Large Origami Mirror Box Creates A Kaleidoscopic Experience

The best part of a fun house is always the funny mirrors. Seeing yourself stretched out or fattened up by the bend of a mirror is quite entertaining. Parisian artist Mattia Paco Rizzi has created an installation piece that rivals these fun mirrors, multiplying your image in a kaleidoscopic fashion. His interactive origami mirror piece, which he calls “Taumascopio” made an appearance at the 2014 Kanal Playground Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Aside from the view point at which you look at the piece, the temperature also changes the reflective effect, creating unique images throughout the day.

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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen.

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Zaha Hadid: Architecture Unbound

In the world of inventive contemporary architecture there are a few notable names that come to mind: Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Tom Wright, Jean Nouvel and Sir Norman Foster just to name a few. All white men. The architectural world has often been accused of not having enough minorities and women, at least not enough who are lauded on this kind of level. However, one architect who breaks this mold is Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous and important architects of the last thirty years.

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A Magically Colorful House in the Woods

Over the past few years artist Kat O’Sullivan (aka “Katwise”) has been transforming her Woodstock, New York home into a rainbow of crazy colors. I don’t even think we’ve seen a cartoon this bright before, but strangely enough, it fits into the natural landscape wonderfully. The place is now surrounded by wildflowers and appropriately called “Calico”.

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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle.

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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose.

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This Mountain Lodge Looks Like a Cube Balanced on One Corner

It looks a bit like the scene from some distopian future, but this mountain lodge is pure luxury. Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 recently submitted their “Kežmarské Hut” to an international competition aimed at designing a lodge for the high snowfields of Slovakia’s Tatra mountains. Their proposal is one that is exceedingly contemporary, and entirely fitting for the location.

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You Can Stay in This Cabin for Free… If You Can Climb the 8303 Feet to Get There

Italian architect Giovanni Pesamosca’s work is reaching scenic new heights. His cabin is perched on the edge of Foronon Buinz in Italy’s Julian Alps. The pre fabricated structure was placed at the spectacular location in memory of deceased climber Luka Vuerich, and is now providing free accommodation complete with jaw dropping panoramic views for up to nine people… the intrepid kind willing to make a long trek to 8303 feet (2531 meters) above sea level.

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A Wooden Wave Made from 9076 Individual Parts

HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too.

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Time Sliced: Famous World Locations Captured Through The Day

Photographer Richard Silver’s ongoing series Time Sliced captures famous monuments from around the world in 36 different ‘slices’ of the day as it transitions into night. Like his contemporaries Fong Qi Wei and Stephen Wilkes, Silver must spend hours on location to create the final image which sees time arrayed across the scene.

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