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.
Japan has been struck by magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes a staggering 46 times since the pagoda at the Horyu-Ji Temple was built in 607AD. So, how did the 122 meter tall structure stay upright through all that shaking?
Perhaps it is because I'm used to see it in black and white, but it's fascinating to see how incredibly modern Berlin looks in this color film from 1936. It was a beautiful city. Except for the bloody Nazis, of course.