This Narrow House In Japan Only Looks Tiny Until You Look Inside
Feb14

This Narrow House In Japan Only Looks Tiny Until You Look Inside

It’s said not to judge a book by its cover. The same goes for houses – especially this tiny one in Japan! Designed by Mizuishi Architects Atelier, the 594-square-foot house is based on a triangular site between a river and a road. It looks really small from the outside, yet it is surprisingly more spacious from the inside than you’d expect. The triangular house has two floors, with the bedroom on the first floor, the kitchen and...

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What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts
Sep09

What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts

What happens when an architectural designer likes to bake? Dinara Kasko is what happens. The Ukrainian pastry chef is the master of combining baking with geometric figures and architectural designs. She approaches her desserts as if they were buildings, and creates the most unique edible structures ever. “I have many unrealized ideas and a great desire to experiment. I don’t want to imitate others; I want to create something new,”...

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How To Build A Hobbit House In Your Backyard
Apr03

How To Build A Hobbit House In Your Backyard

30-year-old Ashley Yeates is not a hobbit. The Bedford, England, is a design and construction expert that’s much too big to be a hobbit, although rumor has it his feet might be just as hairy–but despite these shortcomings, he decided to build a “hobbit hole” in his garden, a project that took almost a year to complete. After a tree died in the yard, he decided a hole was just the thing to take its place! Many readers have commented...

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Stunning Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree
Mar23

Stunning Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree

Kazakh history is rife with stories of people throwing stones, making this glass tree-house, by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, the perfect weapon to combat stone proliferation. First designed in 2013, the dream was shattered when investors pulled out; now, however, with a glass and solar panel manufacturer expressing interest, A. Masow Architects’ ‘Tree in the House’ could soon become a reality. “The main purpose of this project is...

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Bamboo As A Building Material For Unique Design Of Your House
Jan14

Bamboo As A Building Material For Unique Design Of Your House

Building with bamboo brings a lot of advantages in the house built with it. It is strong and resistant material, quality nature’s gift that keeps the construction safe. The bamboo roof is great choice for having another type of look at your house and it’s still stabile and safe as any other roofing material. The best side of this kind of roofing is that bamboo keeps the temperature moderate and you don’t need an air conditioning to...

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60 Of The Most Beautiful Treehouses From All Over The World
Jan06

60 Of The Most Beautiful Treehouses From All Over The World

Almost every child has dreamed of having a treehouse. Some were lucky enough to have one, and some still haven’t lost this dream even if they are grown ups now. So what is it so fascinating about having a shelter up in the trees? Freedom, harmony with nature, wilderness, and most importantly – no rules. From the tiniest uneven constructions to the most magnificent mansions – every treehouse is perfect. Take a look at this collection...

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11 Architectural Gems That Are Even More Impressive Covered In Snow
Dec04

11 Architectural Gems That Are Even More Impressive Covered In Snow

We’re embracing frosty weather with a stunning collection of architectural masterpieces under glorious mantles of white. 01. Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois. Photo: Jonathan Rieke 02. Great Wall of China, Jiankou section, Beijing. Photo: Tao Images limited/Alamy 03. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 04. Château de Versailles, France....

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Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In
Dec03

Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In

A long time ago, a friend gave me The Hobbit as a Christmas present (he even wrote a message in Elvish in the front. Rad, right?), and I LOVED it. Particularly the parts that happened in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole. It sounded so cozy and comfortable and full of delicious treats. ANYWAY. My point here is that someone (who obviously loved the book even more than I did) has created pre-fab Hobbit holes that you can actually buy. And live...

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These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight
Nov21

These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight

These beautiful twin office towers in Abu Dhabi borrow from ancient Arabic architectural elements to create an innovative way to shield themselves from sunlight. The two towers are overlaid by a mechanized geometric “skin” with triangular panels that follow the sun to block it out. The sunscreen design by Aedas Architects was inspired by the masharabiya, a beautiful form of ornate sunscreen that shields windows in the Arab world from...

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I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels
Nov18

I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels

Thirty years ago on my first of many visits to India, I saw a form of architecture entirely unknown to me. Called a “stepwell” (but known throughout India by many other names including “vav” and “baoli”). I was stunned after peering over a low stone wall to find the ground disappear beneath me. A man-made stepped chasm plunged six stories underground, full of ornate stone columns and sculpture that seemed to disappear into murky...

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