From a distance, the Beijing Greenland Center recently-completed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may look like any of the other rectangular skyscrapers that dot China's capital city. Look a little closer, however, and you'll see that the tower features an elegant trapezoidal glass facade that's claimed to improve its energy performance.
It may not be able to buy you love, but money can certainly pay for an architect to design you a one-of-a-kind home. From a fun Manhattan pad with a slide running through it, to a clifftop retreat perfect for a real-life Bond villain, the following luxury homes stand out for their uniqueness and desirability.
Brooklyn studio AE Superlab has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build a new thrill ride atop NYC's Pennsylvania Station. Featuring 11 gondolas that free-fall toward the ground at a rate of over 100 mph (160 km/h), the ride would rise to three times the height of the London Eye and offer fantastic views of the area.
West Hollywood's Sunset Strip has long been associated with roadside advertisements and an architectural competition aims to capitalize on this with a new high-end billboard for the area that caters to both drivers and pedestrians. Four firms are involved in the project, including Zaha Hadid.
The Hive, an installation from sculptor Wolfgang Buttress that is made from 170,000 pieces of aluminum formed into a 17-m (56 ft) tall lattice resembling an enormous swarm of bees, is coming to London's Kew Gardens. The metal's hexagonal shapes are also honeycomb-like, with the light-, sound- and vibration-emitting structure controlled by the activity of bees in an actual beehive on the garden's grounds.Read More
A new residential development in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, is aimed at treading lightly on the ground, while fostering a sense of community among residents. 122 Roseneath St., in Clifton Hill, will offer a variety of one- to three-bedroom apartments and townhouses with small footprints.Read More
Fort Scott, Kansas-based firm Cabin Manufacturing Incorporated builds custom high-end tiny houses for use as luxury mobile hunting lodges. Its recently-completed Bushwacker model boasts several hunting-related additions, including a scent control system and a game processing station.Read More
A home in Stanford, California, commissioned by a professor at the area's esteemed university, will have a net zero energy usage once it has been built. That build process too, though, is low-impact, employing a recycled light steel frame that is quick to erect and easy to build upon.Read More
Initial construction work is underway on a pair of sustainable mixed-use towers in Hangzhou, China. Rising to a height of 280 m (980 ft), the design of the Zhejiang Gate Towers project reflects Chinese characters, and the towers' facades will sport aluminum shading fins that shimmer in the sunlight.
The Museum of London has outgrown its current digs at the Barbican Estate and is set to relocate to the city's West Smithfield area by 2021. A shortlist of six potential designs for the new museum were recently unveiled, including submissions by BIG, Caruso St John Architects, and Studio Milou.
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