All Blog Posts Tagged 'architecture' (506)

The House that Inspired the Movie "Up"



Does this house look familiar to you? Fans of the Pixar film Up might recognize that it looks remarkably like the house in the movie, which similarly occupied a lone space in the middle of rapid change and development that unfolded around it. The filmmakers were allegedly inspired by the story of this house and its owner Edith Macefield, an 84-year-old woman who became notorious in 2006 for…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Google’s Redesigned Amsterdam Office is Functionally Quirky

Architecture firm D/DOCK has redesigned Google’s Amsterdam office as being a place where employees feel like they're right at home. They’ve crafted a bright space that’s both quirky and functional, aimed to meet Googlers’ needs so they can work better. This includes supporting them both physically and mentally, with perks like a gym, meditation room, and desk bikes. The…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stunning Mosque is Illuminated with a Kaleidoscope of Colors



The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Innovative Suspended Stairs Double as All-In-One Workspace

There’s no wasted space in Mieke Meijer’s innovative new design, Object Élevé. Combining a desk, storage, and shelving, this incredible installation is not only a work-space, but a way to move from one floor to another. The Dutch studio was commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot for his home in The Hague, Netherlands. Handcrafted out of oak wood and black steel, its…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Zaha Hadid's 2020 Summer Olympic Stadium for Japan



The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan and ever since the city won the bid to host the Games, it has been looking for venues to hold the historic games in. One confirmed arena is The National Stadium of Japan by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The stadium, which has been chosen for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, is also the possible home to the 2020 opening…

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Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on March 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tranquil Chapel Invites You to Leave Troubles Above Ground



The nearly-hidden Ecumenical Chapel in Cuernavaca, Mexico is a place to reflect on the meaning of life. It was a private commission for the firm BNKR Arquitectura, and their third religious-based project. They used previously constructed concepts as inspiration for the design. While their first two chapels centered around life and death, Ecumenical Chapel aimed to strike a balance…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 15, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Observe Wild Elephants Herds at This Stunning African Villa



Tucked away in Lower Zambezi lies a luxury vacation home with incredible views of the African landscape. The Chongwe River House is a stunning villa that allows its guests a place to relax, or be a welcome spot to retire after a long day of sightseeing. During their stay, visitors can enjoy a number of activities including guided tours, canoe and boat rentals, and exotic safaris.

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 13, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Enchanting “Quiet Treehouse” is a Sound-Proof Sanctuary



We often associate treehouses with a time of carefree innocence and as a place to escape from the rest of the world. With this in mind, luxury small-structure designer Blue Forest crafted Quiet Treehouse, an enchanting space for children (and adults!) to learn and play. It’s not your typical treehouse and is detached from an actual tree, meant for indoor use. Instead, the room rests…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 12, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Modern Home Modeled After Native American Pit Hut



Bercy Chen Studio is giving land in Austin, Texas a second chance. Taking what was once an industrial site, they designed the Edgeland House, a structure that’s built into the landscape and keeps its carbon footprint small. The triangular roof is lined with lush green sod and the house is designed to look like a scar and represent a healing of a barren past.

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 11, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Stunning High-Rise Tower Mimics a Tree with Branches



The second architectural folly of the 21st century is upon us. Sou Fujimoto Architects, along with Nicolas Laisné Associés and OXO Architects, have crafted an imaginative structure named White Tree in Montpellier, France that dazzles us with its unusual stair-step shape and how it fans into the open sky. For something to be referred to as a “folly,” a building must have an extravagant…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 10, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Illuminated Geometric Forest Features Dazzling Paper Trees



Combining nature and architecture, Vana is a dazzling forest of illuminated paper trees. This site-specific installation was designed by London architecture studio Orproject for the India Design Forum. It features four trunk-like structures dotted throughout the space and joined at their tops to form a continuous canopy that covers the ceiling. LED lights shine through gaps that divide the…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 10, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Solar-Powered Floating Resort is an Off-Shore Aquatic Escape

In response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has come up with a concept called the Solar Floating Island, a solar-powered island resort that floats completely off-shore. Made of photovoltaic skins and balsa-reinforced fiberglass, the structure is designed to absorb and reuse natural solar light as…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 10, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Stylish Eco-Friendly Villas Renew More Than They Consume



In the city of Kunming located in Southwest China, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has designed 45 stunning villas they call Flavours Orchard. Determined to pioneer an eco-friendly lifestyle, the stylish structures are meant to encourage a close and intimate relationship with the natural environment. The 90,000 square meter site combines both the conveniences of urban living with the…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 5, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Stunning Modern House Blends in with Joshua Tree's Desert



This impressive house in Joshua Tree, California is a stunning example of modern architecture. Designed by architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and built from 1988 to 1993, the Organic Modern Estate physically blends in with the desert in terms of design and the elements used to construct the residence. The strength of the hard and rugged protective shell exterior brings to mind the rocky…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 3, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Post-World War II Garage Repurposed into Modern Space



Once overlooked and unused, this abandoned garage has since been transformed into a gorgeous, functioning space that serves as a retreat, a meditation space, a lounge, an artist studio, and accommodations for an overnight stay. The bright, eco-friendly design was developed by Graypants, Inc, a firm based in both Seattle and Amsterdam who strive to produce thoughtful projects that tell a good…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

South Korea's Award-Winning Endangered Species Research Center



Seoul, Korea-based Samoo Architects & Engineers (SAMOO) recently proposed a design for the National Research Center for Endangered Species that will be constructed in Yeongyang-gun, one of the cleanest environmental areas in Korea. In the winning design, the firm proposed a three-part structure that will blend harmoniously within the surrounding environment while…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 1, 2014 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Sleep Under the Stars at This Stunning South African Resort



As many of us bide our time with ice, snow, and unpleasant temperatures, it’s fun to daydream about exotic vacation resorts. The Lion Sands Game Reserve, located at the Sabie Sand Reserve in South Africa is the perfect escape. Here, you observe amazing wildlife like lions, hippos, and giraffes as they roam free in their natural habitat, all while staying in luxury accommodations with breath-taking…

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Added by Sara Barnes on February 26, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Airy Artist Studio Feels Larger Than Only 18 Square Meters



What can you do with only 18 square meters of space? If you’re architect Raanan Stern, you can fashion an entire studio for an artist, complete with a long desk, storage, and even a place for the occasional cat nap. This compact room, located in Tel Aviv, is outfitted in blonde-colored wood with a wall of windows, making it feel light, airy, and not overly cramped. Floor to ceiling shelving allows you…

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Added by Sara Barnes on February 25, 2014 at 8:14am — 1 Comment

Man Spends $35,000 to Transform Home into Cat Playground



With the help of construction company Trillium Enterprises, one Californian man upgraded his home into an oasis for his eighteen cats. Located in Goleta, California, the $35,000 renovation transformed the ordinary abode by adding colorful, complementing ledges (or "catwalks") all around the house. Every room, from the master bedroom and personal office to the kitchen and bathroom, has…

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Added by Pinar on February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Floating Bungalow Has Undisrupted View of Sri Lankan Jungle



If you’re searching for a tropical getaway, look no further than the floating Estate Bungalow located in Matugama, Sri Lanka. Designed by Narein Perera and built in 2010, this minimalist jungle retreat is built with an architectural tradition in mind. The bungalow is modeled after a Chena Watch-Hut, an open structure that is a simple, elevated form that allows farmers to oversee and protect…

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Added by Sara Barnes on February 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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