architecture

A Coffee Shop That Will Disorient You More Than Any Dive Bar

Image Cache: D’Espresso was a neat coffee shop on 317 Madison Avenue, New York, that had its walls, ceiling, and floor turned 90 degrees. It makes me sightly dizzy when I look at the photo. Maybe that’s why it does not exist anymore.


The Craziest Submissions For London's Newest Pedestrian Bridge

The great city of London currently has something of a fascination with pedestrian bridges to span the waterway that bisects the city. The latest project is for a bridge that will connect Nine Elms to Pimlico in the Borough of Wandsworth. Currently, 87 proposals have been submitted: here are the craziest.


Google's Crazy New Campus Will Be Covered In Giant Canopied Domes

Apple is building a spaceship. Nvidia will work inside alien polygons. Amazon has its orbs. Soon, Google might have an crazy new headquarters of its own: A series of giant, transparent canopied buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate.


This House Was Designed Around The Rock That Almost Killed Its Owners

Sometimes, a disaster becomes a feature. This is an actual home in Fountain City, Wisconsin, which was almost crushed by the very rock that is now its most intriguing architectural detail.


The Eiffel Tower Is Generating Power With A Hidden Wind Farm On Its Legs

Paris hasn’t been shy about slapping on sexxxy new attractions to the 127-year-old Eiffel Tower over the past few years — what with the glittering lights and glass floors. But the latest addition is designed to be neither seen or heard.


This Crazy Geodesic Dome Is Actually A Power Plant

Biomass cogeneration doesn’t scream “family fun for all ages” to most of us, but the city of Uppsala, Sweden, is hoping it might some day. Its plan involves a geodesic dome, stained glass and a zany Danish architect.


The Isolated Vault That Could Store Our Data On DNA For Two Million Years 

Inside a permafrost-encrusted mountain below the Arctic circle sits the seed bank that could be humanity’s last hope during a global food crisis. This month, scientists suggested that this unassuming vault is the ideal space for preserving the world’s data on DNA.


How 'Defensive Architecture' Is Ruining Our Cities

Cities have always struggled with the tension between the different needs of social classes who share the space. But as The Guardian documents, a new trend of defensive –and some times overtly hostile — architecture is changing the urban landscape, and not in a good way.


A 79-Storey Residential Tower In Dubai Is On Fire

Not long ago, one of the tallest residential towers in the world, the 79-storey Marina Torch Tower in Dubai, made good on its namesake and burst into flames. So far, over 20 floors seem to have been affected.


How Disasters, Emergencies And Survivalism Are Shaping Home Design

You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted — except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it’s 2015 in Royal Oaks, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious FoxNews reporter.