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50 Times Architects Really Outdid Themselves And People Celebrated Their Works Online

Architecture is meant to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements, and thus it serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. When you look at a structure, you can distinguish these two ends but they cannot be separated, and the relative weight each of them carry can vary widely. Plus, every society has its own, unique relationship to the natural world and its architecture usually reflects that as well, allowing people from other places to learn about their environment, as well as history, ceremonies, artistic sensibility, and many aspects of daily life.

However, architecture is better seen, not described. So, let me introduce you to “the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in“, a subreddit dedicated to high-quality images of some of the most impressive (concept) buildings out there. This online community already has over 617K members, and the pictures they share are absolutely gorgeous. Continue scrolling and take a look!

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If 57 Iconic Artists Were Architects, As Imagined By Federico Babina

Federico Babina is an Italian architect and graphic designer who lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He’s a curious person. Every day, Federico tries to rediscover a way to observe the world, and his series Archist and Classic Archist are perfect examples of that.

“[For these] exercises, I reimagined art, taking pleasure in transforming famous artists’ works into buildings, virtually reconstructing and reinterpreting their artistic language into mine,” Babina told Bored Panda.

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This Is What 6 Iconic Landmarks Look Like From Above

Most of us have seen these iconic landmarks one way or another, be it just pictures or the actual buildings in real life when visiting the popular landmarks ourselves. Many architects have spent hundreds of hours perfecting these landmarks so visitors like us could enjoy their view regardless of circumstances. But how many of us have actually seen what they actually look like from above?

Budget Direct decided to provide us with the answer by having their innovative insurance team take and render these six breathtaking pictures that they kindly shared with us in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. They portrayed the beautiful famous places by offering us a new perspective on even the most photographed tourist spots.

So, scroll down and see what iconic places such as the Eiffel Tower or Sydney Opera House look like from above.

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Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)

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“With Kronborg in mind,” wrote Sydney Opera House’s architect, Jørn Utzon, “I was convinced that a new building in such a position as to be seen from all sides, had to be a large sculptural building.” Utzon was keenly aware of how the structure would occupy Sydney Harbour since he lived near Kronberg Castle, which occupies a similar position beyond a steep drop, sandwiched by the coasts of Denmark and Sweden.

30 St. Mary Axe ‘The Gherkin’ (London, England)

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You need to levitate 180m to reach the top of London’s second-tallest building. On the way up, you’ll notice that the building puffs outwards and then inwards again from its circular ground-level footprint. This leaves plenty of space for people to mill about like ants down on the ground while allowing for 47,000m2 of interior floor space.

Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

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X marks the spot. Cuddled by kidney-shaped lawns at the tip of the Champ de Mars, it may take you a moment to identify the Eiffel Tower. The centre of the X is the meeting point of four iron lattice piers that begin on the ground 300m below.

Statue of Liberty (New York City, USA)

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An aerial view of the Statue of Liberty offers a clear look at the 11-pronged star on which it sits. The star may look like it was designed for the purpose, but it is actually a former fort, built a year before the War of 1812 to protect New York Harbor. Tour boats and commuter ferries pass there today.

The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

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This head-down view of the Colosseum looks pretty different to when it was first built for animal hunts, executions, and gladiator battles, nearly 2,000 years ago. Somewhere between 50-90,000 people of all classes would have gathered here, protected from the sun by enormous vela (canvas awnings) wrangled by hundreds of strong men, probably from the Roman navy.

Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon, Myanmar)

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Legend has it Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist stupa is 2,600 years old, making it the world’s oldest Buddhist stupa and the oldest landmark on our list. Scholars estimate it’s a remarkable 11-15 centuries old. Either way, the building has been enhanced over the years. The golden roof has been replenished by devotees, including the 15th-century Queen Shin Sawbu (BinnyaThau), who donated her bodyweight in gold.

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This Grotto Of 1.35 Billion Surfaces Was 3D Printed Out Of 7 Tons Of Sand

Architects Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer have been pushing the technology for the computational architecture for a while now, and this time their efforts have materialized into their most amazing piece yet. A giant grotto composed out of 1.35 billion surfaces by a special algorithm and then 3D printed out of 7 tons of sand.

The whole structure is 3.5 meters tall (11.5 feet) and took the architects 2 years to design, which meant algorithmically generating the final result out of 156 gigabytes of data. After that, the printing itself took only 1 month and the assembly of separate modules took merely 2 days.

‘The Digital Grotesque II’ has been commissioned by the Centre Pompidou, and besides looking awesome as hell, it also offers a glimpse into the future that 3D printing holds in store for architecture. We’ve already heard that 3D printed houses are faster and cheaper to build, and now this proves that they can be way more intricate as well.

More info: digital grotesque | michael hansmeyer | benjamin dillenburger (h/t: designer-daily)

The assembly process:

Here’s a video introduction:

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This Luxurious Villa By LASSA Architects Seamlessly Blends Into The Landscape

Back in 2017, architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd of LASSA architects designed a luxurious villa in the small Greek seaside village of Foinikounta, located in the southern region of Peloponnese. It is called Villa Ypsilon and its unique design makes the building blend into the landscape almost seamlessly.

