Most Beautiful Items: April 11 - 18, 2014

Tiny homes, classic cars, and mesmerizing cityscapes—those, among other wonders, are the treasures we're working with in this round of the most beautiful items of the week. Check out what we discovered for you below: » 4/18/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

What Utopias Have to Do With the 19th Century Craze for Octagon Houses

If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale expression of a mid-18th century … » 4/18/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

7 Charming and Wacky Treehouses You Can Rent For a Night in the Forest

At Treehotel in the north of Sweden, the rooms rise up like trees in an enchanted forest: a UFO, a mirrorcube, a giant bird's nest. It's some of your wildest childhood fantasies—brought to life by Swedish architects. So how did it all begin? » 4/18/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-color photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes. » 4/17/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

Sunshades Bloom to Protect These Towers from the Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 45-foot wide, flower-shaped sunshades "blossom" in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies. » 4/17/14 4:20pm Thursday 4:20pm

The Beautiful Radio Station Broadcasting From Nepal's "Hidden Kingdom"

Mustang is one of the most remote parts of Nepal: Nestled on the border of Tibet, it was one of the last parts of the country to encounter Westerners. It's been described as a "hidden kingdom" that's been "virtually unchanged since the 15th century," but modern technology—like radio—is coming. » 4/17/14 3:00pm Thursday 3:00pm

This Tiny House Can Fit in a Parking Space and Only Costs $40,000

The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That's why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It's tiny. It's cheap. And it's actually kind of… » 4/15/14 6:20pm Tuesday 6:20pm

Are LG's New Headquarters Really a "Public Shame"?

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman is on a roll lately in his quest to hold architects accountable for their design shortcomings. His latest target? The firm HOK, which he says has turned tech manufacturer LG's new headquarters into an "eyesore." » 4/15/14 5:35pm Tuesday 5:35pm

Three of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Parking garages are ugly by their very nature: They're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all garages have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica,… » 4/14/14 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World

A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly… » 4/13/14 2:00pm Sunday 2:00pm