Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way.

Remixing Famous Architecture in Animated GIFs

Taking architecture into the 4th dimension, Axel de Stampa has created animated GIFs featuring some of the world’s most famous contemporary buildings. It’s a playful and mind bending experiment in architectural remixing.

Could You Find Your Way Out Of A Glass Labyrinth?

Robert Morris’ Glass Labyrinth is no walk in the park. Commissioned by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the transparent installation honors the 25th anniversary of the museum’s permanent outdoor sculpture collection. Clearly, Glass Labyrinth is there to stay; measuring seven feet tall by 62 feet wide, the triangular behemoth weighs in at almost one million pounds and took a team of construction crew, engineers, and staff two months to install.

No Kids Allowed: This Tiny Treehouse is a Microbrewery

Some of your more rebellious childhood dreams would have been satisfied by this treehouse – but seriously, this one’s strictly for the adults. Contained inside this tiny 200 square-foot building perched high in the Ohio woods is a fully functional craft brewing system and a stool lined bar. The place sits 22 feet off the ground and is accessed by a 30 foot bridge lined with a safe and sturdy railing for the wobbly walk home. Welcome to Treehouse Brewery.

Living Between Buildings: A Bold and Smart Solution for Crowded Cities

In an increasingly crowded world were people are choosing more and more to live in cities, it’s no wonder space is at a premium. What do you do when there’s little room left? Designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have a clever solution: live in between the buildings.

This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou Fujimoto, Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design.  

This Camera Cafe Is One Big Shot

If you love cameras, coffee, copycat architecture, or some combination thereof, then The Dreamy Camera Cafe is the place for you. Located sixty miles east of Seoul, South Korea, the eccentric building imitates a vintage Rolleiflex and contains a camera museum as well as a fully-functioning coffeehouse. 

What Would Happen If Famous Artists Turned Their Styles Into Architecture?

We’ve seen how iconic artists have transformed the canvas in their own unique styles, but what if their signature flair were applied to works of architecture instead? Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina offers a suggestion in this series of 27 images called Archist. Using iconic pieces from 27 famous artists, Babina applies their features to building design, which could be the prototype for a grown-up Disney Land for artists, but will more likely be made into a book.

What is this, Inception? City Landscapes with Only the Building Facades

Imagine opening a small door on an imposing building, only to find bright rolling fields of grass on the other side. Like a movie set with its tricks revealed, French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy has been capturing images of the city and reducing the buildings down to just their facades. In doing so he creates fictitious worlds where their architectural substance is only skin deep.

In the Belly of the Whale: Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right.