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Secret Operation 610 is meant to invoke the atmosphere of the Cold War (Image: Rietveld La...

Rolling out of a hangar on the former Soesterberg Air Base in Utrecht, The Netherlands, is a black, angular shape that looks like a stealth hermit crab crossed with an airport waiting lounge. This combination of mobile sculpture and laboratory, called Secret Operation 610, was unveiled on September 13 as part of the Festival de Basis. It was built in collaboration by Rietveld Landscape, Studio Frank Havermans, and Koos Schaart over an 18-year period.  Read More

GDS Architects has received the green light for its award winning 450 meter (1,476 ft) hig...

Korean architectural studio GDS Architects has received the green light for its award winning 450 meter high Tower Infinity design. To be built near the Incheon International Airport just outside of Seoul, Tower Infinity will become the "world's first invisible tower" and third highest observation deck.  Read More

Ethan Schlussler has built his very own human powered bicycle elevator as a means to get u...

Ethan Schlussler, 22, from Sandpoint, Idaho has built his very own human powered elevator as a means to gain access to his recently constructed treehouse. Schlussler came up with the idea of converting an old bicycle and pulley system into an elevator when he was searching for a faster alternative to using a ladder to get up to his 28 foot (8.5 meter) high abode.  Read More

Coop Himmelb(l)au's winning design for the Dawang Mountain Resort Area near Changsha, Chin...

Suspended over an old quarry, Coop Himmelb(l)au's winning design for the Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha, China design competition rolls an indoor ski slope, water park and entertainment "ice world" into one sleek structure. The secluded mountain resort will grip the edges of the cliff sides when finished, spanning 170 m (558 ft) from one cliff edge to the other.  Read More

Swedish architectural firm Tengbom has come up with an accommodation model that squeezes s...

Swedish architectural firm Tengbom has come up with a creative new accommodation model that squeezes student living into a compact 10 sq m footprint. The Smart Student Unit aims to offer an inexpensive and sustainable housing choice for students in Sweden that could reduce the current residency rents by half.  Read More

Energy Box was completed earlier this year (Photo: Pierluigi Bonomo)

Following the earthquake which struck L'Aquila, Italy, on April 6 2009, Pierluigi Bonomo was tasked with building a replacement home for a family. The architect produced a three floor property, dubbed Energy Box, which features an unusual wooden box-like design, and energy-reducing technologies including passive ventilation, and photovoltaic panels.  Read More

Dutch duo Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net have created an open source home kit, which...

Dutch duo Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net have created an open source home kit that allows DIY advocates to build and customize their own micro house. The Hermit House features a unique zigzag floor plan that aims to create a multipurpose interior with a spacious feel, despite its 14 square meter (150 sq. ft.) footprint.  Read More

Gizmag picks ten of our favorite shipping container-based structures

The widespread use of the modern metal shipping container can be traced back to the mid-1950's. According to Marc Levinson, in April 1956 an oil tanker traveled between Newark and Houston with 58 rudimentary "shipping containers," (actually refitted aluminum truck bodies) sparking a modern revolution in moving goods around the world. However, an unexpected result also eventually transpired: shipping containers became recognized as an attractive building material by many architects. Gizmag gives a nod to ten of our favorite uses of shipping containers in architecture.  Read More

Pump House, by Branch Studio Architects, was completed this May (Photo: Branch Studio Arch...

It's an obvious point, but it's easy to forget that the most appealing homes don't have to be the most expensive or imposing. We're reminded of this yet again by Pump House – a basic but idyllic weekend retreat designed by Australian firm Branch Studio Architects (BSA). It was built with a modest budget, and boasts the advantage of operating off-the-grid.  Read More

Light reflected from an 37-story skyscraper under-construction in London could be to blame...

According to a report by the BBC, light reflected from an 37-story skyscraper under-construction in London could be responsible for melting parts of a Jaguar parked nearby.  Read More

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