• Casa Batlló in Barcelona: sinuous and surprising

    Casa Batlló in Barcelona: sinuous and surprising

    Casa Batlló is a restored house by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol. Built in 1877 and renovated in the years 1904-1906, it is located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. Originally, its name was “Casa dels Ossos” which means “house of bones”. This is certainly due to its organic appearance … With its intertwining, irregular oval windows and the work of carved stone, this superb house is part of Art Nouveau. The creators of this building have tried to avoid any straight line! The facade is decorated with mosaic broken in orange, golden, blue and green colors. The roof is vaulted and seems to represent the back of…

  • Blow of heart: The vault of LeFevre, organic and remarkable
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    Blow of heart: The vault of LeFevre, organic and remarkable

    This construction was done by the American studio Matter Design Studio, where Wes McGee and Brandon Clifford created a remarkable work. Each element has been carefully calculated and calibrated for a balance of volumes and forces. Marvel of technology, this work is also a beautiful illustration of the meeting between art and architecture. Entirely made of plywood, LeFevre’s vault can be admired in the Benvard Gallery at the Ohio State Knownlton School of Architecture. (Source: http://www.matterdesignstudio.com )

  • An African village where each house is a work of art
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    An African village where each house is a work of art

    Far from being very popular with tourists, Burkina Faso is home to an extraordinary village on a hill overlooking the savannah. The residence of the chief, the royal court and the nobility of the Kassena people can be found on 1.2 hectares, with houses finely decorated, like works of art. The village is quite isolated from foreigners in order to protect it to ensure its integrity, conservation and traditions. The royal residence consists of a series of small mud brick structures inside a compound, covered with geometrically patterned natural clay paints, designed to differentiate them from the homes of ordinary people. The chef’s house has the smallest door to protect…

  • An Opera House with a view of the Pearl River in China

    An Opera House with a view of the Pearl River in China

    Share 1 1 +1 Guangzhou Opera House is located in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, China. Directed by the British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, it covers 70,000 square meters and opens onto the Pearl River. With its unique design, it fits into the urban landscape with access for residents and creates a dialogue with the city. When culture and architecture mix! I let you discover this beautiful book: , http://unlin-design.blogspot.fr/2011/06/guangzhou-opera-house-by-zaha-hadid.html , http://www.hy-dg.com/en/projects.asp?f_type=8&n_id=309 , http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/guangzhou-opera-house/ ) (Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/feb/28/guangzhou-opera-house-zaha-hadid , http://unlin-design.blogspot.fr/2011/06/guangzhou -opera-house-by-zaha-hadid.html , http://www.hy-dg.com/en/projects.asp?f_type=8&n_id=309 , http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture / guangzhou-opera-house / )

  • An oasis in the heart of Saigon

    An oasis in the heart of Saigon

    In the heart of downtown Saigon, this architecture designed by architects Vo Trong Nghia offers a magnificent vision of an urban building, an oasis in the heart of the city. It is a vertical construction where you just have to look up to admire the nature in the street. The different living spaces were created to hide the interiors to reveal the exteriors. The view from the windows is panoramic with a beautiful roof garden. , via http://blog.atcasa.corriere.it/community-garden/2012/02/06/una-casa-coperta-di-piante-a-saigon-un-esperimento-abitativo-verde/ ) (Photo credits: http://www.votrongnghia.com , via http://blog.atcasa.corriere.it/community-garden/2012/02/06/una-casa-coperta-di-piante-a-saigon -a-esperimento-abitativo-verde / )

  • An organic residence designed as a tree house

    An organic residence designed as a tree house

    Located in Portland, Oregon, this residence designed by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz in 2004 blends with the landscape. With its round shapes and natural materials like wood and stone, it fits perfectly with the wooded site and offers a magnificent view of the lake. The main level of construction was brought down to the level of the treetops to evoke the feeling of being in a hut perched in the trees. The house is in permanent connection with the outside. Its design plays with the curves, a natural wood ceiling that floats on laminated wood beams, a glass wall that wraps around the living room and a central staircase also…

  • A house buried in Switzerland!

    A house buried in Switzerland!

    This atypical house was built by architects SeARCH and CMA design near the spa in Vals, Switzerland. Directly located in the ground, this house is hidden in the heart of an alpine slope in the middle of a magnificent view. This house is designed to respect the landscape and not hide the surrounding landscape. A steep slope was created to build the facade that contains many windows allowing maximum light. Slightly inclined, the house offers a magnificent view of the mountains. Here is this beautiful original construction in the heart of the Swiss mountains: ) (Source: http://www.slightlywarped.com/crapfactory/curiosities/2010/house_in_the_hill.htm#.UOOQWAg0pYw.pinterest )

  • A green house in Singapore

    A green house in Singapore

    In a spirit of sustainable construction, the firm Guz, based in Singapore, created this home in synergy with nature. This is the Meera house located on the tourist island of Sentosa near Singapore. Just steps from the sea, the architects managed to create a four-storey building with the realization of gardens whether on the terrace or on the roofs. Thus, each level is unique with different views. This beautiful house is transformed into an island on the island and adapts perfectly to its environment, while bringing peace and tranquility to its occupants. A beautiful representation of green architecture, beautiful and poetic in perfect harmony with nature. ) (Photo credits :…

  • Architectural UFO
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    Architectural UFO

    Directed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the Hotel Marques De Riscal ( http://www.starwoodhotels.com ) combines modern and visionary architecture with the medieval village landscape. It is also in the center of a wine region called the “wine city”. Its metallic structure is reminiscent of a vine. It is constructed with corrugated titanium panels, whose colors present a bottle of wine: gold for the cap, silver for the capsule and dark red for the liquid. If the hotel is built with hard materials outside, the interior is very comfortable with 43 cozy rooms. Like the wine dress, the rooms are adorned with red and iced brown. Everywhere, high-tech! Bang & Olufsen…

  • A futuristic black and white store in Madrid
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    A futuristic black and white store in Madrid

    Designed by the architectural firm A-cero, the interiors of this furniture store are decorated with black and white.These two dominant ones are found on the unique furniture and the walls display a futuristic look. There are pillars, all dressed black and white sofas. The lighting has been designed to preserve the atmosphere created by the two opposite colors. A beautiful achievement. The beautifully displayed glass vases filled with colorful balls bring a hint of color. On a tray, an amazing chromed sculpture, making the transition between two floors. Black and white pillars like sculptures energize the decor and blend in perfectly with the place. The futuristic design incredibly increases the…