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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…


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

Geometric Folding Metal Kiosks Inspired by Origami

Easily transportable aluminum kiosks designed by UK-based architectural firm Make provide street vendors in London with a secure way to close up shop for the night while simultaneously adding a touch of eye-catching public art to the landscape. Inspired by Japanese origami, the designers crafted a folding metal shell that opens and closes by the use of a winch.



Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on February 16, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Modern Fireplace Mimics the Fluid Curves of a Flame

Design studio Nuvist has just unveiled their spectacularly modern Mvtikka fireplace, bringing a highly contemporary form to a long, unchanged furnishing. The studio, which is known for their extremely organic and sweeping products, continues its brand of design with the innovative domestic amenity. It is both different enough to stand out, yet retains enough subtle elegance to blend in with its…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on February 15, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

Sprint Beemer Motorcycle Showcases Aerodynamic Design

Sprint Beemer is a low profile, high design motorcycle constructed by Sonic Seb of Lucky Cat Garage that was entered into Europe's largest cafe racer event, the Glemseck 101, in Stuttgart, Germany. The sleek bike was built with speed in mind for the event's 1/8th mile sprint races. Assembled out of a BMW 2 frame,…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on February 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Modern Californian Home Features a Rooftop Garage

Built just outside of Los Angeles, the Car Park House by Anonymous Architects takes a traditional home layout and literally flips it upside down. While many homes across the country feature garages adjacent or below the main structure of a residence, parking spots for occupants of this house are found above it all, on the roof.

Since local building codes require two…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on February 5, 2014 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Spain's "Exploding" House Inspired by the Big Bang

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.

By separating the space…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on February 1, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Sleek and Stylish iWatch Concept Syncs with iPhones

Wearable technology has recently increased in popularity, encouraging brand new products like Samsung's Galaxy Smartwatch and Jawbone's Up to emerge. Surprisingly, though, tech giant…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Stylish Headphones Repurpose Discarded Guitars

Designer Carina Ostermayer has developed a pair of headphones called Guitar Ear-O that takes advantage of the raw materials left behind whenever a defective electric guitar is produced. The innovative design uses the leftover fingerboards as a unique connecting headpiece, while the speakers are made from the guitar's wooden body and even feature the remanent, attractively glossy…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 25, 2014 at 10:31pm — 2 Comments

Graceful Curved Chair Inspired by Japanese Calligraphy

Slinky Chair is a sculptural seat designed by Italy-based studio Infinity Design that takes inspiration from Japanese calligraphy. Like the gracefully painted characters of the ancient Asian art, the chair manages to convey action and elegance in visually striking curves. It is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, offering a complementary balance of modern design and…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 25, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Designer Constructs Micro 96-Square-Foot Cabin to Forego Building Permits

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…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 25, 2014 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge is Beautifully Illuminated

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…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 25, 2014 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Ingeniously Simple Solar-Powered Charger

Designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh have developed a solution to having no electrical power source to plug into on the go. While our advancing technology provides countless benefits, it has also added to our modern day inconveniences. One such annoyance that nearly everyone can relate to is having your phone die on you with nowhere to recharge it. Luckily, Song and Oh have designed…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 24, 2014 at 11:35pm — No Comments

China's Blossoming Skyscraper Inspired by a Rosebud

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…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 24, 2014 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Modern Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts in Portugal

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,…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 19, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments

150 Security Cameras Address the Issue of Privacy

Urban art firm SpY has created a massive installation, simply titled Cameras, made up of 150 fake security cameras all mounted onto the side of a building in Madrid, Spain. Viewing nothing in particular, the art piece is a clear statement about the concerns of privacy in our modern global society.

From George Orwell's popular dystopian novel 1984 to current concerns about NSA spying,…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 18, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

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

Beautifully Accurate Glass Sculptures of Deadly Viruses


In 2004, artist Luke Jerram began a visually scientific sculpture series entitled Glass Microbiology. With help from both expert virologists and talented glassblowers, Jerram has created a collection of glass sculptures accurately depicting some of the most prevalent viruses out there, including HIV, malaria, and the swine flu…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 8, 2014 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

Berlin's New Angular Building is Sleek and Metallic

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…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 2, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Draping Necklace Chandelier Made of 800 Swarovski Crystals

The Gabriel Chandelier is a stunning 39-foot-tall chandelier designed by French brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec that now permanently resides in the Palace of Versailles. The large-scale piece gives a luxurious life to the space and makes it seem as though the chateau itself is adorned in high-end jewelry. Crafted out of 800 Swarovski crystal modules threaded onto a…


Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on December 29, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

China's Enormous Cultural Center Blends into Its Landscape

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

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