We’ve seen plenty of dead malls reborn as unusual things, from high schools to greenhouses. The Taiwanese city of Tainan is one-upping them all by tearing down an aging mall to create a network of sandy, shady lagoons.
Art depots are the distribution warehouses of the art world. They're tucked into anonymous buildings on the outskirts of town, housing works that aren't on view. But in Rotterdam, the architects at MVRDV have won a competition to build a depot that will be open to the public.
So you got yourself an eReader. You've sworn off physical books for good. Who needs 'em? Well you can't build a gigantic pyramid library with eBooks now can you?
Living in a city is fun, but there's no question any metropolis would be better if it were made entirely out of Lego bricks. Not practical, sure, but as proven by this (mini) architectural installation, very beautiful.
I don't want it to fall on her, but I don't understand how this Balancing Barn building is gonna work, if 50% of it hangs over a slope, in "free space."
In the heart of the city of Tirana, Albania, you can see a strange housing development rising. The new buildings of Tirana Lake look like they are collapsing in a disordered pile.
MRDV is a design group that put together this absolutely crazy roof extension in Rotterdam. I'm wondering how they managed to get planning permission for the blue monstrosity, as it just doesn't look right on the outside. Frankly, it doesn't look right on the inside either—check out those crazy floating stairs in the…