Category Archives: Architecture

Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura Architects, the award-winning sustainable pub at Kamikatsu in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan celebrates and serves a populace dedicated to attaining zero waste.

On offer, along with beer from the in-house brewery, are household supplies and food – all served in  a tall, eclectically furnished wedge heated by a wood burner fed by branches from the nearby forest, dominated by an eight meter high double -layered wall of windows salvaged from abandoned houses.


Zaha Hadid Architects’ 2018 Leeza Soho building in Beijing’s Lize Financial Business District – a residential and business development with a 190m tall atrium at its core – the world’s highest. The atrium twists though 45 degrees from bottom to top, admitting light to all floors.

Due for completion this year, here’s how it looked eight months ago.


Madrid’s Plaza Mayor celebrates its 400th anniversary –  transformed by urban artist SpY into Cesped – a grass circle formed from 3,250m² of sod upon which 100,000 people lounged and strolled for four days last year..

View a time lapse video of the installation on the artist’s website.


Custom printed tiles by Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika.

The tiles feature images of actual windows (some curtained, others featuring the inhabitants peering out) taken in the neighbourhood where this public toilet is located.


Paris Syndrome: a photo series by Francois Prost featuring Tianducheng – a 12 square mile housing development on the outskirts of Hangzhou in China inspired by (if not an unashamed rip-off of) Paris (on the left, except for the last pic [Thanks Thomas P]).

31 square kiometers of faux Belle Époque and nearly neoclassical architecture complete with a third-scale model of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the gardens of Versailles.

MORE: Side-by-side photos of Paris and its Chinese knockoff (Wired)

Designed by Tato Architects within the confines of a narrow metal shell on a restricted plot in Osaka, Japan, One Room House is a continuous, unpartitioned spiral of corrugated metal platforms supported by steel beams and  pipes.

Forget privacy, but the expanse of white metal is partly softened by wooden steps that join each tier of the house, terminating in a roof garden.


The bizarre and wonderful world of Soviet-era bus stops, captured (in the course of a 16,000 km round trip of Russia) by photographer Christopher Herwig in a follow up to a previously published homage. To wit:

A foreword by renowned architecture and culture critic Owen Hatherley, reveals new information on the origins of the Soviet bus stop. Examining the government policy that allowed these ‘small architectural forms’ to flourish, he explains how they reflected Soviet values, and how ultimately they remained – despite their incredible individuality – far-flung outposts of Soviet ideology.

Soviet Bus Stops Volume II (Christopher Herwig)


Images from Corner Symmetry – a series by Hungarian photographer, printmaker (and Wes Anderson fan) Zsolt Hlinka wherein iconic buildings of the Hungarian capital are manipulated via extreme two-point perspective to appear perfectly symmetrical when viewed from one corner.