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
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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…
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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
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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…
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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
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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
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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
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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
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German artist Kai Ziehl approaches architecture photography with a certain style that results in visually powerful, contemplative moments. Ziehl transforms architectural structures into stunning geometric shapes and lines that fill each composition. Light and shadow complement each other in the high contrast scenes filled with mesmerizing abstract forms and feelings of solitude…
When Walmart vacated this large warehouse building, the abandoned space sat empty for quite a while before Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle decided to do something about it. The architecture firm transformed the former retail store, located in McAllen, Texas, into a huge, functioning library.
124,500 square feet of space on one single level now features not only shelves and…Continue
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Rather than taking normal, everyday stairs to get from one floor to the next, architect Moon Hoon thought it would be much more fun to travel by slide. And so, he recently incorporated this playful incline within Panorama House, a home located in Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea. The key challenge for the talented architect was to come up with an idea that would work best within the…
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For the past 45 years, this tiny little home has stood strong against the Serbian winds, water, and weather that surround it. Balancing on a rock in the middle of the Drina River, the structure is located near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, and has become quite the attraction for visitors to the area.
The concept came one day in 1968 when a group of young swimmers needed a place to rest.…Continue
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Everyone is calling it the "return of a legend." Last year, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer revealed plans for Titanic II, a modern-day functioning replica of the original luxury liner. According to the design plan, "While every bit as luxurious as her namesake, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety…
Not your typical spiral staircase, this organic form is a concept by artist and architect Andrew McConnell. The piece, entitled the Vertebrae Staircase, is based off of the spine of a whale. According to the artist's website, the project "is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single…
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Playing with LEGOs is such fun, but getting to stay in a real-life LEGO hotel!? It's every kid's (and some parents') dream come true! This LEGO-themed hotel is located at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, and it is scheduled to open on April 5, 2013. The 250-room hotel stands three stories high and features a large amount of colorful figures and sculptures, built completely out of…
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Located about 4 hours northwest of Toronto, Canada, eco-friendly five-star resort E’terra Samara invites you to "escape the city lights for starry nights in the magical crispness of the Bruce Peninsula." The already inviting Canadian travel destination will soon add a series of 12 environmentally-friendly treehouse villas that will provide visitors with extreme luxury in the…
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Born in Barcelona, Oscar Tusquets Blanca is mainly an architect, but also dabbles in a little bit of everything including design, painting, writing, furniture design, and urban planning. Recently, his firm was commissioned to design the Toledo metro station space in Naples, Italy. Their task was to create a modern design within the underground station, as well as to…
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Shoffice (Shed + Office) is a design developed by London-based firm Platform 5 Architects. The structure, shaped like a cresting wave, is located in the backyard of a 1950's terraced house in St. John's Wood. The timber shape was designed as a reflection of a wood shaving, which fits well into the natural surroundings, and it curls around to form a small terrace in front of the…
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This incredible tree house design, featuring two floors and even an outdoor, second-story porch, seems way better than anything most of us ever played in as kids! French artist and designer Jean Paul Lespagnard and Maine-based artist Ethan Hayes-Chute collaborated on this unique concept, entitled Dig For Victory, as part of the 2010…Continue
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One giant tree is all Visiondivision needed to concoct this incredible concession stand design, dubbed Chop Stick. The Indianapolis Museum of Art recently commissioned the Stockholm-based architecture firm to create an innovative concept for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, an area where Indianapolis residents find respite from the city and can immerse…