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Incredible Photographs From The Construction Of The Forth Railway Bridge, A 19th Century Engineering Marvel

Spanning 541 meters over the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh’s Forth Railway Bridge became the longest cantilever bridge in the world when the future King Edward VII drove its final “golden” rivet on March 4, 1890. Its length was surpassed a few decades later by the Quebec Bridge in Canada, completed in 1919, but the Forth Bridge still holds second place, and remains an incredible feat of engineering. h/ Source
Tags: Design, Architecture, Canada, Railway, Construction, Bridge, Retro, Forth Bridge, King Edward VII, Forth Railway Bridge, Forth Edinburgh, Quebec Bridge


Rome unveils shrine dedicated to city's mythical founder

Newly found monument honouring Romulus includes 2,600-year-old sarcophagusA newly discovered ancient shrine believed to have been dedicated to the cult of Romulus, the legendary founder and first king of Rome, has been unveiled.The monument was discovered by archaeologists in a chamber beneath the Roman Forum, the political heart of the Roman empire, and includes a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a circular stone structure that is believed to have been an altar. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, World news, Rome, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Italy, Archaeology, Romulus


Cabins designed to help you feel at one with nature: Part 2

When it comes to holiday getaways, everyone loves the idea of lounging about in a nice cabin surrounded by nature at its best. Whether it’s in the middle of a forest, by the sea or on a snowy mountaintop, one can never say no to cabin vacations! Architects and designers have been innovating the basic concept of a cabin itself, creating luxurious and cozy holiday destinations. So, we’ve curated a collection of comfortable cabins that will help you reconnect with nature and yourself!The Resort Man...
Tags: Design, Tesla, Architecture, Mexico City, New Zealand, Poland, Norway, Volvo, Cabins, Neste, Helsinki, Doug Aitken, Gstaad Switzerland, Vallisaari, Nolla, YD Design Storm


This Airbnb Airship brings the stargazing to your room

Airbnb has single-handedly changed how the world travels – it has not only made travel accessible but taken it up to a different dimension altogether with its one-of-a-kind homestays. Airbnb filled this gap that benefits the traveler and the host but also provides multiple tiers between hotels and motels. Like many, I love to travel and sometimes on dull days I will check for the most unique Airbnb stays, you can actually book igloos, treehouses, sheep trailers, caves, castles, and even a POTA...
Tags: Travel, Design, Living, Interview, Architecture, Outdoor, Airbnb, Product Design, Airship002, Roderick James


La Bisbal, Spain’s Chocolate Factory Turned Residence

From the bones of a former chocolate factory, rising three stories on a historic block dating back to the late nineteenth century, architects Anna and Eugeni Bach fashioned a light-filled residence. The architects preserved the building’s stone-bearing facade and embarked upon different design directions for each of the floors within—from supporting a Catalan vault on the ground floor to employing large logs beneath brick and …
Tags: Design, Spain, Architecture, Anna, Linkaboutit, Architects, Anna and Eugeni Bach, Chocolate Factories, La Bisbal, Eugeni Bach


Marc Thorpe designs live/work buildings built from earth bricks

New York-based architecture studio Marc Thorpe Design has unveiled renderings for the Dakar Houses, a series of live/work spaces for the artisans of furniture brand Moroso, located on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Designed with compressed earth bricks, a common building material in western Senegal, the multipurpose units take inspiration from the local architectural vernacular. The economical earth bricks also have the advantage of thermal mass to provide comfortable indoor t...
Tags: New York, Design, Senegal, Architecture, West Africa, Sustainable Materials, Dakar, Moroso, Marc Thorpe, Dakar Houses, Marc Thorpe Design, M'Afrique


Home on a sloped ravine uses natural materials to blend into the landscape

Built by Chicago-based firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, the Ravine House is a beautiful home that sits tucked into a natural forest setting just outside of Highland Park, Illinois. Working directly with the nature-loving homeowners, the architects strategically focused on blending the minimalist home, which was built with natural materials, into the idyllic surroundings while reducing its impact as much as possible. The Ravine House comes in at more than 4,500 square feet across a single-story, ...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Chicago, Architecture, Sustainable Materials, Tom Rossiter, Natural Materials, Bridge House, Ravine House, Wheeler Kearns Architect, Ravine Homes, Wheeler Kearns Architects the Ravine House, Highland Park Illinois Working, American Black Locust, Wheeler Kearns Architects Photography


