Nicole Jewell

 

Presently living in Madrid, Nicole works as a design and architecture writer and Spanish translator. When possible, she enjoys traveling around the Iberian Peninsula exploring Spain's rich blend of historic and modern architecture. Her articles and photos have been published in various trade publications and websites, as well as her own blog, Pass the Ham.

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the 'Hawaii of China.' Slated to be built in the

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Jason deCaires Taylor’s Newest Underwater Sculpture ‘Ocean Atlas’ Will Blow Your Mind

Jason deCaires Taylor’s Newest Underwater Sculpture ‘Ocean Atlas’ Will Blow Your Mind

The large sculpture, inspired by the ancient Greek sculpture of Titan Atlas holding up the heavens, was commissioned by B.R.E.E.F (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) and depicts a

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Mesmerizing Kaleido Wall 1.0 Turns Sydney Opera House into a Colorful Reflective Mosaic

Mesmerizing Kaleido Wall 1.0 Turns Sydney Opera House into a Colorful Reflective Mosaic

Rathod's 4-foot deep Kaleido Wall is made of modular latticework covered in highly reflective panels to mirror light and movement, creating mesmerizing patterns of color. The structure uses the

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh

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Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

Foam Party, anyone? London-based Vppr Architects installed a frothy futuristic Geodesic Foam Dome at this year's 100% Design event. The architects designed the dreamy dome in the sky to create

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering

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London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

The new trains' contemporary style continues in their interior carriages.The designers converted the traditional separate carriage layout into a more comfortable, cohesive atmosphere of one long

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UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

Inside, the expansive theater comprises two auditoriums, one that accommodates up to 650 visitors and a smaller hall that seats up to 200. Additionally, the building has several interconnected

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New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

The images reveal new details for the third phase of the £8 billion project, which will renovate the iconic Battersea Power Station overlooking the Thames River. Interested buyers can now get a

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Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

The new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall will be home to various disciplines of the art-making process and was built to provide a tranquil, collaborative atmosphere to explore new innovative

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London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

While the UK's iconic phone booths are still considered national icons, cellphones have largely rendered the big red boxes obsolete over the years. Solarbox London plans to change that by

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8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

Although one might be quick to assume the designers stapled some old carpet on a pvc pipe, one would be incorrect. The designers who participated in the event came out clawing with some

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Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Depth variations on river Lahn presented a challenging task for the architects. As a solution, the sauna was built as a floating pontoon structure using 20 rectangular floats supported by a

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for a quick

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LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

3D printing technology has finally entered the world of mainstream design - and Germany-based LimeMakers just unveiled a cutting-edge line of 3D-printed products at this year's London Design

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

The BOB copper-clad cubes can be self-attached in a variety of multifunctional configurations, essentially allowing the customer to build custom sized tables, chairs, room dividers, stools,

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Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

The clandestine artists filled the bags with a red liquid to give the final product a somewhat haunting look. The bags were then hung from a structure that had been carefully weaved around trees

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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

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Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town's much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may

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Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

In what will be the Brazilian street artists' largest work yet and their first in Canada, the project is part of their international series, Giants. Similar to previous works in the series, the

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Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wa_sauna is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production. The prototype for the design includes a large wooden platform and a wood-fired sauna. A rear ladder leads from

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Brooklyn Artist Ted Lawson Prints Self Portrait With His Own Blood

Brooklyn Artist Ted Lawson Prints Self Portrait With His Own Blood

For those of you wondering if blood is thicker than ink, just ask artist Ted Lawson. The Brooklyn artist hooked himself up to a CNC machine to draw a self portrait using his own blood. For those

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass

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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Located in Stockholm, Carlsson's low-cost prefabricated home is based on a frame made out of laminated plywood. The house can be assembled quickly on-site, and its modular construction allows it

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city's

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Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

The main focus in converting the historic building into municipal offices was to re-establish the structure's presence as a community pillar. In order to bridge the old building's traditional

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Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

The bookworm owners of the Long Brick House were looking to create the perfect city escape where they could practice their literary love in a tranquil environment. Located on a slope in between

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The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The new stadium will be an expansive 1.8 million square feet and will hold 71,000 seats. The main draw besides the game, however, will be the retractable roof with eight triangular petals that

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