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Who Knew Gas Stations Could Be Beautiful? Architectural Marvels from the Mid-Century

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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It’s likely you didn’t even notice the architecture of the gas stations you pulled into this last labor day weekend… but if you did it was probably not because they looked good. Most places you fill up have had their design considered for about 0.2 seconds – before moving on to placing the soft drinks quickly at hand, the dingy toilets hidden somewhere out back and the credit card machine handy. That hasn’t always been the case however, as seen by these beautiful modernist designs from the bygone era – when cars were chrome covered and filling up the tank was the station attendant’s job. [Read more…]

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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more…]

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home. [Read more…]

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Would You Eat a Sandwich in a London Urinal?

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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As the Brits would say, we’re not “taking the piss” when we say this London sandwich bar/cafe is situated in a Victorian urinal. Called Attendant, the narrow subterranean place is located just south of Regents Park and somewhat hidden below an ornate wrought iron entrance gate. The urinal, which was abandoned for over 50 years, was remodeled by partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell for a respectable $150,000. Besides knocking out one wall, the duo report that the main project was a very thorough cleaning. [Read more…]

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12 Amazing Treehouses Around the Planet

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever have the childhood fantasy of building a great treehouse towering high above? If you did, and actually brought the fantasy into reality, your building may have been limited to just a few pieces of lumber and the house itself only lasted a few seasons. While it was good fun, it never became anything extremely elaborate. Today, for some creative people, their childhood fantasies never left and they have continued to design and build some very impressive homes in the trees. [Read more…]

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Intertwined Scrap Wood Becomes Tree Columns

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira makes fierce installation art using scrap wood from the streets of Brazil. At first he would take peeling pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, with weather damage that were falling apart, using them as canvas for paintings, but soon he realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make unimaginable installations. He begins with a plywood skeleton (which he buys) and then uses his salvaged plywood to give texture and color to the structure. For his latest installation in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Oliveira made it seem as if the columns of the building were growing intertwined tree roots. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #459 > Home Is Where The Photos Are

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #458 > Let’s Go Geometric With Architecture

Sunday 06.30.2013 , Posted by

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Towering Building Illustrations to Explore

Wednesday 06.26.2013 , Posted by

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Toby Melville-Brown is in love with civilization and the towering illustrations he creates confirms that fact. Each of his works is a wealth of imaginative detail, often inspired by the human themes which shape our society. His recent Tower Series for example, hones in on what motivates us to build the way we do, creating fantastic buildings that focus on our needs for self-congratulation, utilization and high-density. Each takes its concept to the extreme, creating microcosms of civilization set on fulfilling one exacting goal. The resulting images are fascinating to explore and decipher. [Read more…]

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Opening Week for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For the past thirteen years London’s Serpentine Gallery has hosted the work of fantastic architects in the form of their annual Pavilion, staging perhaps the most anticipated and innovative program in the world. The resulting structures are open to the public, allowing passerby to explore groundbreaking experiments in design from such names as Zaha Hadid (2000), Frank Gehry (2008), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), and last year, Ai Weiwei. This year’s example, now celebrating its opening week, sees a cloud-like structure of tubular steel rising like an apparition from the grounds of the gallery. [Read more…]

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