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.
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!
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.
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 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?
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.
Did 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?