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.
Meet the Nereus. This odd configuration allows you to skim along the ocean surface like a jet ski, dive underwater and fly. Yes, that's right. The Nereus has a power kite tucked away just in case the other two options weren't enough. Sadly, this is just a concept, but maybe one day we'll see this one out and about.
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.
No, this is not an illusion. This tunnel is located in Sequoia National Park in California. Cut from a giant sequoia, "Tunnel Log" is 8 feet tall and 17 feet wide. Originally standing at 275 feet high with a diameter of 21 feet, this tree was probably more than 2000 years old when it fell in 1937.
If you've ever visited Chicago's Millennium Park, you may have noticed that large, curved sculpture called Cloud Gate. More appropriately known as "The Bean" by Chicagoans, it was completed in 2006 by Anish Kapoor.
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.
For all of those times we were told not to look at the Sun, here's an exception. This gorgeous, high-resolution image covers an area of 120,000 x 120,000 miles. As a point of reference, the dark circular spot in the bottom right is roughly the size of the Earth.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson became famous in the U.S. for his New York City waterfalls. But we also love one of his more recent installations in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau museum: a giant kaleidoscope in the museum atrium. Stretching all the way to the skylight, visitors could walk through and enjoy the changing patterns.
Construction can be pretty treacherous work, but what about clinging to the side of a new building with only bamboo and twine to support you? This scaffolding in Hong Kong is just one of many bamboo structures used for that...
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