The only way I'll ever get to move into one of these sweet little disaster houses is if my crappy apartment gets destroyed by some unstoppable force of nature. Luckily, I live in California, so it's only a matter of time.
One of the downsides of urban living is that green space is usually at a premium. This skyscraper adds a twist so that every apartment gets a big back yard.
Richard Moreta Architecture designed this eco-friendly egg hotel concept for Hospitality Design's Radical Innovation competition. Operating like a wind tower, this resort would allow fresh air to circulate throughout the building, use recovered rainwater for irrigation and flushing and a high-efficiency LED system. Wouldn't you want to spend the night here?
Stairs are great and all, but they're certainly not the most fun way to get down from the top floor of a building. I'm pretty sure that honor goes to slides. Which is why I really want to visit the Technische Universitat in Munich, Germany.
Think about how much money you'd save if you didn't have to pay for gas or electricity every month. This concept house from the University of Stuttgart manages to generate enough power for itself, plus two electric cars, with enough left over to sell back to the power company for a profit.
Life in big cities, even in China, can be expensive so Hunan City University architecture student Dai Haifei decided to innovate his way into the city of Beijing with his Egg House.
y+M Design Office completed this family home in Japan with a bit of a twist. The facade is made of stairs leading from the ground level to the roof. The owners wanted a welcoming house that would also shield them from the harsh, coastal winds that hit in the winter months. Stairs it is.
When the folks at Usher Hall decided they needed new lighting for their spiral staircase, Speirs and Major were only too happy to oblige. What they came up with links the original building with its modern addition: a simple, 45-foot cylinder of light…jazzed up with LEDs of course.
To usher in this year's holiday shopping season, we bring you Selfridges. A department store chain in the UK, the Birmingham location has quite a unique design. Known as blob architecture or 'blobitecture,' this building is made of small, bulging aluminum discs that come together into one organic, amoeba-like structure.
Feel like getting a little bit panicked in your cubicle right now? A nice case of the sweaty palms as a break from work? Well, take a look at this: stuntmen from Mission Impossible 4 sitting on top of the spire of the Burj Khalifa with no safety equipment.