CLT gives a sustainable community center in Copenhagen a welcoming feel

In the Copenhagen suburb of Brønshøj, local architectural practice NORD Architects has completed the Parish Center, a contemporary community center and place of worship that’s primarily built of cross-laminated timber to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Selected for its renewable and durable features, the cross-laminated timber has also been purposefully left exposed throughout the multifunctional building to lend a sense of welcoming and warmth to the interior. The project serves as a gat...
Tags: Garden, Design, Church, Architecture, Denmark, Green Building, Copenhagen, Malmo, Community Center, Cross Laminated Timber, Parish Center, CLT, Curved Walls, Natural Materials, Mass Timber, Nord Architects


Why Rem Koolhaas Brought a Tractor to the Guggenheim

The architect, a champion of cities, now turns a spotlight on the countryside in a sprawling new exhibition about the other 98 percent of the world.
Tags: Art, News, Museum, Architecture, Museums, REM, Guggenheim, Koolhaas, Solomon R


NASA plans to use mushrooms to build sustainable housing on Mars like this one!

Let’s accept it – climate change is the biggest design problem of our lifetime. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, every brand from fashion to mental health and even construction is incorporating sustainable solutions in their work. In fact, a recent exhibition in Somerset, London was dedicated entirely to “the remarkable mushroom” showcasing its versatility. I am curious how mushrooms are used for construction given that that particular industry contributes to 39% of the world’s carb...
Tags: Energy, Home, Design, Living, Nasa, Earth, Architecture, Biodegradable, Green Building, Packaging, Construction, Mars, Sustainable, Product Design, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design


An Architect's Sketch-and-Sculpt Tactic for Breaking Creative Block

What do you guys and gals do when you encounter Designer's Block?Mexico-based architect Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta, who designed the Antigua high-rise apartment building you see above, has a go-to trick that he presumably picked up in Foundation: He starts free-sketching random patterns, applying lighting and shadows to wring form out of them. Occasionally he digitizes these sketches into parametric diagrams, then realizes them as full-blown sculptures with a 3D printer."My inspiration is ofte...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Antigua, Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta, De La Vega Zulueta


Yea or Nay: Would You Want to Live in a House with No Conventional Storeys, But 16 Micro-Levels?

Dezeen has been following the work of Japanese architect Yo Shimada, and his penchant for multi-level interior construction, for quite some time. Shimada's Kobe-based firm, Tato Architects, made a splash in 2013 with their House in Itami, which features an interior composed of multiple differing-height platforms, often using furniture to double as stairs between levels, like this:House in Itami House in Itami Their subsequent House in Miyamoto took the concept even further, essentially going ope...
Tags: Design, Architecture, House, Interior/exhibition Design, Kobe, Dezeen, Yea, Miyamoto, Shimada, Itami, Yo Shimada, Takatsuki, Tato Architects, Itami House, Itami Their, Miyamoto House


Hello Wood unveils a tiny cabin that sleeps up to 8 people

Most cabins are designed to let people enjoy a bit of quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, for those social butterflies who believe that getting back to nature doesn’t have to mean sacrificing time with friends, Hello Wood has created the beautiful Grand Cabin. Located near Csóromfölde, Hungary, the cabin’s looming A-frame volume was built from panels of prefab wood. Although the pitched-roof shape was inspired by traditional Czech-style mountain lodges, the ca...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Budapest, Cabin, Tiny Homes, Minimalist Design, Prefab Housing, Wood Cabin, Hello Wood, Grand Cabin, Prefab Wood Cabins, Csóromfölde Hungary, Hello Wood Via Apartment Therapy Photography, Tamás Bujnovszky


Library Designs every book addict will add to their bucket list!

I’m a complete bibliophile! In fact, give me a good book and I can cuddle up with it, completely forgetting about the rest of the world. Hence, it’s no surprise that a library is one of my favorite places in the world, and I’m sure others share the same sentiment. Libraries are warm and comforting spaces with the promise of unlimited knowledge, and are the entryway to another world. So, we’ve curated a collection of exquisite and intriguing libraries that will awaken the bibliophile within each ...
Tags: Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Mexico City, Libraries, Harry Potter, Dublin, North America, Cornell University, Library Design, Gensler, Trinity College, Calgary Canada, Central Library, Snøhetta


LEED Gold-targeted office mimics High Line via lush greenery

New York City’s award-winning High Line has attracted yet another sculptural building to its side — 512 West 22nd Street, a contemporary Chelsea office building that takes cues from the elevated park with landscaped terraces on every floor. Designed by local architecture firm COOKFOX Architects, the new building is inspired by not only its proximity to the High Line, but also the neighborhood’s industrial history. The office is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.  Located adjacent to t...
Tags: Design, NYC, Office, New York City, Architecture, Gallery, Chelsea, Workspace, Contemporary Architecture, Leed Gold, Hudson River, Native Plants, LEED, Granite, Terrace, Terracotta


This concrete bubble-filled greenhouse comes together like a puzzle!

