The Plaza’s got nothing on this line of hotels! Developed by Dutch agency NL Architects, the proposal for the Amethyst Hotel looks just like violet variety of quartz, cut in half. Designed to promote the healing qualities of the amethyst, the first Amethyst Hotel (of many) is under development in China, on a man-made island called Ocean Flower, which is in the sea north of Hainan.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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 […]
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.
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.
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’.
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!