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Univers-Sel: Salt Labyrinths Swirl Inside 13th Century French Castle

Gazing down at foamy-looking swirls of white on black from a niche in an ancient castle, you almost feel as if you’re an astronaut watching a hurricane form above the ocean on the distant Earth. These cellular arrangements form tentacular appendages of varying opacity, meeting in the center to create a vortex effect. They are, …

Small Space Shape Shifters: 13 Transforming Furniture Designs

  Almost no space is too small to live in when you’ve got furniture that lowers from the ceiling, pulls out of the walls, transforms for multiple functions or even folds up flat to hang in the closet like clothing. These smart space-saving furniture designs cram maximum use into the most compact packages, often with beautiful, …

Painting in VR: Kingspray Graffiti Simulator & Google Tilt Brush

Virtual reality is not just about interacting with people at distance, or engaging with static worlds designed by others – it can also be a place where...

Minimal Luxury: Monumental Concrete Hotel by Tadao Ando

Master of minimalist architecture Tadao Ando has remodeled a small boutique hotel on Japan’s Shikoku island in a refreshingly spare yet luxurious aesthetic,...

Holy Art! 13 Spectacular Secular Installations in Sacred Spaces

Imbued with a sense of reverence, not to mention all those beautifully vaulted spaces, cathedrals and other sacred spaces can be stunning settings for art...

Off-Grid & Self-Sufficient: ReGen Villages with Vertical Farms

Presented at the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienalle, these new communities are designed to be entirely self-reliant, recycling their own waste, generating their...

Souped Up: 12 Larger Than Life Campbell’s Soup Cans

The red & white Campbell's Soup can has been a huge pop culture (and occasionally pop art) icon for decades. HOW huge, you might ask? THIS huge...

Inverted Umbrella: Drip-Free Design Turns Canopy Inside Out

Like tableware or sliced bread, the umbrella is the subject of many reinvention attempts but few approach the sheer cleverness and ingenious simplicity of...

METALmorphosis: Kinetic Sculpture by Controversial Czech Artist

A giant metallic head splits into segments and rotates in a ‘metamorphosis’ worthy of its subject, author Franz Kafka. All 42 of its layers spin...

Detroit Agate: Auto Factory Paints Accidentally Form ‘Fordite’

Culled from paint deposits in old car factories, these may look like exotic gemstones, but their colors reflect years of layering and hundreds to thousands of...

Superblocks to the Rescue! Barcelona Reclaims Its Streets

Could ‘superblocks’ help Barcelona return to its late-19th-century vision of urban utopia, clearing out the snarled streets so mini neighborhood blocks can...

Pipe Dreams: 15 Totally Tubular Scaffolding Creations

Though typically seen as eyesores obscuring architecture and blocking sidewalks, scaffolding is more than its most basic function, with its modular network of...

Drawn Together: The Evolution of Architectural Scale Figures

As they evolved, illustrated figures in architecture (sometimes called ‘scalies‘) have grown to have more personality, color and life, serving as...

Unidentified Floating Object: Sea Vessel With Underwater Lookout

Here’s one UFO you won’t be seeing in the skies, but rather on the surface of the sea, half of its iconic shape disguised beneath the waves in the form of...

4th Industrial Revolution: 12 Futuristic Carbon Fiber Creations

Ultra-strong and incredibly versatile carbon fiber can be woven by robots in a scale as small as furniture and as large as a stadium, a technological advance...

American Idle: 12 Weird & Wacky Drive-Thru Businesses

Drive-thru is all about fast food, fast service & fast company though getting what you want without ever leaving your ride can get a little weird at times.

Swing of Things: Framed Furniture Reveals Hidden Potential

Like door swings on architectural blueprints come to life, these works of metal-framed wood furniture express their embedded potential in physical space. The...

Real Underground Art: Secret Sculptural Installations Below Paris

There’s a good chance that no one, other than an errant worker, will ever even see these highly symbolic (not to mention illegal) installations hidden far...

‘Blank Books’ Project is Rebuilding Burned Library in Baghdad

A lone artist is on a mission to restore some of the 70,000 books from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad that were reduced to ash...

A Mirage You Can Touch: Liquid Marble Installation Fools the Eye

Even crueler than a real mirage, this convincing illusion continues to look like a real body of water until you reach down to touch its surface, only to find...

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