UK resident Tony Alleyne calls himself a "24th Century Interior Designer" and he has indeed earned that title. In 1996, he challenged himself to build an exact replica of the transporter console from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Over time, Alleyne expanded his original plan to reconstruct the entire transporter room, complete with glowing surfaces and Enterprise-inspired artwork. Wanna check it out? Head over to the official website for a virtual tour!
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Wandering through the house gave me a feeling not too dissimilar to when a relative dies and you have to go to their place and figure out what to do with their things. Except for in this case, that dead relative was the magazine industry. Or something. I don't really know what I'm talking about. But the mansion was really, really sad. And it smelled like old man.
Tuesday, Mar 5th 2013 (12:00am)
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Admired by many experts and people around the world, these 10 futuristic museums of contemporary art that we'll show you today are indeed stunning works with both great architectural and cultural value. They have changed the way the world thinks about museums of modern and contemporary art, and it continues to challenge our assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting. Breathtaking structures, futuristic designs, curving lines, they are a significant contribution to urban development, becoming a dominant visual and functional buildings of the local landscape. We think that the futuristic designs of the museums in themselves are an art.
Tuesday, Jan 22nd 2013 (5:01am)
Homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, claiming the relocation compensation offered would not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. So, adjacent neighboring homes were dismantled, and, bizarrely, the road was built around the intact home, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt.
Friday, Nov 23rd 2012 (3:31am)
The Keret House is the world's narrowest house designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and situated in a 3 ft. wide gap between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland. As one can imagine, the wedged home is not without its shortcomings (no windows, ladder access only and very tiny appliances) but at least there's sunlight exposure, thanks to its semi-transparent, polycarbonate walls and ceiling. The Keret House will serve as a temporary home for traveling writers. Interested in moving in? Check out this video of the interior view.
Sunday, Nov 4th 2012 (9:42am) | Thanks: dailywhat
It's hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could threaten - by Thursday, no less - to knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the radar, escaping the attention of most architectural historians, even though it is one of Wright's great works, a spiral home for his son David.
Thursday, Oct 4th 2012 (12:00am)
Lulu is a single mom who'd gone back to school and didn't have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.
With no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater).
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
"It's really mostly built like a shed. It's a nice looking shed, but it's really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it."
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about $4,000 (trailer included).
Saturday, Aug 4th 2012 (12:00am) | Thanks: KeyserSosay
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. This is some great footage from the 1930s of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in every phase of construction. Stock shots of the completed bridge, explanative illustrations illuminate bridges dimensions and other structural aspects of design.
Berlin-based architect and founder of of Hartz IV Möbel, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, has created the smallest house in the world.
Called the One-Sqm-House, the DIY wooden house measures only one square meter; but through a flipping mechanism, it can provide a cozy place to sleep.
Le-Mentzel's brainchild was harboured from spending much of his life as a refugee, moving around, dependent on social subsidies and social housing.
He decided to build a house that didn't need to be big, but one he could bring with him, that he could put anywhere he wanted, anytime he wanted, and call it home - a house for everybody, a square meter of freedom.
George Lucas, he of Star Wars fame, has been fighting to build a state-of-the-art film production facility on his estate in San Rafael. But the locals fought him. So instead, he plans to build...
Wednesday, May 16th 2012 (4:39am)
It may look like the hideaway of a super villain from a Bond movie but this is the Sphinx Observatory, dedicated to research which must take place out at an altitude of 3000-3500 meters.
It is situated in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland. At an astonishing 3.571 meters above sea level, the Sphinx observatory in the Swiss Alps is the highest-altitude built structure in Europe.
A 12-year-old boy living in a Wright-designed house wrote to the irascible architect asking him to design an accompanying dog house... and he did. It was eventually built, but the dogs didn't like it so it was dismantled 10 years later.
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