Category Archives: Architecture

Fjordenhus -several yards out into the waters of Denmark’s Vejle Fjord, connected to the shore by a footbridge and a subterranean tunnel, is the new office of investment and holding company Kirk Kapital – owned by three brothers directly descended from LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen.

Designed by the studio of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, the structure is composed of 970,000 bricks formed into four intersecting cylinders. The ground floor of the structure is accessible by the public.


The Planar House, designed by Studio MK27 in the Brazilian municipality of Porto Feliz, consists of two vast concrete slabs separated by pillars.

The interior is encased by a sliding glass façade which opens onto a terrace, creating an open pavilion. The roof is clad in grass, blending into the surrounding lawn and the landscape beyond.

And there’s you there with a G&T.


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)