All Blog Posts Tagged 'architecture' (502)

Egg-Shaped Tree House is Secretly Nestled in Canada's Woods

The HemLoft is a secret tree house that’s hiding in the woods of Whistler, Canada. It was fabricated by Joel Allen, a former software developer who was laid off from his job in 2006 and decided he’d rather retire than find other work. This was an unsuccessful attempt for the then-26 year old, but the time off shifted his career path to carpentry. The newly-acquired skills made it possible for him…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 16, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Stunning Invisible Barn Mirrors the Surrounding Landscape



In a seamless integration of architecture and nature, New York design practice STPMJ has come up with the Invisible Barn, a site-specific architectural folly that reflects and merges with the surrounding landscape. Originally submitted as a proposal to the popular Folly competition, the…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on April 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Impressive 3-Storey Treehouse Built as a Labor of Love

In 2004, Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez purchased Camp Wandawega, his childhood getaway, with the intention of preserving its old buildings and cabins. Surratt’s father christened the newly-obtained property by hanging a rope swing on the giant elm located in the center of camp. Sadly, he passed away a year and a half later, and almost immediately afterwards the…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 12, 2014 at 7:04am — No Comments

Elevated Vacation Home Offers Incredible Views of the Ocean

Stationed above the coast on Great Ocean Road in Australia, The Pole House is a modern home with incredible views of the ocean. It was designed by F2 Architecture and is considered one of Australia’s iconic buildings, commonly referred to as the most photographed house on the road. It’s not hard to see why. The elevated structure sits on a slender-yet-sturdy pole with a long, suspended…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 11, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

Farmland Shed Converted to Modern, Self-Sustainable Cabin

Repurposing a building and enhancing its intended use often yields beautiful results. The Pump House sits on a farmland property in rural Victoria, Australia, and was originally just a storage shed for its owners. Branch Studio Architects, a local firm, transformed the once-innocuous structure into a modern lakeside retreat.

From afar, the exterior looks like a black box…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 9, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Adjustable Winter Home Nestled in the Quebec Forest



Nestled deep in the Quebec forest, La Luge is a vacation home that allows visitors to live directly amid the wonders of nature. Created by yh2 architects, the home was constructed out of cedar, oak, and walnut, with the darker and lighter woods separated into different sections to create very distinct spaces.

The house concept was designed to be flexible in order to accommodate a…

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Added by katie hosmer on April 8, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Minimalist Vacation Home is Fashioned Inside Concrete Rock

With the ocean in sight, The Truffle is an unusual vacation home built within a rock. The inhabitable concrete stone is located in Costa de Morte, Spain and was designed by Ensamble Estudio in collaboration with Ricardo Sanz and Javier Cuesta. Its 25 square-meter minimalist decor has everything you’d need for a peaceful getaway, and includes a raised platform…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 4, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Modern Home Built Using 31 Shipping Containers

You might not realize it, but this house in Graceville, Australia was built from 31 shipping containers. The large freights are typically used to send goods overseas, but in this case they form a unique and modern living space. Todd Miller of the architecture firm ZeilgerBuild designed the three storey, 6,000 square-foot home whose backyard includes an outdoor…

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 2, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Quirky South Korean Cafe is Shaped Like a Rolleiflex Camera



There’s an unusual place in the world where you can drink coffee in a building that’s shaped like an enormous Rolleiflex camera. Located about six miles east of Seoul, South Korea, the Dreaming Camera Cafe is two-storey building that’s both a coffee shop and a miniature camera museum. The unique combination makes this place a must-visit if you’re a fan of photography and lattes.

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Added by Sara Barnes on April 1, 2014 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Suspended Staircase Floats Above Oslo Apartment



When the owners of a top-floor apartment in Olso, Norway purchased the loft above it, they wanted to unify the two floors. Known as Idunsgate, it was revamped by the London-based architecture firm Haptic, who spent part of their time updating areas like the bedroom and bathroom. They also added a stunning, brand new feature to the 19th-century building. A suspended staircase…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Modern Tower House Camouflages Itself Among the Trees



The sleek and modern Tower House is a vacation home that’s designed as a stairway to the treetops. It was built by Thomas Gluck, a principal of the architecture firm GLUCK+, on his family’s land in upstate New York. The cantilevered structure prominently features a bright yellow, glass-enclosed staircase that leads to four storeys. Each of the first three levels has a minimalist suite that’s…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

"Sand Babel" Desert Skyscrapers Uses Sand in Construction



The desert is often associated with being a barren and desolate place. Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen want to breathe life among the sand dunes with their series of intelligent skyscrapers entitled Sand Babel. They utilize the characteristics inherent in the landscape to imagine these futuristic towers, which are meant as research facilities and…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 26, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

Collapsible New York City Studio Costs Nearly a Million Dollars



Believe it or not, this airy New York City apartment is only 420 square feet large. And better yet, it can accommodate a 12-person dinner party and sleep two overnight guests without a problem. The minimalist space is cleverly designed as a foldable studio that is easily shifted and rearranged. Its current owner Graham Hill purchased and renovated the apartment in 2009, but recently listed it…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 25, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Elevated Minimalist House Designed for a Photographer



Welsh architectural practice Hyde + Hyde Architects transformed an unused quarry into a residential area where they built a unique home for a photographer on the edge of Brecon National Park in Pontypridd, Wales. To avoid touching the walls of the quarry, Hyde + Hyde came up with the innovative solution of elevating the building off the ground, creating a distinctive house…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Dazzling Chinese Pavilion Resembles Waves of Wheat



The winning entry to build China’s Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 is a stunning reinterpretation of a public space. Designed in collaboration between Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the duo rejected the notion of a typical pavilion, and instead came up with a structure that resembles billowing fields of wheat. It’s a thoughtful and creative twist on the Expo’s…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 21, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

7 Million Pound, 112-Year-Old Temple Appears to Float Effortlessly in Mid-Air



It's not every day that you see an almost 7 million pound building suspended in mid-air. But that's the case with this Tabernacle located in Provo, Utah. The Provo Tabernacle, originally constructed from 1883-1898, suffered extreme fire damage in 2010. However, the 112-year-old exterior continued to stand strong and, in 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

The House that Inspired the Movie "Up"



Does this house look familiar to you? Fans of the Pixar film Up might recognize that it looks remarkably like the house in the movie, which similarly occupied a lone space in the middle of rapid change and development that unfolded around it. The filmmakers were allegedly inspired by the story of this house and its owner Edith Macefield, an 84-year-old woman who became notorious in 2006 for…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Google’s Redesigned Amsterdam Office is Functionally Quirky

Architecture firm D/DOCK has redesigned Google’s Amsterdam office as being a place where employees feel like they're right at home. They’ve crafted a bright space that’s both quirky and functional, aimed to meet Googlers’ needs so they can work better. This includes supporting them both physically and mentally, with perks like a gym, meditation room, and desk bikes. The…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stunning Mosque is Illuminated with a Kaleidoscope of Colors



The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Innovative Suspended Stairs Double as All-In-One Workspace

There’s no wasted space in Mieke Meijer’s innovative new design, Object Élevé. Combining a desk, storage, and shelving, this incredible installation is not only a work-space, but a way to move from one floor to another. The Dutch studio was commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot for his home in The Hague, Netherlands. Handcrafted out of oak wood and black steel, its…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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