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The biological house

People all over the world are becoming increasingly careful and respectful. The environment is a problem of the first order and a clear example of this is the creation of a biological house in Denmark. By biological house we mean a home built from farming waste, like straw and grass. Instead of burning these leftovers for energy, they were converted into raw building materials. Architects Een til Een have pushed the boundaries of construction to create this marvellous eco-friendly house, u…
The Wall

The Walled, a traditional yet original hotel

There was a plot in Yangzhou, China, with a number of unused buildings. Following a brief to repurpose these structures in harmony with the landscape, architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu used tonnes of reclaimed grey bricks to create a 20-room boutique hotel. The result was The Walled, an incredible establishment that looks handmade. The architects have respected traditional walls, horizontal buildings and courtyards in the layout of the various areas of the hotel. An idea that came from a …
Museo Espias NY. SPYSCAPE

The spy museum par excellence, SPYSCAPE

A unique type of museum is coming to New York. An incredible edifice by architect’s studio Adjaye Associates,
SPYSCAPE is a spy museum and interactive experience that is set to open in December. Located in midtown Manhattan, it covers 5,574 square metres and houses the secrets of espionage in seven exhibitions featuring intelligence operations, hacking, rare artefacts, exhilarating storytelling, and much more. Strategically designed with transparent and smoked glass and low lighting, the ai…
Lego House

Lego House

The incredible LEGO House opened in September in Billundla, Denmark. It took four years to build this fabulous space, which covers 12,000 square metres and contains 25 million of the legendary toy building bricks. It was built by architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), who put this brilliant idea into practice using 21 white bricks piled on top of each other. The building is clad in white ceramic tiles, giving the impression that it is made from real LEGO bricks. The ground floor has three …
Grua Krane project

From crane to luxury venue

There is currently a clear trend for reuse, recycling and, above all, transformation. Providing a completely new lease of life for an object, material or thing that is now obsolete in terms of the task for which it was originally created. There are a great number of architects and designers opting to look at architecture from a different perspective; one that is more functional and respectful of the environment. Many examples exist of areas previously designed for one use which have now been…
boat cabin mobile house

Is it a boat or a cabin?

We need to head to Nantes in the Loire River region of France to explore this small but incredible wooden construction, which serves as a unique guest accommodation option. Architect Aurélie Poirrier, working together with Igor-Vassili, Pouchkarevtch-Dragoche and Vincent O’Connor, was eager to provide guests with the opportunity to rediscover this almost-forgotten area of the river and, as a result, came up with a new 15-square-metre mobile housing concept. Developed in 2013, the house ha…
oslo opera house

A unique building dedicated to music

Oslo Opera House is probably the most important contemporary building in the whole of Norway. It’s an eye-catching building not only for its urbanism but also for the sense of culture it exudes and its bold, imaginative forms. Work was completed in 2008, just a year after construction began. It was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, which was also responsible for the Norwegian embassy in Berlin and the new library of Alexandria, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Egypt. …
iron ring

The Iron Ring

London-based practice
George King Architects recently won a competition for a major sculptural project in the Welsh countryside. The precise location is Flint, in the county of Flintshire. The sculpture is in the form of an iron ring, incorporating a circular steel walkway, with a diameter of 30 metres and a maximum height of seven metres. The iron ring will be located above the River Dee, near Flint Castle, which was built in the late 12th century and was the first in a series of castles for…
Federation Square

Melbourne’s architectural landmark

  Over on the other side of the world, another incredible building that has been described as ‘minimalist-deconstructivist’. It stands in the heart of Melbourne, Australia, and is a public space which dominates its setting. A complex combining office space with cultural facilities, with brash, apparently chaotic exteriors grouped around a central plaza. Aesthetically, the Federation Square building offers a radically fragmented reading of minimalism. The façades combine glass, zinc an…
Incredible unfinished buildings

Incredible unfinished buildings

Not for the first time, an architect dies leaving unfinished work. It happened with Gaudí and his most marvellous creation, the Sagrada Família. Gaudí didn't live to see it completed, and to tell the truth it isn't clear whether we will either. When Zaha Hadid, one of the world's most respected and best-loved architects, died on 31 March 2016, she left behind a remarkable series of unfinished projects. What made Hadid different was her incredible sense of plasticity. One such example, a…