Siberian People Turn Their Own Garages Into Compact Mini-Palaces

Siberian People Turn Their Own Garages Into Compact Mini-Palaces

In the mid of the last century garages began to appear in the Soviet Union. Due to low temperatures, it was better to keep cars in warmth. Modern technologies make this problem less acute, and many garages are not used anymore. But citizens of Nadym, Siberia, decided to turn garages into small palaces. Some turn them into bathhouses, others – into musical studios or recreation zones. Continue reading »

Shanghai’s 1000 Trees Project Takes Shape

Shanghai’s 1000 Trees Project Takes Shape

From Thomas Heatherwick comes the 1000 Trees project, a massive mixed use development just outside of Shanghai. Described more as future topography than as architecture, the complex has a distinctive stepped profile, populated by enormous planters and trees. Set on Suzhou Creek, the development is part of the city’s trendy M50 district. Continue reading »

This Island For Sale, Built As A Radio Broadcast Station In The 1940s

This Island For Sale, Built As A Radio Broadcast Station In The 1940s

Columbia and Pea Islands. Accessed via boat this unique innovative residence on Columbia Island offers 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. The great room is ideal for entertaining with views from every angle. Continue reading »

Man Uses 11 Shipping Containers To Build His 2,500 Square Foot Dream House, And The Inside Looks Amazing

Man Uses 11 Shipping Containers To Build His 2,500 Square Foot Dream House, And The Inside Looks Amazing

When it comes to building their dream home, people have a lot of different ideas. Some choose comfortable and small bungalows, others opt for luxurious mansions. However, there a handful of those to decide to ditch the traditional architecture and build something completely different, for instance, a container house. That’s exactly what designer Will Breaux did and now he’s a proud owner of a house built solely out of shipping containers. Continue reading »

Toward A Concrete Utopia: The Monumental Beauty Of Yugoslavia Brutalist Architecture

Toward A Concrete Utopia: The Monumental Beauty Of Yugoslavia Brutalist Architecture
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Laundry hangs out to dry outside of Block 23 in an apartment neighbourhood in New Belgrade, Serbia. Brutalism, an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete was popular throughout the eastern bloc. Continue reading »

Abandoned Soviet Children’s Pioneer Camp “Fairy Tale”: The Most Weird And Beautiful Abandoned Location You’ve Ever Seen

Abandoned Soviet Children's Pioneer Camp "Fairy Tale": The Most Weird And Beautiful Abandoned Location You've Ever Seen

Young Pioneer camp “Skazka” (“Fairy Tale”) – built in the Soviet years for children of employees of the publishing house “Children’s Literature”. It is noteworthy for its amazing, and in places, even insane design. Unusual sculptures made of concrete are installed throughout the territory. Continue reading »

Graphic Designers Remade Old Buildings Around The World By Using Trends Of The 21st Century

At the very beginning, people developed architecture according to their needs. Protection from the elements and other dangers was the main reason for building a shelter. Over time, other aspects became important too, like seeing from inside the house, being more comfortable, the house looking better. The city also became part of the home. Interior and exterior design became more and more important.

Due to lack of knowledge and materials, the houses were stumpy, the windows were small, walls thick and crooked. However, people learned. The windows became bigger, the walls – slicker, and the overall design – more elegant and beautiful.

SSo what would be the next step in home design? These designers asked the same question and created a series of CG renderings to renovate six old houses from the 21st century, using current and future house design trends.

Turf Houses Renovated (Iceland)
Graphic Designers Remade Old Buildings Around The World By Using Trends Of The 21st Century

An Icelandic turf house consists of a wooden frame stuffed with blocks of turf (grass still embedded in the earth) on a stone foundation. Only the front around the doorway is bared. The entrance leads to a big hall (sometimes via an antechamber) with a firepit in the middle. Our renovated turf house complex plays with the ‘badly hidden’ appearance of traditional turf houses, which seem to sink back into the landscape. The steel-frame dome looks partly natural yet completely alien. Panels of turf and timber alternate with glass windows, using reflections to create an improbable, angular mound of grass, wood, and… clouds! In a subtler touch, the wooden planks that form the facades have been rearranged at decorative angles. Continue reading »

The Swiss City That’s Full of Cat Ladders: A Photographer Captured Bern’s Eclectic And Charming Feline Structures

The Swiss City That’s Full of Cat Ladders: A Photographer Captured Bern’s Eclectic And Charming Feline Structures

Imagine, if you will, what it’s like to be an average cat. You live with your owner on the fourth floor of an apartment building and, like so many of your fellow felines with exposure to the outside world, you have a fierce case of wanderlust. Continue reading »

Most Beautiful Remaining Street Mosaics From The Soviet Union

Most Beautiful Remaining Street Mosaics From The Soviet Union

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, much of the vast empire’s public art—or propaganda—has perished as well. Socialist Realism was the dominant style of the day—that is, art that bolstered the socialist message by glorifying the proletariat and celebrating civic triumphs. Continue reading »

Prague’s Tallest Building Could Soon Become This Post-Apocalyptic Metal Tanker Crashed Into A Skyscraper

Prague’s Tallest Building Could Soon Become This Post-Apocalyptic Metal Tanker Crashed Into A Skyscraper

The Czech Republic might have a new tallest building, if developer Trigema’s plan for the 135-meter-tall (443 ft) multifunctional high-rise building near Prague’s Nové Butovice metro stop is approved. The project was designed by sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch. Continue reading »

