Astonishing And Unusual Homes From Around The World

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A suspected illegal construction is seen covered by green plants atop a 19-storey residential building in Guangzhou, Guangdong province April 11, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily) Continue »

This Bathroom Has… A Large Boulder Inside!

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Photo by WU Yong-Chang

Here’s something we don’t see too often, a large boulder in a bath, but that’s exactly what’s inside this house in China designed by FM.X Interior Design. The home, located on a quiet and peaceful piece of land in a valley away from the city, is surrounded by mountains and forest. Continue »

The Bridges Along The River Thames In London Are To Be Lit Up As A Beautiful Piece Of Art

Six proposals have been shortlisted as part of the Illuminated River competition, which is aimed not only at delivering visually outstanding designs, but ones that make use of new technologies. The project was launched in June and has funding of £10 million (US$12.4 million) pledged to it so far. It will see 17 bridges illuminated from Chelsea to London’s financial district celebrating the river and making it more a part of London’s night-time economy.

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Adjaye & onedotzero’s “Blurring Boundaries” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates) Continue »

Russia’s Traditional Ancestral Architecture Is Pretty Amazing

Traditional wooden houses, many featuring exquisite carvings and craftsmanship, are falling into decay across Russia because of neglect, lack of funds and an exodus from the countryside to the cities. Urbanisation and a low birth rate are emptying out the countryside, and residents and authorities are often largely indifferent towards the historical value of their properties.

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A view of the facade of a house in the village of Cherevkovo, Arkhangelsk region, Russia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) Continue »

This Public Pavilion Covered In Plants Was Designed To Invite People To Sit Inside

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Urban living specialists, Space10, and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm have collaborated to create “The Growroom” – a pavilion filled with naturally growing herbs, vegetables, and plants, designed to thrive in urban settings. Divided into sections around an open center and bench, the spherical multi-sensory pavilion encourages people to step inside and experience the uniqueness of food producing architecture in an engaging way, and interact with their food in ways they likely haven’t been able to before. Continue »

Stunning Images From Arcaid’s Architecture Photographer Of The Year 2016 Shortlist

Stock photography stalwart Arcaid Images just announced the 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. Photographs are shortlisted under four categories: Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use. The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany. The overall winner will be revealed at a gala dinner following the show

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Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland. Architect: Yrjo Lindegren and Toivo Jantti. Photographer: Sebastian Weiss. Continue »

These Stairs Show How Many Calories You Burn While Climbing Them

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Photo by AL.MA FOTOGRAFIA

When A2Office was designing a new headquarters for KuantoKusta inside an old warehouse in Leça do Balio, Portugal, they decided to make everyone a little more health conscious by adding some interesting information to these stairs. Instead of having just plain stairs, they added graphics that tell you how many calories you’ve burned as you walk up each stair. Continue »

The Hofskirkja Church – The Only Church Left With A Grass Rooftop

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Photo by CISSÉO

Rooftop gardens are definitely some of the best relaxation spots that are easily accessible for anybody. When it comes to Iceland, this tradition appeared way back in the 18th century. It was a measure of protection from the difficult climate conditions. However, the Hofskirkja Church is the last grass roof church standing in Iceland. Continue »

Apple To Create New UK Headquarters At London’s Battersea Power Station

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Apple is moving its UK headquarters to the Battersea Power Station — London’s iconic brick building that Pink Floyd portrayed on the cover of its 1977 album “Animals.” The station’s redevelopment is part of an estimated $16.5 billion megadevelopment in the city. Continue »

This Humble Little House Was Designed For A Chef To Live On The Coast Of Norway

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Located on coast of Stokkøya, Norway, just next to the water, overlooking the neighboring islands and the Norwegian Sea, is Hadar’s House, a small home for a chef, designed by Asante Architecture & Design. As part of the overall house design, the home owner wanted to make sure there would be sea views from all of the rooms throughout the house. Continue »

The Beauty Of Italian Architecture Photographed By David Burdeny

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Hunting Lodge (Rotunda), Stupinigi Palace, Piedmont, Italy, 2016

David Burdeny captures the stunning architecture of the Italian peninsula. From north to south, Burdeny’s sharp eye takes the viewer into unique spaces, some still private residences, others transformed into museums, others shuttered permanently and falling into decay. His compositional symmetry and attention to light and color betray his background as a practicing architect, as he gives value to the structure as a living, breathing figure. It’s easy to imagine the phantoms of history past floating through the scenery. Continue »

Why Did A Brazilian Millionaire Winch A Formula 1 Car Up The Side Of An Apartment Block?

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Yep, you read that right! An anonymous Brazilian is a huge Ayrton Senna fan, and he managed to get hold of Senna’s 1985 Lotus 97T Formula 1 car. But where do you keep such a car if you live in an apartment? Er… in your apartment obviously! Continue »

Majestic Sails Benches Will Transport You To The Open Sea

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A charming trio of sails has popped up in Montreal, but they aren’t located on water. Les Atelier Guyon’s award-winning Sails Benches are crafted in the shape of sailboats. Located on a flat green lawn overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the urban structures were commissioned as a monument honoring the founding families of Montreal’s off-island suburb Verchères. Continue »

An Ultra Modern House In Hong Kong With A Glass-Walled Garage

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This high tech modern home located in the Sai Kung district of Hong Kong is a split-level four-storey property designed by Hong Kong-based interior design studio Millimeter. To avoid creating distinct boxes within the home, the designer used glass walls and intelligent design to create practical spaces. A sunken kitchen and elevated dining table instantly enhance the visual appeal of the main living area. Continue »

Solar-Powered Cylindrical Treehouse In Mexico Is Made With Sustainable Bamboo

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On a lush stretch of beach in Mexico, north of Acapulco, lies a sustainable resort called Playa Viva. They recently opened a bi-level treehouse designed by Chicago firm Deture Culsign. Made of bamboo, the solar-powered cylindrical treehouse offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. At 700 square feet, the treehouse is designed to “visually intrigue and highlight sustainable strategies to deliver a natural immersive guest experience,” according to Deture Culsign. The treehouse is built six feet off the ground amidst palm trees, which act as “living piers.” There is a bedroom with a king bed, lounge area, built-in hammock, and private bathroom in the treehouse. California-based ArtisTree constructed the the treehouse. Continue »