To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang, the government of Vietnam has constructed the world’s largest dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River. Not only is it the steel bridge the largest of its type in the world, but it is covered in over 2,500 LED lights - and it breathes fire!
This awesome swirling green rooftop was designed by CPG for Nanyang Technological University. The school sits in a wooded valley in Singapore. To minimize disturbance to the surrounding environment, the architect carved a habitat from the constraints of the valley and allowed the landscape to play an important role in moulding the building.
Aside from its visual impact, the turfed roof-scape helps to lower the temperature of the roof and surrounding areas. It works as both a functional space and a scenic outdoor community space. The roof top is easily accessible by steps along its edge. We’d like to go play up there.
This amazing house was build in 2006 by Arquitectura Orgánica. A young couple with two children from Mexico City who after living in a conventional home wanted to change to one integrated to nature. The goal of this project was to make it feel like an internal inhabitant of a snail, like a mollusk moving from one chamber to another, like a symbiotic dweller of a huge fossil maternal cloister.
Designed by Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Frank Gehry, the structure was raised on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous house had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). Commonly known as the Dancing House (czech: Tančící dům) the building was originally named Fred and Ginger (after Astaire and Rogers) as Gehry used the grace and form with which they performed as a basis for the shape of the façade.
“The Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers undertook a laborious trek through the Balkans in order to photograph a series of these mysterious objects. He captures the Spomeniks in the misty mountain landscape at sundown. Looking at the photographs one must admit to a certain embarrassment. We see the powerful beauty of the monumental sculptures and we catch ourselves forgetting the victims in whose name they were built. [Kempenaers] allows the viewer to enjoy the melancholy beauty of the Spomeniks, but in so doing, forces us to take a position on a social issue.” - Willem Jan Neutelings
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A temple of light illuminates the Andes Mountains around Santiago de Chile. Nine huge veils of white alabaster and glass soar towards the skies like a flower bud about to bloom. These are the nine petals that form the eighth Baha’i temple in th world, designed by Canadian architects Hariri Pontarini.
If you happen to be curious about what the future home of your grandchildren might look like, take a glance at Remistudio’s concept hotel called The Ark. Russian architect, Alexander Remizov, is the mastermind behind the project. He believes that his floating “slinky,” which can hold up to 10,000 people, can have multiple uses, including a safe house for disaster relief. The prototype’s main materials are timber, steel, and high-strength ETFE plastic and it is built to handle land and/or water.