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This $6,300 backyard tiny office made out of plywood and polycarbonate offers just 40 square feet to work from home in — see inside

My Room in the Garden. Boano Prišmontas Design studio Boano Prišmontas created tiny office pods. They're made in the UK and start at about $6350. The pods are 40 square feet and designed to go in a backyard or on a roof.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Since March, millions of people around the world have been forced to figure out how to work from home, from improvised office space to quick childcare solutions. London-based design studio Boano Prišmontas created one so...
Tags: Garden, UK, Design, London, Office, Trends, Tech, Features, Architecture, Tech Insider, Tiny Living, Mary Meisenzahl, Garden Boano Prišmontas Design, Boano Pri, Boano Prišmontas, Garden Boano Prišmontas


This sleek futuristic off-grid smart home can cost up to $413,00 and only takes 90 minutes to install — take a look inside 'Space'

iOHouse. iOHouse iOhouse designed Space, a totally off-grid tiny home.  With all the highest end customizations, the home costs about $413,000 and can be installed in just 90 minutes. As a smart home, every feature is controlled through the owner's phone. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Swedish company iOhouse created a luxury, futuristic smart home with Space. The contemporary design comes completely move-in ready, with everything from furniture to sheets and wine glas...
Tags: Real Estate, Design, Trends, Tech, Eu, Features, Architecture, Smart Home, Abi, Tiny Home, Alexa Amazon, Tech Insider, Mary Meisenzahl


The architecture group behind some of Apple's most iconic stores designed a face visor — take a look

Face visor. Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners Foster and Partners has designed some of Apple's most iconic buildings, including the Fifth Avenue store. The studio recently designed a sleek face shield prototype to protect against COVID-19. The design uses laser cutting machines as an alternative to 3D printing.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Face coverings, particularly N95 masks and surgical masks, have become more crucial than ever due to the coronavirus. Earlier...
Tags: Apple, Design, Singapore, New York City, Trends, Tech, Features, Architecture, Partners, Fifth Avenue, Foster, Face Mask, Tech Insider, Foster And Partners, Mary Meisenzahl, COVID-19


Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century. Humanity has been on a quest for millenia to build bigger and taller structures. In our reach skyward we've built ziggurats, pyramids, and coliseums. Our mythologies placed the seat of the gods in lofty towers high on mountaintops. We've had...
Tags: Design, China, New York City, Chicago, Cities, Architecture, Engineering, Middle East, Innovation, Dubai, Buildings, Illinois, Burj Khalifa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune, Wright


The startup that made office phone booths for Google, Uber, and NASA is selling modular work pods — see inside

Room. ROOM_Justin Chung. Workplace startup Room released mini modular workspaces. The workspaces can modify a traditional office to be safer during coronavirus. Room started out selling soundproof office phone booths.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Offices will probably never look the same in a post-Coronavirus world. Open floor plans, shared snacks, and even places for napping or hanging out were once markers of trendy places to work, but now these perks seem dangero...
Tags: Work, New York, Design, Office, Trends, Future Of Work, Tech, Nasa, Features, Architecture, Modular, Room, Google Uber, Pandemic, Tech Insider, Uber Google


10 of the biggest houses in the world

How big are the biggest houses in the world? Check out some of the biggest houses and their amenities, owned by some of the wealthiest people on the planet.
Tags: Home, Trends, Architecture, Other, Bill Gates, Smart Home, Interior Design, Biggest Houses, Tier 4


Freddy Mamani’s New Andean Architecture Adds Colour to Bolivian City

Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani is aiming to imbue culture, colour and personality into the “monochrome” city of El Alto, through buildings based on ancient local architecture and craft. The architect has strived to slowly transform El Alto with his colourful architecture, as seen in these photographs. h/t: dezeen, pinupmagazine The photographs that have been circulating of his ‘cholets’ — a... Source
Tags: Design, Culture, Architecture, Colorful, Bolivia, El Alto, Freddy Mamani, Bolivian City


A steel-and-glass observation deck that sits 10,000 feet in the air on top of a glacier in Italy just opened to the public — take a look inside Otzi Peak

