Architectural designer Michael Jantzen, whose vision is to ‘reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness’, admittedly designs structures that are fantastic and surreal. Even more extraordinary is his M-Vironment series of flexible hinged-panel houses, which are not just conceptual, but actually functional. Held together within a main frame, dwellers can […]
These stunning aerial shots taken by Michael Light are a well-composed illustration of economic collapse. This is luxurious frivolity after it’s been put through the ringer of bankruptcy. Taken from his two-seater plane, Light shoots his images of abandoned dreams while simultaneously piloting his craft. With a focus on the environment and the many ways contemporary […]
Are you OCD about having all your picture frames hanging evenly? Then you might not want to spend the night in the new Unbalance Hotel. Planned to be built into the side of a cliff just outside the city center of Lima, Peru, this mind-blowing hotel will resemble a giant, unbalanced picture frame. It will literally […]
The Hive Apartments is the first in a series of Hip Hop buildings designed by ITN Architects. It is a joint development by the architect Zvi Belling and ‘Prowla’ of the Rock Da City graffiti crew. Prowla’s design, which spells out ‘Hive’, is constructed in concrete to make the graffiti relief façade complete with arrows, swooshes and drips that will see any council worker have major problems to try and clean it away. Result. An ephemeral art, made permanent.
Leong Leong is a New York City-based architecture firm whose work consists of contemporary designs that wonderfully juxtaposes manipulated Euclidian geometries with organic surfaces and details.
The Aeolus Acoustic Wind Pavilion is a wind-singing metal sculpture by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram that lets windy gusts and breezes find their capacity for articulation. Using no electrical power to assist the melody-making, nylon harp strings are attached to some of its tubes, diverting wind into the centre of the work to create sound. Even the unstrung tubes are tuned to an aeolian scale to hum at low frequencies.
10 Design and Buro Happold’s winning design for the new Shizimen Business District bridge in Zhuhai, China, which boosts an angular sculptural loop form that simply looks wicked.
The brand new Opera House in Oslo makes a trip to the capital well worth it. Positioned on the edge of the city, facing the Oslofjord, makes it one of the best places to visit on a warm summer day. The architects were inspired by icebergs, and if you get a glimpse from the fjord, […]
Swings, monkey bars and sandboxes are the usual sights we would expect to see in children’s playground. Denmark-based design and architecture firm, Monstrum, creates playgrounds that are visually stunning. Focusing on design, motor challenges and safety as their core, Monstrum plays with imaginative designs for kids to play in, with creations like big blue whales and surreal houses, to submarines and jet planes. It’s like a life-size visual dream for kids.
I love the intervention of Mathieu Lehanneur on the St. Hilaire church in France. In many ways, this is a paradoxical project as most of the design doesn’t sit well with the faith of the environment. But Lehanneur manages to insert clever mineral architecture in reference to the topology of the place regardless. Sublime!