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Inspiring buildings, interiors and architecture in general.

January 2, 2016
A futuristic concept to turn viaducts into electricity generators
A futuristic concept to turn viaducts into electricity generators

As part of a competition for the design of a solar park in Italy, Solar Park South, architecture and urban planning studio Coffice presented this spectacular project that obtained the second prize. The idea is simple, the architects want to use the existing massive structures that are the viaducts to produce energy. For that purpose, […]

December 20, 2015
This pavilion in Paris was built using recycled wooden doors
This pavilion in Paris was built using recycled wooden doors

COP21 in Paris was a quite controversial event. Brutal arrests of militant ecologists were made and the least you could say is that freedom of speech wasn’t respected on that occasion. However, the purpose of this blog is luckily not political commentary, but observing good design in all its forms, so I will only share […]

December 6, 2015
Architectural structures made of Swedish houses
Architectural structures made of Swedish houses

Using small Swedish houses photography, Anastasia Savinova creates new architectural structures using elements of the architecture. The new structures digitally built through experimentation are probably a good take at what a folks’ cathedral could look like nowadays. You can view more of these on the artist’s website, on the page dedicated to the project. The digital […]

November 22, 2015
This small cabin can unfold into an open-air library
This small cabin can unfold into an open-air library

Studio AKB, based in Toronto in Canada, made a little open library for the people of the town of Newmarket. When closed, it looks just like a little box, but when the doors are open it turns into something much more inviting. The project, appropriately titled Story Pod, is meant as a place for book […]

November 6, 2015
More Sky: a system that transforms your windows into a small balcony
More Sky: a system that transforms your windows into a small balcony

If you are not too rich and live in a city, one of the problems you probably face is to find an appartment with enough space and a balcony. Most people don’t have access to a decent view of the sky from their home, and it’s kind of depressing when you think about it a […]

October 30, 2015
The fridge that doesn’t use electricity
The fridge that doesn’t use electricity

If you have the space in your garden, a root cellar can be a great alternative to a fridge and keep your food and drinks fresh without any electricity used. Talk about eco-friendly… However, root cellar have one major default, they will quickly be invaded by mice and roots if you are not extremely careful, […]

October 15, 2015
Architectural mashups by Oliver Michaels
Architectural mashups by Oliver Michaels

Brooklyn-based artist Oliver Michaels likes to play with architecture and create new structures in a project titled “Architectural Composites“. These buildings and structures are made by arranging together parts of different buildings captured in different areas. Made of different buildings and pieces of architecture, Michaels’ buildings are surprisingly pleasing and modern. In a single cube, […]

October 10, 2015
The future or the hutong at MVRDV
The future or the hutong at MVRDV

Typical of Beijing, but also found in other cities in China, hutongs are the traditional alleys that used to form the city. Most of Beijing’s hutongs have been destroyed to build large buildings for offices and appartments, but the city tries to keep the ones that are left. Some have already been transformed into hipster paradises, […]

July 27, 2015
Are recycled plastic roads a realistic idea?
Are recycled plastic roads a realistic idea?

In a perfect world, we would already have alternate clean sources of energy, we would not waste so much and we would stop using plastic bags. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and we need to find the best solutions to deal with the waste. VolkerWessels, a Dutch construction group, commissionned a company […]

June 21, 2015
Architectural manipulations that will mess with your mind
Architectural manipulations that will mess with your mind

Korean artist Beomsik Won likes to play with architecture. He likes to imagine impossible building structures in what he calls Archisculpture. Thanks to digital manipulations, architectural structures get to enter in a new dimension and mess with our minds.

June 9, 2015
Lakeside lodge that blends in the landscape in Norway
Lakeside lodge that blends in the landscape in Norway

I always thought that architecture that blends in the landscape was a great way to respect the environment. This hunting lodge in the mountains of Norway illustrates this pretty good in my opinion. The little house was built with material found nearby, and it looks almost like a natural geological formation. It was designed by […]

May 10, 2015
Printednest: a community built around 3D printed bird nests
Printednest: a community built around 3D printed bird nests

If you’ve been to Beijing, China, you probably checked out the Olympics stadium and know that architects can be inspired by bird nests. Printednest is another project that brings architects and bird nests back together again. The original idea of the project was to bring birds back into the cities by providing them with shelter. […]

April 28, 2015
A modern chapel in the Ozarks mountains
A modern chapel in the Ozarks mountains

I’m usually not a big fan of modern chapels. They rarely give me the warm feeling you can get from a Middle-Age building, probably because of the usual lack of decoration and the edgy shapes. Don’t take me wrong, I’m not against architectural experiments, but I find that it often doesn’t work for sacred buildings. In my […]

March 14, 2015
Power of flower: a wedding chapel made with 100 carved wood panels
Power of flower: a wedding chapel made with 100 carved wood panels

This small wedding chapel in Hiroshima is full of poetry, thanks to beautiful wooden panels carved with flowers. 100 wooden panels were used to build it, with patterns inspired by traditional kimono patterns. It was designed by Nikken Space Design.

March 8, 2015
A designy birdhouse by Ryan Bruxvoort
A designy birdhouse by Ryan Bruxvoort

Ryan Bruxvoort imagined an awesome design for a birdhouse, with a wide area in front for the birds to hang out.