Japan and mainland China get a lot of the credit for Asia's futurist creations, but years ago Taiwan weighed in with one of the most exciting solutions for living a science fiction fan could want, UFO houses.
Announced in June, we knew that Steve Jobs wanted to build a brand new Apple campus shaped like a spaceship in Cupertino. The world's most valuable company's now released high-quality renders of its proposed HQ for all to marvel at. Oh wow, look at that glass, it's curved.
The Dasparkhotel in Germany doesn't have rooms, per se. Instead, it has repurposed sewer pipes that are outfitted with a bed for your sleeping comfort.
Everybody, meet the new Kingdom Tower design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's latest design. You might know the Kingdom Tower as the soon-to-be world's tallest building and the tower that's going to make the Burj Khalifa look like a midget.
Everybody likes the taste of organic, farm-fresh food, but in dense urban areas, large-scale agriculture isn't really an option. A Dutch design firm has come up with a concept for a rooftop greenhouse ecosystem that produces food so efficiently that installing them on top of buildings in NYC could feed the majority of people living there.
Home sweet home. Can you still call a four-story home sandwiched between two buildings and ladders instead of a staircase a comfortable home? If you're an artist who's not claustrophobic, you might get a shot at living in this narrow house in Warsaw, Poland.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's Wuhan Greenland Center might not reach as high into the sky like the Kingdom Tower or the Burj Khalifa, but when it's completed, it will be the world's fourth tallest building, third-tallest in China and ultra sustainable. At 1,988 feet hight with 119 floors, the Wuhan Greenland Center's "tapered body, softly rounded corners and domed top" don't just make the entire structure look slim and sleek, special vents at the edges of its tripod-like "legs" help "reduce wind resistance and vortex action" that usually causes a building to sway.
This innocent looking brick has been "biomanufactured" by mixing sand with a solution of bacteria that we've been promised is non-toxic and non-pathogenic, and if every brick in the world was made this way, it would spare the atmosphere of some 800 million tons of CO2 every year.
Apple is growing, and fast. They've far outgrown their original campus in Cupertino, and have plans to build a gigantic new base of operations that'll fit over 12,000 people in one building.
Why bother worrying about global warming, tsunamis, floods and rising sea levels when you could just ignore it all with a house on stilts? In fact, you can actually look forward to the ice caps melting, 'cause then you get a giant swimming pool of pure glacial meltwater installed for free in your backyard. Sweet!