Category Archives: Architecture

“Mäusebunker,” Freie Universität, Berlin.

Francisco Javier Sáenz de OizaHabitat ’67, Montreal, Canada.The Torre Velasca in MilanWestern City Gate, Belgrade, SerbiaWibautstraat is an Amsterdam Metro statioExamples of Brutalist architecture from the 50s to the mid 70s.

Despite their apparent Soviet Bloc cachet, most were built in the West.

Above: “Mäusebunker,” Freie Universität, Berlin; Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, Madrid; Habitat ’67, Montreal, Canada; The Torre Velasca in Milan; Western City Gate, Belgrade, Serbia and Wibautstraat Metro station in Amsterdam.

Related: Brutal In Belgrade


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An award-winning, two storey, 4.6m diameter helical staircase designed and built by UK based Webb Yates Engineers and The Stonemasonry Company.

Under construction at a house at Formby, Merseyside, each step of the apparently floating helix (secured by two post-tensioned, 12.9-millimeter steel cables running through the centre of the stairs) is formed from a single block of stone.

MORE: See The Engineering Behind This Floating, Award-Winning Stone Helical Stair (Archdaily)

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Horinouchi House in Tokyo, Japan, a very modestly sized (56 m³) house that makes the most of its tiny footprint, designed by Mizuishi Architect Atelier. To wit:

Slightly reminiscent of a submarine’s periscope, the Horinouchi House’s triangular-shaped exterior allows it to fit snugly into its modest plot of land. Inside, the home is spacious and incredibly well lit, succeeding in making it feel much larger than it actually is. Its lower level houses a master bedroom and bathroom, along with a kitchen and dining room, while the upstairs quarters are primarily reserved for communal activities — think a den or living room.


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Highland Park Bowl in LA, first opened in 1927, reopened as a moodily-lit bowlerama/restaurant/live music venue last April.

During refurbishment, the new owners uncovered all manner of original features including an extensive mural, original bow truss architecture and 1920s fittings which were recycled into chandeliers, seating and shelves.