Ötzi Peak, designed by noa* architecture studio, opened to the public in August. Alex Filz A brand new 360-degree-view observation deck that sits 10,600 feet in the air on a glacial ridge in the Italian Alps just opened to the public. Called "Ötzi Peak," the steel and glass structure looks out over the place where Ötzi the Iceman, one of the world's most famous mummies, was encased in ice for thousands of years. Ötzi Peak is a stone's throw from Glacier Hotel Grawand, one of the highest h...
Tags: Europe, Mountains, Design, Life, Trends, Features, Architecture, Unesco, Austria, Skiing, Italy, Alps, Views, South Tyrol, Glacier, Otzi


Home Office from The Future Past: Maurice-Claude Vidili’s Sphère D’isolation, Model No. S2

This iconic and multifunctional piece emblematic of futuristic 1970s design presents with a solid white shell within which two benches and a shelving unit are incorporated. When seen in person, the lighting system presents with a slightly cooler, whiter light than pictured in the catalogue photography. The painted steel surfaces present with surface and textural irregularities throughout which are... Source
Tags: Home, Design, Office, Architecture, Retro, Futuristic, 1970s, Maurice Claude Vidili


New Arizona highrise takes sustainable luxury to another level

This 12-story residential tower doesn’t just boast an impressive luxury highrise condominium design, but also an award-winning green building design. The luxurious 7180 Optima Kierland is located in one of North Scottsdale’s most desirable areas, with lavish amenities throughout and a vertical landscape system with self-containing irrigation. The building debuted a new green design created by David Hovey Jr., Optima’s president and head architect. The architectural firm has already earned a rep...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Luxury, Arizona, Green Building, Sustainable Design, Condominium, Sky Deck, North Scottsdale, New Arizona, Post-format-gallery, Drought-resistant Plants, Optima Kierland, David Hovey Jr Optima


This company makes windows that convert to balconies

HofmanDujardin makes Bloomframe windows that work like a Murphy bed, opening up into a balcony. The only disconcerting part might be the pane of glass that doubles as a floor. That might trigger guests' vertigo, and walking around on it seeks it might scuff or scratch it. I would cut a piece of carpet for when it's down, or at least make guests take of their shoes. Here's another demo and a Chinese ad: Image: YouTube / HofmanDujardin
Tags: Video, Design, News, Windows, Architecture, Engineering, Balcony, Hofmandujardin


Biomimicry Institute reveals 2020 Global Design Challenge finalists

The Biomimicry Institute has revealed this year’s 10 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalist teams, which have created innovative solutions for sustainably tackling global issues. The proposals, which all take inspiration from nature, address one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The 10 finalists were selected from over 81 student teams as well as 26 teams of professionals from 17 countries in total. Of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, half...
Tags: Design, Architecture, United States, United Nations, Solar Power, Sustainable Development Goals, Biomimicry, Australia Canada, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Biomimicry Institute, Urban Heat Island Effect, NexLoop, Biomimicry Institute Images, Bottlebricks, A Sensitive Wall, Biomimicry Global Design Challenge


Renewable energy lab glows like a lantern in Germany

On a site formerly used for experiments on solar energy, Stuttgart-based architectural practice Behnisch Architekten has completed Building 668 (KIT Energy Lab 2.0), a massive testing lab for new energy systems as part of a scheme to move Germany toward greater adoption of renewable energy. Located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) campus near Stuttgart, the KIT Energy Lab 2.0 is also remarkable for its eye-catching design — the timber-framed structure is wrapped in translucent po...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Solar Power, Stuttgart, Natural Light, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, Polycarbonate, Federal Republic of Germany, Behnisch Architekten, Sawtooth Roof, Double-height, Low Carbon, Energy Lab, Industrial Aesthetic


"Climate-neutral" Spiral Tower lets you see the city from new heights

A Dutch consortium of companies has teamed up to propose an ambitious city landmark — the Spiral Tower, an eco-friendly urban attraction, could be the “world’s first climate-neutral high-rise attraction.” KCI, Bosch Rexroth, HILLEBRAND and NorthernLight collaborated on the unique project that not only serves as an observation tower but also generates renewable energy. The Netherlands-based team has communicated with cities around the world to launch the first-ever Spiral Tower. This approach com...
Tags: UK, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Netherlands, Dubai, Solar Panels, Observation Tower, Vertical Gardens, Bosch Rexroth, Social Distancing, Climate Neutral, HILLEBRAND, NorthernLight, KCI The Engineers


