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Inspiration from the rubble

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January 16th, 2009

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Ilavho, Portugal is the site of a new library that literally rose from the ruins.  Once a noble house, the site had been all but demolished.  The main facade and chapel were the only parts remaining, and thus became the anchors of influence for architects Jose and Nuno Mateus of ARX PORTUGAL architechtural firm.  Check out this stunning building at:

First Nobu Restaurant in Middle East

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December 9th, 2008

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Nobu have opened their first restaurant in the Middle East. The restaurant is located in Dubai’s Atlantis Resort on Palm Jumeirah, and was designed by Rockwell Group.  I just love the architecture that has been done for this place, if I am ever in Dubai, I am definitely going there!

400 Floor Skyscraper to be built in Dubai

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October 20th, 2008

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It’s kind of hard to ignore all these construction plans that are about to make Dubai the most touristy place on earth.  There are plans at the moment to build a 1.55 mile skyscraper called “Dubai City Tower“. If this thing does get finished it will truly be an achievement.  The best thing about it is it is environmentally friendly. Some of the building’s electricity will be provided by its wind energy collecting turbines on its roof.  Read more about the Dubai City Tower here…

Bejing Olympic Gardens

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July 23rd, 2008

For the anticipation of China Olympic Games, they prepare in beautiful way. I don’t know the location of these gardens, but they are the most amazing thing ever made out of trees.  Two of my favorites:

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Tate Modern is getting a facelift

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July 22nd, 2008

main view 295x300 Tate Modern is getting a faceliftSeems like one of London’s top tourist locations is getting a make over, to say the least.  Actually it is a completely new development, work will start in 2009 and is planned to be completed in 2012, just in time for London Olympic games.  See more info about this project here.


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July 7th, 2008

Yellow3 LEGO Art

When ink, paint and bronze are no longer due, grab a box of LEGO blocks.

Such is the sentiment of Nathan Sawaya – a New York-based artist who forges his often life-size creations from toy building bricks. According to CNN, Sawaya’s LEGO art has become so trendy that Donald Trump himself has asked the artist “to create a replica of the new hotel he’s building in Dubai.”

Leisurama Homes: Echoing ‘50s

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July 3rd, 2008

rendering Leisurama Homes: Echoing ‘50s

These vivacious homes, first introduced at the New York World’s Fair, became available in the 1950s and for a short time sold at Macys, fully furnished with general electric appliances and every other necessity, including plates, towels, and even toothbrushes.

The Leisurama story is one of ambition, creative marketing, and a desire to leave the daily grind behind and escape to a fun, playful utopia. It is a story about a post-war nation searching for peace and diversion on the home front. It is a story about the clash of ideologies. It is a story about suntans, fishing, and outdoor barbecues.

Torn Lighting – Billy May

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June 11th, 2008

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Really interesting lighting architecture by Billy May, basement residents rejoice!

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Gravity? Not a problem

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May 19th, 2008

03upside down house Gravity? Not a problemYou are not looking at a photoshoped image. Designed by a Polish philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski, the unstable and backward construction was built as a social commentary on Poland’s former Communist era. Makes perfect sense to me

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