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That’s Some Toilet

Residential architect Andre Rothblatt designed this copper-heavy bathroom for a techie couple who introduced him to steampunk style. Not only is it stylish, but it also provides a handy place to hang your hand-washables! Link -via Boing Boing (Image credit: Andre Rothblatt)

Architectural Google Doodle

German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born 126 years ago today. He was influential in shifting modern architecture away from the ornate to the simple. Whether that is actually progress is in the eye of the beholder, but he is honored by today’s Google doodle, which depicts the SR Crown Hall in Chicago, [...]

Water Calligraphy Machine

Nicholas Hanna is an architect by training, but he’s fascinated by Chinese calligraphy. He’s invented an ingenious gadget that writes messages in Chinese with water. It’s attached to a tricycle and as he rides it, the electronically-controlled machine sprays water onto the pavement. If you had such a device, what would you write with it? Link [...]

Florian Pucher’s Land Carpets

Photo Credit: Florian Pucher After attending grad school, Austrian born architect and furniture designer Florian Pucher started out as an architect in China and decided that he wanted to design items on his own. Fascinated by what he saw from his airplane window, he soon began making carpets based on satellite imagery of farmland. The result is Landcarpet, [...]

Star Wars Bathroom Tilework

Emily Jagoda, an architect, designed this bathroom’s tilework. It’s for kids, but I’d love to have it in mine. Link via Technabob | Jagoda’s Website

The Cement Factory

In 1973, architect Ricardo Bofill bought an abandoned cement factory in Barcelona and converted it to use as his business offices, creative studio, and home. He spent two years remodeling: tearing down some buildings, converting others, and leaving some of the original equipment in place for its charm. The result is an inspiring and overwhelmingly [...]

Origami-Inspired Bamboo Houses

These folding houses by technology architect Ming Tang were designed in response to an earthquake in China that killed 69,000 and left millions homeless. Made of bamboo and covered with recycled paper these structures are lightweight, environmentally friendly and inexpensive to produce. These temporary homes can be pre-assembled in the factory, folded into a small [...]

Project Neon

Architect Kirsten Hively documents neon signs in New York City. She photographs the city’s best working signs and tells us a little about the establishments behind the neon. She explains why she haunts the dark streets of New York searching out iconic glowing tubes: I have been told that New York’s neon is unexceptional in comparison [...]

Great Pyramid has two secret chambers ?

French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin believes the Great Pyramid contains chambers yet to be found. Houdin who has been campaigning for a new exploratio…

Building Made from Recycled Phone Books

Architect Richard Kroeker designed a shed made out of phone books. It was built by architecture students at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Kroeker writes: The books form a ready made, insulated building module held in place with sheet metal angles normally used as drywall bead material. Once tensioned, the phone books form a stable wall [...]