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Architecture

Jerry House was designed with playground elements built into it

Keeping kids occupied can be a job in itself. That is, unless your house is one big adventure playground. Jerry House, designed by Thai architecture firm Onion, has nets, ladders and tunnels that provide both an environment in which kids can play and a means of moving around the house.  Read More

The Endless City in Height concept from Sure Architecture (Image: Sure Architecture)

The levels of a building are traditionally stacked upon one another with stairs or elevators used as a means of moving between them. A new design by Sure Architecture, however, takes a different approach. The Endless City in Height instead features two low gradient ramps that spiral upwards.  Read More

Zootopia is a newly designed zoo that aims to provide the animals with an open habitat  wi...

Zoos traditionally hold animals in distinct enclosures into which visitors can peer. Newly unveiled designs for Givskud Zoo in Denmark, however, look to shake up this model. Zootopia will feature open landscapes for the animals into which visitor viewing points and routes will be built in a way that minimizes conspicuous barriers.  Read More

An early render of the Krystall hotel, by Dutch floating architecture specialists Waterstu...

Architecture firm Waterstudio and developers Dutch Docklands have been given the go ahead to construct a floating luxury hotel near Tromsø, Norway. Situated within the optimal Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) viewing zone, the Krystall hotel will feature a glass roof so guests can enjoy one of nature's finest spectacles from their beds.  Read More

The Brighton i360, by architecture firm Marks Barfield

Popular English tourist spot Brighton will soon gain a new landmark to join its famous pier. The same team responsible for the London Eye ferris wheel has started work on a large-scale observation tower dubbed the Brighton i360. The observation tower will feature a large glass pod that offers views of up to 30 miles away (48.2 km) on a clear sunny day.  Read More

Nicolo Bini's company has devised three new models of the Binishell

It may not come as a surprise that a papier-mâché-like building technique using an inflatable membrane and concrete dome is yet to really take hold. It was in the 1960s that architect Dr Dante Bini pioneered the Binishell as a cheaper and more eco-friendly way of construction. While this led to the building of more than a thousand domes, the practice was largely abandoned, due in part to concerns surrounding their stability. Dante's son Nicolo, also an architect, is now looking to revive the Binishell method, with a view to providing low-cost housing solutions around the world.  Read More

Plot is an 'on-demand' garden in Manchester, UK, that can be booked for an hour at a time

Inner city living can often mean cramped accommodation with little access to outdoor space. With this in mind, a project in Manchester, UK, is offering people the chance to book a garden for an hour at a time. Plot is a private urban garden that explores the notion of access rather than ownership.  Read More

The Australian Institute of Architects has revealed the five winners (plus six runner-up c...

A luxury condominium in Bangkok, a Malaysian rainforest retreat, and the innovative Stonehenge Visitor's Center are among the projects recognized in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects' International Awards.  Read More

A new installation by Urbana architecture and design studio has been installed on the Eske...

Large-scale artworks are certainly in vogue at the moment. Recently we've seen giant puppets walking the streets of Liverpool and a giant solar-harvesting duck in Copenhagen. For his part, designer Rob Ley has created a huge car-park façade that changes color as the viewer moves around it.  Read More

Development consortium Carillion Igloo Genesis has won a competition to design and build t...

Another day, another ambitious architecture project championed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The mayor's office recently revealed that consortium Carillion Igloo Genesis has won a competition to design and build the UK's first floating village at the Royal Victoria Dock, East London.  Read More

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