Office towers to boast first AI-driven facade powered by renewable energy

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Australia-based architecture firm Fender Katsalidis Architects have placed first in an international competition to design Central Place Sydney, a new landmark development at Sydney’s Central Station in the Central Business District. The $2.5 billion commercial development is expected to revitalize the city’s busiest transport interchange on the western edge of Central Station. The project will feature a vibrant public realm along with two tech-focused office tower...
Tags: Design, Australia, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Businesses, Sydney, Urban Development, Sustainable Development, Skyscraper, Natural Light, Mixed-use, Som, Skidmore Owings Merrill, Commercial Development, Office Tower, Tech Central


A Beautiful 1897 Illustrated Book Shows How Flowers Become Art Nouveau Designs

The art of drawing is not the art of observing forms and objects alone, it is not mere mimicry of these objects; it is the art of knowing how far and wherein, and with what just limitations, those forms and objects can be reproduced in a picture, or in a decorative work. - Eugène Grasset, 1896 Flowers loomed large in Art Nouveau, from the voluptuous floral headpieces that crowned Alphonse Mucha's female figures to the stained glass roses favored by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Graphic d...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Design, College, Nature, Architecture, Emily Dickinson, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Facebook Twitter, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alphonse Mucha, Rawpixel, Grasset, Eugene Grasset


Guallart Architects unveil winning bid for a self-sufficient community in China

Barcelona-based Guallart Architects has won an international competition for its design of a mixed-use, self-sufficient community in China’s Xiong’an New Area. Presented as a model for sustainable urban growth, the project champions local energy production, food production, energy efficiency and material reuse. The tech-forward proposal also takes the needs of a post-COVID-19 era and growing work-from-home trend in account by designing for comfortable telework spaces in all residences. Establis...
Tags: Design, China, Barcelona, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, 3d Printers, Solar Panels, Local Food, Co-working, Greenhouse, Mixed-use, Passive Design, New Area, Xiong, Self-sufficient


Pasadena's most expensive home just hit the market — here's a look at the palatial estate

Juwan Li / Courtesy Aaron Kirman Group A palatial estate in Pasadena, California, is asking $39.8 million, making it the area's most expensive listing on the market, the Los Angeles Times reports.The 4.5-acre, gated property features lavish gardens as well as a 16-bedroom main residence and a separate two-bedroom guest house designed in the Beaux-Arts style by LA architect Richard Landry.In 2015, the New York Times called Landry the "King of the Megamansion."Here's a closer look at the est...
Tags: Travel, Home, Real Estate, Design, California, Life, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Architecture, New York Times, Pasadena, Residential, Zillow, Los Angeles Times


In the Virtual (and Actual) Footsteps of Raphael

In Italy and beyond, the plan was to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance artist’s death with great fanfare. Then came the pandemic, and the virtual world stepped in.
Tags: Art, News, Architecture, Italy, Raphael, Travel and Vacations, Rome (Italy, Florence (Italy, Quarantine (Life and Culture, Pantheon (Rome, Urbino (Italy


Tokyo's public toilets may be transparent – but at least they're building some

Going to the toilet used to be a public activity. Will Japan’s see-through stalls take us back to the days before the S-bend brought lavatories indoors? At the Happiness and Prosperity service station in the rural reaches of Sichuan province, I prepared to face the public toilet. We had been driving for hours, and my need was urgent, but I still hesitated. Not because the service station was unclean: the restaurant was pristine, and the food cheap and fabulous. It was because of the doors. There...
Tags: Japan, Design, Society, World news, Public services policy, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Tokyo, Urbanisation, Hygiene, Social trends, Sichuan, Parks and Green Spaces


For sale: Home built into the stern of a former US Navy boat from 1908

This "house boat" for sale on Mercer Island, Washington was once the USS Manzanita, built for the US Coast Guard in 1908 and later part of the US Navy. It's now for sale for $2 million. From Realtor.com: n 1949, the boat was going to be scrapped, when a local librarian and her father bought the stern portion of the vessel. "So, they bought this boat for a thousand dollars, and they barged it over to Mercer Island. They cut down some trees, sort of winched it up onto the property, and put ...
Tags: Post, Real Estate, Design, News, Architecture, Boats, Homes, Ships, US Navy, Houses, US Coast Guard, Mercer Island Washington, Lori -RSB- Holden Scott


Looted landmarks: how Notre-Dame, Big Ben and St Mark's were stolen from the east

