Have you ever wanted to stay at an ice hotel? Hotel de Glace is a one-of-a-kind hotel located just ten minutes outside of Quebec City, Canada. It's truly unique because it doesn't look the same as it did the year before it. That's because it's made out of 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice! The hotel is rebuilt every year with a new design, which only takes about a month, with the help…
Added by Claire on November 18, 2011 at 2:30pm —
Last week, we saw a lodge in Chile that looked like a hobbit hotel and this week we bring you a woodland home with a similar aesthetic. Though this domain doesn't gush gallons of water, it is an alternative living space for a natural homestead. Photographer Simon Dale is responsible for…
Added by Pinar on November 17, 2011 at 2:30pm —
What some people refer to as junk, artist Chu Enoki sees as raw materials. The Japanese contemporary artist uses scrap metal to form his incredible works of art. For his piece entitled RPM-1200, Enoki gathered metallic components of machines from a factory near his studio and reshaped the metals to construct a fictional city. It is a tribute to the iron industry.
Despite having… Continue
Added by Pinar on November 13, 2011 at 11:00am —
Looking for a magical escape? Montaña Mágica Lodge, also known as Magic Mountain Lodge, is a beautifully constructed hotel on the privately owned natural reserve of Huilo Huilo in Chile. It offers a mystical getaway on natural grounds. You don't have to be a hobbit to enjoy the comforts and beauty of nature!
The lodge, which is built to look like a volcano,… Continue
Added by Pinar on November 12, 2011 at 7:53am —
The first thing you'll notice about this house is its gorgeous Victorian terrace. But then take a look inside and you'll be stunned at the difference. Skylight House was beautifully restored by Chenchow architects and designers. Even though the facade of the house had to be left intact because it is part of a conservation streetscape, the team made enormous changes to the… Continue
Added by Claire on November 9, 2011 at 2:42pm —
In Dublin, Ireland, stands an estate reminiscent of old folklore, complete with its own dragon! Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, so this home only has a dragon made of steel which acts as its gatekeeper. The property, known at Harlech House, was originally built in 1798 by a Welsh immigrant. (The estate is actually named after a town in Wales called Harlech and the…
Added by Pinar on November 9, 2011 at 2:35pm —
In Trondheim, Norway, there stands a building made up of uneven windows. From the outside, it looks like a wacky fun-house, but inside, it is a standard white cube fit for displaying amazing artwork. The gallery space, known as RAKE, was developed by four NTNU students who invited fellow architecture students from Trodheim, Oslo, and Bergen to materialize this idea.
The project's… Continue
Added by Pinar on October 27, 2011 at 3:44pm —
In a previous post, we wrote about Treehotel
, a unique hotel in Harads, Northern Sweden that allows guests to stay in tree house rooms, each with their own theme. So far there are five unique tree rooms available and twenty-four planned to be built. The five tree rooms that are currently… Continue
Added by Claire on October 26, 2011 at 2:04pm —
Surrounded in a sea of normal-looking houses with sloped roofs, this contemporary black house designed by Rotterdam-based firm BBVH Architecten
stands out from the rest. Located in Ypenburg, the Netherlands, the three-story home is unevenly stacked to create a magnificent… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 23, 2011 at 11:30am —
For the fashion-forward elite in Japan, Omotesando is the upscale shopping center of choice. So why would anyone choose to go rock climbing in the stylish sector of Tokyo? Japanese design firm Nendo constructed a wall at the Illoiha fitness center suited for a monarch AND a rock climber.
Nendo's climbing wall reflects the idea of "becoming beautiful through movement" by… Continue
Added by Pinar on October 18, 2011 at 1:30pm —
French sculptor Sosno and Lithuanian architect Rytis Daukantas have teamed up for a rather interesting project. Based off of one of Sosno's sculptures, the "Sosno Art Gallery Building" is a gallery that would stand 22 meters high and has 600 square meters of space. It's possible location is Niche, France.
Quite literally, the beam goes through the face of the building and holds… Continue
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on September 26, 2011 at 2:30pm —
This impressive new skyscraper is just a concept but it may soon be added to Taichung, Taiwan's skyline. Designed by Vincent Callebaut, the Biotic Arch would be a revolutionary and creative skyscraper that would also be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings to date.
The Biotic Arch would acquire electricity from a mix of bio, solar, and wind energies. The… Continue
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on September 23, 2011 at 4:45pm —
Taking on its own, unique shape and form, this contemporary beach house in the Hamptons is the perfect getaway for busy New Yorkers. Located at Montauk Point, the newly constructed home, designed by Steve Harris Architects, isn't too modern or overstated. Rather, it feels pleasantly warm. The picture glass walls of the main living area slide open to welcome fresh flowing air from the… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 23, 2011 at 11:30am —
With this immersive installation, French artist Serge Salat invites visitors to take a journey through endless layers of space, decked out with cubic shapes, panels of mirrors, shifting lights and music. “Beyond Infinity” is a multi-sensory, multimedia experience that blends Eastern Chinese with Western Renaissance.
Inspired by the Suzhou Gardens, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape, the… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 21, 2011 at 3:00pm —
The Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland is like the Rolls-Royce of ice hotels. Each igloo is equipped with glass that allows you to gaze at the northern lights and millions of stars, all while relaxing comfortably in your warm room.
The glass igloo is a a marvel of modern technology, which is based on a groundbreaking idea and years of research and development. Built from… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 17, 2011 at 1:04pm —
Most of us dread going into work, but what if you had to spend most of your days in an office like this? Peter Daniel Frazier works from home above Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington. His forest office cube is perfect for those who feel an overwhelming sense of calm when they're in nature. One glance at his surroundings must take his stress level down a few notches...
"I designed my… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 12, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Dutch architects Boetzkes | Helder designed this ultra modern home in Arnhem, Netherlands. What stands out most on the box-shaped residence is its buttoned-up facade. Expanded metal sheets cover the walls and contain a special coating that changes color depending on the sun's position. Although the interior could feel a bit too modern and minimalistic for some, Boetzkes | Helder's certainly take a… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 11, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Portuguese firm OODA recently won the Merit Award in an international competition
for their proposal of the New Taipei City Museum of Art. The competition was looking for an innovative design concept that stands as a modern landmark and a bold symbol of Taipei's new spirit.
OODA’s concept consists of two hypercubes; a 90… Continue
Added by Eugene on September 1, 2011 at 5:30pm —
I'm sure you'd agree that gas stations look pretty much the same on every street corner. That's why we can really appreciate this design by Italian firm Damilano Studio Architects. Located in Cuneo, Italy, the station provides resting facilities, a café and a dining area, which was all inspired by retro American petrol stations. Glass walls close the shell reinforced concrete, which is cast… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 30, 2011 at 7:00pm —
I've always believed that the shopping experience isn’t complete without an amazing environment. Case in point: A tiny store in Warsaw received a radical makeover by Polish architects Super Super
The temporary pavilion inside the mobile office… Continue
Added by Alyssa Anda on August 29, 2011 at 12:30pm —