Next time you travel to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, pack your long-johns and stay the night at this giant ice and snow hotel! Sitting alongside the Torne river, ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel—about 5,500 square meters—made out of ice and snow and has an indoor temperature of -5ºC. The hotel is constructed each year to serve as both creative accommodations as well as a…Continue
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While most Starbucks coffee shops follow a template for their architectural style, this Starbucks in Japan features a custom-made design. Architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates set out to form a unique looking cafe for the well-known brand, while maintaining its identity and complementing its surroundings. Located in Fukuoko Prefecture, on the path to…Continue
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Every year, a joyous festival of fruits takes over the French Riviera. For 15 days, the French people and tourists from all parts of the globe are uprooted in celebration amongst life-sized and towering citrus sculptures. This year's 79th annual Fete du Citron, otherwise known as the Menton Lemon Festival in France, has begun its parade of citrus sculptures, music,…Continue
Cyber architect James Law designed an unbelievable skyscraping residential complex for real estate company Wadhwa Group in Mumbai, India. One of the most outstanding and eye-popping features of the facility includes a series of swimming pools placed within each balcony. These pools appear like floating gelatinous molds extending at the edge of each…Continue
Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard, led by architects Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf, adjoined an existing community house, learning center, and public space to create the Vennesla Library and Cultural Center. The newly renovated community complex in Vennesla, Norway boasts a clean, accessible, and energy-saving design, welcoming citizens to crowd the…
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Who needs an office at work when you've got a home office like this? National Geographic Society's Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis called on architect and designer Travis Price to construct his very own personal at-home workspace in Washington, DC.…
Designed by Berlin-based Studio Aisslinger, this incredibly attractive modular home was created almost 4,000 ft above sea level. Located near Bozen in Northern Italy, it features magnificent views of the Dolomite mountains, yet can be easily taken apart and rebuilt in a new location. This makes the structure perfect for the travelling nomad, all while leaving a minimal CO2…
There is a lot to be said about Abraham Lincoln, one of America's most influential presidents, which is made abundantly clear by the newly erected tower of books in the nation's capital. The cylindrical structure stands three stories high at approximately 34 feet in height and features about 6,800 books representing over 15,000 titles about the 16th…Continue
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From a distance, this swirling mass of steel pipes may appear to be an approaching tornado on the horizon. Upon closer inspection, the 3-meter tall wind-powered musical sculpture is actually quite soothing. Formed in the shape of a tree bending and blowing in the wind, the hollow pipes hum with resonant tones as the winds of the hilltop breeze through them.
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Imagine going to school in an unusual learning environment like this! It's what the students of Vittra Telefonplan do every day. Located in Stockholm, the Swedish free school organization is founded on a vision of creating a place where “the physical space is the school’s most important tool” in student development.
In light of this, a team of architects at Rosan Bosch created an…Continue
Located in Saigon, Vietnam, the Stacking Green house offers beautiful plant life at almost every perspective. The green façade and roof top garden protect its inhabitants from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution, while also saving lots of energy through natural ventilation. Architects Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki and Shunri Nishizawa designed the home for a couple in their…Continue
Prague-based design studio SGL Projekt took on the grueling task of adding an equestrian training ground to a previously deserted farmstead known as Stork Nest Farm. Inspired by the storks who dwelled on the chimney of the abandoned distillery, the studio designed the space, mimicking a massive bird's nest. The dome-like structure is supported by glulam timber beams…Continue
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In 2000, the city of Enschede in the Netherlands survived a catastrophic fireworks explosion. Closely following the disaster, a rebuilding project was initiated to restore hope and confidence in the town. Roombeek Street is a commercial street and the urban core of Enschede. In 2005, a stream that ran under Roombeek Street was restored and brought to the surface. Architecture…
Based in Vienna, the architect team Heri&Salli has designed an unconventional geometric structure that redefines your everyday fence. Built around a swimming pool, the curves of this modern landscape fence provide privacy while at the same time making the area feel airy and spacious.
According to Heri&Salli, “an architectural idea reaches its concept and necessity in connection…Continue
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Chicago-based firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) recently won an international competition to design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center in Wujiang, China. Resembling the eye of a needle, the 358-meter skyscraper features a 30-story-high atrium and will become a defining visual landmark for the city.
Located beside Taihu Lake, the skyscraper will include…Continue
This is no ordinary path in a forest. For Tallin's 2011 European Capital of Culture and LIFT11, a festival showcasing 11 urban installations, Japan-based architect Tetsuo Kondo was formally invited to skillfully share his innovative designs at Kadriorg Park in Tallin, the capital of Estonia. The urban designer constructed a structural installation entitled A Path in the Forest for…
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the United Arab Emirates National Day, a magically divine light show was orchestrated by Obscura Digital, a creative agency based in San Francisco, which developed the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Projections Project. The company did its research and were clearly prepared to honor the rich history of Abu Dhabi in their light projections…
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While we've all experienced photography that makes us feel dizzy, it's usually when the subjects' feet aren't firmly planted on the ground. Precariously dangling on the edge of buildings or outside helicopters, these daredevils show us just how far they're willing to go to get that…
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