This Fire Station In Italy Looks Like A Supervillain’s Secret Base

This Fire Station In Italy Looks Like A Supervillain’s Secret Base
Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

Recently, this fire station in the northern part of Italy went viral. Despite having been built a decade ago, it started gaining more and more attention after one person on Reddit compared it to a villain hideout. We must admit, though, it does look sort of villainy. But it wasn’t built inside a cave just for the sake of Bond movie aesthetics. As the farmable land in the Alps is scarce and the restrictions on non-traditional architecture are rigid, the architects have come up with an ingenious solution. Continue reading »

Domestikator: This Stunning Sculpture Looks Like Two Buildings Having Sex

Domestikator: This Stunning Sculpture Looks Like Two Buildings Having Sex

Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout’s Domestikator, a model of a modernist building that happens to be shaped like a man penetrating a dog, makes me worry that I offered the wrong advice. Raunchy art in the adult and sophisticated context of a gallery – if necessary with warnings about its content – is one thing. Obscenity in public space where people of all ages will see it without making any choice to do so is another. Continue reading »

Stunning Interior Views Of The Central Social Institution In Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1937

Stunning Interior Views Of The Central Social Institution In Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1937

The Central Social Institution in Prague was home to the world’s largest vertical file cabinet. It consists of 3,000 drawers, 10 feet high, reaching from floor to ceiling and covering approximately 4,000 square feet. The drawers are all equipped with roller bearings. Continue reading »

A Very Modern Waste-To-Energy Power Plant In Copenhagen That Doubles As An Urban Ski Slope

A Very Modern Waste-To-Energy Power Plant In Copenhagen That Doubles As An Urban Ski Slope

In very Danish fashion, Amager Bakke, the very visible and thoroughly modern waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen was made to run as environmentally clean as possible. Continue reading »

The Whale: A New Touristic Attraction In Norway, That Will Tell The Stories Of The Majestic Sea Creature Through Art, Science, And Architecture

The Whale: A New Touristic Attraction In Norway, That Will Tell The Stories Of The Majestic Sea Creature Through Art, Science, And Architecture

The Danish architecture firm Dorte Mandrup A/S won the international competition to design “The Whale”, a new touristic attraction for northern Norway, that will tell the stories of the majestic sea creature through art, science, and architecture. Continue reading »

CyberHouse: Russian Architects Make Tesla Cybertruck Inspired House To Survive A Nuclear Apocalypse

CyberHouse: Russian Architects Make Tesla Cybertruck Inspired House To Survive A Nuclear Apocalypse

The new Tesla model unveiled by Ilon Musk left many scratching their chins. MODERN HOUSE architects suggest a scenario under which the weirdness of Cybertrack’s engineering and design makes sense. Continue reading »

New York-Based Design Studio LARS BÜRO Has Created The ‘Cybunker’, An Off-Grid Shelter To House The Recently Unveiled Tesla Cybertruck

New York-Based Design Studio LARS BÜRO Has Created The 'Cybunker', An Off-Grid Shelter To House The Recently Unveiled Tesla Cybertruck

Inspired by the recently unveiled Tesla Cybertruck, Lars Büro has imagined a Cybunker, “a modular architecture that can be deployed as a hi-tech depot, an ADU, or an off-grid residence.” Made with a rigid steel “monocoque” structure, the aerodynamic module is able to withstand grueling environmental conditions. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Houses Carved Inside Massive Tree Stumps in America From The Early 20th Century

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Houses Carved Inside Massive Tree Stumps in America From The Early 20th Century

The giant size of the stump gives a good idea of the size of the old growth trees.

As the first waves of loggers swept over great portions of the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests in the second half of the nineteenth century, those men opened up the dark dense woodlands to settlement. And they surely left their mark on the land. Continue reading »

Slinningsbålet: The Battle For The Biggest Bonfire In The World

Slinningsbålet: The Battle For The Biggest Bonfire In The World

To see the world’s biggest bonfire you’ll have to visit Alesund, Norway, where wood pallets are stacked over 40 meters (131 ft) high on an artificial island. The occasion? Sankthans, or ‘Midsummer’, an annual festival in commemoration of John the Baptist’s birth. The day is celebrated on the 24th of June (around summer solstice) in Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe. Continue reading »

These Houses Are Designed In The Shape Of Famous Logos

These Houses Are Designed In The Shape Of Famous Logos

Architects never seize to surprise us with their intricate and innovative designs. Some showcase their ingenuity by creating unique functionalities in the houses they design, others demonstrate never-seen-before exteriors. Recently, architect Karina Wiciak of Wamhouse studio demonstrated unusual house designs after finding inspiration in an unexpected place — logos of famous brands. Logos, usually being simplistic yet novel, turned out to be the perfect reference to outstanding architecture. Continue reading »

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
Marko Djurica/Reuters

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 »