Are You Worthy of Entering DKO Architecture’s Queens Domain?

From the Architects, DKO Architecture: Queens Domain is located on Melbourne’s Queens Road. Queens Road together with St Kilda Road are Melbourne’s preeminent residential boulevards lined by buildings from various eras and different styles. When Queens Road is viewed from Albert Park, one can see a narrative of Melbourne’s architectural history emerge. Amongst them are some proud contributions by Frederick Romberg a renowned Modernist architect. The Stanhill and … Continue reading Are You Worthy of Entering DKO Architecture’s Queens Domain?

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The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region … Continue reading The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

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Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

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Check out this Small Home in San Jose; it’s Currently Going For $798K…

This small, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom Spanish bungalow located in northeast San Jose, California — located at 759 N 19th Street — is pretty tiny in square-footage, but its character is ten-fold. Originally built in 1928, this 759-square-foot structure retains its old-school charm — original wood flooring, a big fireplace, and stained-glass windows — while containing modern upgrades — exterior solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station. The outside environment isn’t too shabby, either; the front patio has plenty of room for outdoor furniture, and a large backyard with fruit trees and drought-resistant landscaping, a pergola for outdoor dining, and even a hot tub. Continue reading “Check out this Small Home in San Jose; it’s Currently Going For $798K…”

Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan

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The recently-opened National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan — inspired by the mass collections of banyan trees that are common in its locale — was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo.  This single building — which is also the largest performing arts center under a singular roof as well as Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation — covers a surface area of approximately 35 acres, a little over a quarter of the size of the surrounding 116-acre subtropical park in the area, acting as on of the country’s most culturally significant investment. The building features 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 Theater that connects the building to the park. Continue reading “Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan”

Kevin Hart Designed a Customized Tiny House, And Soon You’ll Be Able to Rent It!

Tiny houses and the culture surrounding it have been taking over the mainstream. Tiny house websites, blogs, magazines, TV shows and online videos have shared storage tips and tricks to save space, looking for interesting vacation areas, or renting one out on your property (a’la Airbnb). This past Thursday, comedian Kevin Hart, with help from Booking.com, revealed his customized tiny house in Herald Square Park of New York City. Continue reading “Kevin Hart Designed a Customized Tiny House, And Soon You’ll Be Able to Rent It!”

The Marília Fit Restaurant Shows That It’s Hip To Be Square…

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The Marília Fit, located in Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais, Brazil, offers healthy meals — for breakfast, lunch & dinner — in its refreshingly, comfortable space, and the building’s design aims to contribute to that help people feel better. The restaurant building is comprised of different-sized rectangular wooden boxes of varied permeability that cover the walls, taking cues to the flavors and smells of a more traditional public market. The aim of David Guerra Arquitectura e Interior was to create a space that invited a high-class experience for not just eating, but also for a person’s well-being. Continue reading “The Marília Fit Restaurant Shows That It’s Hip To Be Square…”

Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…

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Back when our family had our first dog, Ivory Snow (a cocker spaniel), I built her a doghouse made from a large cardboard box; it was later expanded with a second cardboard box. Boy, she loved that thing as much as I loved making it. For our dogs, I’m sure a list of things they would want start at delicious treats and a comfy bed, but for all we know, they could even dream of an improved and updated take on traditional dog houses that may even reduce their carbon footprint. Or paw-print; I’ll see myself out. Continue reading “Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…”

The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…

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While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”

The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio

Located in Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, MUSK Architecture Studio’s project examines what could be possible when contemporary living collides with high-heritage value neighborhoods. In this case, there is a ~33ft x ~65ft (10m x 20m) corner site with a domineering red brick and terracotta-roofed Edwardian era home that has excellent neighborhood curb appeal, but is lacking in its amenity for the those who actually LIVE IN THE HOUSE. Continue reading “The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio”