It is an undeniable fact – highlighted in 2004 ‘Content’ by Rem Koolhaas too – that ‘shape is easy’. It is recognisable; works with our subconscious; and in the case of Platonic solids like cubes shape is also a philosophical notion with numerous connotations – starting from symmetry and regularity; stretching as far as our…Continue Reading “Cubes in Modern Architecture”

Clearly, the design and creation of man-made Christmas trees started long before the more versatile and multi-disciplinarily minded architects of recent generations got involved. The debate of the environmental impact of both cutting natural trees for the celebrations and using their artificial replicas that became popular in the 90s is ongoing. The best solution to avoiding the…Continue Reading “10 Amazingly Designed Christmas Trees”

With winter sports at the doorstep, I thought it was just the right time to take a look at how contemporary design is affecting the forthcoming season’s top destination – the mountains. Beyond the commonplace notion of retrograde mountain lodge cosiness, in concept designs and in reality, there stands a new generation of mountain top…Continue Reading “10 Amazing Mountain Top Buildings”

Metropolitan underground railway is one of those crucial inventions whose hypothetical non-existence would make city life unbearable. The spaces born alongside the development of the prominent infrastructure have an impact that far transcends their utilitarian importance and are also marked by great ambiguity: they are a negative space of transit movement with all the social…Continue Reading “10 Insanely Creative Metro Locations”

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth with reported growth rates of 100 cm in 24 hours. This eco-friendly material has the same technical performance as timber, concrete and steel constructions, but has a much lower carbon footprint. It is one of the most versatile and flexible materials and has regenerative properties. Get…Continue Reading “10 Amazing Inspired Bamboo Houses”

Gotta love a city that surprises you. Taking its typical elements and reconstructing them in new, fun and socially aware ways has been the weapon of choice of many urban interventionists who managed to inject a dose of playfulness and provocation in the urban scenery.  Some of them have done a great job in making…Continue Reading “10 Inspired Urban Scenarios”