Arbre Blanc (White Tree) is a planned mixed-use tower that sprouts balconies around its periphery, creating a silhouette reminiscent of a tree. The 17-story tower, which will be located in the center of Montepellier, France, will include housing, offices, a bar, and restaurant.
A house is on display at the All-Russian Exhibit Centre in Moscow that has been meticulously designed to be just like any other typical house except for one small factor—it's upside down. Every item in the house has been placed upside down, and visitors even have to climb a staircase to enter through the front door. Those who enter will find themselves feeling as though they are walking upside down when, in truth, it's the objects in the house that are objects that are breaking the laws of gravity.
A couple of days ago, we wrote about a mystery Simpsons LEGO set that had emerged on the internet. Now LEGO has officially unveiled the details of what will be the first in a series of sets, starting with the Simpsons' home.
The unveiling features a short walkthrough of the house (without revealing too much) and includes a fascinating explanation on how each of the Simpsons figures are designed and sculpted. LEGO first announced the Simpsons series in August 2013. This first set will be available for purchase in February 2014.
Sky Stack is an art installation that consists of five reflective rings wrapped around an old chimney rising above Clasen Business Park in Kassel, Germany. Designed by Hamburg-based architecture studio asdfg, the shiny stripes mirror the changing colors of the surrounding sky to create a magical illusion of a partitioned chimney tower floating in the air.
Oscar Niemeyer, the prolific Brazilian architect who changed the landscape of metropolises with his unique vision of international and modernist styles, passed away last night at the age of 104, according to local news reports. Throughout his career spanning over nearly eight decades, Niemeyer established himself as one of the most renowned visionaries in the field, particularly for his role as the mastermind of the architectural landscape during the construction of Brasilia in the early 1960s.
Luminair's Tree Tent is an outdoor living capsule made of of high density cotton canvas and wood / aluminum hybrid wire frame that can be suspended from a tree. Spanning three meters in diameter, this 100 percent waterproof tent can comfortably accomodate two adults and comes equipped with an under-floor water tank. Additional kits like extendable side benches and a bio-fuel stove are also available.
Peruri 88 is a proposal for a 400-meter tall skyscraper complex to be built in the southeast area of Indonesia's booming capital Jakarta. Designed by the Dutch studio MVRDV in partnership with American firms Jerde and Arup, the building would consist of four staggered towers topped with jungle-like rooftop gardens and even a lopsided outdoor IMAX theater (shown, bottom left). If the developer's submission wins the bid, the construction will start imminently, according to Designboom's report.
The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji refer to bridges that are woven from the roots of living rubber trees in the Cherrapunji rainforests of Meghalaya, India. Some of them are more than a hundred feet long, grow over decades and withstand the weight of fifty people. Not only are they environmentally friendly, the bridges are also quite utilitarian since the roots grow stronger over their lifespan. For more info, check out this BBC video.
The G-Cans Project (formally known as the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel) is the world's largest flood water drain facility located 50 meters below ground in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. Built between 1992 and 2009, the massive underground tunnel system is equipped with four jet-powered turbines and five gargantuan water silos that can drain floodwaters at an impressive rate of a 25-meter swimming pool per second.
The Keret House is the world's narrowest house designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and situated in a 3-foot-wide gap between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland. As one can imagine, the wedged home is not without its shortcomings (no windows, ladder access only and very tiny appliances) but at least there's sunlight exposure, thanks to its semi-transparent, polycarbonate walls and ceiling. The Keret House will serve as a temporary home for traveling writers. Interested in moving in? Check out this video of the interior view.
Yi Yvonne Weng's Explorative Canopy Trail is a conceptual design for an ecological research facility that would stay suspended in mid-air by a web of synthetic fibres and steel supports in a tropical jungle, allowing scientists to study and easily harvest the medicinal plants and live out of lightweight pod quarters in the canopy.