L’Arbre Blanc Residential Tower in France

L’Arbre Blanc tower, which Sou Fujimoto Architects has completed in Montpellier, certainly reflects its title. The building which is modelled after a tree, contains 113 apartments with balconies that branch out from the central structure. The designers not only hoped to create a striking work of architecture, but they hope that this structure will facilitate interaction between residents and a unique ability to embrace outdoor living in an apartment unit. L’Arbre Blanc, is also home to an art gallery on the first floor and a rooftop bar and garden that are open to the public.

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Patio House by OOAK

Patio House is a stunning summer home by Stockholm-based OOAK architects. The home was built for an adventurous Paris-based couple, who fell in love with the location on Karpathos Island in Greece the first time they saw it. The home seems as if it is gently placed on the jagged hillside, while the concrete exterior and wooden interiors attempt to seamlessly reflect the natural surroundings. Outdoor living spaces, trails down to the sea, and large windows further connect the residents to nature.

Photo by Åke Eson Lindman.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis.

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Alain Capeilere’s Modernist Swimming Pool

In 2018, the Exhibition of Domestic Pools, showcased the most extraordinary pools from private homes in Los Angeles, Spain and the south of France. The exhibition provided french photographer Romain Laprade the opportunity to photograph this fantastic 1970s swimming pool, designed by architect Alain Capeillères and built at his summer home in Six-Fours-les-Plages, France. The 25-meter pool, the pool deck and the surrounding walls are lined with more than 100,000 white ceramic tiles that bring out the bright blue of the water. Spherical lamp posts, a hammock, a curved alcove, a diving board and landscaped terraces complete this architectural masterpiece.

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House in Hokusetsu by Tato Architects

In Osaka, Tato Architects has designed a unique family home with floor plan that enables residents to live more freely. Yo Shimada, the head of Tato Architects, is known for his creative design approaches and designed this particular home as a series of 12 squares that intersect 8 rhombuses. The result is many unique rooms, some without walls between them, and others open to the outdoors. The main functional areas of the home are situated in the square parts of the floor plan to provide some order, but the use of the rhombus rooms is left to be determined by the residents.

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Michael Heizer’s ‘City’

City is the culmination of a lifetime of work by artist Michael Heizer, and even in its unfinished state, it is the largest piece of contemporary art in existence. Situated in the Nevada Desert, work on City started in 1970, and has been ongoing ever since. City consists of buildings and abstract sculptures that take inspiration from structures of civilizations past like Angkor Wat, Chichén Itzá, Easter Island and Giza. City measures one and a quarter miles in length, and over a quarter of a mile in width but despite this significant size its existence remains a fairly well-kept secret. As City enters its 50th year of construction, Heizer has set 2020 as the date of project completion.

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A Bookstore by HMA Architects

HMA Architects has conceived the M.I. Bookstore in the Chinese city of Harbin, as a place for the local community to enjoy the pleasure of reading. The strikingly tall space covers a total area of 21,528 square feet, with the central attraction being a large circular bookcase with a winding staircase around it. The interior of the bookstore is made up of earthy timber and metal that create a tranquil environment. Reading nooks, with an ample lining of plants provide perfect reading nooks to get lost in a book.

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Transforming a Traditional Brick Exterior

In a coastal city in southern Vietnam, OldMeetsNew house by Block Architects is enclosed by a seemingly-delicate brick shell. The floor-plan of the house is informed by traditional three-part country houses that are common in the area. The outer shell of the home gives it a contemporary twist as a checkerboard pattern of bricks leave many parts of the interior open to the outdoors. Natural light, wind and fresh air are able to penetrate the walls and circulate throughout the home.

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block architects encloses three-part house in vietnam with patterned brick shell

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Murals by Oli-B

Brussels-based artist Oli-B paints vibrant murals that add a unique twist to urban cityscapes. Oli-B’s murals are made up of a patchwork of shapes that overlap as they work their way across the wall, often covering an entire building facade. Oli-B, who has been painting since his youth, started out primarily working with spray paint but he now also creates screen prints, sculptures, and paintings on canvas.

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Company Headquarters Created with Shipping Containers

Milan-based design company Eligo Studio has completed a unique office for Florida agriculture company Cultiva. The three-story structure is built entirely out of shipping containers. The interior design takes inspiration from the industrial aesthetic of the containers, while large windows brighten up the space. A lotus pattern on the exterior makes it appear as if the units have slid apart from each other, highlighting the unique makeup of the structure.

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eligostudio stacks shipping containers for agriculture company headquarters in florida

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Kid’s Café by Wutopia Lab

The Fairyland Kid’s Cafe designed by Wutopia Lab, is the first educational family restaurant in China. The cafe’s architect was inspired by his daughter’s ‘fairyland’ drawings, and the inspiration shows. Inside the cafe, the contrast of material, form, light and color create a surreal space. A series of acrylic fins on the floor and ceiling of the main playroom hope to make you feel as if you are in the clouds. Parents can keep an eye on their kids while enjoying the restaurant’s food and drinks from connected dining areas.

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