According to the villa’s project page, the unique shape of the roof divides the surrounding area into three courtyards, each one of which forms “distinct hemispheres with specific occupancy depending on the course of the sun”. Villa Ypsilon is located on top of a hill meaning that each of the courtyards offers beautiful views of the Schiza and Sapientza islands, as well as a breathtaking view of the mountains.

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Architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd designed a luxurious villa in the small seaside village of Foinikounta

Photo source: LASSA Architects

The villa, named Villa Ypsilon, is located on top of a mountain and offers spectacular views of the nearby Schiza and Sapientza islands

Photo source: NAARO

The unique shape of the roof divides the surrounding area into three separate courtyards

Photo source: NAARO

The inside of the villa is just as impressive as the outside

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The inside of the villa is separated into two parts: a private area with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a common area containing the kitchen and living room.

Photo source: LASSA Architects

“The circulation through, around and on top of the house forms a continuous promenade comprising indoor and outdoor activities,” writes the studio. “The form of the concrete shell coupled with the planted roof and cross ventilation strategy provides an environmental response which prevents the need for mechanical cooling systems.”

Photo source: NAARO

Photo source: NAARO

The villa’s remote location, limited budget, and non-standard geometry meant that a lot of the materials used in the building process had to be prefabricated and assembled off-site, reducing the construction time to just 7 months.

Photo source: LASSA Architects

Photo source: LASSA Architects

“We decided to buy a CNC machine that allowed for extensive prototyping and the production of non-standard elements,” said architect Theo Sarantoglou Lalis. “This included the concrete shell formwork, the livingroom lost formwork/acoustic ceiling, custom window frames, interior furniture and partition systems as well as landscape and pool formers.”

The unique design of Villa Ypsilon makes it blend into the landscape almost seamlessly

Photo source: NAARO

Photo source: NAARO

Photo source: LASSA Architects

Because a lot of materials were prefabricated and assembled off-site, the villa was built in just 7 months

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These Houses Are Designed In The Shape Of Famous Logos

Architects never seize to surprise us with their intricate and innovative designs. Some showcase their ingenuity by creating unique functionalities in the houses they design, others demonstrate never-seen-before exteriors. Recently, architect Karina Wiciak of Wamhouse studio demonstrated unusual house designs after finding inspiration in an unexpected place — logos of famous brands. Logos, usually being simplistic yet novel, turned out to be the perfect reference to outstanding architecture.

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The architect’s project containing some of the well-known logos comprises the trihouse, crosshouse, rhombhouse and pyrahouse. The created designs give a brand new look to the symbols that represent the brands.

Image credits: Wamhouse

One of the houses, called trihouse takes a form of triangle and resembles the Adidas logo. The design of the house is completed with three oblique concrete walls separated by large glass panels.

Image credits: Wamhouse

Image credits: Wamhouse

The second house of the project is called crosshouse. This house takes the shape that resembles a cross and has a huge main facade made out of glass.

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People On The Internet Are Comparing This Badass Fire Station In Northern Italy To A Villain Hideout

Recently, this fire station in the northern part of Italy went viral. Despite having been built a decade ago, it started gaining more and more attention after one person on Reddit compared it to a villain hideout. We must admit, though, it does look sort of villainy. But it wasn’t built inside a cave just for the sake of Bond movie aesthetics. As the farmable land in the Alps is scarce and the restrictions on non-traditional architecture are rigid, the architects have come up with an ingenious solution.

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People on social media are saying that this fire station in Northern Italy looks like “a villain hideout”

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

In fact, this aesthetically-pleasing fire station in a small Italian town was built to save the land. In this alpine area, the land is especially scarce, so the local community decided that it would be best for the station to be built in a mountain, or a 300-foot cliff of sheer rock, to be more precise.

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

It was built back in 2010

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

To carry out the project, the people of the small town of Margreid hired Bergmeisterwolf, a Northern Italian architecture firm with offices in Italy and Austria.

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

The project’s design was carried out by a firm called Bergmeisterwolf

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

The architects began by blasting three caverns into the cliff and connected them with crisscrossing tunnels. Two of the former became the garages, while the third one acts as the administrative part of the fire station.

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

It is built in a 300-foot cliff of sheer rock

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

Not only does the design of the building look striking, but it is also very ergonomic as the mountain provides natural insulation for the building. The temperature in the groundmass averages around 55 degrees when the outside temperature is about 14F. Only one of the three caverns had to be insulated manually.

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

The ingenious and novel design of the building has earned its architects four architecture awards

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

Inside the building, the architects built a curving concrete wall connecting the three caves, to protect the firefighters from falling rocks. The black color of the concrete was chosen to evoke the impression of burnt wood and was achieved by mixing beech coal dust into the aggregate.

Image credits: Jürgen Eheim, Ullrich Egger, and Günter Richard Wett

Here’s how people joked about the appearance of the building on social media

What do you think of the building? Does it look like a supervillain’s headquarters to you? Tell us in the comments below!

