Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Architecture

Compass House, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is a weekend retreat designed for children...

A total of 20 well-known architects and designers, including Zaha Hadid, Guy Holloway, and FAT Architecture, were recently tasked with producing a unique dollhouse each for UK charity KIDS. Each of the diminutive houses is set upon a plinth measuring 75 x 75 cm (30 x 30 in), and is meant to sport a unique feature to make life easier for children with disabilities.  Read More

The winning house, LISI, by the Vienna University of Technology features a lace-like UV cu...

Team Austria (Vienna University of Technology) has been announced the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2013 after the closest competition in the history of the event. Second place went to University of Nevada Las Vegas, with the Czech Technical University achieving third place overall.  Read More

Tree in the house, by Kazakhstan-based architect and designer Masov Aibek (Image: A.Masow)

When done right, there's something uniquely appealing about a house in the woods, as evidenced by properties such as the Black Magic House and Espinar House. We can now add Kazakhstan-based Tree in the house, by local architect and designer Masov Aibek, to our growing list of dream woodland getaways – and perhaps it's the most unusual of the bunch.  Read More

Autofamily House bears more than a little resemblance to a suburban version of Batman's Ba...

Far be it for we at Gizmag to inadvertently reveal the secret identity of a crime-fighting superhero, but let's just say that if Poland had its own version of the Dark Knight, then he'd probably live in this house. Featuring a subterranean car tunnel that runs under the garden and directly into the home, the Autofamily House bears more than a little resemblance to a suburban version of Batman's Batcave.  Read More

The Invisible Garden House, by Danish designer Simon Hjermind Jensen (Photo: Simon Hjermin...

Those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere may be mourning the end of summer, and with it the diminishing prospects of enjoying much warmth until next year. However, the Invisible Garden House, by Danish designer Simon Hjermind Jensen, may offer an opportunity to receive a regular dose of Vitamin D, even well into the colder seasons.  Read More

Internal features such as the ceiling panels, tension cables, and aluminum joints are made...

Nike has teamed up with Taiwan-based design and architectural company Miniwiz to produce a new concept retail store, dubbed X158 Hyper Nature. Based in Shanghai, China, the store's interior is constructed using building materials recycled from DVDs, water bottles and beverage cans.  Read More

Two Swiss architects 3D print an intricate room in artificial sandstone containing 260 mil...

Thinking big is no challenge for architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger; they've created a 3D printed room using algorithms to design its intricate cathedral-like interior. Assembled out of 64 massive sandstone-like parts printed out with a huge 3D printer, the room contains 260 million surfaces printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter. The 11 ton room took a month to print but only a day to assemble. The revolutionary fabrication methods the duo used to print the room will, they believe, open the door to printing architecture, freeing architects to create new unimaginable buildings and also restore old ones.  Read More

Thai collective Apostrophe's Living in the City prototype aims to offer an attractive and ...

As modern cities grow more densely populated and available living space shrinks correspondingly, ensuring that space is maximized to its full potential is essential. One proposal for making the most of the space we have comes via Thailand-based company Apostrophe's Living in the City housing unit.  Read More

Waterstudio's design for the Citadel

The Dutch are known for their ingenuity in taming it and using it to their advantage, but their systems for keeping water at bay are now being rethought by architect Koen Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio. While rising sea and river levels have inspired governments around the world to invest in better flood defenses, with the Citadel, Olthuis is embracing water-borne housing with particular vigor.  Read More

The newly opened installation will stay put until October, 2014 (Photo: Alex Chinneck)

It's not unusual to see a project that straddles the worlds of art and architecture, but this piece by Alex Chinneck, wonderfully titled From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes, is surely a stand-out. I'm not sure which is the most eye-catching feature of this bizarre refurbishing of a four-story house: the curving brick facade that seems to have slipped down onto the ground, or the gaping cavity exposing the innards of the top floor as the notional result of said slide.  Read More

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