Eugene's Blog Posts Tagged 'Architecture' (112)

Zaha Hadid's Sleek New Sports Stadium in Tokyo



With her trademark modern style, smooth lines, and bright white open layout, it's no surprise that UK firm Zaha Hadid beat out 10 other finalists to win a contract to design and build a new national stadium for Japan. The 80,000-seat stadium is a key part of Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games and will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium. The arena is also slated to…

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Added by Eugene on November 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Modern Black House



Located 45 miles away from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Black House is a 3,500 sq ft residence that has an amazing lakeside view.



Since the home was designed for an active couple without children, Andres Remy Arquitectos decided to divide the social areas in two. The common areas, such as the kitchen and the dinning room are on one end, while the living room is found on the other, closer to… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Piano House



When the owner of this structure asked for a music building, the architect took the request quite literally. Located in Huainan City, An Hui Province, China, the Piano House was built by the local government to draw interest to the newly developed area. It's also a place where music students from the local college can practice and perform. A gorgeous transparent violin is attached to the piano building,… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 9, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Hidden Underground (11 photos)



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 — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Guangzhou Opera House (15 pics)



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 — 3 Comments

Urban Pyramid in NYC (11 pics + video)



Danish architects BIG recently unveiled their design for an eye-catching, new residential building to be located in Manhattan, New York. The 600-unit project entitled West 57th introduces an entirely new residential typology to New York City that will add an inviting twist to the Manhattan Skyline. Striving for LEED Gold Certification, the building is scheduled to be comple in… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Roof Garden House (9 pics)



Some people really enjoy being surrounded by nature. Perhaps it's because the tranquil environment makes them relax and feel at peace...



Designed by Guz Architects, the Meera House has a roof garden on every story. Because the structure is located on a small plot, close to neighboring buildings, the architects built a solid wall on each side. This helped provide some privacy. A central… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 10, 2011 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Modern Architecture: Death Star Cube (9 pics)



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

Added by Eugene on February 9, 2011 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Modern Architecture: Aztec Serpent Office Building (11 pics)



“The project is like a large ‘Aztec serpent’ rising on the lot," says French studio Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. "Its body has three identical outer faces, and an underside that is different: a skin of silvery transparent scales, and a bright yellow ‘throat,' shiny and opaque."



Located near the main train station in Saint-Etienne, France, this angular office building loops around a… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Best of L.A. Architecture (15 photos)



Taking a cinematic approach, Brian Parillo finds incredible amounts of character in Los Angeles. Shooting at abstract angles, he directs our eyes to captivating geometric shapes. When he shoots up from the ground and into the sky, he gives us a sense of scale, showing us just how magnificent modern architecture can be.



Born and raised in Connecticut, Brian now resides in Los Angeles. He… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 12, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Falcon-Inspired Museum (6 pics)

Foster + Partners recently unveiled this design for a museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Named after UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed National Museum will be dedicated to the history and culture of the country.



Because of the Sheikh's love for falcons, the museum will feature five lightweight steel towers that resemble the wings… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: Death Star Tower (6 pics)

It's not often that we see a building look so sinister and cool. Portugal-based OODA Architecture, in collaboration with the Spanish and American studio OOIIO, proposed this star-shaped tower, which looks like it could be the headquarters for the evilest villain in… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

House Fortress Built Within Rocks (11 pics)

Nestled inside large rocks on the San Juan Islands off Washington State, you will find Merrill Wright's incredible house fortress. Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the concrete and glass house looks as though it bursts through the rocks on which it stands.



The 2,200-square-foot box consists of a main space, 61 feet long and 12 feet high,… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 19, 2010 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

Modern Architecture: Winding Spine Mall (10 photos)

There certainly isn't a shortage of shapes and sizes in this shopping mall designed by Ron Arad Architects. Located near Santiago Calatrava's high speed rail station in Liège, Belgium, "Médiacité" has a 1150 foot (350 meter) long winding spine that connects two mall buildings… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 2, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Modern Architecture: The Upside Dome (12 photos)

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 — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Vietnam's Stunning New Skyscraper (3 pics)

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held for Foster + Partners' first project in Vietnam. The VietinBank Business Centre sends a strong message to the rest of the world: Vietnam is an up-and-coming nation.



Located strategically between central Hanoi and the airport, the project consists of two angular towers that will serve as a gateway to the city. The… Continue

Added by Eugene on October 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Zaha Hadid's New School in London (10 pics + video)

World renowned artist Zaha Hadid recently completed a school in Brixton, south London that features a bright red running track that flows right through it. Designed for ARK Education, the Evelyn Grace Academy is organized into four smaller schools that share outdoor spaces and facilities.



The Academy offers a learning environment that engages students… Continue

Added by Eugene on October 20, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Denver's Stunning New Airport Expansion (5 pics)

Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava just unveiled his design for a new rail station at the Denver International Airport. The new South Terminal Redevelopment Program is made up of four independent yet physically integrated projects: a new rail station that will connect the airport to downtown Denver, a signature rail bridge, a multi-use plaza with retail and… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ant Hill Architecture

The way this giant ant hill was designed will surely blow your mind...



After pouring ten tons of cement into the ground to take to the shape of all the tunnels, a team removed about 40 tons of soil to reach the ant hill. The underground network is an intense system of main tunnels and branching side routes with short connections to decrease circulation time.



The planning, as the video… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 28, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Modern Architecture: Façade with Hexagonal Apertures (8 pics)

This façade by Australian firm Lyons is incredibly eye-catching. The new campus building for Warrnambool College in Australia has a glazed exterior made up of hexagonal apertures tilted down towards the street. The glazed apertures have a steel structure finished with zinc, and provide solar shading along with natural ventilation.



The new building acts as a… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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