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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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ROOFTOP HOUSES

“Fallen Star” by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on top of a seven-story building of University of California in San Diego.

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Tree House

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Treehouse in Hokuto, Japan, surrounded by cherry blossom trees.

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Nail Houses

nail-houseBuilding in the middle of a  highway, Wenling, China (2012) before it was demolished

“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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Famous Artists Styles interpreted into Architectural Forms

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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.

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Reflective Buildings

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

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Giant Fire-breathing Dragon Bridge in Vietnam

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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.

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Abandoned Houses

A collection of eerie abandoned buildings that have not lost their charm.

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Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park

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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.

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Architecture Photography by Andreas Bobanac

Amazing architectural photography by talented landscape and architecture photographer Andreas Bobanac, based in Backnang, Germany.

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Photography: Buildings with Faces

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The “Volcano House”

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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.
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Photography: Inhabited Bridges

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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.

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Surrealist Architecture Designs by Victor Enrich

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.”

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Photography: Abandoned WW2 bunkers

Photographer Jonathan Andrew traveled around all The Netherlands, France and Belgium in quest of abandoned bunkers from World War II. Andrew’s photographs are both haunting and serene.  Each bunker is shot at night, with the lighting manipulated to look like military or emergency lights.

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Unique Workplaces Architecture

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

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Minimalist Architecture Photography by Kevin Saint Grey

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.

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The BP Bridge

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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.

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Mirror House by MLRP

Mirror House by MLRP

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.

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Swallow’s Nest – The Tiny Castle

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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.

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Modern Pylon Design

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Awesome pylon concepts, created by DesignDepot, design studio, located in Moscow, Russia.

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Kofun: keyhole tombs of Japan

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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.

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Hashima: The Ghost Island of Japan

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Gunkanjima – literally ‘Battleship Island’ – is the nickname for Hashima Island. The island’s nickname came from its apparent resemblance to the Japanese battleship Tosa. Nowadays it is also known as the Ghost Island. It was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned concrete buildings and the sea wall surrounding it.

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The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses

The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses

The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as the Sanzhi pod houses, were a set of abandoned pod-shaped buildings in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. The buildings were constructed in 1978. They were intended as a vacation resort in a part of the northern coast adjacent to Tamsui, and were marketed towards U.S. military officers coming from their East Asian postings. However, the project was abandoned in 1980 because of the dissension of the investors and the buildings were scheduled to be torn down in late 2008. There are many rumors about this place, but many of them are groundless and baseless. Such like the place is haunted or they found many dead body under there. As of 2010, all UFO houses have been demolished and the site is in the process of being converted to a commercial seaside resort and water-park.

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