Do you ever feel like someone's watching you? This incredible stainless steel eyeball sculpture by Moscow-based architecture firm SPeeCH Tchoban & Kuznetsov is capable of "looking" at all of its the visitors in its environment at the Cortile d’Onore of the Ca’ Granda's courtyard. The high-tech sculpture, called Architect's Eye, is a smooth and reflective spherical…
Below the surface, in a former rock quarry, a five-star resort is currently being built with almost all floors below ground level. Located in the Songjiang district (close to Shanghai) in China, the InterContinental Shimao Wonderland will stand 19-stories tall, with 16 of them below ground!
Along with 380 hotel rooms, the unique building will incorporate conference facilities for up…Continue
Added by Eugene on April 19, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Cathedrals across the globe are always a hot spot for tourists. Generally, the first thing anyone does upon entering one of these monumental sites is to look up and appreciate the incredible size of the space. The vaulted ceilings always have a major wow-factor, and the overall massive architectural detail of a cathedral is just mind-blowing.
American photographer David Stephenson…Continue
Across a vast expanse of country land, lofty electrical towers always seem somewhat out of place. They clash with the natural aesthetic of the environment, yet they are needed in this high-functioning world we live in. Moscow-based design studio Design Depot has realized a design concept that has the potential to remedy this visual dilemma—deer-shaped transmission towers. The…
Added by Pinar on April 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Taking inspiration from the Flatiron Building in New York City, Danish Architecture fim BIG have unveiled their proposal for a 490 ft high skyscraper in downtown Vancouver. Twisting and turning into the air, the 49 story Beach and Howe tower is not only a unique addition to the Vancouver skyline, it aims to be a dramatic gateway that speaks to the emerging creative economy in the…
In elementary school, I was completely captivated by the concept of photosynthesis. I did my science fair project on this study of how plants convert carbon dioxide into energy—I mean come on, nature is fascinating! So when I saw this conceptual building idea, I was immediately hooked.
Developed by IAMZ Design Studio and architect Ahmed Elseyofi, World of…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on April 16, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
How cool are these individual bubble rooms? French designer Pierre-Stéphane Dumas has put a new spin on camping outdoors with his series of tent-like chambers shaped like igloos, under the name Bubbletree. Each bubble suite is fit to be fully furnished with enough space for a bed and resting chairs. They come in two forms—transparent and half-opaque—for different…Continue
Added by Pinar on April 14, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Could this be the perfect reading hideaway for all the bookworms out there? Colombian artist Miler Lagos constructed this self-sustained dome made entirely of books, titled Home, for an installation exhibit late last year at MagnanMetz Gallery in New York. Remarkably, there is nothing holding the novels together…
Added by Pinar on April 12, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
A stay in a hotel should be a relaxing and exhilarating experience that offers something different from everyday life. What better way to experience a city with skyscraping towers than to live in between them? Architecture firm HKS Architects has come up with an innovative and futuristic design for hotel pods that float high above, in between buildings.
The spherical chambers in this…Continue
Added by Pinar on April 11, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Book lovers and theatergoers alike, consider planning your next vacation to Argentina to check out this spectacular, one-of-a-kind bookstore built within the old Grand Splendid Theater in Buenos Aires. Located in the neighborhood of Recoleta, the structure originally opened as a theater in May 1919 with all kinds of performances gracing the stage, and then served as a…
Added by katie hosmer on April 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
As the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic quickly approaches, various memorials and tributes have been planned. One notable project that has been in the works since 2009, and just opened to the public, is the Titanic Belfast. The monumental site is considered the iconic centerpiece of a bigger regeneration project and is a collaborative effort by Todd…
Added by katie hosmer on April 9, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Tree houses are a thing of the past, so where do kids today go for playtime? One lucky 9-year-old steps through her wardrobe, straight into Narnia — no lion or witch necessary. Redditor kelseypolo shares a few pictures and the story of her friends who were building their new new house when…
Added by Pinar on April 8, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Rome-based architects David Vecchi and Emanuela Ortolani are proposing a new design for a New York City theater. The idea behind this project is to reignite the theatrical spirit that "Broadway" encapsulates. The inventive design places the playhouse high above on a sort of stage, ironically. The concept design present the structure with its own spotlights, appearing like a tiny…
Added by Pinar on April 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Set high amongst the tree tops at Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand, guests have the chance to dine in their very own nest. Adventurous diners fasten a leather seatbelt and get hoisted 16 feet into the native massang trees, where there are spectacular aerial views of the surrounding beaches. "Flying servers" get around around taking a much more acrobatic approach, as they zipline down to…
Empty Sky is New Jersey's 9/11 memorial, dedicated to the 746 New Jersey lives lost on that day. The memorial is located right next to the Hudson River in Liberty State Park, where many people first witnessed the tragic events. The park was used as a place to organize collaborative efforts within the community, and the placement of the memorial draws a clear line to the Manhattan skyline, right to…
Added by Shefali Netke on April 1, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments
With the London 2012 Olympics fast-approaching, innovative designs for the gargantuan spectacle are slowly being unveiled. One architectural highlight of the massive event is The Coca-Cola Beatbox, an interactive stage. Designed by Pernilla & Asif, the joint effort of emerging London architects…Continue
Added by Pinar on March 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Legendary TV host Dick Clark and his wife are selling their home in Malibu for $3.5 million. Normally, a celebrity selling a piece of real estate in California is nothing to write about, but, in this case, it's nearly impossible not to share images of the media tycoon's Flintstones-inspired house. Based on the classic 60's…
Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki transforms an ordinary room into a flowery dream. Using pigments, felt, nonflammable cloth, fluorescent lights, and acrylic cases, Ohmaki incorporates traditional flower patterns to otherwise empty spaces. The vibrant spectrum of colors create a fun and welcoming environment.
The floor and wall installation, which has been shown several times over in…Continue
Added by Pinar on March 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Earlier this month, we were awestruck by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto's incredibly detailed salt maze floor installations and continue to be mesmerized by the art he creates with his medium of choice. As Alice first explained, "Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and…Continue
Added by Pinar on March 27, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments