Amsterdam-based UNStudio recently submitted this proposal for the Urban Library of the Future and Centre for New Media in Gent, Belgium. The project features a dynamic, flexible environment with an open landscape, several meeting areas, and a public plaza. The sleek and sexy building is fluid in form and includes "green" roof terraces that provide nature sunlight inside the… Continue
It's impossible not to think of the Death Star when you looking at this soon-to-be-completed commercial and cultural complex in Lyon, France. Designed by Paris-based Jacob + Macfarlane architects, the Orange Cube hopes to revive the surrounding area with a splash of color and a modern aesthetic. Kudos to the architects for their bold approach and willingness to take risks.… Continue
Here is a part of the work of Aurelien Villette, a french photographer. He explores abandonned places to show beautiful architectures that otherwise would never be seen. You can view more photos on his website, here.…
Scheduled to break ground in December 2008 and expected to complete in 2012, The National Performing Arts Center is more than just eye candy. Francine Houben, founder of Mecanoo Architects, created it in response to the subtropical climate of the city of Kaohsiung. As a result she has received the Cityscape Architectural Award for her expressive design, the integration of the complex into the surrounding park, the advanced theatre design, and… Continue
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This is taking "green" to a whole new level. These park houses by Ushida-Findlay Architects have been granted planning permission and will be built in Preston, UK. These unusual eco-homes will share a wavelike green roof which covers five individual four-story homes as well as a common leisure space that will surround the complex. Strips of indigenous plants, set… Continue
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Although Vegas is known for its surreal architecture and mega-resorts, this hotel brings a fresh new look to a thriving city. As part of an invited competition, JDS/Julien de Smedt Architects has designed this proposal for the Mondri and Elano Hotel in Las Vegas. They wanted to create a genuine experience while extracting the identity of the Mondrian and the Delano… Continue
I like the design and functionality of this ship-like structure. Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to build the the new headquarters for the Antwerp Port Authority on the harbor of Antwerp, Belgium. The new Port House will solve the pressing shortage of workspace as it will be able to house approximately 500 staff in a single new building.
The new Port House design consists of two entities: the existing fire station below, and…
Designed by star-architect Zaha Hadid, Dorobanti Tower was designed to establish an iconic presence in the heart of Bucharest. The new tower is a unique mix of a distinctive form, ingenious structure, and spatial qualities of sky-high living. If approved, it will be the tallest building (656 ft) in the city and will provide a 5-star hotel along with apartments. The meandering exterior…
Are you trying to brainwash your kid to be the next big architect? If so, this LEGO set is a must-have for you!
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in conjunction with LEGO recently released the Frank Lloyd Wright Lego Architecture Collection at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The collection consists of six buildings, including… Continue
This design of a vertical structure for Mexico City by Jorge Hernandez de la Garza makes use of modular construction to bring the city some green space without taking up too much precious (basically unavailable) land. The structure can be configured to provide space for public spaces, offices, living spaces, and urban farming. Flexibility is inherent in the design: the layout and size could be changed after construction if needs arise. The modules… Continue
Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler at ETH Zurich have developed an industrial robot that can build walls. The robot called R-O-B is mounted on a flatbed trailer to allow it to move along the construction path. The brick wall will be constructed on Pike Street in New York, in full view of the public. Construction will begin on September 29th and is expected to take four weeks. Below is a photo of a wall constructed by the same robot at the 2008…
London-based architecture firm ACME was recently awarded third prize in a competition to design a United Nations memorial. Initiated by the city of Chungju in South Korea, the selected memorial will rest in the city’s UN Peace Park.
Built as a metaphor for how the UN operates and functions, the memorial space is meant to “represent the nature of the…
Designed by architecture firm Grant Associates, Bay South is set to become Singapore’s largest garden project when it opens in 2011.
The project’s most striking feature is its super-tall tree structures, which function as towering vertical gardens that collect rainwater and solar energy to sustain the garden. The supertrees will range from 100-180 feet (30-55… Continue
Though there's no lack of creativity in Keiichi Matsuda's film, Augmented (hyper)Reality: Domestic Robocop, his glimpse into our future makes me feel a bit unsettled. Now I'm all about marketing and branding but augmented reality takes a nasty turn when it becomes too pervasive.
As Mastuda states, "Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it. [This is] a film produced… Continue
Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au are to be awarded the Sustainability Award of the 2010 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards for their tower covered in a folded metal skin. The award will be presented on March 17th at a ceremony in Cannes.
Italian architecture firm StudioDosi proposed this double-skinned, vegetation-covered headquarters for the Province of Parma. Located in Italy, the four-story 145,000 sq foot (13,500 sq meter) structure features a wide array of green building strategies, extensive gardens, and a living exoskeleton meant to provide shade and natural ventilation for the building…
Architecture firm Ozel Office designed this elaborate proposal for the Izmir Opera House in Turkey. Envisioned as an extension of the existing cultural landscape of the city, the structure is ”a catalyst that reinforces the relationship between the old city, the new city, the waterfront, and urban culture. In short, our vision is a synergy of spatial, cultural, as…