Frank Lloyd Wright’s Most Famous Buildings Get 3D Paper Model Treatment In New Book

Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, would have turned 150 this year, and some of us just can’t get...


Now You Could Rent A Cowboy Boot-Shaped House In Huntsville, TX

This uniquely shaped house located in Huntsville, TX, is currently available for rent and it just might be the home of any cowboy or cowgirl’s dreams. Designed by artist and builder Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion, the shoe-shaped abode features a more conventionally-shaped annex too.

More info: The Cowboy Boot House

This two bedroom, 1 bathroom home features handcrafted custom features throughout the space including mosaic granite flooring and shower surround, high ceiling in living room, covered porch with ample deck space. Magnificent spiral staircase leading to a stunning roof top deck.


Summer Super Villa By Lassa Architects In Greek

The 150-square-metre Villa Ypsilon was designed by London- and Brussels-based firm LASSA, which is headed up by architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd. The domed form of the summer house responds to the client’s desires for a vantage point from which to survey the agricultural land, as well as the nearby mountains and coastline.

More info: Lassa Architects


Colossal Monuments From Around The World That No One Talks About

“Who were these people? And why did they feel the need to commemorate themselves in stone?”

Fabrice Fouillet asked himself while standing before a massive monument. And it was that curiosity that spawned this series. Behold: these are the lesser-known wonders of the world.

Dai Kannon. Sendai, Japan. 100 m (330 ft). Built in 1991

Fouillet channels his love of architecture into his monument hunt series. He searches out odd and unusual landscapes, all of them dominated by massive statues which often seem to collide with the surrounding city.

More info: Fabrice Fouillet, Instagram (h/t: sobadsogood)

Mother of the Fatherland. Kiev, Ukraine. 62 m (203 ft). Built in 1981.

Amitabha Buddha. Ushiku, Japan. 110 m (360 ft). Built in 1993.

Mao Zedong. Changsha, China. 32m (105 ft). Built in 2009.

Christ Blessing. Manado, Indonesia. 30 m (98.5 ft). Built in 2007.

African Renaissance Monument. Dakar, Senegal. 49 m (161 ft). Built in 2010.

Jibo Kannon. Kagaonsen, Japan. 73 m (239 ft). Built in 1987.

Christ the King. Świebodzin, Poland. 36 m (120 ft). Built in 2010.

Grand Byakue. Takazaki, Japan. 42 m (137 ft). Built in 1936.

Grand Bouddha Sakayamunee. Ang Thong, Thailande. 92 m (301 ft). Built in 2008.

Guanyin. Foshan, China. 62 m (203 ft). Built in 1998.

Guan Yu Statue. Yuncheng, China. 80 meters (262 ft). Built in 2010.

Laykyun Setkyar. Monywa, Myanmar. 116 m (381 ft). Built in 2008.

The Motherland Call. Volgograd, Russia. 87 m (285 ft). Built in 1967.

Alyosha Monument. Murmansk, Russia. 35.5 m (116.5 ft) Built in 1974.

Ataturk Mask. Buca, Izmir, Turkey. 40 m (132 ft). Built in 2009.


Breathtaking Architecture Photography By Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a talented self-taught photographer and student from Seoul, South Korea who currently based in Berlin, Germany. Anh focuses on architecture and people, she also shoots a lot of urban, cityscape and travel photography.

More info: Instagram, Tumblr (h/t: photogrist)


World’s Largest Vertical Garden Blooms With 85,000 Plants In The Heart Of Bogota

Behold: the largest vertical garden in the world. Located in Bogota, Colombia, the Santalaia building is completely covered with a lush layer of 85,000 plants that span 3,100 square meters (33,368 square feet). A vertical garden of this size can produce enough oxygen for more than 3,100 people every year, process 1,708 pounds of heavy metals, filter more than 2,000 tons of harmful gases and catch more than 881 pounds of dust.

More info: Paisajismo Urbano (h/t: inhabitat)

Paisajismo Urbano‘s Colombia-based franchise Groncol designed and installed the vertical garden using the innovative F+P system, patented by Ignacio Solano.


Danish Retailer Vipp Has Created A “Battery-Charging Stations For Humans”

Danish retailer Vipp has created a factory-made, metal-and-glass micro dwelling that comes filled with the company’s line of homeware products. Called Shelter, the 55-square-metre structure is intended to serve as a nature retreat and “battery-charging station for humans”, said Kasper Egelund, who heads the brand.

More info: Vipp (h/t: dezeen)

The Vipp cabin consists of a metal-and-glass rectangular box that is elevated off the ground by pilotis. Two chambers protrude from the roof – one of which contains a light chimney, while the other houses a compact sleeping loft.

Prefabricated just north of Copenhagen, each steel-framed cabin takes six months to produce and three to five days to install. The cost is €485,000 (£410,700), which does not include transportation.


Transparent Heart-Stopping Glass Sky Slide Starts Trial Runs In North China

A transparent slide located in the Dayudu Yellow River Scenic Area, northern China’s Shanxi Province, is definitely a daredevil’s game.

h/t: cgtn

The glass slide, which began trial operations on Friday, drops brave riders 100 meters over its 500-meter length.

The scenic spot also includes a 60-meter-long glass bottomed bridge and a 420-square-meter glass viewing platform, the largest in the province.

Praised as a “forest oxygen bar”, visitors standing on the high altitude structures can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the mesmerizing landscape.


Meet The Solar Egg, A Giant Golden Sauna Built In Luossabacken, Sweden

n response to a commission from Riksbyggen, Bigert & Bergström have created a sculptural chamber in the form of an egg-shaped sauna that has just been installed at Luossabacken in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town.

More info: Bigert & Bergström

Kiruna is currently undergoing a radical transformation, which involves a gigantic move for the whole town. This is so that the mining company LKAB can extract more of the iron seam that cuts diagonally downwards beneath the town. The iron ore is and has been – ever since it first began to be extracted at the end of the 19th century – an important source of income for Sweden, and absolutely vital for the town of Kiruna. No mine, no town. But the breaking up and devastating transformation of the landscape, the environment and the architecture caused by the move are also sparking a lot of debate.

Solar Egg has been made as a social sculpture where local people and visitors to the town can meet and, for instance, discuss these challenges. In the arctic climate of Lapland the sauna occupies a key position, as a room for warmth and reflection. B&B have taken up this tradition and developed a sculptural symbol that prompts thoughts of rebirth and an incubator that nurtures conversation and exchanges of ideas. The project is a continuation of the artists strategy to incorporate the climate into the experience of the artwork which was initiated with the Climate Chambers in 1994.

The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images. Landscape, mine, town, sky, sun and snow are here combined into a fragmented image that can evoke associations with the complexity spanned by today’s discussion about climate and sustainable community development. The egg’s interior has been formed out of wood, with the wall panels and floor decking made out of pine and the bench of aspen. In the centre of the egg stand the wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made out of iron and stone. The temperature inside the egg varies between 75° and 85° Celsius.


Room With A Mountain View In Downtown Of Shanghai

A residential building in Shanghai’s Changning District has a distinctly different view in the concrete jungle. Those looking out the window will have the view of a 50-meter high mountain!

The artificial mountain was completed in 2003. Its design was based on Feng Shui, a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing people with their surrounding environment. The design aimed to “moderate the ferocious location of the building”.

Upon seeing photos of the artificial landscape, some netizens argued that Feng Shui is pseudoscience, and that all the rooms will get is poor lighting.