Casa Faustino is a unique home designed by Portuguese architect Didier Faustino that is meant to reference the energetic image of an explosion, specifically the Big Bang. Located in Spain, the unique residence offers multiple viewpoints. Large windows face out in all directions, allowing anyone indoors to get a scenic view of the natural surroundings.
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Old shipping containers can be an eyesore but not when they are transformed into contemporary, functional living spaces. Texas-based firm Poteet Architects, a company that strives to continue a sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio, recently developed this Container Guest House using an old blue storage container and some innovative design ideas.
Hoping to have a personal space to escape to for much needed relaxation, Finnish designer Robin Falck set out to build his own little getaway. Rather than being held up by government red-tape, he decided to avoid the need for a building permit by constructing a live-in structure that's under 96 square feet. After conceiving the design and getting approval from an architect, Falck began to make his own…
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Sölvesborgsbron, or Sölvesborg Bridge, is Europe's longest pedestrian bridge, spanning over 2,480 feet. Located in Sweden, the bridge connects the small town of Sölvesborg with a new modern housing district across the bay. Wanting to further enhance the already impressive design, Swedish design firm Ljusarkitektur in collaboration with lighting company…
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Chinese architectural firm UA studio 7 has designed a 1,000-foot-tall contemporary skyscraper known as New City Flower at the intersection of Fushun and Shenyang in China in an effort to reinvigorate the local area. Inspired by the shape of a rosebud, the tower features six "petals" that rise from the building's base and wrap around the cylindrical structure, subtly overlapping each…
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IgluLodge is an ice hotel located on the Nebelhorn, a high mountain in the Allgäu Alps near Oberstdorf, Germany. The venue offers a unique experience for visitors looking for a wintry getaway with eye-catching design featuring the sculptural and architectural work of local artists. Owner Matthias Lenz insists, "The interior design makes our guests speechless over and over…
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Architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade have recently designed and built two new additions, known as Tree Snake Houses, to the Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort in Portugal. These single-room cabins, prefabricated and assembled on site in order to minimize the impact on the nature park,…
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Located in Oberlängenfeld, Austria, the Aqua Dome is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding landscape. This includes the spiked roof of the observation tower and the conical structure that connects to…
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 18, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments
In Moscow, visitors to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre are welcome to explore inside this unique, inverted house, where the ceiling is on the floor and vice versa. Everything within the home, whose name is roughly translated as Shifted House, is completely ordinary… if you're standing upside down. Ultimately, the cleverly crafted piece of architecture is an impeccably designed space…
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For anyone looking to maximize on a small amount of living space, this innovative bed design is the perfect solution! Architects Julie Nabucet and Marc Baillargeon teamed up to convert a tiny 130-square-foot space into a functional apartment for a student living in Paris. They used every bit of space in the room—formerly a master bathroom of a larger…Continue
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Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison of Paris-based Les Ateliers de Germaine designed this one of a kind room for Icehotel to represent "a postcard from France." Specifically, the room is based on the Montmartre neighborhood, one of Paris' most famous and recognizable areas.
At the head of the bed, the two artists carved a series of rooftops with illuminated dormer windows…Continue
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As one of the world's most visited museums, it's rare to see the Louvre's array of lovely rooms completely empty. Through a project that began as a commission by Le Musée du Louvre, New York-based photographer Franck Bohbot gives us a rare glimpse of the colorfully ornate spaces throughout the museum. Each room is simply presented as a long empty hallway filled with strong lines, intricate textures, bold colors, and spectacular works of art.
By eliminating any human presence, Bohbot…Continue
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SkyCycle is a futuristic concept that will radically change how people bike in London. Created through a collaboration between Exterior Architecture, Foster + Partners, and Space Syntax, the elevated bike network was developed as a way to provide safe bicycle routes throughout the city.
According to the project statement, "[London's] transport network is at capacity and faces the challenge…Continue
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Kayaking instructor and boatbuilder Brian Schulz embarked on an ambitious construction project that took him about a year and a half to complete. The end result is a beautiful home in the woods that cost only $11,000! Inspired by Japanese architecture, the Japanese Forest House (as Schulz aptly refers to it) includes both a rustic western and traditional eastern…
Jazz is a 90-meter superyacht designed by Zaha Hadid in collaboration with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss. Almost three months ago, we first introduced the design concept for this exceptional watercraft and now the architect's website has released a few more…
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Rotterdam-based studio Peña Architecture recently completed the transformation of the former Kralings Museum at the Hoflaan into a luxury apartment building called Casa K. The space features a shared entryway, an elevator, and three spacious apartments designed with a contemporary, open layout and bright sunlight streaming throughout.
Architect Gabriel Peña's main challenge was to create a…Continue
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Elqui Domos is a hotel strategically located in the heart of the Elqui Valley in central Chile. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the unique destination provides visitors with a spectacular stargazing experience in an area best known for its 300 nights of incredibly clear skies per year.
The hotel was designed by Rodrigo Duque Motta Architects, and consists of a lobby, restaurant,…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on January 4, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments
Chausseestrasse 43 is a new design for a multipurpose building in Berlin by architect Daniel Libeskind. Rising eight-stories-high, this 107,000 sq. ft. structure is designed to accommodate up to 73 apartments (including a top floor penthouse), each with one to four bedrooms. Additionally, the building offers a number of shops on its ground floor, underground parking, and a…
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Harbin Cultural Center is a shining example of good architecture by Beijing-based studio MAD Architects that strives to work with its environment rather than disrupt it. Instead of breaking up landscapes and changing the scenery, the buildings are as naturally incorporated into the surrounding landscape as possible. The center, which is being built on an island in the…
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on December 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Nature is often the inspiration for architecture and design. We've even seen our fair share of fully functional tree houses, but in South Africa there is an entirely unique, hollowed out tree called Sunland Big Baobab that has actually been converted into a bar. According to the pub's website, the venue is the widest documented baobab (a type of tree normally found in the hot, dry…
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