With relaxation space on the lower level and sleeping quarters above, the Dolomite Treehouses, designed by architect Peter Pichler, are a series of (conceptual for now) triangular cabins envisioned as satellite suites for an existing hotel.
Sustainably clad in local fir and larch, they’re perched in a forest in North east Italy with spectacular views ofthe surrounding mountain range.
Behold: the Chapel Of Sound – an outdoor concert hall disguised as a prehistoric megalith in a valley north of Beijing.
Constructed from concrete and crushed minerals from surrounding formations and shaped to enhance the acoustics of musical performances, the structure includes an open-air amphitheatre, outdoor stage, and a viewing platform overlooking the mountainous landscape and the nearbyGreat Wall of China.
Designed for a retired couple with a passion for growing their own food, the structure of the house incorporates clustered concrete planters with 40 types of edible plants. As well as food, the plants provide passive design benefits like shade and privacy and maintenance is minimal, with built in rainwater reservoirs and irrigation channels.
The Valpelline Bivouac – an alpine shelter on a rocky peak in Italy’s Morion ridge – prefabricated offsite and dropped into place by helicopter.
Made from composite wooden panels and steel, anchored to the rock by cables, it offers a base for climbers trekking over the ridge, with cooking facilities, storage and stunning views of Becca di Luseney, Monte Rosa, and the Matterhorn.
Behold: Residence 950 – a 9,500 square foot home in San Francisco’s salubrious Russian Hill neighbourhood with spectacular views across the entire Bay Area. A garden filled with ancient olive trees, a Norwegian stone infinity pool, a glass elevator linking all four floors with three bedrooms, a two-storey art gallery, wellness centre and an underground garage for four cars displayed on turntables.
The undulating structure, built by Dutch engineering firm Mecanoo and inspired by the undulating canopy of local banyan trees, incorporates a 2,236-seat opera house, a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 1,210-seat playhouse, a 434-seat recital hall, and an outdoor theatre built into the sloping roof.