Conceptualized by California-based architecture firm Faulders Studio, GEOtube is a new kind of urban sculptural tower proposed for Dubai that uses salt water to grow its own skin. Continue
The building sucks up water from the Persian Gulf (the source of the world's saltiest ocean water) through a 3 mile (4.62 km) underground pipeline, and then sprays it over a…
Added by Eugene on February 27, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen was awarded first place in a competition to design a new concert and congress hall on one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote.
Taking inspiration from the jagged landscape of the island, Palacio de Congresos is a 161,000 sq ft (15,000 sq m) crystalline-shaped structure that is designed to be as flexible as…
Added by Eugene on April 13, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Created for bottled water brand H2O, New York-based architecture group Axis Mundi designed this retrofit facade on an office building in Barcelona that replicates rippled water. The facade, which mimics the undulating pattern found in waves, will be made of a polymer composite and suspended on a steel truss attached to the existing building.
Added by Eugene on June 23, 2010 at 8:30pm —
The curvy shape of the Wave Apartments in Vejle, Denmark makes me want to go on a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, the structure was inspired by the characteristics of the area: the fjord
, bridge, town, and hills.
The building includes 140 modern apartments,… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 24, 2010 at 3:30pm —
If buildings had feelings, the St. Michiel Church in Belgian would be depressed because all its neighbors have big, elaborate domes. Luckily for this church, two artists have come to its rescue...
Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh created the "Upside Dome," a real-size scale model comprised of hundreds of meters of chain. The installation is… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 27, 2010 at 6:00pm —
From afar, Villa Geldrop in the Netherlands looks like any other home. Walk a little closer, though, and you'll notice that is has an awesome underground level.
Four bedrooms and a living room are located in the underground level. Hofman Dujardin Architects designed the home to allow tremendous amount of natural light to flow through the open spaces in the axe-shaped foundation. The… Continue
Added by Eugene on March 20, 2011 at 11:00am —
Located on the Spanish Island of Mallorca, Casa Son Vida 1 is a world-class modern luxury villa. The first of six planned villas on the island by Cosmopolitan Estates, Casa Son Vida 1 represents a new standard of progressive design that leans more toward futuristic than nostalgic.
As with all Cosmopolitan projects, a world-class network of architects and…
Added by Eugene on March 24, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Construction has reached the half way point for Capital Gate, an iconic leaning building in Abu Dhabi, designed by New York firm RMJM Architects. Built to be the most inclined tower in the world, the 35 story, gravity-defying feature tower will lean westward 18 degrees, 4 times as far as the Leaning Tower of Pisa which currently leans 3.97 degrees.
The halfway… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 30, 2009 at 7:00pm —
At 200,000 square meters (over two million square feet), Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be the world’s largest indoor theme park. Global architecture firm Benoy cite the classic double curve of the Ferrari GT as their primary inspiration for the design.
Among the 20+ rides that will be housed in the largest indoor park on earth will be a g-force drop tower…
Added by Eugene on November 19, 2009 at 10:30am —
Designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, the Basque Health Department building looks like it came straight out of a Spiderman
movie. Its façade looks sinister and foreboding, perfect as Venom's lair...
The striking façade is a shell of glass placed at irregular angles. The folds generate multiple reflections visible from the inside, changing its appearance… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 10, 2010 at 1:00pm —
This pointy building by architect Daniel Libeskind is like that hot chick with a bad attitude. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building is an extension of the already existing Denver Art Museum. Inspired by the vitality and growth of Denver, the addition currently houses the Modern and Contemporary art collections as well as the collection of Oceanic and African… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 18, 2010 at 5:30pm —
This past weekend, Zaha Hadid celebrated the completion of Guangzhou Opera House, the architect’s first completed project in China. Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the design was influenced by river valleys and the way they are transformed by erosion.
With a 1,800-seat Grand Theater equipped with the very latest acoustic technology, a 400-seat… Continue
Added by Eugene on March 1, 2011 at 4:30pm —
When taking photos of buildings, most of us will stand back and snap them from afar. Not Teng Tan. The Melbourne, Australia-based photographer likes to shoot his city's architecture so close that the buildings are almost indiscernible. "I guess I am an urbanite trying to see my city anew through the lens," he tells us. "For me, patterns in (particularly modern)… Continue
Added by alice on October 26, 2011 at 9:30am —
I like the sleek exterior and modern interior of this concert hall in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. This is Jan Kaplicky's final project. The founder of the avant-garde architecture firm, Future Systems
, past away last week at age 71.
The building features a shiny, dark, undulating roof that is shaped like a sting ray. Inside, the unique design… Continue
Added by Eugene on January 23, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I'm a big fan of simple yet modern. This space is exactly that: sleek and clean but not too fancy. Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
was asked to do this private residence for an industrial designer in Tokyo.…
Added by Eugene on September 19, 2008 at 10:30am —
Created by the Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelbau, this beautiful structure is the
the Pusan Cinema Centre. Recently opened on October 2nd, the cinema centre has a 4,000 seat outdoor cinema while the inside of the structure will house studios, offices and convention space for the Pusan Film Festival. There will also be 4 screens inside which when the… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 5, 2008 at 8:00pm —
Designed by Canadian architect Hongbo Lu, The "Flying Colors of Dubai" was the third place entry in the Zaabeel Park Tall Emblem Structure Competition. Hundreds of colorful flakes positioned around a curved elevator rise to a height of 525 feet (160m). The flakes act like little individual solar panels that not only provide shading, but also have the capability to… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 25, 2009 at 10:00am —
Zaha Hadid recently designed a retail and business center in the town of Jesolo, Italy, to be situated in two areas halfway between Jesolo urban center and Jesolo sea. Strategically positioned to be a major gateway into town, the project includes a 5 star hotel, 2 story retail complex, offices, congress hall, gym, nightclub, and a restaurant offering panoramic…
Added by Eugene on November 9, 2009 at 9:30am —
Designed by international firm Aedas, the Pazhou Hotel strives to be a unique, iconic structure in Guangzhou, China. While the mixed-use development fronts directly onto one side of the Pearl River, the location affords views to the water from both directions.
The Pazhou Hotel features retail spaces, restaurants, exhibition halls, and a fitness center. In…
Added by Eugene on April 28, 2010 at 10:00am —
Here are theMET, we're big fans of green architecture. We recently partnered up with the people at the Princeton Architectural Press and they were gracious enough to send over a few books regarding the topic.
I just finished reading all three books, and my favorite was LEED… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 29, 2010 at 11:30am —