When the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor released his original plans for the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2013, the building was meant to resemble an inkblot, oozing across Los Angeles’s horizon like an enigmatic brushstroke. Planners had hoped it would do for LA what Frank Gehry’s sweeping, silver Guggenheim outpost had done for Bilbao, attracting tourism to the Spanish city in the 1990s. But in subsequent revisions, the dramatic, inky color of Zumthor’s original design became a flat beige (critics believed a black building would have been too difficult to keep cool), and a wing that was supposed to meander over the La Brea tar pits—the inspiration for Zumthor’s first design—was moved to an adjacent parking lot. The latest renderings show a building even shorter, and smaller, than before, straddling Wilshire Boulevard like a toll plaza. People have compared it to a coffee table and an Italian roadside restaurant. The whole project is estimated to cost a cool $650 million, nearly one-fifth of it coming from taxpayers.
Sunday, Jun 2nd 2019 (12:01am)
We thought we’d seen it all when it comes to unusual and unique hotels. Then, we found Wing’s Castle of New York. This storybook cottage had us rubbing our eyes– are those elephants? The castle began, as so many magical things did, as a 1969 reverie…
Wednesday, Feb 13th 2019 (4:00am)
The story of how the sand palace made it through Michael while most of its neighbors collapsed is one about building in hurricane-prone Florida, and how construction regulations failed to imagine the Category 4 monster's catastrophic destruction.
Wikkelhouse is a modular house made of standardized segments of cardboard and wood, giving it a solid structure - sorta like a stylized (and crazy green) quonset hut. It's lightweight enough to not require a foundation and can be relocated on a truck if need be, but is sadly only available in Europe. For now.
Architect George Suyama wonders if his early years in a Japanese American internment camp led to his love for simplicity. "My theory is that we had nothing there so I became obsessed with little things. I was at a camp in Idaho called Minidoka and it was a tarpaper barracks. They were long shed buildings, I don't know how many families lived in them, you had one window and a stove area and there were curtains that separated one family from another. Maybe because there was nothing there that I wanted to make everything as simple as I could."
Monday, Aug 6th 2018 (12:00am)
A former Rolls-Royce engineer is trying to 'conker' the housing crisis bemoaned by millennials - by creating £21,000 pods inspired by the traditional British playground pastime.
Half buried in the sea, the monolithic form of the building breaks the surface of the water to land on the steep shore. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the seabed five meters below the surface of the water.
The Municipality of Eindhoven, TU Eindhoven and the companies Van Wijnen, Vesteda, Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and Witteveen + Bos are going to realize the first habitable house that will roll straight out of the printer. The house will be the first of five houses of 3D-printed concrete, which will be placed in the Eindhoven new-build neighborhood Meerhoven in the coming years. The 3D printed concrete homes of the project, called Project Milestone, are realized one after the other, while research on technology remains in development.
Monday, Jun 25th 2018 (12:00am)
YUP | 1 The walled city of Kowloon is a fascinating place for many reasons - including its structure
Its 300 wooden buildings were all connected, built without professional architects and often some grew wider as they got higher. From the sky it looked as if the mid-rise slums of of Asian megacities (already quite dense) had been put into a giant trash compactor that smushed them together.
Architectural Digest peels off a list of what they consider to be the ugliest buildings in the world. I think they're flat-out wrong in more than a few cases, some of these structures are stunners. Eye of the beholder and all that, I suppose.
Houses today come in many shapes and sizes, new and old, and in so many different styles it’s easy to get lost in the vast assortment. However, even with this great diversity in homes, there are still a few and one in particular will make your mouth drop.
Wednesday, Apr 11th 2018 (11:05pm)
Perched on the tip of a fjord on the Scandinavian country's western coast, Ureddplassen is a "wave-shaped toilet" with a viewing terrace that confronts the wide, open Norwegian Sea. The snow-capped mountains of the Lofoten Wall frame the vista.
Monday, Apr 2nd 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: obscene news
Like the garden follies that dotted English country estates in the 18th and 19th centuries, this backyard pavilion in London's St. John’s Wood neighborhood is part sculpture and part shelter. Nestled inside a walled garden behind a 1950s terrace house, it serves as both a garden shed and an office for its owner, earning it the nickname "the shoffice."
Friday, Mar 30th 2018 (12:03am)
Spread out across the Bolivian highlands, at 4,000 meters, the city of El Alto is predominantly ochre-red, with thousands of low, matchbox-like brick houses with unfinished and unpainted facades lining the sides of dusty, unpaved roads. It's so drab and monotonous and depressing that residents have started to liven things up by adding splashes of color wherever they could. They have also started to design their houses into bizarre shapes.
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By day, a steady stream of tourists came, posing for pictures (and peeking in the windows) dressed in the free costumes provided by the visitor center - calico smocks with cameos, overalls and black jackets, even the spectacles - and wielding pitchforks of all sizes. They brought their own props, which included a prized Harley Davidson, a fleet of Stanley steam cars, and a herd of llamas. It was the centerpiece of a Klingon calendar shoot, a bare-chested rock band's album cover, a marriage proposal, a family reunion - a gamut of creativity daily.
Many of us wish we could step into the past and explore the world of yesteryear. If you have ever wanted to revisit the 1970s, here’s your chance! This house has not been redecorated since it was built in 1979.
Monday, Mar 5th 2018 (12:00am)
Bekonscot is a toy village located in the English town of Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. Spread out over 1.5 acres, this Lilliputian village with miniature buildings artfully created with wood, stone, metal, and glass, its well kept gardens and a huge model railway has been fascinating visitors for more than 80 years. Indeed, Bekonscot is believed to be the oldest original model village in the world.
Thursday, Mar 1st 2018 (12:00am)
Mostly time-lapses cover only a few hours or days and create videos that make the world move faster and show big changes in few minutes. However, Ricardo Martin Brulla created an aerial time-lapse of Seattle that shows the city growing and evolving over a period of three years. He didn’t even need to set up the camera himself to capture the video, thanks to the high definition 360 panoramic cameras installed on the Space Needle some years ago.
Wednesday, Feb 7th 2018 (12:00am)
In 1899, when famous arctic explorer Robert Peary reached Ellesmere Island, in Canada, he found the ruins of a hut erected by a previous arctic expedition in the island’s northeastern shore. The hut was a three-room building built with long, wooden boards, and covered with tar paper, but such type of construction was notoriously difficult to keep warm during the freezing polar winters. Peary found the building utterly unfit for habitation, and so he had the building torn down and rebuilt several smaller quarters in its place. For the next thirty years, Peary’s huts—named Fort Conger—played an important role in several high arctic expeditions.
The original Fort Conger was built in 1881 by explorers of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition led by Lt. Adolphus Greely of the Fifth United States Cavalry. The crew was dropped on the island by the ship Proteus on August 11, 1881, with ample food and fuel to survive and explore comfortably for a year or so.
Saturday, Jan 13th 2018 (12:51pm)
Denmark’s new prison has a grocery store, workshops, and lots of glass. It looks more like a college campus–and that’s the whole point.
Denmark’s recidivism rate is about 27%, about half of the United States’ rate, which ranges between 49% and 80% depending on the type of crime committed.
A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb.
The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. It's located in rural Wabaunsee County, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Topeka.
Monday, Nov 27th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Jen
If you’re a bit of an exhibitionist, flattered by the occasional voyeur, and happy to be the center of attention -- or simply want to indulge in James Bond-like fantasies of secret, underwater lairs -- then we know where you'll be checking in on your next vacay, Aquaman.
Saturday, Nov 4th 2017 (12:00am)
Dante's Peak (1997)
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