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.
This is the new Cinépolis Headquarters above the city of Morelia, Mexico, one of the largest cantilevered buildings around. Not only does it feature big chunks of the office space hanging out into thin air, it's also got all sorts of green features.
This is the Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science. Built in 1964 as part of the World's Fair, it has transformed over the years from a small pavilion into a major science and technology center. This museum boasts the "largest collection of hands-on science exhibits" in NYC, which means hundreds of interactive goodies for you to enjoy.
Part of what makes Japan so cool is its devotion to robots, real and imagined. That's why it should be no surprise to walk down a Tokyo street and find something like the giant Gundam Building crouching in the middle of the dense metropolis.
As if the sun didn't make things hot enough on its own in the Las Vegas desert, the newly opened Vdara hotel is giving it a helping hand. Turns out the hotel's concave, all-glass facade is giving the sun's rays a little more focus — enough to burn guests and melt plastic bags.
Putting up a building takes a long time. You need to lay a foundation and then slowly stack your materials up. Not so with Concrete Cloth. Called "a building in a bag," it can be turned into a solid structure in mere minutes.
There's an old stretch of road in Italy that's going to fall out of use in favor of a new highway, and the country turned to designers for ideas on how to recycle the road rather than just leave it derelict. One idea? Build a city of hanging houses under its bridges.