Pixar, a company that Steve Jobs heavily invested in, served as Chief Executive for and eventually sold to Disney, has named its new headquarters in his memory. A Pixar employee tweeted the photo you see here on Wednesday.
The Shard in London became Europe's tallest skyscraper back in July and now, on November 1, Moscow's Mercury City Tower topped out and stole the coveted position by a mere 95 feet (1,112 feet compared to The Shard's 1,017 feet). Moscow is already home to the largest number of highrises in Europe and Mercury City joins four other buildings in Russia to make up half of the ten tallest on the continent.
This is a terrible, terrible idea. It is, or rather could be, a bridge in Paris (called "A Bridge in Paris") that's made of inflatable tubing and three giant interconnected trampolines. It'll never happen, because people would sue the berets off of anyone who put it up for the injuries that would ensue, but wow, I want this to be real.
With all of the focus on digital books these days, it's easy to forget that so much of the world's collective knowledge is still only available from good old fashioned paper books. This public library aims to spice up the image of the dusty old archives by making it into a place you'll want to visit.
Like Apple's iconic cube-shaped Fifth Avenue store, Santambrogio's cube house overdoses on the glass with style. That's not the only striking feature of this glass house: it's got glass stairs, glass furniture and lots of glassware inside. Better be careful!
Did you think Christian Schallert's "tiny" 258 square-foot apartment was cramped? Wait until you get a load of Bo Le-Mentzal's 10 square-foot (one square-meter) box house. It's the most barebones house ever created and could be the world's smallest one, too.
Beyond the athletes from nations worldwide, the Olympics also bring out the world's most talented architectural designs. Beijing had its Bird's Nest and now London has the Coca-Cola Beatbox, a building that can be played like an instrument triggered by gestures, touches and movements.
We were impressed by the guts it took to knockoff an Apple Store, but this time the Chinese have definitely raised the bar on "recreating" originals. China has successfully cloned an entire village, recreating the scenic village of Hallstatt, Austria in a location of the same name about one hour outside of Huizhou in the Guangdong Province.
Borrowing the shape of the long, twisting bodies of China's iconic dragons, "Sity" is a building concept we're still trying to wrap our heads around. It's designed to snake through a swathe of Shanghai and includes a man-made river and park underneath it. While the structure looks impossible to navigate, the designers have actually put some thought into how you could live and work in this thing, too.
Here in California, there are huge tracts of land so desolate that nobody in their right mind would ever want to live there. Commonly known as "Fresno,"* these areas might be made slightly more palatable with the inclusion of hyper-modern eco-friendly prefab housing like the this design, called California Roll.