Architecture

San Francisco Superdad Builds Homemade Roller Coaster in His Backyard

San Francisco Superdad Builds Homemade Roller Coaster in His Backyard

A San Francisco superdad is in the running for father of the year after building a 180-foot long, fully-functioning roller coaster in his backyard! Father of two Will Pemble came up with the idea after

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Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects recently designed a solar-powered passenger service center for the seaport of Kinmen, Taiwan. Since the seaport is considered the iconic gateway to Kinmen, it was imperative that the

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Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Although a Floating City may sound fantastical, it is much more realistic than you’d like as it would be built with the same technologies that CCCC has used to build a 31 mile bridge between Hong Kong,

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Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Inspired by materials and elements of packaging fruit, Mode:lina Architekci decided to use natural materials to make a visual connection between the company’s name and the name of the owner-Adam. The

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5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

The house, which takes its name from the Native American Ohlone word for “mountain lion,” was mostly constructed with salvaged materials. Its recycled steel roof, limestone fireplaces, kitchen hood,

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Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

This particular guesthouse is built from a 40-foot shipping container that offers ample floor space totaling 320-square-feet. Inside, a single room serves the function of living room, dining room, and

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Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Renzo Piano’s The Shard in London is giving guests more than they bargained for. Because of a design flaw in the glassy skyscraper, guests at the Shangri-La Hotel have been able to see the reflection of

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

The Platonian Tower is a competition entry for a redevelopment site in Lima, Peru. Starting from the site's boundaries and code for height and extents, Tammo Prinz designed an expressive residential

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Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award.

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

In addition to Snøhetta, other experts in the field, including Entra Eiendom; Skanska; ZERO; Hydro; Sapa og; and Asplan Viak, were called upon to help transform the existing buildings into energy

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Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen, the project envisions an intelligent network of skyscrapers distributed across a desert landscape. The towers would be

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Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Kloehn builds his shelters for area homeless almost entirely from found, and free, objects. Scouring illegal dump sites, he searches for usable elements like wood, cushions, tables, chairs and pieces that

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Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

The ill-fated Foster + Parnters-designed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas will finally meet its demise as a court ruled for its destruction. The glassy would-be hotel and condominiums began construction in

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion

Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion

A team led by artist Wolfgang Buttress just scooped the winning bid to design a beehive-like structure for the UK pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Titled BE, the "pulsating virtual hive" was designed to

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IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

The pool is housed in a pavilion located in a park close to a school and a community center. The building consists of various convex and concave shell areas which establish a strong connection with the

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Canada’s Glacier Skywalk Boasts Stunning Views and a Near-Zero Footprint

Canada’s Glacier Skywalk Boasts Stunning Views and a Near-Zero Footprint

Visitors can observe the beautiful Sunwapta Valley from 280 meters above through the skywalk's glass-floored observation platform. The skywalk was designed to be an extension of the site's natural

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UEV-440 Off Road Camper Trailer Packs Everything from Wine Glasses to Flat-Screen TVs

UEV-440 Off Road Camper Trailer Packs Everything from Wine Glasses to Flat-Screen TVs

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer that features almost

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Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Built to house a single occupant at a time, the micro house offers a full suite of amenities in a compact energy-efficient space. The wood-clad shipping container structure can be prefabricated off-site

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Ollie's vision for the Barnyard was inspired by the nostalgia of traditional agricultural environments, where almost everything serves a distinct purpose. Materials commonly found in lightweight farm

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Google X’s Flux Startup Crunches Big Data to Secure a Greener, More Sustainable Future in Architecture

Google X’s Flux Startup Crunches Big Data to Secure a Greener, More Sustainable Future in Architecture

The future of sustainable architecture just received a huge boost as Flux, the first startup to spin out of Google X, is paving the way towards a greener, more environmentally friendly building industry.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Refugees and immigrants from the armed conflict in neighboring Karen State of Myanmar come to Thailand in a daily flow and settle in places located just a few kilometers from the border. One of the

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