Milan has terrible air quality. Some of the worst in all of Italy. So architect and developer Stefano Boeli dreamed up away to combat that issue in a practical manner: He's turning two residential towers into vertical forests.
Designed for tourists visiting a fort in the Netherlands, instead of being a means for the ancient Israelites to escape the Egyptians, this Moses Bridge sits below the water line of a moat so it visually disappears -- recreating what the fort and surrounding area would have looked like back in the 17th century.
In 2005, teacher Eric Schneider paid £147,000 for a 450 square foot studio apartment that originally looked like it had barely enough room for even a bed. So he handed it over to architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson who revamped the kitchen, and designed a central transforming cabinet that now gives him considerably more living area in exactly the same space.
I like this house by Bernard Khoury Architects. Built on a steep plot in Kfardebian, Mount Lebanon, from this perspective it reminds me of the zigurat buildings in Blade Runner's Los Angeles. That bikini android must be Sean Young. [ArchDaily]
I initially thought this building, designed by Japanese firm Eastern Design Office, had an eating disorder. But really, the On-The-Corner house has a triangular wedge design that, when viewed at just the right angle, nearly makes it look two-dimensional.
The Treehotel has been a concept of architecture firm Tham and Videgård for a few years now, promising people a cheap, prefab way to live amongst the trees (quite literally). Now that concept has become reality.
Just like the rendering from last year, the now completed ArcelorMittal Orbit looks like a brain-liquifying roller coaster. Or a metal spaghetti monster twice the size of the Eiffel Tower, stranded in the rainy city, sad and confused.
Well, yeah. How else are you going to spruce up an abandoned Arkansas hotel? Pillow mints? This artistic installation by Jessica Wohl is entitled "Hairy Staircase" and currently resides at the derelict Mountainaire Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. [Jessica Wohl via Boing Boing]
It's hard to believe that this house in Japan is real, but it is. Not just a project, but a home. Designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, its metal structure and the division of space defy any convention or logic.
This is the Thames Hub airport, part of an billion-pound project that would include a railway terminal connecting to England and Europe through high speed trains, huge depots and a port. Total cost of this pipe dream: £50 billion.
Apple's New York Soho store is currently undergoing renovations, which presumably means they'll be replacing old glass with new glass. Yawn. As slick as Apple stores can be, I'm over it. I want something like Apple's Covent Garden store in London. In fact, they should just keep their temporary New York Soho store open all-year 'round.
The Mouriz School is too cool for school. By day, its students frolcik and play outside its random lines and dark wood veneer. By night, however, the entire scene becomes one from a Pixar short. Fascinating stuff.