Architect Gerardo Broissin designed an intriguing pavilion that sits on the lawn at the contemporary art museum Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. The structure looks like it’s right out of another dimension, but it functions as a greenhouse of sorts! The pavilion has been created using concrete panels that come together like a puzzle. Named Egaligilo or equalizer in English, the puzzle-inspired panels of the pavilion are spread out across a steel frame, with bubble-like circles protruding from them.D...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Green/Sustainable, Museo Tamayo, Gerardo Broissin, Broissin, Egaligilo, Gerardo BroissinThe


This ecological public restroom is the future of public amenities!

Overlooking the River Miño and Deva in O Valińo, in Trado, Spain, is a unique structure or to be more specific, an ecological restroom. The location is a popular hiking route, which attracts a growing number of visitors, with a healthy population of local citizens residing there. In an attempt to meet their needs, MOL Arquitectura unveiled plans for these ecological restrooms. The aim was to create a space that complements the natural environment and merges seamlessly with it. A container create...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Mol, Deva, Green/Sustainable, Ecological Public Restroom, MOL Arquitectura, River Miño, Valińo, Trado Spain, Local FSC


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Innovation in space food and slime, an artist's sudden success, and why we should eat more sea urchins The Future of Space Food MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in thFrom slime to space, tech and textilese cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team …
Tags: Food, Art, Space, Science, Design, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Cellphones, Nature, Architecture, Ocean, Artists, Seafood


For 13 years, this photographer has been building an incredible 3D digital model of Athens

Starting in 2007, photographer and visual effects artist Dimitris Tsalkanis has been building a digital 3D model of ancient Athens. The result is an immersive historical recreation where everyone online is invited. How did Tsalkanis handle this Herculean (rather, Heraklean) task? He learned as he went. From Sarah Rose Sharp's article about Ancient Athens 3D in Hyperallergic: “I had no previous experience on 3D and I started experimenting in my spare time,” said Tsalkanis in an email int...
Tags: Post, Video, Design, News, Greece, History, Architecture, Athens, Archaeology, 3D, Mark Dery, Hadrian, Sarah Rose Sharp, Dimitris Tsalkanis, Tsalkanis, Athens Tsalkanis


South Africa's first interior 6 star Green Star awarded to Formfunc

The Green Building Council recently awarded South Africa’s highest possible Interiors Green Star v1 certification to Capetown-based company Formfunc Studio’s office spaces — the first such rating to be awarded in the country for an office and distribution center. Spearheaded by local multidisciplinary environmental firm Terramanzi Group, the design optimizes energy efficiency as well as occupant health and wellness. Designed with the Green Star Rating Tool in mind, the environmental consultants...
Tags: Design, Office, Sensors, Architecture, South Africa, Gallery, Composting, Ergonomic, Green Office, Capetown, Kim Kowalski, Green Building Council, Office Design, Green Star, Humanscale, low VOC


LEED Gold-targeted Ottawa library will honor local history

After nearly a year of public input by Canadians from coast to coast, Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects has finally revealed renderings for the new Ottawa library and archives. Designed in collaboration with KWC Architects, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility will be an innovative landmark representative of all Canadians. The building will target, at minimum, LEED Gold certification and will reflect the region’s rich history and natural beauty with its...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Library, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Archives, Quebec, Cafe, Ottawa, Carousel Showcase, Ottawa River, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Nature Inspired Architecture


Water Street Tampa hits major sustainability milestone

Back in June 2019, Inhabitat did a story about Florida’s Water Street Tampa and its goal to become the world’s healthiest neighborhood. Fast forward to January 2020, and the ambitious 56-acre neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Tampa is making headlines again with its new cooling plant, one of the first buildings to open. The District Cooling Plant will produce and distribute cold water to provide sustainable air conditioning to most of the buildings that make up Water Street Tampa.  Tampa Ma...
Tags: Florida, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Tampa, Sustainable Materials, Ybor City, Water Street Tampa, Jane Castor, Downtown Tampa, District Cooling Plant, Water Street Tampa Tampa, Baker Barrios, Tampa Bay Trane


LEED-Platinum learning lab is a beacon of sustainability

In a bold move to embrace environmental education, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine recently welcomed the Roux Center for the Environment, a new three-story academic building that’s also been certified LEED Platinum. Designed by Cambridge-based architectural firm CambridgeSeven Associates, Inc., the 29,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building brings together faculty and students from across campus into a collaborative setting focused on finding solutions to the world’s environmental challen...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Cambridge, Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, CLT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine, Academic building, Teaching Lab


