Proof that Less is More

To say that Igor Sirotov’s Frame house is minimal doesn’t begin to do it justice! Everyday interior elements like seating, beds, lighting and tables are few in number but full of interesting and thoughtful textures and materials, making them a perfect foreground to highlight the steel, wood and concrete canvas. A stunning example of minimalism, the Frame house proves it’s not …

Japan’s Own Giant Ferris Wheel

Remember that movie Contact starring Jodie Foster as the atheistic SETI scientist who gets a second chance at climbing aboard a space craft of alien design when the first one was blown up by a crazed fundamentalist? Remember who built the second space craft? Japan! It was futuristic, hi-tech, and less hodgepodge looking than the original. I digress, even the movies …

‘Hydrofloors’ Swimming Pool With Movable Floors

Do you wish you could have an indoor swimming pool, but just can’t commit the space to it? Well, Hydrofloors might just be the solution. These variable depth swimming pools are basically pools that are designed with movable floors. When you want to use the space for something other than swimming, you simply press a button and the pool’s floor …

Decline and Fall of the Italian Villa

A grand staircase lies in ruins – the steps have crumbled; its ornate railings covered in dust. On the decaying, bare walls, a splash of coloured panelling provides the last vestige of splendour. This once-great Italian villa would most likely have been home to nobility during the Renaissance – but now, it and many others have been abandoned. Yet there is still …

Picture of the Day: Prague’s Dancing House

The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands …

The Largest Ice and Snow Hotel in the World

The Largest Ice and Snow Hotel in the World Every winter, artists from around the world gather in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden, for an art project that has become known as ICEHOTEL. It is the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice. Jukkasjärvi is a small village in northern Sweden with a population of 900 residents and about …

Mozilla Japan’s New Open Source Office

Mozilla, the developer of the open-source browser Firefox, has collaborated with Nosigner to create their new office in Japan. Since their outset in 1998, the foundation has attempted to counteract the challenges of dominant corporate products by providing open source technology – essentially, free access to all the blueprints so that anyone can redistribute or make improvements on it. Keeping …

This is Future Living

The Future Living house is a testament to the will of design. It took twenty six designers (a feat in itself) to create it. Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and …

ArKhe | a beauty salon inspired by Greek philosophy

According to Greek philosophy, arkhe was the cosmos or everything, and was often interpreted as referring to the element of water which, in turn, gives life to everything. Based on that concept, architect Moriyuki Ochiai designed a Beauty Salon just east of Tokyo using recyclable aluminum sheets to express the flow of water. The detachable aluminum reflects light like the …

Micro Apartment in São Paulo

Apartment in São Paulo Architect Alan Chu created this fun micro bachelor pad for a recently divorced client in São Paulo, Brazil. The space is quite small, only 36 sqm, distributed in two floors. In order to keep the clutter from spilling out, the massive storage unit was built against one of the walls of the apartment. It included dresser, pantry, media …

A house designed to fit in between the gaps of trees

Residence of Daisen | A house designed to fit in between the gaps of trees The figures of the trees are beautiful. They are the legitimate habitants of the forest. ‘Trunks reaching towards the sky with bountiful leaves. The figures of the trees are beautiful. They are the legitimate habitants of the forest,’ says architect Keisuke Kawaguchi, describing the forest …