You might’ve seen Zaha Hadid’s name in the news recently. After Japan’s Sports Council announced a design to her replace her widely loathed and alien-like Olympic stadium in Tokyo. But the real update comes in the form of a new skyscraper in Melbourne. It looks a little bit like… an earplug?
You know those curious brass boxes in the hallways of old New York skyscrapers? Believe it or not they represent the public-facing element of a communications network that kept office buildings humming before email. And damn are they beautiful.
Apple’s “spaceship” campus is scheduled to open next year, but it apparently won’t be big enough: The Cupertino company reportedly just signed a lease for a second spaceship. It, too, looks like it’s ready to blast off.
It must feel thrilling to be rich, free to fling millions of dollars at whatever your heart desires. Right now, you can buy a private island and former sea fort off the coast of Denmark for a little under $9 million. That includes a restaurant and a hotel. What a bargain!
The Oval Office has a very pretty floor! You’d never know it based on most photos of the White House’s most famous non-square-shaped room, but the president spends his days walking on a Reagan-era design. It’s a heck of an improvement over the wood-grain linoleum of the Johnson years.
John Kerry watched a soldier hoist the American flag over the United States Embassy in Havana on Friday morning. He’s the first secretary of state to visit the land of Castro, communism, and cigars in 70 years. The embassy itself, an acclaimed example of midcentury modern architecture, has been rotting for just as…
Airports and cities don’t get along for a few specific reasons—namely, air pollution, noise pollution, and plain old risk. As such, some designers think that a future of increased urban density could be an opportunity to mix things up. This concept for a new airport in downtown Stockholm is simply mixed up.
Just when you thought the world had hit peak Beyoncé, the hippest city in Australia is going to build a massive skyscraper inspired by… Beyoncé. This is not a joke. The city of Melbourne has given planning approval for the construction of a curvy 68-story tower in its central business district. It even moves.
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.
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that New York City is home to some of the world’s most impressive and diverse architecture. Pick a style from the last 200 years, and you’re bound to find a fantastic example somewhere in Gotham. Now, you can find them all on one reasonably priced poster.
Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken's idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash—otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have.
For the past half century, 190 Bowery has been a legend. The six-story, 72-room former bank building on the fringes of SoHo looked like a war zone on the outside, crumbling and covered in graffiti. And the inside, the home of a photographer with insane real estate luck—well—nobody really knew what was inside. Until now
The 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 $8 million so that president's guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland.
Conventional lighting systems suffer from a serious but seemingly unavoidable limitation: sockets. Along with wires, plugs, and fixtures, this basic infrastructure dictates where lights can go and what they could look like. How would a designer get around that? Magnets, of course!
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…
Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.…