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Abandoned Market Hides A Stained Glass Wonderland

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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You’ll find a full spectrum of hues in this wondrous market-turned-greenhouse. Located in Toluca, Mexico, this majestic Art Nouveau-style building was originally built in 1910 and housed the city’s first market. When the market closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores imagined a vibrant, verdant future for the historic site.  [Read more…]

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‘Railway Resort’ House for Sale Has Its Own Mini Railroad with Tunnel and Trestle

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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It’s official, somebody is selling my childhood dream house – and it only costs $3.5 million! This incredible (and incredibly different) estate on 19.67 acres features a passenger carrying miniature railway, complete with tunnels, a towering two-way wooden trestle, and a train storage barn filled with exquisite diesel and steam locomotives. Yes, this is a train hobbyists dream come true – and surprisingly it’s been done with impeccably refined taste. [Read more…]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more…]

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Back to the Drawing Table: Architectural Pencil & Pen Drawings of Nature

Wednesday 01.22.2014 , Posted by
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Armed with a drawing table, compass, & protractor, Rafael Araujo draws mathematically complex three dimensional fields with gentle swirls of nature. Butterflies sweep through the networks of perfectly spaced lines and shells spiral out of the precisely calculated fibonacci sequences. While this look is quite simple for a computer to produce with a 3D program, Araujo insists on doing things the old fashioned way with pencil and architectural tools. He calls this series Calculation. [Read more…]

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This Small Cabin Looks Like a Stack of Wood

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
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From across a snowy field it just looks like a perfect stack of firewood, but don’t light those logs on fire. It’s actually a small cabin designed by Piet Hein Eek for Dutch pianist and comedian Hans Liberg (the fellow in the pictures). With an exterior made of round wood ends and an interior of wood and plastic on a steel frame, its a uniquely camouflaged building that could easily be overlooked – that is, until its sweeping panoramic windows are opened. [Read more…]

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Federico Babina Creates an Alphabet Inspired by the World’s Most Famous Architects

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Federico Babina has re-imagined a playful alphabet of architecture inspired by 26 world-famous architects. Each of his illustrations features a building with the first letter of the architect’s name transformed into a structure resembling their design style. The series is called Archibet. [Read more…]

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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Wednesday 01.01.2014 , Posted by
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Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it. [Read more…]

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The Wonderfully Designed Offices of Dropbox in San Francisco

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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In the midst of thousands of companies in the city of San Francisco, some particularly stand out with their workspace design – and Dropbox is definitely one of them. When the cloud-computing provider moved offices from the financial district to the SoMA district last year, they hired interior design firm Geremia Design to create something wonderful for their current 350 employees. In collaboration with architecture firm Boor Bridges, the team went to work. [Read more…]

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Impossible Yet Awesome Architecture by Victor Enrich

Wednesday 12.11.2013 , Posted by
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Sometimes the most amazing things to see are the ones that don’t exist in “real life.” Photoshop, in the hands of a gifted digital artist, has brought us some of the most magnificent things like a baby fruit ninja and of course, dogbirds AKA dirds, and now Barcelona-based artist and photographer Victor Enrich brings us buildings that could never be- at least not on Earth. Since just about everything imaginable is likely to exist somewhere in this vast universe, perhaps there is a planet where sideways, or spiral, floating buildings could be the norm and it appears Enrich is tapping into that planet in this surreal series. [Read more…]

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Architecture From the Silver Screen: Illustrations from Federico Babina

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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Barcelona-based illustrator and architect Federico Babina has a passion for combining his dual professions. In his latest series, Archicine, he’s been recreating famous buildings from cinematic history. From the apartment block in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, to the purely digital house in The Incredibles, each is illustrated as a flat elevation against a solid field of color. Depending on which print you’re looking at, his minimalist homage to the silver screen is both aesthetically pleasing and funny. [Read more…]

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