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These Origami Lampshades Are Carefully Handcrafted With An Eco-Conscious Approach

Simply crafted with a handmade origami technique that uses high-quality paper, Orikomi lamps are a statement of love for the planet.

Orikomi brand was created in November 2013 and it’s based in the sunny Lisbon, Portugal.

Two architects, Ana Morgado and Carmo Caldeira, are responsible for the development of the Orikomi products. They use the geometry of origami as inspiration, blending the paper folding art with lighting and focusing on its environmental concern.

Orikomi lampshades have a positive ecological impact due to the fact that they are handmade, have low energy consumption (promoting the use of energy-saving light bulbs) and at the end of their life cycle are completely recyclable. These products make a statement as an alternative lighting solution with low impact on the environment but with a high impact aesthetically.

The brand follows the principle that design should be economical and affordable, being paper a material that fulfills these requirements, but also, perfectionist and ambitious, especially considering the importance of lighting to guarantee spatial interior quality.

Despite its complex construction, it is extremely easy to hang and suitable to light up a variety of spaces at home.

It is an extremely versatile product, available in several models and colors, allowing innumerable possible conjugations.

At the online shop, besides the big range of plain pastel colors, you can find unique patterns that are the result of partnerships between Orikomi and other designers, which diversify the collection. Orikomi also has 3 available sizes of lampshades to match all type of rooms and needs.

More info: Etsy | orikomi

Orikomi Tropical Special Edition is perfect to keep the summer feeling

Folding process in action

Cute Pastel Colours

Orikomi Plain and Stripe

Orikomi has diferent sizes suitable for diferent rooms

Orikomi gives a zen vibe to any work space

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Always a good solution is to match two diferent lampshades

Mango juice, the smell of fresh strawberries, diving in a bright blue sea. This is the spirit behind Orikomi Summer Collection

…and because Orikomi lampshades are not only pastel and bright colours

Inspired by the wild and untamed nature, the Wildflower Collection features floral patterns

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What to Do When Your Clients Don’t Want Their Space Photographed

For designers an image is worth more than1,000 words, but for some clients, so is their privacy

When Your Client Doesn't Want Interior Design Photography
Illustration by Christina Zimpel

An exceptional portfolio is key to business, allowing you to pique the interest of prospective clients or submit work to a publication for consideration. For some disciplines, this practice is straightforward: Fine artists, for instance, can typically digitize and circulate their images for portfolios with ease, as they often own the rights to their work. But interior designers and architects, who work on commissions, usually need to get their client’s approval to share images of those projects. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, especially if the project is a private residence.

Sometimes—in fact, oftentimes—you’ll end up working with clients who refuse to have their space photographed because they want to maintain their privacy. In those cases, it’s essential to arm yourself with some techniques to handle such situations, since, as New York–based designer and illustrator Jason Grimesnotes, “You’re only as good as a photograph of your last project, especially at the Instagram-sharing pace the world has adopted.”

Here are several strategies to keep in mind when trying to convince clients to have their space photographed.

Put photography in your contract from the start.

The best way to work around a no-photography situation is to avoid it completely. Lawyer Alex Ross, a partner at Ross & Katz, PLLC,who works closely with designers, highly recommends including a clause about photographing a space—both before and after the project—in your standard contract. “This way we’re able to manage expectations from the beginning, so the client knows that photography is important,” he says. Work closely with an attorney to hammer out the details—you want to be sure you’re getting the rights you need.

Negotiate. Suggest stricter terms, such as ensuring anonymity, or offer a first right of refusal.

Even if you have a clause about photography in your contract, the client may strike it out before signing. That’s the time for negotiation. If your original wording didn’t mention anonymity, it’s a great place to start. Offer your client complete privacy, ensuring that no identifying details about the home or its owners will be shared with publications, on your website, or on social channels. Work on finding a middle ground with your client that still allows you to add photographs of your project to your portfolio.

It sounds obvious, but sometimes long discussions can change your client’s mind. Again, having a lawyer in this situation would be advantageous, as he or she could help negotiate specific rights.

Ask to photograph details only.

Say that your client is standing his or her ground during negotiations. The next tactic to try is to give in, just a tiny bit. “Aside from slowly convincing the client over the course of the project, the best solution I’ve found is to focus on the details,” says Grimes. “All of my work is super-detailed and hyper-custom, so detail photos go a long way. These cropped photos may not make a publication, but they can at least be used in my portfolio.”

Go to court.

Or at least threaten to. “I haven’t any seen any designers who actually go to court about this issue, but we’ve certainly threatened it,” says Ross. Going to court is probably more expensive than it’s worth (and will also cost you a client relationship), so it’s not always advisable to do so, but the option is there.

Work with brokers if the property goes up for sale.

If you’ve lost out on negotiations and the client simply won’t budge—and you decide not to take the matter to court—it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. If the client decides to sell the home, there’s a chance the space will be photographed to woo prospective buyers. In some instances, you can negotiate a deal with the broker to retroactively add those images to your portfolio.

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