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Architecture
Immaculate, Geometric Sand Castles

Immaculate, Geometric Sand Castles

These astonishing structures by artist Calvin Seibert are in fact immaculately constructed sand castles made with nothing but “years of practice and one small plastic spackling knife.” The crisp edges and elaborate layers are flawlessly and geometrically precise, and even more incredible given the delicate nature of the medium. From Selbert’s Flickr page: I always...
The Softly Saturated Palettes of Munich's Architecture

The Softly Saturated Palettes of Munich’s Architecture

I’m lost in these gorgeous, softly saturated colors of Munich’s architecture, set against pastel skies. This photo set titled “Mira” is shot by Nick Frank, as “an exploration of urban architecture in Munich.” Just let your eyes sink into the visual goodness. Beautifully shot. The simple geometry and color combos are made complex by the...
A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

A Kindergarten Building Covered In Rainbows

This fantastic building is the Ecole Maternelle Pajol, a four-classroom kindergarten located on Rue Pajol in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Everything appears to have been dipped into rainbows, from the school’s front facade, to the path leading up to the door, to even the tiles lining the bathroom walls. The bright colors perfectly reflect the eagerness...
Unbelievably Spacious East Village Studio: A Sleek Design for Small Spaces

Unbelievably Spacious East Village Studio: A Sleek Design for Small Spaces

I’m in shock seeing the airy, spacious photos of this East Village studio– when I lived in an East Village studio back in college, it was so cramped that we could reach out and span the width of the apartment with just one person’s arms. This beautiful studio designed by Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture makes...
Tiny Elaborate Bonsai Treehouses

Tiny Elaborate Bonsai Treehouses

Japanese artist Takanori Aiba starts with the Japanese art of pruning bonsai, and then transforms the work into a tiny world within and around the bonsai tree. His elaborate treehouses have carefully constructed latticework and landings with stairs that wrap around the piece in a maze-like fashion. Some of the pieces have moved on to...
Incredible, Intricate, Glowing Paper Castle

Incredible, Intricate, Glowing Paper Castle

Wataru Itou (伊藤航) is a Japanese student in a Tokyo art university with an amazing piece of work: this paper castle, titled “Umi no Ue no Oshiro” (A Castle On the Ocean) took four years to complete, and the level of intricacy in the structure makes it a true masterpiece. There are so many layers...
Amazing All-Lego Replicas of Abandoned Victorian Houses

Amazing All-Lego Replicas of Abandoned Victorian Houses

Before you dismiss these decaying Victorian houses, take a closer look: artist Mike Doyle has constructed these completely out of nothing but LEGOs, and yes, that includes everything from the branches to the broken shingles to the snow covering the debris. He has created three different LEGO structures so far, each of them featuring a...
Roller Coaster of Stairs: An Amazing Walking Amusement Ride

Roller Coaster of Stairs: An Amazing Walking Amusement Ride

From afar, the steel structure looks like any other roller coaster (and a tame one, at that) with its curves and characteristic loop-de-loop in the middle– but up close, you can see that people are not riding on anything, but rather walking up and down the twists and turns. This public art sculpture titled Crouching...
Bright Colorblock Buildings: Sweden & Austria

Bright Colorblock Buildings: Sweden & Austria

I love seeing visual concepts span locations– these two buildings are located in two different countries, but their bright, colorblock walls surprised me with their similarities. They are unapologetically colorful, with a clear repetition of specific shapes, and each stands as an unmistakable landmark in their own right. The first building is located in Gothenburg,...
Before I Die, I Want To ________.

Before I Die, I Want To ________.

Artist and designer Candy Chang wanted people to remember what was important in life, so she took an abandoned building in her New Orleans neighborhood and turned it into a public art project called “Before I Die“. She painted the walls with chalkboard paint, and stenciled in the phrase “Before I die, I want to...
Steel Slides: The Best Way to Connect NYC Penthouses

Steel Slides: The Best Way to Connect NYC Penthouses

In New York City, duplexes typically mean slicing a high-ceilinged single apartment horizontally in half– but the Turett Collective Architects‘ new client wanted to instead create a duplex apartment by connecting two East Village 1-bedroom units vertically. The solution? A steel slide that connects the two penthouse condos, an elegant yet playful answer to this...
Sinuous Sculptural Staircase by Atmos Studios

Sinuous Sculptural Staircase by Atmos Studios

The London-based architects from Atmos Studios designed this sculptural stairwell for a UK home, using digital production to integrate the structure of the house seamlessly with the stairs– the steps look as if they are melting or growing into the foundation of the house. From their website: The stair is a continuation and intensification of...