Speicherstadt (lit. city of warehouses) in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on oak logs along canals near the Elbe. The district was built from 1883 to 1927 as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red outer layer with little towers, alcoves, andglazed terra cotta ornaments. The warehouses are multi-storey buildings with entrances from water and land. Over the last years the area has been renovated to have museums, offices and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. At sunset, the Speicherstadt is engulfed in a mysterious atmosphere when the facades of the red brick buildings and steel bridges are artfully illuminated.
Aurland Viewing Bridge above Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane, one of the larger fjords on the West Coast of Norway, offers fantastic view of the fjord scenery . Designed by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen from Saunders Architecture the construction creates a distinct horizon to make the view even more dramatic. Nature first and architecture second was the guiding principle when architects sat down to design this project.
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