What life looks like inside the world's narrowest house America has the largest standards for homes, by a very long shot, in the world. We all know about Japanese city living, but in Europe - the UK in particular, thanks to the industrial revolution - an entire flat would fit inside what many Americans think is a lounge. Kitchens in particular are ridiculously enormous there. It's a strange thing that people don't think about. I lived in a flat that was 1 room, with a cupboard off the side that had the toilet and a door. Kitchen and shower were just there in the corner.
8 glorious buildings shaped like squids and octopodes SExpand Architects frequently take their design cues from nature, but while some prefer the curves of budding flowers or the sturdy power of desert mesas, others give their buildings reaching tentacles, high, squid-like towers, or the occasional smattering of what looks like suckers. Here are a handful of buildings and design concepts that remind us of the noble class Cephalopoda. Amphibious 1000, by the Italian GZDG, Qatar This floating luxury resort will containe offices, a marine park, underwater marine galleries, a central tower with a panoramic restaurant, and floating waterways. The tentacles will feature 80 floating suites complete with underwater viewing decks.
Local news outlets call the scale “astronomical.” Some question its economic feasibility. Either way it is one hell of an ambitious tourism venture. The project in question is the creation of a gigantic 'tourism city' called 8City. Plans are for it to be built on the islands of Yongyu-Muui in the port city of Incheon, next to Incheon International Airport. Korea's whopping US$275 billion tourism city plan | CNN Travel
Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies - Politics The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is an unusual building. For one thing, as you can see in the center photo above, it’s over 10 stories high -- most embassies are much shorter.
A Century of Capitalist Cathedrals Built By the World's Biggest Companies | Wired Business Image: City of CupertinoIn many ancient cultures, kings and emperors were worshipped as gods. The power of some of these would-be deities lives on in the temples they built to themselves. Today, rather than pharaohs and Caesars, we have global corporations. Their brands ubiquitous, their treasure unrivaled, the world's most valuable companies command armies of workers, exact fealty from government leaders, and receive regular tribute from consumers in the form of our cash.The current reigning monarch, Apple, was recently crowned the most valuable company ever, only to have its title stripped as less reverent scribes realized the company's market capitalization hadn't been adjusted for inflation. Still, the company has all the riches it needs to go forward with its plan to build a new headquarters befitting its stature. Like the would-be gods of old, multinationals erect monuments that convey the scope and scale of their power.
Proposed future London airport would float atop the Thames
american monuments under construction American monuments hit the sweet spot between being young enough to have been photographed while being built, but old enough that few people can remember them not being there. Because of this an entire legacy can be viewed as it was while it was being created. From the D.C Capitol building, which ironically, slaves helped to build during the Civil War, to the Statue of Liberty, which was built in France, the forgotten train Grand Central train shed, the Empire State building when it was two storeys high or the Hollywood sign before it read Hollywood, here are our picks of America’s most famous monuments while they were being built.
It's Austrian accented German. They're not saying much relevant... Translation: (muffled) The other is normal, right?. Yeah, the other is normal. Polish Architects Build Stereotype-Reinforcing Upside-Down House
I think this is a big oops for Weng. Weng does elaborate on the French Canopy Raft Program but its still way too similar to win a prize for originality. Unless perhaps she did in fact credit the seed of her idea on the French Canopy Raft Program. I'm hoping this is the case. These are just a few of the images from her project, so it's hard to tell, but there are also capsules at the end of those drop-downs. They are similar in that they both include resting mesh on a treetop, but there's a bit more to her design. Aerial canopies would let you explore the Amazon rainforest from above
SExpand This Spiral Garden Museum concept was entered in a competition for Taipei's new art museum. The design, by French firm Influx Studio, didn't make it into the final competition, but it's still astonishingly beautiful. Amazing curving "Spiral Garden Museum" could have been Taipei's mothership
SExpand It may be warm and nice or rainy and miserable outside but, most probably, you have office weather in your office cubicle. Wouldn't you rather be in one of these dream vacation houses now? They have to be the most relaxing and beautiful buildings on Earth. Or at least in the top 10. Dream on. Wouldn't You Like to Be In One of the Five Most Relaxing Houses In the World Right Now?
This Evil-Looking Mountain Fortress Is Really a Magnificent Fire Station SExpand The volunteer fire station in the tiny Austrian town of Margreid is carved straight into a 300-foot sheer rock face on the side of a mountain. Designed by Italian architects Bergmeister Worlf, the unusual headquarters is a perfect aesthetic match for its alpine setting. Aside from its striking appearance, the fire station is a marvel of engineering. As Fast Company reports: They began by blasting three caverns into the cliff face, connecting them with smaller criss-crossing tunnels.
SExpand Click to viewWhere do 747s go when they die? In this particular case: Malibu, to become a luxury home. The Best Way to Recycle a 747 Is to Live In It
X-SEED 4000: World’s tallest tower will house 1 million people There’s a lot of debate about what the tallest tower in the world currently is. Some say the Taipei 101, at 1671 ft to the tip of it’s spire, is the world’s tallest tower, whereas we might argue that the Sears Tower, at a whopping 1731 ft (and 110 stories), still takes the prize. However, if the enormous, 13,000 ft X-Seed 4000 structure ever gets built in Tokyo – it will win the worlds-tallest-building competition hands down and leave its puny competitors in the dirt.
MZ Architects' Al Ain Stadium is a Seamless Marriage Between Man-Made and Natural Elements With its plan for the new Rock Stadium, Lebanese design firm MZ Architects addresses the question of how to design a modern stadium that is located near a powerful natural site while preserving its authenticity. Instead of building the stadium next to the rocky hillside, MZ decided to build it within the existing geographical features, resulting in an award-winning green sports stadium that is hidden in the desert sands of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by ancient greet temples and stadia, MZ Architects cleverly played with mass and void relationships, creating a careful balance between man-made and natural elements. MZ Architects, under the direction of lead architect Marwan Zgheib, designed the stadium to maximize the use of on-site and local materials while merging landscape and architecture, creating a seamless experience between stadium activities and the desert landscape. From a distance the stadium melts into the surroundings, respecting the beauty of the landscape.
Empowering Architecture: architects, buildings, interior design, materials, jobs, competitions, design schools East Hampton Beach House Renovation by Utopus Studio A full restoration and renovation of an existing summer vacation home in East Hampton, the main requirements called for the restoration of the existing shell throughout the façade. As well as new mezzanine railing, millwork, carpeting, lighting, hardware and finishes in the interior.