Double-walled glass house in Spain

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 9 January 2013

We’ve seen many glasshouses, but never a double-walled glasshouse like this one that architect Alberto Campo Baeza designed for an office block in Zamora, Spain. It gives the building an illusory feel, like it’s not quite there and could be a mirage. Seems like a nice place to disappear into.

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Hye Ro Hun house in Korea

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Monday 7 January 2013

Somewhere between the city and mountains of Gwangju, South Korea, IROJE KHM architects designed the beautiful Hye Ro Hun house. This exquisite example of contemporary architecture contains two distinct living spaces each with their own amenities. One bedroom even includes a bamboo garden. The sculpture-like design of this house gives it its unique style and personality.

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Divine photography by Christoph Morlinghaus

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By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Sunday 23 December 2012

These almost Star-Trek-like buildings are really churches and it’s great to see that there is an alternative to the dusty houses of prayer we all know. Of course, it helps that these photographs were taken by the outstanding Christoph Morlinghaus. His way of taking pictures transforms everything into something monumental.

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The most colourful church we’ve seen?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 21 December 2012

Atlanta-based artist Alex Brewer, or Hense, recently took some latex paint to a church in Washington DC on a crane, layering every monochromic inch of the exterior with colour, colour and more colour than you can squeeze from a rainbow storm. There’s polka dots, there are random clouds, there are random graffiti-like splotches. Short of churches with stained glass windows, we’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s wonderful stuff.

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Soviet Union’s avant-garde architecture

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 19 December 2012

There’s always multiple sides to every story, and while the Soviet Union has a serious rep for rigidity, as the We Heart blog points out, that’s hardly true of the architecture that emerged during its reign. Here, judge for yourself.

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170 foot long trampoline in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia

Cheyenne Tulsa Contributor

By Cheyenne Tulsa in Cool Travel on Monday 17 December 2012

Estonian architectural firm, Salto, constructed a 170 foot long trampoline for the Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia. The festival, which focuses on architecture and the forest, is talked of as a smaller, Russian version of Burning Man.

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Assemble Projects say bigger isn’t always better

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By Tim Stone and Jackson Juliani in New Trends on Thursday 13 December 2012

Did you know there are a lot of rebellious people working as architects? I recently came into contact with a Melbourne-based architecture and design agency called Assemble. Their message is simple: Australian homes are too big and too expensive. Did you know that our houses and apartments are on average 10 percent larger than those in the United States? Assemble are working on a project to make low cost inner city housing a reality.

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Sleep inside an igloo in Finland

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Wednesday 12 December 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to spend the winter like a penguin, now’s your chance. Levi’s igloos in Finland feature heated glass ceilings that keep you cozy as you gaze at the winter sky above you. And you can follow the changing sky while laying in the motorized rotating bed in the center of the igloo.

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China’s new toilet seat hotel

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, which opens in Jan 2013, has an unusual design that’s seen it being compared — rather unkindly — to a toilet seat. Which puts it in similar company with another building in Suzhou, which has been dubbed a pair of underpants. People can be mean.

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Shipping container condos in Detroit

Cheyenne Tulsa Contributor

By Cheyenne Tulsa in Architecture on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Three Squared, a real estate development company, is planning America’s first 20-unit, 26,000 square feet, multi-family condo constructed from retired shipping containers in Rosa Parks, Detroit.

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San Francisco architecture spinning in music video and more

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 1 December 2012

We’ve gone potty over Kevin Parry’s works before, but it now looks like he’s outdone himself with his HYPNOSF video, which delves into the visual excitement of San Francisco to the tune of Kalle Mattson’s Water Falls. Watch out for the dazzling sequence of the city’s Pyramid Building and co doing 360° spins from 2:53 […]

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Is this a Bond villain’s underground lair?

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Friday 30 November 2012

It’s official, a James Bond villain’s actual lair has just been discovered. Well, not exactly, but it’s close enough. This incredible cavernous hideout is actually a data center located just south of Stockholm, Sweden. The data center was once an old nuclear bunker 100 feet below the ground, and it was even home to WikiLeaks for a short time. Now, this amazing space can even be rented out for art shows, raves, and other events.

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Stunning Saudi Arabian breakwater beacon

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 29 November 2012

Built in 2009 and designed by artist Daniel Tobin with Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, the Kaust Beacon is one of the standout architectural structures for Kaust (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in Saudi Arabia. The 60-metre concrete tower stands at the entry of the harbour and is made of amorphous hexagonal sections that steep out of the Red Sea.

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Architects smashing up their models

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 29 November 2012

Even architects need a sanctuary to call their own sometimes. Smashit is essentially where architects go to ‘freely express their inner frustration’. Here’s where you can find (and upload your own) videos of architects smashing their architectural models into smithereens. Hmm. It must be therapeutic for the architects. The rest of us, we can just […]

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The Lego-like, concrete landscape of Singapore

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 28 November 2012

The city I live in, Singapore, regularly gets flake for its densely concrete landscape — our land covers just 704 km2 of the world — so it’s quite refreshing to look at this classy architectural photo series by Lithuanian artist Aiste Stancikaite. Everything looks so beautiful.

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