Architects Adds Treetop Cabin With Stargazing Net To Sweden’s Treehotel

Architecture firm Snøhetta has completed a treetop cabin for the Treehotel in northern Sweden, featuring charred-timber cladding and a suspended net for observing the Northern Lights. Set 10 metres above the forest floor in the crown of a tall pine tree and supported by 12 columns, The 7th Room provides views out over Swedish Lapland, to the Lule River and of the aurora borealis. Continue »

The Most Diabolically Evil-Looking Buildings In The World

Sometimes you have to wonder if architects secretly want to take over the world. Maybe it’s the planes of black-tinted glass, the jutting angles, or the sweeping archways that differentiate a “headquarters” and a “compound” but sometimes you look at a building and it just plain gives you the WILLIES. Over on reddit’s r/evilbuildings they are dedicated to archiving and collecting each and every nefarious shelter mankind was twisted enough to erect, this is but a mere sampling of their findings. Continue »

Freezing Temperatures Transform Lighthouse Into Icy Giant

A winter chill has descended upon Lake Michigan, giving the St. Joseph lighthouse an otherworldly appearance, as ice clings to every inch of its surface. Photographer Joshua Nowicki and the Great Lakes Drone Company each braved the weather to get some incredible footage of the icy lighthouse. The structure was constructed in 1859 and was recently restored after $2 million in private donations were raised. Continue »

Created With Billions Of Blocks: Pore Over These Gorgeous Minecraft Creations

Beautiful Minecraft, a new book from No Starch Press exploring some amazing creations from Minecraft, went on sale. The book includes 112 pages of stunning in-game creations, some of which, like the one above, look too good to be created of blocks, but they are. Continue »

15 Finalists Of The Art Of Building Architectural Photography 2016

The 15 finalists of this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition have been selected from thousands of entries. Here we present the photos along with a comment from each photographer. The Art of Building contest is run by the Chartered Institute of Building.

Roman Robroek: “This beautiful control room is one of a kind and built in a beautiful Art Deco style.” Continue »

New Stunning London Garden Bridge Project

From an idea of the actress and activist Joanna Lumley, the Garden Bridge project has been finally taken over by the Heatherwick. The bridge will be a 6,000 m2 structure. 2,500 m2 will be covered by a selection of plants coming mostly from Northern Europe, but with some contributions from other continents. Continue »

Cantilevered Cabin: Dizzying Alpine Shelter Hangs Off The Edge Of A Cliff


Photo by Janez Martincic

Even someone brave enough to overcome fears of heights and climb a mountain may not have the stomach to spend the night in this suspended shelter on the edge of a vertigo-inducing abyss. Designed by OFIS Arhitekti, this precariously-perched space sits on Slovenian-Italian border and boasts 360-degree views over the landscapes of both countries. Inside, a series of resting platforms and a few pieces of minimalist rustic decor are the extent of the amenities provided. Continue »

Chinese City Opens Awesome Five-Star Public Toilet

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People generally avoid going into public toilets, unless they absolutely have to. Most of them are dirty, uninviting places, but that’s definitely not the case with this recently opened five-star public restroom in Chongqing, China. Continue »

This Illuminated Arch Rises Up Out Of The Water And Surrounds A Foot Bridge In Texas

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East Side Collective, a co-working design studio featuring co-founder Tim Derrington and member Wilson Hanks, along with Drophouse Design have recently worked together to create a temporary installation as part of the Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show“, in Austin, Texas. “Deep Curiosity” is an illuminated arch that rises up out of the water and surrounds a foot bridge over the Waller Creek to create the illusion of a never ending circle that inspires imaginative thought and an appreciation for both the natural and man-made elements found in and around the same area. Continue »

Have A Look Inside The Magical Ice World Of The ICEHOTEL 365

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Located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River, sits the ICEHOTEL. A hotel that’s been built and rebuilt every year since 1989 using ice from the Torne River. This year however, the newly designed ICEHOTEL 365 is being unveiled. The new structure will be a permanent one that remains next to the Torne River all year long with the help of solar powered cooling technology during the summer months. Continue »

Asymmetric Nature Houses Along The Danish Archipelago By LUMO Architects

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Along the coast of Denmark in the South Fyn archipelago, there are islands known for their natural and nature-abundant landscape. Giving visitors an opportunity to be involved in the rural outdoors, Aarhus-based firm LUMO Architects have designed a series of shelter constructions and campsites along the islands of Skarø, Drejø, Birkholm and Ærø. Continue »

Fantastic Cave Art By Ra Paulette

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Ra Paulette (previously) is an American cave sculptor based in New Mexico who digs into hillsides to sculpt elaborate artistic spaces inside mountains. Reviewer Martha Mendoza in the Los Angeles Times described the caves he created as shrines, as hallowed places, a “sanctuary for prayer and meditation” while others describe the caves as works of art. The caves are finished with “scallops, molded curves, smooth ledges, inlaid stones, narrow pods and crusty ledges”. His caves attract visitors worldwide. Continue »

The Breathtaking Beauty Of Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum In Iran

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Iran is well known for its unique architectural style, as well as its historical buildings, which have been well preserved throughout the centuries. The Shah-e-Cheragh Mausoleum, which was built during the 12th century, holds the holy tombs of Mir Muhammad and Amir Ahmad, the brothers of Imam Reza. Historical documents revealed that Imam Reza is related to the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his successor, Shia Imam. Continue »

The Sky Swimming Pool At This Hotel Has A Window In It

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Photo by Alex Filz

When noa* (network of architecture), were asked to re-design Hotel Hubertus that sits at the foot of a ski and hiking area in Valdaora, Italy, they included a new 82 foot (25m) swimming pool. The pool sits almost 40 feet (12m) above the ground and is located between the two accommodation wings of the hotel. The infinity edge pool allows guests to have uninterrupted views of the valley below and the mountains in the distance. The pool has been wrapped in anthracite-colored stone, almost making the pool blend into mountains that surround it. Continue »

Ivan Khafizov Captures The Beauty Of Russian Hand-Carved Wooden Window Frames

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Russian photographer Ivan Khafizov has travelled to 140 villages across Mother Russia to document amazing hand-carved wooden window frames, known as nalichniki. For his nalichniki.com project, Ivan visited 20 Russian regions, photographing window-cover crafts to create his “Virtual Museum of Traditional Window Covers”. Continue »