10-Foot-Tall Lego Trump Tower Is the First Trump Building I Actually Want to Visit

via Gizmodo by Jack Loftus on 9/4/11

Using a transparent Lego brick technique I can only describe as amazing, builder Sean Kenney has recreated a reflected skyline in the “glass” on this 10-foot, 65,000-brick Trump International Hotel and Tower monstrosity.

Amazing architecture: Floating building as traveling exhibit space

via DVICE Atom Feed by Charlie White on 11/3/09

Amazing architecture: Floating building as traveling exhibit space
Leave it to Australian architects at Peddle Thorp to prove that houseboat architecture has come a long way. They’re calling this starship-like floating exhibition space “Fluid,” and once it’s done showing off its beauty at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea, it’ll be unmoored from its dock and floated to other Asian cities.
Check out the gallery below, and you’ll notice that its interior is even more magnificent than its exterior, taking the theme of a whale to the extreme. We love floating buildings. Bring this beauty to the states!

Hot Rod couch is one ridiculous piece of furniture

via DVICE Atom Feed by Adam Frucci on 5/14/09
Hot Rod couch is one ridiculous piece of furniture

This couch is, well, a one-of-a-kind object. It’s a hot rod couch, and it can be yours for a mere $45,000. What a deal!

Sure, there’s no way it’ll go with anything in your home, but come on, it’s so crazy looking! It sort of looks like a hot rod! Mixed with an uncomfortable couch! I’m sure this will sell in no time.

Zaha Hadid unveils latest alien spacecraft disguised as common Earth structure

via DVICE Atom Feed by Adario Strange on 5/15/09
Zaha Hadid unveils latest alien spacecraft disguised as common Earth structure

The age of mobile museums and public pavilions continues to be pushed forward by futuristic designer Zaha Hadid. For an upcoming ecology-focused exhibit in Chicago’s Millennium Park, the London-based designer created a seashell-meets-spacecraft design that would be right at home in the 24th century.

Constructed using light-weight aluminum, the structure uses fabric for its walls and allows light in from all angles. Dubbed The Hadid Pavilion, the design will be on display from June 19 through October 31, and you can find more information here.
Via Tuvie

Sky-Terra Towers Poised to Steal the Last Remnants of Sunshine from Humanity

via Gizmodo by Mark Wilson on 4/23/09

Sky-Terra were designed with the intent of creating a green space in the sky. But am I the only one who sees a flaw with this logic?

Sprouting between buildings, the Sky-Terra (another entrant in the 2009 eVolo Skyscraper Competition) hopes to create a neuron-like network of parks, pools, amphitheaters and bathhouses in the sky.

So far, so good.

But what happens to those poor souls living their lives under the Sky-Terra? What about those millions of people not on holiday, who’d just like to walk to work with some shard of sun on their face?

Have you ever seen those glowing fish from way deep in the ocean, with fluorescent skin you can see in complete absence of light? That will be the human race. So really, it’s not all bad.

[Inhabitat]

Treehouse hotel takes lofty living to new heights

via DVICE by Leslie Shapiro on 2/5/09

treehouse1.jpgDid your dad build you a treehouse when you were a kid? Obviously, he didn’t love you enough. If he did, he would have built you one that looked like this new tree hotel designed by Sweden’s Tham & Videgard Hansson Arkitekter.

The “Harad’s” tree hotel has a small kitchen, terrace, living area and sleeping area. There doesn’t appear to be a bathroom or a ladder. That could make for a, um, rather uncomfortable night, at least for guests of the female variety.

The mirrored surfaces blends this conceptual design into the environment. I have a hard enough time remembering where my room is when they all look alike in a real hotel. What if all the trees look alike? Even worse — try finding your tree at night.

TVH, via Fast Company

Herzog & de Meuron’s Latest Project: Disc Tower in an Arabian Garden in Madrid

via Gizmodo by John Mahoney on 12/17/08

These guys don’t know when to stop—after wowing with the Bird’s Nest and an upcoming Jenga apartment tower in NYC, H&dM have just unveiled their equally stunning design for a bank HQ in Madrid.

Aside from looking like a delicious ‘nilla wafer standing upright in a field of whipped cream, or a sailboat at sea in a crazy greenhouse ocean, the BBVA building incoporates a ton of cool ideas that sound like the most perfect work environment ever.

The main buildings are long, horizontal and onlythree-stories tall, and in the alleys and other nooks and crannies surrounding, a “carpet” of plants and trees grows. This will give each workspace a garden view and create “a cool, moist, fresh microclimate analogous to an Arabian garden” in the desert-y Madrid suburbs. And from it all springs the aforementioned wafer, excised from the carpet and set vertically at a slight angle.

Hey BBVA – you hiring?

[Dezeen]

Daniel Libeskind’s 54-story condos are more like a 54-story garden

via DVICE by Kevin Hall on 12/3/08

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In a city full of steel and glass, a green tower like the 54-story skyscraper proposed by architect Daniel Libeskind — who won a bid to be the overseeing architect for the World Trade Center reconstruction — would certainly shake things up. His proposed condominium, standing over 900 feet tall, would make use of sky gardens on many of the floors, and a glass-tube-enclosed vertical garden running up the center of the skyscraper. Cutaways built into the building’s exterior would mean that both residents and onlookers could enjoy the greenery.

More than just looking good, including sky gardens in a structure helps improve conditions inside and encourage more natural lighting. Libeskind’s building hasn’t been approved yet — and could very well change given construction limitations if it is — but, as a New Yorker, I can definitely say I’d love to look out at the night skyline and see such a unique skyscraper. Check out the images below for more of Daniel Libeskind’s sky-garden-studded condos.

New York Magazine, via Designboom

Solar paper lantern uses the sun’s rays to light up the room

via DVICE by Adam Frucci on 12/4/08

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This beautiful Solar Paper Lantern is made out of 36 miniature solar panels. Each panels is connected to an electroluminescent diode, meaning the entire thing is powered by the sun. It’s not only lovely, but it’s environmentally friendly, too. It can remain on for as long as it’s near the sun.

The only problem with this is that when it’s near the sun, you won’t need the light source, so it’s best to leave it in the sun all day to juice it up for shining its light at night. But it’s a great twist on a classic design, one that I’d love to have to show off in my home.

St. Etienne Design Triennial, Via Make

A router combined with a vase makes routers nice to look at

via DVICE by Adam Frucci on 11/21/08

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We all have a lot of stuff cluttering our homes. You know, stuff that serves a purpose but doesn’t look too nice doing so. Like your router. It’s essentially a little plastic box with blinking lights. Sure, it’s very useful and you wouldn’t want to be without it, but couldn’t it look a little better?

That’s the idea behind this wireless router vase from Saudi Arabia based STC. It’s a fully functioning wireless router, but it also happens to be a pretty nice looking flower vase. As long as you’re willing to ignore the obvious issues with filling an electronic device with water, it’s a pretty slick looking object. What do you think, would you rather have this or a traditional router?

STC, via Dezeen