Talk about destiny! In 1973, architect Ricardo Bofill found an old cement factory in Barcelona and saw something most of us would not see...potential. The industrial complex from the turn of the century was made of over 30 silos, underground galleries, and huge engine rooms. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was complete with many surrealist elements, including stairs that climbed… Continue
Added by Matthew Palma on June 6, 2011 at 4:30pm —
Located in southern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Leaf House
by Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura is perfectly suited for the hot and humid climate where it stands. The roof acts as a big leaf that protects the enclosed spaces of the home from the hot sun.
With no corridors, the inside and outside of the Leaf House
almost appear to be fused. The verandas and the in-between open spaces… Continue
Added by Eugene on June 2, 2011 at 2:00pm —
A house within a house? You got it. This is the incredible story of what happened when a banker and an antique book collector bought a historic, yellow brick house.
In the Pavilniai Regional Park, near the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, a single bright-yellow building stood on the side of a hill. The new owners found out that the building was part of the cannon foundry and that… Continue
Added by zsolt Fustos on May 16, 2011 at 5:30pm —
If you love comic books and cartoons (it's ok if you're nodding your head and you're over the age of 10), check out this sweet museum. Dutch studio MVRDV recently won a competition to design the Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China. With a population of 6.4 million inhabitants, Hangzhou is the capital of China’s animation industry, and MVDRV’s new museum pays tribute to its rising… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 9, 2011 at 4:00pm —
If you're a spy and your life is constantly in danger, you need to get a home like this! Designed by architecture firm KWK Promes, the "Safe House" is a two-level fortress that provides a high level of security for its owners.
Located in Warsaw, Poland, the 6,100 sq. ft. home features movable concrete walls that can literally be opened or closed according to the needs of its residents.… Continue
Added by Eugene on May 5, 2011 at 4:00pm —
The innovative minds of Fantastic Design Works Co. have given a Tokyo restaurant a magical makeover! The classic story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
provides the whimsical theme for this 2,000 square foot restaurant. When entering the building, visitors are wonderfully welcomed by over-sized vintage books, mirrored walls and polished checkered floors. While on… Continue
Added by Alyssa Anda on May 3, 2011 at 2:00pm —
As a child of former Yugoslavia (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.), I would like to present some amazing retro-futuristic monuments in my motherland. The structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and '70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (Tjentište, Kozara, Kadinjača), and where concentration camps once… Continue
Added by Visnja V on May 1, 2011 at 10:00am —
Social housing buildings are often thought of as plain and boring because of their limited budgets and strict regulations. Someone didn't tell that to Spanish architecture firm Roldán + Berengué who designed this striking 75-unit social housing tower in Barcelona.
Conceived as part of an urban master plan, the uneven layering of the facade creates a dynamic aesthetic identity, while… Continue
Added by Eugene on April 27, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Here at theMET, we're all about celebrating creative, modern design. It's rare, but sometimes we come across something so radical, it stops us in our tracks.
This suspended staircase by German firm SoHo Architektur is a perfect example. My first thought was, "Is this real?" The visual effect it achieves is amazing!
The structural stability of the staircase is… Continue
Added by Eugene on April 8, 2011 at 3:30pm —
New York by Gehry
has just become the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere at 870 feet. Formally known as the Beekman Tower, the 76-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan has already transformed the downtown skyline.
World-renowned architect Frank Gehry told the… Continue
Added by Eugene on March 23, 2011 at 5:30pm —
Designed by German architectural firm GMP, the Hanoi Museum was conceived as an inverted pyramid. The museum seems to float, while a park appears to protrude beneath the building. The landscape is beautiful, with water basins and large areas for outdoor exhibits in the style of old Hanoi.
The 323,000 sq ft (30,000 sq m) museum can be entered from all four cardinal points. Visitors can… Continue
Added by Eugene on March 13, 2011 at 1:30pm —
You just have to look at houses with a three-story slide
or a pirate ship bedroom
to know that playgrounds are inspiring architectural ideas. This steel slide, designed by Turett Collaborative… Continue
Added by Alyssa Anda on March 9, 2011 at 1:00pm —
The new campus for City of Westminster College by schmidt hammer lassen architects is designed to support new ways of teaching and learning. The 258,000 sq ft (24,000 sq m) college provides much greater amounts of open learning spaces than typical colleges in the UK, and is designed to embrace interaction and diversity. The seven story building includes an exhibition area, a theatre, and a… Continue
Added by Eugene on March 9, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Paris is known to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Some might say that architecture has a large part to do with that...
Skilled photographer Damien Vassart was born in Brussels, Belgium, but currently lives in Paris. The way he combines bold lines of buildings, bridges, and sculptures, with the fluid and organic movement of clouds,… Continue
Added by Kevin Chung on February 24, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Are you looking at pictures of a boutique hotel? Not exactly. German creative agency Dan Pearlman redesigned the MTV Networks Headquarters in Berlin, making it one of the most modern office buildings we've ever seen! With wide open space, they clearly wanted MTV employees to enjoy a greater freedom of movement, thereby promoting a better work-life balance.
Creating an “axis of… Continue
Added by Eugene on February 6, 2011 at 8:00am —
Conceptualized by Beijing-based architect Chris Prechteck, the National Library of Austria houses its core exhibition hall underground. The spiraling structure features a mosaic form of crystal-like excisions along its body, allowing natural daylight to filter through to the interior. The design is an extension of a bordering park and contains a number of cultural facilities including a smaller… Continue
Added by Eugene on February 2, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Broad Museum will play a central role in the re-urbanization of Los Angeles' Grand Avenue, as well as provide a contrast to Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall that sits across the street.
Dubbed the “Vault and The Veil,” Broad Museum is characterized by its large archival space, which is covered in a honeycombed, veil-like exterior. The… Continue
Added by Eugene on January 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
Singapore's Marina Bay Sands will open the world's first ArtScience Museum next month, the latest attraction at its $5.5 billion gambling complex. Dubbed the "Welcoming Hand of Singapore," the museum features 10 “fingers” anchored by a unique round base in the middle.
The design of each finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at the “fingertips” that illuminate… Continue
Added by Eugene on January 6, 2011 at 12:30pm —
Travelers beware: take this bridge at your own risk. Metaform Architects designed this pedestrian bridge in Luxembourg that looks like it transports people to the future.
Metaform Architects sought to create a direct connection between the heart of the city and its neighboring Galgenberg park. Using uncluttered and minimalist design, the bridge clearly contrasts with its chaotic… Continue
Added by Visnja V on January 1, 2011 at 7:00am —
If I asked you where this home was located, the last place you'd probably guess would be Iran. Located in Mohammad Shahr region, near Karaj city, Villa Kiani is set in the middle of a lush green garden.
Architects Makan Rahmanian and Kamran Heirati purposely designed the Villa’s interior space this way so that it became an extension of the landscape. With high ceilings and large… Continue
Added by Eugene on December 21, 2010 at 4:00pm —