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Inspiring buildings, interiors and architecture in general.

August 11, 2017
The gorgeous birdhouses of Istanbul
The gorgeous birdhouses of Istanbul

In the times of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, birdhouses were no joke. To go along with the city of Istanbul’s buildings, the administrators had little palaces built for birds instead of simple birdhouses. On the side of some buildings in the city, you can discover some gorgeous bird palaces that resemble the imperial time’s architecture.

July 16, 2017
A 3D printed grotto generated with an algorithm
A 3D printed grotto generated with an algorithm

Somewhere between architecture and art, this project by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger takes advantage of both 3D printing and algorithms. This Grotto was commissionned by the Centre Pompidou in Paris for an exhibition about 3D printing. It displays an interesting look at the type of new architectural structures that 3D printing could bring to […]

June 23, 2017
The Constructivist: play with architecture
The Constructivist: play with architecture

When you think of the ugly architecture that thrived in Soviet-era Eastern Europe, “playful” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Zupagrafika decided that commie blocks could be fun, and released a book, “The Constructivist”, that lets you play with cutouts of Eastern blocks. The Polish design studio sells the book on […]

March 2, 2017
The Appennine Colossus
The Appennine Colossus

If you get the chance to go to Vaglia, Italy, you should head to the gardens of the Villa di Pratolino to check out the Appennine Colossus, a gigantic sculpture. The monument, which happens to also be a building, was designed by the Medici’s architect, Bernardo Buontalenti.

January 26, 2017
A designer’s proposal for a Trump wall that Mexico will pay
A designer’s proposal for a Trump wall that Mexico will pay

From the very beginning of his campaign, President Trump’s campaign has been very controversial. At the heart of the controversy, the accusations of sexism and racism targetting him. For the racism, his opponents saw it embodied by the wall he was promising to build between Mexico and the United States. He went as far as […]

December 26, 2016
El Alto: a book about the architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre
El Alto: a book about the architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre

German publisher Taube released a book that will rejoice people who like colorful architecture. Peter Ganser wrote about the work of Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre, a self-taught architect who designed more than 60 buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, and found inspiration in the native roots of the country.

October 27, 2016
YAMA Jewelry: when architecture meets geometric jewelry design
YAMA Jewelry: when architecture meets geometric jewelry design

Despite being around for quite a while now, it’s still unusual to see the 3D printing technology being used in fashion or jewelry design. YAMA Jewelry took the leap and launched a stunning collection of jewelry designs that are printed in 3D. YAMA Jewelry was founded by Maya Shkedy, an architect, goldsmith, and designer, who decided […]

August 30, 2016
Nest houses made of living trees by Patrick Dougherty
Nest houses made of living trees by Patrick Dougherty

What if we didn’t evolve from monkeys, but from birds? Patrick Dougherty, an artist from North Carolina, seems to have evolved from a bird, as he constantly installs giant nests everywhere.

August 15, 2016
8 cool designs that would improve any city
8 cool designs that would improve any city

As the world become more and more urban, with people everywhere still moving from rural areas to cities, designers have to keep thinking about ways to make our cities nicer. Here are a few ideas that we could already implement. 1. The bench that includes a garden A great idea that also turns out to […]

August 9, 2016
The fake chalets of Switzerland
The fake chalets of Switzerland

If you take a walk in the Swiss Alpes, you’ll get the chance to see stunning landscapes, some animals, and traditionnal chalets. However, not all chalets were made equal. Some of these mountain houses are actually not what they seem. With their fake front walls and roofs, some chalets were just made to hide some […]

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 […]