Pinar's Blog Posts Tagged 'architecture' (156)

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

Proposal Repurposes Abandoned Subway Stations in Paris



Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet has proposed a transformative design plan for the city's abandoned Métro stations that would turn the desolate underground locations into attractive venues. The intention is to reclaim the Parisian stations for use by its citizens and tourists. It would provide multiple diverse spaces for all to enjoy in a unique…

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Added by Pinar on February 13, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway



Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the "Mile Low Club" (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in the various packages that are offered is a minimum of 40 feet long and provides a number…

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Added by Pinar on February 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Beautifully Designed Movie Theaters in Golden California

The Fox Theater I, Oakland

New York-based French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to California to spotlight the most amazing movie theaters, big and small, as an homage to the history of film in his series titled Cinema. He captures the grandiose scale of some exquisitely designed theaters as well as the compact, intimate setting of a few indie film…

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Added by Pinar on February 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Black Desert House Contrasts Nicely in the Mojave Desert



The Black Desert House is a minimalist getaway designed by creative director Marc Atlan in collaboration with architecture firm Oller & Pejic and interior design company Moderne…

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Added by Pinar on February 4, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Faces Pop Off the Walls Inside Germany's Incredible Ice Hotel



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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Added by Pinar on January 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Gravity-Defying Upside Down House in Russia



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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Added by Pinar on January 18, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Man Builds Home for $11,000 Using Local Found Materials



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…

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Added by Pinar on January 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

New Interior Photos of Zaha Hadid's Modern Superyachts



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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Added by Pinar on January 6, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

6,000-Year-Old Hollowed Out Tree is a Bar Inside



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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Added by Pinar on December 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Old Water Tower Converted into a Beautiful Modern Home



Architect Mauro Brigham of Bham Design Studio has repurposed an old water tower in Belgium, simply known as Chateau d'eau, into a livable home. The 30-meter-high tower, which was first constructed sometime between 1938 and 1941, has been transformed into a high-tech, modern residence that offers all the amenities of a typical house, from a bedroom and bathroom, to storage space…

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Added by Pinar on December 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Pinterest's Newly Restored Creative Headquarters



Standard cubicles and traditional cafeterias are a thing of the past, as growing companies, particularly in the social media circuit, are opting for a more open environment that allows for employee interaction. Earlier today, Katie shared Twitter's main global office with…

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Added by Pinar on December 19, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Porsche Design Tower Has a Car Elevator for Billionaires



Porsche Design Tower is a residential building in Miami, currently being developed by Porsche Design and Dezer Development, that offers the luxury of an elevator for your car. The 60-story tower is an innovative architectural structure that is as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside. The high-end piece of real estate is an oceanfront property with…

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Added by Pinar on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Surreal Tree Branches Sprout Out from Indoor Support Beams



Baitogogo is a half-sculptural, half-architectural installation by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira that presents a surreal growth of tree branches out of white columns. The São Paulo-based artist's piece offers a unique perspective of indoor design while reminding viewers of the materials used for construction. He presents a structural and organic fusion that plays with one's sense…

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Added by Pinar on December 13, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

This Year's Ice Hotel in Sweden Recreates Frankenstein's Lab



Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PINPIN Studio have developed a brand new room for the famed ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden called It's Alive! The room, made entirely out of ice and snow, is designed in the likeness of a mad scientist's laboratory á la Frankenstein. Being their third venture in creating an ice room, the duo have maintained their sense of whimsy, allowing…

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Added by Pinar on December 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

New Vertical Panoramas of Churches by Richard Silver

Franciszkanska Church in Krakow



Vertical Churches is a visually stunning series by photographer Richard Silver that presents a set of vertical panorama shots of churches. Each image spotlights the spectacular architecture of these spiritual places of worship using the photographer's unique technique. We first shared Silver's…

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Added by Pinar on December 2, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Joshua Tree's Hypnotically Reflective Desert Shack



Lucid Stead is an architectural installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III that takes an existing structure in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California and revitalizes it with mirrors, LED lights, and custom built technology to accentuate the beauty of the bare landscape. Aptly referred to as an "architectural intervention," the 70-year-old homesteader shack's weathered and worn…

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Added by Pinar on November 26, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Retractable Bed Saves Space in a 580-Square-Foot Home

Designer Funn Roberts recently had the task of redesigning a 580-square-foot cabin belonging to actor Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell of AMC's Mad Men). The small, sound space in Hollywood was renovated, bit by bit, since the two men first began working together in 2010. The construction of the home's interior turned into a sort of collaboration in which Kartheiser impulsively approached Roberts with wild ideas, who in turn adapted each vision into a realistic, livable…

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Added by Pinar on November 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

London's Futuristic Airport Located on the River Thames



The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (Testrad) has released a futuristic concept for an airport that would sit on an artificial island all by itself. In collaboration with global architectural design firm Gensler, this proposed design known as London Britannia Airport is in response to a call from the Airports Commission. With the foresight to develop a…

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Added by Pinar on November 19, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

"Swing at the End of the World" is Located Off a Giant Cliff



Swing sets are typically used by children on a playground, but this makeshift contraption known as the Swing at the End of the World is only for the bravest adventurers willing to take the risk of falling off the edge of a cliff while swinging high in the air. Located in Baños, Ecuador at La Casa del Árbol (The Treehouse), this incredible swing greets hikers at an…

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Added by Pinar on November 12, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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