Category Archives: Architecture

The still under construction Lieban International Building in Guiyang, China – a 121m tall tower block with a 106m waterfall designed into it.

Sadly, the projected annual running costs of €860,000 generated by 4 huge pumps and building maintenance means the waterfall will only flow a few times a year and not constantly, as envisaged by the designers.

Boo.

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Soneva Jani – a luxury retreat in the Maldives connecting five islands in a shallow lagoon, accessed by a sinuous wooden walkway.

(photo: @alexpreview)

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An intriguing installation celebrating the 20th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.of the fortress city of Carcassonne in Southern France.

Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini and commissioned by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the concentric patterns are actually thin sections of coloured aluminium, carefully adhered to the ancient city walls in anamorphic patterns that will remain in place until September.2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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