Ultimate Infill: A Skinny Building Amidst The Ginza Alley In Japan

Ultimate Infill: A Skinny Building Amidst The Ginza Alley In Japan

Amidst one of Ginza’s many backstreets lies an L-shaped plot of land. This plot of land, which remained vacant for 3 years and hidden by the shadows of the tall buildings surrounding it, is only 2.7 meters wide (around 9 feet). Eventually, a developer stepped in. Continue reading »

Twisting Sculpture-Bridge-Museum Opens In Norway

Twisting Sculpture-Bridge-Museum Opens In Norway

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed “The Twist”. Opened in Jevnaker, Norway, bridging a 10,700-square-foot art museum across two riverbanks in northern Europe’s largest sculpture park. Continue reading »

15 Inhumane Ways Cities Are Preventing The Homeless From Sleeping In Public Places

You’ve Got To Be The Worst Kind Of Heartless Twat If You Can Go Around Slashing Homeless People’s Tents
15 Inhumane Ways Cities Are Preventing The Homeless From Sleeping In Public Places
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Let us introduce you to something called “hostile architecture” – a design strategy that aims to manipulate peoples’ behavior through certain design elements. One of the most widely used elements of hostile architecture is the so-called “anti-homeless spikes” – metal or stone studs on ledges and steps that are embedded to prevent the homeless from sleeping there. Continue reading »

This Bizarre Japanese Temple Looks Like A Fallen Intergalactic Starship

This Bizarre Japanese Temple Looks Like A Fallen Intergalactic Starship

Rising out of central Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Tower or the Emperor’s Palace, this bizarre, black, pyramidal structure is a temple of the “Inner Trip Reiyukai.” Continue reading »

Gallery Of 68 Competitive Designs For The Great Tower For London, 1890

Gallery Of 68 Competitive Designs For The Great Tower For London, 1890

The year previous, 1889, saw the hugely successful Eiffel Tower go up in the centre of Paris, and the good people of London, not to be outdone, decided to get one of their own. A wonderful array of designs were put forward. Continue reading »

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

In the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, architect Tadao Ando designed a spectacular temple, which opened in December 2015. An essay by Tadao Ando for the Italian DOMUS Magazine discusses his work in Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Continue reading »

Jakarta Built A Surburban Village On Top Of A City Mall

Jakarta Built A Surburban Village On Top Of A City Mall
Cosmo Park, which sits on top of a shopping mall. Photograph: Shahrir Bahar

Depending who you ask, Cosmo Park is an ingenious urban oasis or an ill-conceived dystopia.

It is a surreal urban bubble, where normal life unfolds at an abnormal altitude. To access ground level, resident drive their cars down a ramp. A tall metal fence runs around the perimeter to make sure no one falls or drives off. Peer beyond the fence and you can spot the city’s landmarks below. Continue reading »

Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries

Not A Good Carpet Choice For Stairs If You Ask Me
Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries
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As far as designs go, stairs are ones that you want to get right. Any flaw in the execution could lead to an embarrassing trip or, even worse, a serious fall. Continue reading »

This Master Of Art Installation And Illusions Creates Rooms That Will Make You Think The Walls Are Waving At You

This Master Of Art Installation And Illusions Creates Rooms That Will Make You Think The Walls Are Waving At You

With his hypnotic room installations, renowned Austrian artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary spaces and molds architecture into surreal environments for spectators. Influenced by American minimalism, Kogler’s lines are often reduced to black on white for maximum contrast and impact. Continue reading »

Turkish Interior Architect Hayri Atak Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Turkish Interior Architect Hayri Atak Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has designed a concept for a boutique hotel within a cliff edge in Norway that includes a cantilevered glass swimming pool. Continue reading »

Giant Swings To Abolish The Wall Between The United States And Mexico: Take That, Donald Trump!

Giant Swings To Abolish The Wall Between The United States And Mexico: Take That, Donald Trump!
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It will have lasted only 30 minutes in all, but the symbolic images of this moment will remain in history. On July 29, three huge pink seesaws were placed on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border to allow the children it separates to play together. Continue reading »

Rebuilding Notre Dame In Photographs

Rebuilding Notre Dame In Photographs
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Three months after a fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on Wednesday revealed it to be eerily empty and with rubble still littering the nave. Continue reading »

Incredible And Futuristic Bookstore-Themed Shopping Mall In China

Incredible And Futuristic Bookstore-Themed Shopping Mall In China

Undergoing a cultural renaissance, the city of Xi’an, China, is home to a new bookstore-themed commercial complex designed by Lafonce Maxone and intervened by Gonverge Interior Design for the interiors. The project offers a lifestyle and an educational experience with multiple business models through its ‘culture and commerce’ design strategy. The 18m-high and 240m-long artistic book walls in the building are striking and pioneering, brining a new model for urban commercial space to the city. Continue reading »

The City Of Utrecht In The Netherlands Turns 316 Bus Stops Into Bee Stops

The City Of Utrecht In The Netherlands Turns 316 Bus Stops Into Bee Stops
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According to statistics, 358 bee species live in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, more than half of them are already endangered and put on the Dutch Red List (RL). The Netherlands’ officials recognized the growing problem and found an ingenious solution – to transform the city of Utrecht’s bus stops into bee-friendly havens to support pollinating populations. Continue reading »

This Art Installation Was Designed To Create Discussion On What Is Love In Modern Life

This Art Installation Was Designed To Create Discussion On What Is Love In Modern Life
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Wutopia Lab designed China’s first all carbon-fiber structure in the rural area of Zhejiang, in collaboration with digital construction team RoboticPlus.AI. With shrine of Whatslove, a red triangle robotically woven carbon-fiber structure, Wutopia Lab attempted to arouse discussion on what’s love in modern life and how to intervene the rural construction. Continue reading »