Based in Tehran, the Sharifi-ha House by architectural firm Nextoffice is a beautiful space-saving home that comes with a set of assembly instructions. In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces. The three-storey house is based on a fixed main volume of the structure with movable areas present on each floor that can be rotated by a simple push of a button and lifting a stair to secure the room in place.
In Animal Architecture, a new book from Abrams, nature photographer Ingo Arndt explores marvels of nature with spectacular imagery, showcasing the complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter and for capturing prey. Arndt’s photographs display wonders such as the colourful mating arenas of bowerbirds in West Papua and the fantastic nests created by ants in Africa.
Athens studio Kois Associated Architects has come up with a stunning concept known as the Mirage House on Tinos Island, Greece. The residence is situated on a steep sloped rocky plot overlooking the Aegean Sea and offering wonderful and panoramic views of the landscape and seascape.
The team decided to bury part of the building in the landscape and then create a large open-air living room in front. These will all be sheltered beneath the rooftop pool, which will act as a huge mirror to help the building camouflage with its surroundings. “The visual effect of the mirroring of the pool in combination with the concept of invisibility brought to mind the visual phenomenon of the mirage, from which the project was named,” they explained.
A landscape left almost intact due to the implemented design strategy and the careful selection of materials.
“Fallen Star” by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on top of a seven-story building of University of California in San Diego.
“Nail houses” are homes that their owners refuse to leave them to make way for new constructions. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. So the buildings are left solitary like stubborn nails. But in most cases home owners are forced out of their properties as authorities pressure them with extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities, or just offer higher compensations.
Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina created 27 “paintingsprojects” which represent 27 different artists. ARCHIST is a playful interpretation of the expressive language and aesthetic of some of the most popular artists.
As Babina explains:
Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art. In this exercise of style I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language..It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected a geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.
These are buildings whose reflective surfaces make them appear to blend into the landscape, reflecting and complementing its immediate environment. Such buildings can be found in both urban and rural settings.
Green Orchard in western England by London studio Paul Archer Design features a mirrored facade that slides across to cover the windows
The bridge was designed by American firm Louis Berger Group in the shape of a giant dragon that breathes huge balls of fire and extends to 666m in length. The Dragon Bridge is modelled on the dragon of the Lý Dynasty, a creature known in Vietnamese folklore for flying to the sea and bringing good luck.
A collection of eerie abandoned buildings that have not lost their charm.
Detroit (image credit: Kevin Bauman)
Sunga Park works in South Korea as a mural wallpaper designer. Her architectural watercolors selection features buildings from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Busan, Venice, and Oxford. The buildings are painted in a fade out manner that gives them a floating essence and leaves imagination to fill in the rest.
Impressive Black and White photo series of Paris by Belgian photographer Damien Vassart.
Amazing architectural photography by talented landscape and architecture photographer Andreas Bobanac, based in Backnang, Germany.
The flying saucer resembling “Volcano House” looks out over a 60-acre property midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Newberry Springs. The house was designed by architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr. in 1968 and belonged to broadcaster Huell Howser until his death recently. The inspiration? San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county. Now, it’s been donated to Chapman University.
Ponte Vecchio, Italy
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. Houses built on the bridge was a common practice in large European cities during the Middle Ages.
Architectural designer Victor Enrich created these intriguing works of art through a combination of photography and 3D digital rendering.
“A combination of photography and 3D architectural visualization is used. Once the object is chosen, it is shot from a point easy to recognize by users, not pretending to achieve the greatest picture ever, but instead, a picture that anybody could do. The shot is the basis to produce a replica of the building by using very detailed photogrammetric techniques that end with the creation of a three-dimensional model that fits almost perfectly into the picture.”
Kevin Saint Grey is a fine art photographer with a minimalist aesthetic, based in Los Angles, California. Shot completely in black and white, his images are absolutely impressive.
Photo: Maricel Cruz
The BP Pedestrian Bridge, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, spans Columbus Drive to connect Daley Bicentennial Plaza with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park in Chicago. Clad in brushed stainless steel plates the bridge’s sheen changes throughout the day as the sun travels across the sky and serves as a noise barrier for traffic sounds from Columbus Drive.
Danish-American based architects MLRP have transformed an existing dull playground structure covered with graffiti to an inviting and reflective pavilion. Funhouse mirrors are mounted on the gabled ends of this playground pavilion in Copenhagen, as well as behind the doors.
The Swallow’s Nest is a decorative castle near Yalta on the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine. It was built between 1911 and 1912 in Gaspra, on top of 40-metre (130 ft) high Aurora Cliff, to a Neo-Gothic design by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood.
Awesome pylon concepts, created by DesignDepot, design studio, located in Moscow, Russia.
Kofun are megalithic tombs for rulers in Japan, constructed between the early 3rd century and early 7th century. The most common type of kofun has a shape of a keyhole, having one square end and one circular end, when looked down upon from above. The funeral chamber was located beneath the round part and consisted of a group of megaliths.