They are beacons of western civilisation. But, says an explosive new book, the designs of Europe’s greatest buildings were plundered from the Islamic world – twin towers, rose windows, vaulted ceilings and allAs Notre-Dame cathedral was engulfed by flames last year, thousands bewailed the loss of . The ultimate symbol of French cultural identity, the very heart of the nation, was going up in smoke. But Middle East expert Diana Darke was having different thoughts. She knew that the origins of th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Religion, World news, Syria, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Paris, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Notre Dame


How COVID-19 will change the way we design our homes

COVID-19 is confounding planning for basic human needs, including shelter. Around the world, home builders are vigilantly reading tea leaves in the fog, trying to figure out how to survive (and even thrive in) an unfolding economic disaster. And we mourn the fallen, working to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.COVID-19 has drawn a political dividing line in much of the world. It reminds me of something an American revolutionary, Samuel Johnson, said in 1775: "Patriotism is the last refuge of ...
Tags: Work, Europe, Design, Washington Post, China, America, Architecture, Canada, Work-life balance, House, Innovation, University Of Chicago, Epidemiology, Zika, World Economic Forum, U S Supreme Court


The 1964 Olympics Certified a New Japan, in Steel and on the Screen

The world’s elite athletes would have been in Tokyo right now if not for the coronavirus pandemic. When they went half a century ago, they discovered a capital transformed by design.
Tags: Japan, Design, News, Architecture, Tokyo, Kuma, New Japan, Kon, Taniguchi, Ichikawa, Stadiums and Arenas, Tokyo (Japan, Historic Buildings and Sites, Olympic Games (2020, Kengo (1954-, Olympic Games (1964


Astronomers solve a longstanding artwork puzzle

The origin of Vermeer's acclaimed landscape has long puzzled historians.The painting is of Vermeer's home town, but no one has known when he painted it.A team of astronomers uncover clues hidden in the artwork that reveal its secrets. Just 35 paintings done by Johannes Vermeer survive.The best-known among these, of course, is his captivating Girl with a Pearl Earring. Part of what makes it so arresting is Vermeer's masterful use of light — his model's eyes practically glow with life and intelli...
Tags: Google, Art, Astronomy, Texas, Internet, Light, Physics, Architecture, Innovation, Google Earth, Johannes Vermeer, Marcel Proust, Delft, Sánchez, Delph, Vermeer


Building Accessibility Into America, Literally

Thirty years on, the Americans With Disabilities Act has reshaped the way designers and the public have come to think about equity, civil rights and American architecture. But it’s only a start.
Tags: Design, News, Architecture, United States, Ny, Disabilities, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cooper Hewitt, WHEELCHAIRS, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Libraries and Librarians, Smithsonian Design Museum, Access+Ability (Exhibit, Hunters Point (Queens


At the Hirshhorn, a Battle Over Plans for Its Sculpture Garden

The museum is going ahead with meetings on a design by the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto that preservationists say would undo key features of postwar landscape design by Lester Collins.
Tags: Art, News, Architecture, Museums, Sculpture, Collins, Gordon, Theodore, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sugimoto, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Hiroshi, The, Washington (DC, Historic Buildings and Sites, Bunshaft


The Designer Who Defined Modern Parisian Cool

Isabel Marant has always known exactly how she wants to dress. In the decades since she founded her brand, people all over the world have adopted her tastes as their own.
Tags: Design, News, Architecture, Oscar, Marx, Chez Georges, Isabel, Niemeyer, Fashion and apparel, Isabel Marant, Marant, Roberto Burle


"Completed in 537 AD, Hagia Sophia stood for nearly a millennium at the heart of the Christian world...."

"In 1453, Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, and although his troops plundered what they could carry, the building was saved and turned into a mosque. For 500 years it was the venerated center of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.... Minarets were added, and later the great Ottoman architect Sinan built massive buttresses to prevent the walls from buckling under the weight of the dome, which was damaged in earthquakes. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire... Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Law, Jerusalem, America, Turkey, Architecture, Islam, World Heritage, Sophia, John the Baptist, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Justinian, Hagia Sophia, Zoe, Al Aqsa Mosque


Unfinished, abandoned, demolished: how Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks what Egypt’s capital might have beenn Looming above the affluent Zamalek neighbourhood in the centre of Cairo, the Forte Tower has stood as the tallest building in Egypt for the last 30 years – yet it remains unfinished and abandoned. A ring of faintly Islamic pointed-arch windows encircles the uppermost floor of the great cyl...
Tags: Books, Design, Africa, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Manhattan, Cairo, Hosni Mubarak, Zamalek, Anwar Sadat, Sadat, Art and design books



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