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.
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.
Local news outlets call the scale “astronomical.” 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 <img title="applecampus2aerialview1" alt="applecampus2aerialview1" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2012/09/applecampus2aerialview1.jpg" />In 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.
It's a cool idea, but it really does assume that nothing will ever go wrong. In addition there doesn't seem to be any extra room for many of the structures that any commercial airport would need, like maintenance hangars, fuel storage, room for cargo loading/unloading, emergency vehicles, and free tarmac for additional planes to be parked in the event of something catastrophic (9/11 style attack, another volcano). So all of a sudden the cool looking floating island turns quickly into a super ugly garbage scow the size of a small city. 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.
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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
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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.
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