Upscale Hospitality at the Riggs Washington DC Hotel

In the shadow of the Capitol, contemporary luxury accommodation that reference a storied past Situated inside the illustrious, nationally registered Riggs National Bank building, which was built in 1891, the aptly named Riggs Washington DC hotel (open as of last week) nods to the property’s storied foundation without succumbing to kitschiness or architectural constraint. With 121,000 square feet to work with, the Lore Group (known …
Tags: Travel, Design, US Government, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Architecture, Washington Dc, Drinking, Presidents, Dining, Interior Design, Accomodation, First Ladies, Capitol, Riggs


Worlds first car-free IKEA store to open in Austria

IKEA Austria has announced plans to open the world’s “most innovative and green” IKEA store — a car-free, BREEAM Excellent-targeted, mixed-use complex located in the heart of Vienna. Dubbed IKEA Westbahnhof, the ambitious store will be modeled after a public square to not only attract IKEA shoppers but also local residents and tourists with its many amenities and abundance of green space that will include approximately 160 trees planted atop the building. The ambitious project was designed in co...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Ikea, Westbahnhof, Roof garden, BREEAM, BREEAM excellent, Urban Heat Island Effect, Car Free, Querkraft Architekten, IKEA Austria, Mariahilferstrasse, IKEA Austria Westbahnhof, IKEA Westbahnhof


A futuristic transparent residential space on the bustling streets of Athens!

314 Architecture Studio recently designed an enthralling architectural project on a bustling street in Athens, Greece or more specifically Spefsipou Street. H1002 or Euphoria Rise stands tall amidst neoclassical buildings originating from the 1870s. It’s a refreshing touch of modernity, and a hint of the future slid in between quintessential structures of the past. However, what makes the building even more intriguing is the usage of frosted glass.H1002 features frosted glass predominantly, crea...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Athens, ATHENS Greece, 314 Architecture Studio, Euphoria Rise, H1002


Kendeda, a net-positive Living Building, opens at Georgia Tech

After a visit to the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Diana Blank was inspired to fund a similar project in Georgia. Taking action, she founded the Kendeda Fund and funded it with $30 million to donate toward the cause. Georgia Tech is the recipient of Blank’s vision with a project by Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership that resulted in a Living Building. The net-positive Kendeda Building opened for classes in January 2020 and provides a place for learning and a template for innovative, ...
Tags: Design, Georgia, Architecture, Schools, Green Building, Green Design, Georgia Tech, Passive Design, Blank, Living Building Challenge, Net Positive, Kendeda Building, Kendeda, Seattle Diana Blank, Aeck Sargent, Miller Hull Partnership


Light-filled home makes the most of affordable, sustainable materials

Proving that building on a budget doesn’t have to mean compromising on aesthetics, Uruguayan architecture practice Bercetche Estudio has completed the WS House, a single-family home on the outskirts of Montevideo. Built primarily with unpainted natural timber inside and out, the home takes on a minimalist design that highlights its simple palette of natural materials. A strong connection with the outdoors and access to natural light is also emphasized throughout the home. Located in the La Taho...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Uruguay, Natural Light, Timber, Modern Architecture, Contemporary House, Sliding Doors, Terrace, Energy Efficient House, Indoor Outdoor Living, Floor To Ceiling Glass, Bercetche Estudio, Flex Rooms, WS House


Tiny Home setups that prove why micro-living will be the next big trend: Part 2

Minimalism has reached a level of popularity that is unbelievable, and it has even extended to our style of living and architecture! With everyone veering towards the path of micro-living, while simultaneously breaking ties with materialism, tiny homes are the future. More and more individuals and families are opting for simple, comfortable and functional tiny houses. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of fascinating mini homes to give you a crash course on micro-living!The Pacific Harbor is a ti...
Tags: Design, Fox, Architecture, Romania, Ohio, Hayao Miyazaki, Tiny Homes, Micro Living, Baluchon, Jacob Witzling, YD Design Storm, Robin Falck, Modern Tiny Living, Sara Underwood, Design Storm, Green/Sustainable


Explaining the Executive Order Proposing to Hand Design Authority Over to President Trump

With so much news out there these days, I think a lot of people just scan headlines, skip reading the actual articles, and consider themselves informed. That's dangerous. Consider these headlines from yesterday, starting with the New York Times: Draft Executive Order Would Give Trump a New Target: Modern Design Dezeen's headline on the topic states: President Trump drafts rules for "Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again" ArtNet News' headline: President Trump Wants to Make 'Federal Buildings ...
Tags: Design, Washington, White House, Architecture, New York Times, The Times, New Orleans, Frank Gehry, Brad Pitt, Times, Abba, AIA, Forbes, Trump, New Republic, NCAS



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