Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road.
Britain's WilkinsonEyre Architects has proposed a new mixed-use skyscraper for Melbourne, Australia. Boasting a luxury hotel, upmarket apartments, and a publicly accessible restaurant at its top, the Queensbridge Tower would rise to a height of 84 stories.
It's widely accepted that sitting at a desk all day is bad for our health and a lot of people address this by buying one of the many standing desks that have hit the market in recent years. The Altwork Station was designed to capitalize on this trend and allows users to stand, sit, or recline in order to ensure they remain comfortable and productive.
Steampunk aficionados and those looking to try something different can now enjoy a tipple at what's probably the world's first kinetic steampunk bar. Based in Transylvania, the Enigma Cafe is an impressively intricate work of interior design chock full of moving clocks, cogs, and whirring machinery.
Following the severe earthquake that struck Nepal earlier this year, Italian firm Barberio Colella ARC has designed a disaster shelter dubbed Just a Minute for displaced Nepalese people. Though likely to remain on the drawing board, the shelter features some interesting ideas, including a concertina-like expandable structure that facilitates transportation.
For those who live in a small house or apartment, a dedicated guest room can take up far too much space to be practical. That said, putting guests on the couch isn't ideal either. PKMN Architectures gave its clients the best of both worlds with the recently-completed Casa Stella project, which boasts a moveable wall that creates a guest room at the push of a button.
Renzo Piano has already made his mark on London with the Shard, but the Italian architect isn't done yet. His firm has reunited with Shard developer Sellar Property Group to propose a £1 billion (roughly US$1.54 billion) development for the UK capital. Should the mixed-use project be realized, 31 London Street will rise to a height of 65 stories and feature luxury homes, office and retail spaces, and a large public space.
Readers may recall South Korean-based Moon Hoon's wacky Star Wars-inspired home, and the firm's latest build is similarly off-the-wall. The Wind House project comprises three vacation homes dominated by a large golden structure that looks, well, rather like a duck's head.
Interesting architecture doesn't always come with a high price tag. In a similar vein to the S House and Low Cost House, Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao unveiled an US$8,000 home at this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial. The low-cost house could perhaps one day complement existing social housing options in Mexico.
FlyKly, the firm behind the Smart Wheel we recently reviewed, has unveiled the Smart Ped. The foldable electric-assist kick bike can reach speeds of 16 mph (25 km/h) and has a maximum range of up to 30 miles (50 km) per charge, depending on how much you kick.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the eponymous firm of the Italian architect behind London's Shard building, is turning a large Moscow power station into an art space. Commissioned by the V-A-C Foundation, which promotes Russian contemporary art, the project is due to be completed by early 2019.