurally impossible or implausible. Some of the most intriguing buildings seem perfectly ordinary at first glance, revealing their fictional nature as the viewer registers missing or incongruous details.

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The Sliding Wall Glass House

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Wednesday 10 February 2010

Located in Suffolk, England, this is all-glass house designed by London’s de Rijke Marsh Morgan comes with a twist — the house slides open! That’s right: ‘Four electric motors silently slide the 20 tonne outer house shell back to reveal the inner glass and steel structure. The motors that power this sliding run on car batteries automatically recharged through solar power’. The whole process takes around six minutes to complete and the house was built with the option of ‘extending the track further to allow the roof shell to cover a garden or swimming pool’.

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Dubai’s Blue Crystal Floating Iceburg lodge

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By Casper Johansson in New Eco on Tuesday 19 January 2010

At the height of Dubai’s outrageous building boom, all manner of ideas — from the sensible to the totally unbelievable — were entertained. The Blue Crystal Floating Iceburg lodge, powered by solar cells and intended to ‘harness the world’s natural energy sources, keeping it self-sufficient’, seems like an odd fit for an environment built upon an arid and uncompromising desert. Oh, and it was conceived to come with six ‘stories of luxury entertainment, including an underwater lounge and ballroom’. Weeha!

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World’s tallest Arch bridge, Dubai

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By Zolton in Architecture on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Not content with unveiling the world’s tallest building, nearly bankrupt Dubai is also constructing the world’s tallest Arch bridge. Designed by New York architects, Fxfowle, the bridge, which is scheduled to be completed in 2012, will be one mile long, 670 feet tall, and will carry more than 2,000 vehicles an hour in each direction.

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