Instinctual Architecture

Instinctual Architecture

Challenged by a long list of regulations and zoning codes, the Vail House in the hilly Los Angeles neighborhood of Silverlake manages to make the most of the unique terrain and city views. While such challenges often result in drab, boring architecture, Brooks + Scarpa Architects achieves the opposite with this awesomely abstract twisted box that is seemingly a part of rather than “apart from” the natural landscape.

0 Designer: Brooks + Scarpa

Wooden Skyscraper

Wooden Skyscraper

It might surprise you to find that this 34-story residential skyscraper proposed for Stockholm’s cultural hub is composed not of steel, but almost entirely of wood! Though not often used in such vertical structures, the material was chosen for its lightness, natural climate regulation, acoustics and exposed aesthetic quality. While the exterior facade shines with glass, the full effect of the construction is felt inside where every wall, ceiling and floor is clad with natural, warm wood.

0 Designer: Berg | C.F. Møller Architects

Sides are so passé!

Sides are so passé!

The Aldar Headquarters located in Abu Dhabi stands alone as a striking modern marvel against a landscape of harsh desert and four-sided buildings. The semispherical structure is comprised of two circular convex facades linked by a narrow internal construction. The resulting clam shape has visual power that’s also symbolic of the area’s seafaring heritage and gives a renewed identity to the community. It’s atypical in every way!

0 Designer: MZ Architects

Green Gateway

Green Gateway

The latest from Maxthreads Architectural Design and Planning, this proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center serves as a cultural hub for visitors, locals, major community gatherings, tourism, and events. An expression of the city’s appreciation for the outdoors, the open architecture and green areas make it an intersection of nature and innovative tech.

0 Designer: Maxthreads

Stealth Pavillion

Stealth Pavillion

The Stealth Pavillion is based on the concept of heterotopia, which describes spaces of “otherness” that are neither here nor there, simultaneously physical & mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror. To express this complexity, the exterior of the design takes inspiration from the radar-reflective form of the F-117 Stealth fighter. The simple, warm wooden interior with fire-pit contrasts this to create a feeling of isolation despite the pavilion being open-aired.

0 Designer: Paul Segers

Musical Stairs

Musical Stairs

Leander Angerer and David Ross’ revamp of this late Victorian staircase introduces subtle modern touches to accentuate the classical style. Tennis racket string sewn into the handrail replaces the banisters while a floating marble plinth replaces the first step. Other extraneous parts were taken away and hand-modified to give it a lighter, renewed aesthetic. Not only nice to look at, the strings can also be plucked, turning the house itself into a giant musical instrument!

0 Designers: David Ross & Leander Angerer

Urban Green Zone

Urban Green Zone

The area on this map, called Madla-Revheim, is the main developmental edge of Stavanger, Norway for which MVRDV and Space Group seek to implement 4000 housing units on the 780 acres site. The sector focuses housing, transportation systems and public spaces around a green center for cultivation and livestock raising. Situated at the point where urban meets rural, the area aims to be one of the first modern models for sustainable growth within metropolitan areas.

0 Designer: MVRDV & Space Group

Time For Prefabricated Buildings

Time For Prefabricated Buildings

The Bone is a conceptual building that delves into the advantages of large detached houses, high-rise buildings, and prefabricated houses. In short, it takes in the essentials of all the three types of living quarters and brings forth the best. This prefab building hosts large outdoor spaces including gardens and swimming pools.

0 Designer: Paik Kunil

Concrete Heaven by the Sea

Concrete Heaven by the Sea

Have you ever seen a house so awesome that it kinda makes you hate your own?! Well, this is one of those houses. This concrete gem overlooks a rocky coastline, and its cozy interior is the perfect contrast to the stark exterior and severe sea cliffs. Beware before you look at the photos inside… it’s so good it might just make you cry.

0 Designer: Igor Sirotov

Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers From The Future

Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers From The Future

It takes a lot of courage to imagine building a buoyant skyscraper that rebuilds the arctic ice caps or a structure that shifts your living-scape from the ground to the skies, literally. The future of our living quarters depends a lot upon how we treat our resources today. Going by these Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers (3 award-winning and 24 honorable mentions), looks like we still need to do a lot for our mother earth. Have a look at some really creative, ingenious and dynamic vertical communities, seen through the eyes of eVolo

0 Designers: Various

Big Dreams in a Small House

Big Dreams in a Small House

One look at the interior of this mountain lodge and you’d never know that it’s a mere 538 square feet. Using material continuations, like the raw barn-wood floor that extends upwards to the wall at random sections, the space appears larger while maintaining that warm,cozy lodge vibe. Extra tall ceilings and lots of carefully placed windows add to this openness while providing perfect views of the contrasting wild terrain.

0 Designer: Igor Sirotov

Urban Microarchitecture

Urban Microarchitecture

The latest from IN-TENTA, this urban architectural installation called ALL-IN-SQUARE appears to be hand created just for the unique waterfront space where it lives, but in actuality it’s composed of simple, moveable modular elements including granite benches, metal “cocoon” seats, soft lighting, bike stands, granite floor coverings and square pop-ups for shelter, shade or use as a kiosk. Everything a common ground needs for a custom aesthetic, but with less expense and more efficiency.

0 Designer: IN-TENTA

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

This temporary mobile housing design aims to provide readily available shelter to those affected by a variety emergencies and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Structurally, the unit is composed almost entirely of compressed oriented strand board, making it lightweight and easy to construct. Transportable as a small cube, the design can be set and expanded by lowering one side to create a separate section for sleeping quarters.

0 Designer: Michel Antoun Zateef