architecture

This Greek Island Is The Perfect Paradise -- And Supervillain Hideout

This amazing place is Monemvasia, a fortified town that resisted a siege of more than three years located on a tiny island in the Peloponnese sea connected to continental Greece through a bridge. I want to be in one of those terraces, eating black olives and seafood.


There's An Awesome Tiny Apartment Hidden Inside This 100-Year-Old Turret

For more than a century, the incredible neoclassical turret that crowns Amsterdam’s oldest department store has sat unused. Today, an artist moved in — the tower’s very first resident and the lucky first guest of a program that’s turning the empty structure into a tiny apartment for artists.


Inverted Skyscrapers Hang Like Glowing Stalactites From Your LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are not only more energy-efficient than the incandescents they’re slowly making extinct, they also run cool to the touch, which means if you’re bored by their uninspired shape, you can snap on these wonderful 3D-printed hanging skyscrapers that glow like stalactites, turning your living room into an art-deco oasis.


A Floating Artificial Reef Would Let You Walk Down Into The Ocean Deep

This month, a grim study in the journal Science reported what we’ve feared for decades: That the ocean may “be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” in the words of one author. There’s a colossal amount of work to be done if we want to turn it around — including reclaiming habitats, which is the goal of this ambitious proposal by three young architects.


CERN Wants Artists And Architects Working Alongside Its Physicists

What do art and high-energy physics have in common? Quite a bit, if you think about it: Space, time and the structure of the visible and invisible world, for starters. That’s why CERN has spent the past four years inviting artists into its headquarters, and why, for the first time, it’s now inviting an architect to stay.


What You Can See From The Tallest Observation Decks On Earth

It’s only been a few years since humans could climb more than 800m above the surface of the Earth without the help of jet fuel. It’s easy to forget that buildings that reach this high into the atmosphere are a new phenomenon in our world — at these heights, it’s more like aerospace engineering than architecture.

Picture: Bill Richards/Flickr


The Eerie Ruins Of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they’re not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left behind.


This Twisting Skyscraper Is Terrifyingly Clever

There’s a moment you reach in every Jenga game, when the weight of an entire tower balances precariously on a single middle block. A moment where everything can be ruined by a particularly violent cough. Residents of this new Austrian skyscraper will live in perpetual fear of that moment.


2014 Was A Record Year For Skyscrapers, And That Could Be Bad News

It’s been a very, very tall year. In fact, 2014 actually broke the existing record for the number of skyscrapers completed over a year, with 97 new buildings over 200m tall, including two in Australia. But is that necessarily a sign of health for our economy? Some economists suggest the opposite.


This Huge BMX Park Is Hidden 30 Metres Underground In An Abandoned Mine 

Right now, indoor BMX parks are all the rage in cities across America. But obviously, these parks are limited by the size of the buildings they inhabit. How to overcome that constraint? Well, you could find an old limestone mine in Kentucky and built a BMX in its cave-like remains.