“In flakes” plates designed by Mount Fuji Architects Studio in Towada, Japan
Snowflakes in frosty winter, petals of cherry blossoms in beautiful spring, flickering sunlight through foliage in hot summer, golden leaves in chilly autumn.
A young architect in Beijing can’t afford housing in his own city, so he designed an egg-shaped pod to sleep in on the street.
The egg-house’s specifications are, of course, spartan at best: two meters high at its tallest point, built on a bamboo frame, and insulated with wood chips. But what it lacks in good looks, it makes up for with hardy sustainable design: grass seeds planted in the cladding will sprout into a green covering over the whole structure, and a solar panel provides power for a lamp and handful of electrical necessities inside.
The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury
For centuries, books have housed the collective knowledge of the world and formed the foundations of educational institutions. Given that these objects that contain such value, it only makes sense that throughout history people have constructed beautiful buildings to house them.
We put together a list of some of the most beautiful libraries as captured by Instagrammers around the world. For more photos from these architectural wonders, check out their linked location pages below.
- Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany
- Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
- Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
- Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
- George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Kanazawa City, Japan
- New York Public Library, New York City, NY
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
taken in 2012.
Stargazing At The Elqui Domos Hotel In Chile | Designed by RDM Arquitectura | Photos by James Florio
In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
Uchimura Kanzo Stone Church by Kendrick Kellogg
Designed around the five natural elements of stone, sunlight, water, green, and wood.
Cat transit system! Interior designer Jillian Northrup and her husband architect Jeffrey McGrew, has designed a transportation tube fit to line the interior walls of their office, stretching around the room, past desks, and over an armoire. The aesthetically complementing tube even features its own tiny windows for traveling cats to take a break and look around.
Toledo Metro Station by Oscar Tusquets Blanca
Voted “The most impressive underground railway station in Europe” by the Daily Telegraph, this immense train station has every surface transformed by a blue sea of bisazza mosaics with a portal to the sky above. This is part of a larger project to transform the metro system in Napoli with large scale art installations created by an array of artists.
Hotel Kakslauttanen (Finland)
“Glass igloo provides a one of a kind opportunity to admire the northern lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the igloo always stays a normal level. It also prevents the glass from getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C.”
Here is the full glass house, designed by the Italian company Santambrogio with designer Ennio Arosio. Work on transparency also for furniture: bed, table and bathroom are composed entirely of glass.
giant trampoline road
Fast Track by Salto Architects is a road, trampoline, and art installation all in one. Located in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia, it is part of the village’s Archstoyanie architecture festival.