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Squish Studio by Saunders Architecture

By • May 14, 2012 •  Selected Work 

Bergen-based studio Saunders Architecture has designed the Squish Studio.

Completed in 2011, this 322 square foot contemporary artist studio is located on Fogo Island, the largest of the offshore islands of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

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Dick Clark’s Unique Flintstone-Style House For Sale in Malibu

By • Mar 25, 2012 •  Selected Work 

TV personality Dick Clark and his wife are selling their Malibu retreat on Pacific View Road that will look familiar to fans of the Flinstones cartoon sitcom.

The cavernous one bedroom, two bath home sits on a 23 acres lot with unparalleled 360 degree breathtaking ocean, mountain and city views influenced by changing light.

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Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

By • Feb 5, 2012 •  Selected Work 

Californian studio Swatt Miers Architects has designed the Tea Houses project.

Completed in 2009, these three tea houses are located in the Silicon Valley, California, USA.

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Amazing Funnel Wall in Dresden, Germany

By • Jan 17, 2012 •  Selected Work 

The Neustadt Kunsthofpassage is an artsy neighborhood in Dresden, Germany.

Designed by artists Annette Paul, Christoph Roßner and André Tempel, this wall all covered with funnels and gutters is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town.

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Hat Teahouse by A1 Architects

By • Dec 19, 2011

Prague-based studio A1 Architects has completed the Black Teahouse project in May 2011.

Completed in 2010, this 35 square foot tea house is located in Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic.

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Shore Vista Boat Dock by Bercy Chen Studio

By • Dec 16, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Bercy Chen Studio has sent us photos of the Shore Vista project, a two story boat dock located on a bend in Lake Austin, Texas, USA, across from Canyonland Nature Preserve.

Describing their structure, the architects say: “the site is suggestive of the elliptical form that maximizes the beautiful views of the undulating hills beyond”.  

“The rounded edges of the dock peel away, allowing more of the landscape to be captured into the visual frame.”

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Toys for Boys: Dream Garage for a Dream Car

By • Dec 1, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Holger Schubert lives in Los Angeles, California, and he loves dream cars.

He loves them so much he designed a dream garage for his dream car.

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The Sequence, a Urban Sculpture by Arne Quinze

By • Nov 8, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Arne Quinze is a Belgian artist, well known for his trademark sculptures made out of wooden planks.

His installations are built to provoke reaction and to intervene in the daily life of passersby confronted with his sculptures.

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Hardanger Retreat by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen

By • Nov 2, 2011 •  Selected Work 

This log cabin retreat was designed and built in 2003 by Todd Saunders, principal of Saunders Architecture, in collaboration with Tommie Wilhelmsen.

The 215 square foot cabin sits on a wood lot in Kjepsø, Hardanger Fjord, Norway.

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Melvin the Machine by HeyHeyHey (Video)

By • Oct 19, 2011

In this movie filmed in the beautiful “De Ploeg”, a former factory designed by Gerrit Rietveld on the outskirts of Eindhoven, the ringing of an alarm clock triggers a chain of events that opens umbrellas, spins paper windmills, starts a fire and releases a set of parachuting toy animals.

Dutch design studio HeyHeyHey originally constructed the machine, named Melvin, during Dutch Design Week 2010 but reassembled this improved version a year later.

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Black Teahouse in Česká Lípa by A1 Architects

By • Sep 11, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Prague-based studio A1 Architects has completed the Black Teahouse project in May 2011.

This tranquil tiny tea house is located at the edge of a family’s property in Česká Lípa, Czech Republic.

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Tea House by David Jameson Architect

By • Sep 2, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Virginia-based studio David Jameson Architect has designed the Tea House project in 2009.

Located in a backyard of a suburban home in the city of Bethesda, Maryland, USA, the 180 square foot hanging structure functions as a tea house, meditation space, and stage for the family’s musical recitals.

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China Converts Former Soviet Aircraft Carrier Into Luxury Hotel

By • Aug 21, 2011 •  Selected Work 

the “Kiev” is a former Soviet military aircraft carrier that has been revamped and is set to reopen as a floating luxury hotel in China.

The upcoming opening of the Kiev comes just days after sea trials for China’s first aircraft carrier Varyag caused heightened tension in the South China Sea.

Proudly billed as China’s first aircraft carrier hotel, the Tiajin Aircraft Carrier Hotel’s owners believe China’s burgeoning naval power will drum up customer interest.

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Magdeburg Water Bridge, the Longest Navigable Aqueduct in the World!

By • Jul 30, 2011 •  Selected Work 

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, crossing over the Elbe River.

Open in October 2003, this bridge is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world, with a total length of 3,012 feet.

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Should Phonehenge West be Saved?

By • May 28, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Alan Kimble Fahey has spent the last 30 years building a 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of buildings, called Phonehenge West, in Acton, an unincorporated census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California.

Unfortunately, Fahey never got a permit and the Los Angeles County enforcers are now demanding that Phonehenge West be torn down, because of many building and fire code violations.

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Dubai Urbanization

By • Apr 29, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Found on Nasa’s website, this series of images taken from NASA’s Terra satellite shows the evolution of Palm Jumeirah and The World, two artificial archipelago projects along Dubai’s Persian Gulf coastline.

While the Palm Jumeirah project is now completed, The World project made of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a global world map was stopped in 2008 due to the financial crisis.

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Giant Wooden Xylophone (Video)

By • Apr 9, 2011 •  Selected Work 

This amazing video ad for Sharp cellphone Touch Wood SH-08C features a wooden ball rolling down a homemade xylophone in the midst of Kyushu, Japan’s woodlands.

Kenjiro Matsuo at Invisible Designs Lab made the instrument.

“We did not add any artificial music at all,” said a rep of Drill Inc, the Japanese advertising agency that made the video (check below).

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