Architecture

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between Brazil and

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations in east London.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here's one fantastic infographic you won't want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der Schulenburg of Cantrell &

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Maki and Associates state: "The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light

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Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Monsanto's architecture is utterly unique in the world, as the town rose up in, around, and beneath these rock formations rather than making any attempt to remove or alter them. They've proven to be great

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

The Crest was designed as a demountable sculpture that tests the limits of a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminum panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a

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Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

We’re no strangers to tiny homes, but these Chinese students just unveiled one of the smallest abodes we've ever seen! Developed as part of a school project at Yangzhou University, this locker-sized

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects. The architects also

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Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

The architects designed a new metal roof for the Helene Lancoux media library, which includes more than 40,000 works dedicated to cultural history. The roof's diamond-shaped windows allows pockets of

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Stunning West Virginia Home Showcases Trees as Living Works of Art

Stunning West Virginia Home Showcases Trees as Living Works of Art

The Hayes Residence is located in Berkeley Springs amidst the lush forest of the West Virginia hills. Instead of cutting the trees down, the architects decided to build around them and include nature into

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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Τranslated Geometries from efilena baseta on Vimeo. Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology

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Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

They may look like they're about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet

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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Located on a canal in front of Bayer's San Paulo headquarters, the bridge allows for more efficient crossing of the Pinheiros River by extending the walking and bike path used by Bayer employees. The two

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

True to its container heritage, the Dwell can be relocated anywhere a shipping container can be delivered. Once in situ, the unit takes around three hours to set up, with pack down taking the same amount

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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

To symbolize the global network of digital fabricators, the design of the Endesa World Fab Condenser is based on a Dymaxion world map, a flattened projection of Earth created by Buckminster Fuller. The

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the north of Porto, the

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Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum

The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery will be delivered as part of the Science Museum's £60 million redevelopment master plan, which will transform a third of the museum over the next five

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

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Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

Archaeologists from Aarhus University in Denmark and The Danish Castle Centre have made a sensational discovery south of Copenhagen: A massive Viking fortress built with heavy timbers and earthen

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed designs for Grace on Coronation, a trio of futuristic residential towers to be developed by the Sunland Group. Located along the Toowong riverbank just a few miles

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