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.
Maximizing small spaces with quirky furniture appears to be Elii's raison d'être. Following the Didomestic and Susaloon projects, the firm is up to its tricks again with Biombombastic. The compact apartment features an open layout that can be split into multiple spaces when required with the use of a movable partition.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winner of its prestigious House of the Year award. Formerly known as the Manser Medal, the award shines a light on the best of British housing design.
reForm Architects has revealed plans for a bascule bridge for Central London. The Rotherhithe Bridge would offer cyclists and pedestrians a direct route between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe by crossing the River Thames.
Here's a lovely little project from Amsterdam's cc-studio. Named Thoreau's Cabin in honor of American author Henry David Thoreau, the off-grid shelter features a wood-burning stove, large sliding doors that open it up to the outside, and an understated elegance that enables it to complement, rather than dominate, its surroundings.
Perhaps heading to work each morning would be less of a drag if the destination wasn't a soulless office building. The Offices With Terraces project, by Nicolas Laisné Associés (NL*A Paris) features plenty of greenery and natural light, offices that open onto small terraces, and corridors that have been moved to the outer edge of the building.
Danish firm Lumo Arkitekter recently completed a charming project involving the installation of 50 wooden shelters in 19 coastal beauty spots throughout Denmark's South Fyn Archipelago. Though very basic, the shelters offer hikers, campers, divers and surfers a temporary refuge from the elements.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a masterplan to reshape Pittsburgh's Lower Hill district. The project is set to create over a thousand new homes, increase available public space, and improve connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians.
In the world of skyscraper design, thin is most definitely in at the moment, and several svelte upmarket residential towers are currently proposed for Manhattan. ODA New York's East 44th Street arguably trumps its rivals in the luxury stakes however, as it will offer some residents their own spacious sky-high garden.
Following its Stingray, Connect, and Vista hanging tree tents, British firm Tentsile continues to refine and expand its product line, and is readying for release of the Flite. This lightweight and affordable four season tree tent can be strapped to a backpack, assembles in 10 minutes, and can support two adults, plus their gear, safely off-ground.
It looks, at first glance, like one of those projects – the kind that doesn't have a hope in hell of being built – but Steven Holl Architects' LM Gateway is finally going ahead after languishing on the drawing board since 2008. The unusual project comprises two mixed-use towers joined by a like number of bridges that will allow people to take a shortcut from one area of Copenhagen Harbor to the other.