architecture

I Want To Live Inside This House Hidden In This Cliff

Cliffs are beautiful, terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. Can you imagine living inside of a glass house that was built inside of the edge of a cliff? This is what a couple of Greek architects are proposing.


Every Preschool Should Be Designed To Create Huge Puddles

Kids need to play. It’s simply how they learn — more and more, scientists who study early childhood development say that preschools and kindergartens are focusing on academics when they should be letting kids simply play. Not at this preschool in Japan.


This Pavilion Is Made From... Cardboard?

This cubic pavilion was constructed in the heart of Valencia in March. With its crisp, straight geometric lines and lustrous silver finish, it looks like it’s made of metal: aluminium? Some kind of steel? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s cardboard.


Abandoned Shipyard Halls Look Magical After Heavy Rain

The abandoned halls of the Ganz Danubius Shipyard and Crane Factory in Budapest are the haunting remains of a once-flourishing industry established more than an hundred years ago in the Austro-Hungarian empire.


The Ricoh GR II Adds Wi-Fi To A Cult Classic

The Ricoh GR was a fantastically simple compact camera — one big APS-C sensor crammed into a portable body, with a good prime lens, decent controls, and not much else in the way. Two years after the original release, Ricoh has released the GR II. What’s broke ain’t fixed — the only major addition is Wi-Fi and NFC.


Sneaky Nordstrom Tower Adds 22m To Be The Actual Tallest US Building

Last time we checked in with the Nordstrom Tower, a superskinny supertall going up in Midtown Manhattan, a sneaky spire had been added to make it a hair taller than the tallest spire at the World Trade Center. Now, new documents show another stealth move: The actual roof height will be taller than previously planned — taller than the current tallest US building, the Willis Tower.


This Might Be The First Building Designed By Facebook Poll

Getting a building approved by the public is tough — a few strong voices in the neighbourhood could easily bring down the entire process. To win the public over, designer Karim Rashid turned to his Facebook page, asking his over 421,000 fans to vote on which concept for a new building they liked best.


What Ugly Building Can You Just Not Help Loving?

We know they’re bad for us. We know we shouldn’t like them. BUT STILL WE DO. What building that everyone else considers ugly occupies an architectural soft spot in your heart?


Towers Proposed For Paris Would Be The World's Tallest Wooden Structures

At first glance, the warm, luminous development proposed for a Paris site doesn’t look much different than any other mixed-use project rising in other cities. But this village of high-rises is unique in that it would be made completely from wood — even the 35-story tower at the center.


50 Buildings That Point To The Future Of Cities

Most “best-of” lists for buildings focus on superlatives: tallest, prettiest, most expensive. For the past 50 days, The Guardian has taken a slightly different approach by compiling a stellar lineup of 50 great buildings in 50 different cities. The series serves as both a crash course in architectural history and comprehensive survey of where contemporary urbanism is headed.