Miniature city made out of bricks by Matteo Mezzadri

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Italian photographer Matteo Mezzadri starting from the basic element of construction, the brick, built an entire model city in his studio and then photographed the buildings in primarily static, symmetrical compositions. The project “Minimal City” explores architectural density and the spatial components of the modern metropolis.

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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

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‘Dr. Chau Chak wing building’ at University of Technology, Sydney, designed by Frank Gehry is contrived to look like it has been damaged, and yet still stands. Gehry is an architect whose crazy curves are his calling card. The intriguing asymmetrical facade and the building’s design is described by the university as symbolic of ‘innovative thinking and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas.’
The building will have two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone and the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, and the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture and mirror the image of surrounding buildings. The official opening is expected in February 2015

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Speicherstadt – the city of warehouses

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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.

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Aurland Viewing Bridge

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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.

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Weather-friendly Sharifi-Ha house with semi-mobile rooms

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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.

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Animal Architecture Photography

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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.

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Mirage House with Rooftop Pool

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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.

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Nail Houses

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“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.

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