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…
Added by katie hosmer on March 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
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…
It may not be a replacement for never having a treehouse as a child, but this unique resort is still pretty fun. Located just 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington, Treehouse Point is a sustainable bed and breakfast that offers a unique opportunity for adults to vacation in rooms built amongst the trees.
Developed by Pete and Judy Nelson, the concept strives to "connect people…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on February 8, 2014 at 11:34pm — No Comments
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.
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
Added by katie hosmer on January 15, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments
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
Added by katie hosmer on January 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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
Added by katie hosmer on January 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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
Added by katie hosmer on January 5, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments
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
Rather than clearing out nature and altering the landscape, architect Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2 Design developed this contemporary home that works in harmony with the trees. Located near Yonago City, Japan, Residence in Daisen is a seemingly fragmented home placed around, next to, and throughout the existing forest.
The interior is connected with short…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on December 24, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
If you are lucky enough to find the right place to work, gone are the days of stark white walls and stuffy office cubicles! More and more, large companies, including Google and now, Twitter, are providing their employees with a dynamic work environment…
Added by katie hosmer on December 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Set within 12,000 acres of African wilderness, Leobo Private Reserve in South Africa is the epitome of secluded luxury. Located in the Limpop Province, the massive, exclusive villa was designed by award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Up to 26 guests at one time are greeted by a full staff, including private chef, who assist in providing a wonderfully luxurious…
Added by katie hosmer on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Team Sweden, consisting of 25 students from Chalmers University, recently developed this environmentally-friendly group house that is powered entirely by the sun. Halo is a sustainable living concept that began as a rough sketch and eventually emerged into a full-scale, functioning building.
The 645-square-foot circular design was intended to foster group living by…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on December 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The High Line in New York City has rapidly developed over the years, becoming quite the spot for tourists and locals alike. Just recently, developers announced the final phase of construction for the 1-mile elevated park, which is built on a historic piece of New York railroad. The plans consist of a nature-filled, rounded structure that will consume a wide area, dubbed the Spur, that extends…
Added by katie hosmer on November 16, 2013 at 8:55am — No Comments
This unique, temporary wooden pavilion seems like the perfect place to wander through and get lost in a daydream. Designed by Amsterdam-based firm FABRIC, Trylletromler is a freestanding fence structure that creates an illusion of motion throughout the King's Garden in Copenhagen.
The title of the piece, Trylletromler, is based off of the Danish word for the zoetrope, a 19th…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on November 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
In light of the tough housing market throughout the past few years, London-based design firm Two Islands designed this large structure as a universal symbol of the thousands of homes lost to foreclosure. Developed by architect William Villalobos with colleagues Cesc Massanas and Tomas Selva, Mark's House was a 28-foot-tall Tudor-style home that sat high upon a pedestal in a…
Added by katie hosmer on November 8, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
This beautiful Round House is a unique home design concept where soft curves replace the dusty corners of a typical four-sided home. Developed by L.A.-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the completely open interior space is enclosed by floor to ceiling windows, allowing light to radiate throughout the space from all around. For more privacy, sliding…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on November 2, 2013 at 5:12am — No Comments
Anyone who ever wanted to have a small tree house in their backyard will be totally amazed by this massive construction, The World's Biggest Tree House, located in Crossville, Tennessee. Designed by Minister Horace Burgess, the structure relies on six oak trees as the base to support all five stories, which collectively stand 97-feet-high.
According to Burgess,…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on October 25, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
This beautiful rooftop garden brings a touch of nature to the top of the 11-story City Hall building in downtown Chicago. Placed directly amid the noisy chaos of urban life, the functioning garden is the most famous in all of the city.
In 2001, the project's design initiative was led by Conservation Design Forum, who saw a creative opportunity to convert the often…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on October 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Developed by architect E. Fay Jones, The Thorncrown Chapel stands among the trees in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and serves as a non-denominational chapel for anyone interested in getting married within the nature-inspired space. Since 1980, the majestic design has provided visitors with a unique, award-winning space for celebration.
As a result of his work as an apprentice…Continue
Added by katie hosmer on October 7, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments