architecture

These Are The Most Beautiful Science Labs In The World

Who said that laboratories, research centres and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right.


The Tallest Tower In Europe Will Be ... In A Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne’s shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland.


These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out Of Harry Potter

If you’re a Potter fan who would have liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you’ll love the fantasy world of German designer Matthias Jung, whose surreal houses look like they ought to be kept hidden from our Muggle eyes.


How A 121-Storey Building Uses A Giant Magnet To Prevent Swaying

When you’re building a skyscraper with triple-digit numbers of storeys, there are some rather unusual building challenges to face — like the fact that the entire building can sway with the wind, fast enough to make people sick. The Shanghai Tower solves that problem in a scientifically awesome way: using magnets.


Instant Skyscrapers Are Here

The pop-up city is an idea that dug its way into our collective brain a century ago as the first steel buildings rose — a dream that’s as common in cartoons as it is in urban planning. And for the first time in history, it’s technically possible.


The Secret Lives Of The Tiny People In Architectural Renderings

Selling a big urban idea isn’t easy. More than ever, architects rely on jaw-dropping images to convince their clients to spend millions on their projects. And to do it, they fill their fantastical renderings with people — people who have a story all their own.


US Secret Service Wants To Build A Replica White House

The US Secret Service hasn’t been doing an awesome job guarding the White House lately, so Joseph Clancy, its director, plans to ask the House Appropriations Committee for $US8 million so that the US President’s guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland.


Designing A Shadowless Skyscraper Isn't Magic, Just Good Science

The boom in skyscrapers is good for elevator manufacturers, but can be bad for residents who have to live in the shadow (literally or otherwise). Using computer-aided design and some seriously big mirrors, architects in London have come up with a plan to build a pair of skyscrapers with no shadow at all.


This Floating, Solar Powered House Is Up To 98 Per Cent Recyclable

If you’ve ever considered trading your house for a life on the water, but don’t fancy the idea of cramped, below deck living quarters, then this floating, solar-powered home, designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, might be just the thing for you.


The Tricentennial Tower Is Like The Space Needle With Gondolas

US Thrill Rides, the company that plans to bring us the world’s tallest roller coaster, has just unveiled designs for its latest project: The Tricentennial Tower, a 97.5m tall structure that looks like the Seattle Space Needle with a gondola ride slapped on.