This Ain't No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

Instead of letting hotels dictate where you vacation, why not make the hotel go where you want?! The latest in a trend of micoarchitecture, DROP is a moveable suite suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires (and land permits). The design is slightly elevated to avoid contact with the soil so as not to interfere with the environment when it’s removed. Spherical transparencies on either end can be positioned to face the most desirable views while bringing guests into direct contact with nature.

0 Designer: IN-TENTA

Chapel of Simplicity

Chapel of Simplicity

When we hear the word “chapel,” we imagine a grandiose, highly stylized structures with heavy symbolism throughout. The Saint Francis Chapel is easily considered the antithesis to the ubiquitous design. Reduced to just the structural components, this small, concrete chapel is void of symbolism and distracting over-styling, making it essentially just a room for contemplation. Upon completing their reflections, visitors can ring a bell (the most complex element of the chamber) to conclude their experience.

0 Designer: Rafael Hintersteiner

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

We recently featured Justin Chong’s charming, super-minimal Cube home… well he’s back with an alternative version that reworks the usable space to accommodate more storage, sleeping room, a full bathroom and even a laundry area fit with a compact clothes washer/dryer combo! The other design was a lil dark so the most significant addition is built-in, ultra-thin LED lighting accents in inconspicuous places like under the stairs or kitchen shelving.

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Home Sweet Cube

Home Sweet Cube

This minimal design by Justin Chong packs everything you need in one 3 meter x 3 meter space! The Cube home features a thoughtfully placed bathroom with a water saving shower and toilet, kitchen with an induction stove and small fridge, eating area for 4, bed for 2 and even a little storage to spare. Polished wood detail, sharp lines and a large skylight give openness and warmth to the otherwise stark space. Gotta love those stairs to the loft bed!

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Twisted House

Twisted House

Today is my birthday – so if anyone is looking for any last minute gifts… this house will do! Haus am Weinberg, located in rural Stuttgart, Germany, is a modern villa designed with a literal twist in mind. The inner circulation of the structure supports an elegant staircase to which the rest of the house revolves. Fluid curves and diagonal movements can be found at each turn; a stark contrast to the stepped terraces and ancient hillside vineyard outside.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Urban Escape

Urban Escape

Lysning urban park proposal by Norwegian design firms Space Group & Superunion will be a modern public hub in the midst of a historical waterfront district in Sandnes, Norway. An architectural ring provides relief from sun & rain, & connects the various public spaces of the interior, including a water fountain area for cooling off, skate park, running track & plenty of gardens, foliage & grass for laying about. Inspired by NYC’s Central Park, the center also aims to be a space for community events & celebrations.

0 Designers: Space Group / Superunion

Stratified Structure

Stratified Structure

The Innovation Tower dissolves the classic typology of the tower and podium into a seamless, fluid and visually stimulating structure that reflects the diversity and layered urbanism of Hong Kong. As a driving force in the development of the city as a design hub in Asia, the tower will accommodate more than 1500 students of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and will serve as the home of the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation on some 129167 square feet. Hit the jump to take a 360 tour!

0 Designer: Zaha Hadid

Self-Sustained Smart Structure

Self-Sustained Smart Structure

Villa Sera is a self-sustained structure that harnesses power from solar panels, collects rainwater and uses gray water for plants, creating a microcosm that not only reduces the carbon footprint but contributes to the ecological system. The architecture is structured with steel and glass elements to form a strong, modern and spacious building. Greenhouse sections with innovative heat and air circulation for organic farming and plant growing support biodiversity further extending its self sufficiency.

0 Designer: Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis

Mobile Living With Glam

Mobile Living With Glam

Monohedron is a prefab house that is mobile and suits almost any environment or climate. The idea is to move away from the predictable comfort of a brick and concrete home to something more versatile as this. With the options of adding layers of floors as per needs, the concept of your dream home takes on a whole new meaning. Customized and prefab are two words that don’t usually gel together well, but looks like this mobile home has sort of nailed it.

0 Designer: Andrej Cverha

Changing The Chinese Skyline

Changing The Chinese Skyline

Over the past few years Zaha Hadid and her band of architects have been making news in China. With their Guangzhou Opera House bagging many accolades and awards this year, we thought about recapturing for you in one page, how she is managing to change China’s skyline. There could be many political inferences we can draw from the sudden spate of modernizations in China. But for the sake of our interest in design, we stick only to admiring the beauty and integrity of these 5 magnificent projects.

0 Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects

Water Purifying Bridge

Water Purifying Bridge

This bridge proposal for the Amsterdam canals follows the form of a water vortex, pumping dirty canal water through steel tubes while creating a current to replace it with fresh water while also easing the cleanup process of the current boat system. The bridge also acts as a sanctuary for birds attracted to the clean water and even features a coffee shop for the many cyclists and pedestrians who would cross every day.

0 Designer: Margot Krasojevic

Interactive and Modular Roofs

Interactive and Modular Roofs

Here is an interesting concept of modularizing the roofs of buildings. The idea stems from the fact that roof gardens have a uni-directional focus with little or no variations. Design Prototype Interactive Roof are pixilated units that perform a unique function and interact according to the living space below it.

0 Designer: Nicolas Backal

Living Architecture

Living Architecture

The Turbine Bridge concept is a hydroelectric power station that also serves as a multifunctional space on Amsterdam’s Amstel River. On the main internal level there is space dedicated to pedestrian walkers and cyclists, cafes and stores while the upper level hosts terraces, playgrounds and spaces to relax. More than just a link between two sides of the river, the bridge aims to become a landmark where both locals and tourists can come together.

0 Designer: DWAWU Architects