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Holst Architecture wraps curvaceous facades of Portland office buildings in cedar

US firm Holst Architecture took cues from Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí while conceiving a pair of commercial buildings in central Portland.<p>Called …

The Sheltersuit Is A Wearable Homeless Shelter Made From Sleeping Bags

“The Netherlands is well set up for the homeless,” designer Bas Timmer told Co.Exist, “but for every person who gets a bed, one still sleeps rough.” …

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A 100-Year-Old Church Transformed Into A Skate Park Painted With Colorful Graffiti

A historic church in the Spanish city of llanera was transformed into a skate-park earlier this year by La Iglesia Skate; titled Kaos Temple, it has …

Reinventing Cancer Surgery–By Designing A Better Hospital Experience

By Jessica Leber6 minute Read<p>Picture a hospital: Bright lights, buzzing machines, crowded waiting rooms, and frazzled nurses. Anxiety runs high. …

Kontor: A Souped-Up Pinterest For Office Design

“People have been trying to use Google image search or Pinterest, but they really don’t fit the needs of a serious design conversation.”<p>Say you want to redesign your office. Type “modern office” into Pinterest or Tumblr, and you’ll see a slew of inspiring spaces, but you won’t find much practical …

Fountain Outside The Cincinnati Public Library

Image credits: Jean-François Schmitz<p>This fountain, affectionately known as the “book fountain,” stands outside of the Cincinnati Main Library. …

Inside Festival interior design awards 2015 day two winners announced

<b>Inside Festival 2015:</b> an office featuring 26 types of workspace and an education facility for dentistry students are among today's category winners …

Back to the Future "brought the future closer" say designers

Sci-fi movie Back to the Future II created a "self-fulfilling prophecy" that helped shape today's interactions and objects, according to contemporary …

This Incredibly Strong Metal Mesh Is 100 Times Lighter Than Styrofoam

But aircraft could become substantially lighter–and energy efficient–in the future, if this video from Boeing is any indication. It promotes a new …

MVRDV completes Amsterdam tennis clubhouse with seating bowl on the roof

The roof of this bright red tennis clubhouse by Rotterdam firm MVRDV doubles up as an expansive seating area for game spectators (+ …

Tree Chandelier In Kathryn Hall Vineyard

This elegant chandelier, designed to look like a massive grapevine laden with 1,500 Swarovski crystal ‘grapes,’ was crafted by Donald Lipski and …

Artist Floats 100,000 Balloons Inside London’s Covent Garden Market

Yesterday, the 19th-century market building in London’s Covent Garden was transformed. French artist Charles Pétillon used twenty-five workers over …

Nendo's Twig chair features interchangeable wooden tops

Different wooden backrests and armrests slot into the top of this aluminium chair by Japanese studio Nendo.<p>Designed for Italian furniture brand …

Prototype shelter for Nepal earthquake victims could be built by unskilled workers in three days

A team of architects used metal sheets and bamboo to build this prototype shelter for victims of the Nepal earthquake, and have also produced a …

Adidas unveils sports shoes made from recycled ocean waste

Sportswear brand Adidas has launched a prototype shoe with an upper made entirely from yarns and filaments produced using plastic salvaged from the …

This Mural Was Painted Upside-Down To Reflect Off Of The Water

New York-based artist Ray Bartkus has created a beautiful mural in the Lithuanian city of Marijampolė designed to use the surface of the water as its …

A Museum Let Street Artists Do Whatever They Want On Its Walls. Here’s The Result

Street artists began painting on the walls of the Long Beach Museum of Art on June 26th of this year. The project, titled “Vitality and Verve: …

CanopyStair is a spiral staircase that straps around a tree trunk

<b>Graduate shows 2015:</b> a pair of Royal College of Art graduates have created a new way to climb trees – strapping steps around the trunk to form a …

Fashion Illustrator Completes His Cut-Out Dresses With Clouds And Buildings

Shamekh Bluwi, an architect and fashion illustrator based in Amman, Jordan, creates beautiful paper cut-outs with women whose dresses become whatever …

Fairphone's Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

The Amsterdam offices of smartphone manufacturer Fairphone were created inside a former industrial building – and informed by the same sustainable …

Concave facades on twin buildings by Moon Hoon create moon-shaped indents

A huge sphere appears to have imprinted the concrete facades of these neighbouring buildings near Seoul, both designed by South Korean architect Moon …

IKEA introduces new textile line crafted by refugees living in Austin

A new limited-edition line of Texas-themed textile products handcrafted by refugees living in Austin is about to hit the shelves of IKEA.<p>The HÅLLNING …

Governors Island pavilions will be recycled to create shade for people and homes for oysters

These two pavilions that have been constructed on New York's Governors Island aim to be more than just eye-catching temporary structures – at the end …

Impossible 3D-Printed Faucets Show The Amazing Possibilities Of Metal Printing

By using an older form of 3D printing in a novel way, American Standard, a U.S. faucet manufacturer, has created a collection of seemingly impossible …

Atelier Yokyok installs vaulted string tunnels in a Gothic cloister garden

Thin blue strings are stretched between arch-shaped frames to create tunnels across the cloister garden of a French cathedral (+ slideshow).<p>Paris …

Studio Fink covers Italian art museum courtyard with brightly coloured astroturf

Sections of Renaissance paintings are mounted onto angular planters across the colourful temporary landscape installed at a Bergamo gallery by Studio …

An Up-Close Look at the World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

You might be unsure of exactly what you’re looking at when you first see the images in Roland Fischer’s series “Facades.” They could be tiles or …