The London Eye has become a major tourist attraction for the city, so Moscow is hoping a similar structure will attract more visitor's to the Russian capital. Except that theirs will be the world's tallest, with a unique spokeless design.
At first glance it looks like this bridge in the Netherlands was an engineering failure, not unlike the infamous Tacoma Narrows that collapsed. But this is how the architects designed and built it to look, and it works just fine.
Simon Dale was fed up. He'd had enough of what he calls "mass produced box design" homes so he did something about it — he moved his family to the Welsh countryside and hand-built a "Hobbit house" even Peter Jackson would envy.
This is the house where Hitler spent the last years of his life; a remote mansion similar to the infamous Berghof located in the Nahuel Huapi Lake, in Patagonia, Argentina, a remote mountainous paradise full of Nazi refugees. That's what the conspiracy theorist say, anyway.
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.