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Inside Google’s new 1-million-square-foot London office—three years before it’s ready

Google’s new London office, scheduled to open in 2016, will have an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall and a roof garden from which to watch trains glide out of Kings Cross station towards Cambridge or Hogwarts. Googlers can cycle right into the building and to the …

Swimming Pools

15 Tips To Master The Awkward Networking Waltz

What does the invention of the sewing machine and ballroom dancing etiquette have to do with professional networking? Plenty.<p>The Network Event<p>Let’s begin with a story of our time. Joe is a recently unemployed IT specialist who is a whiz at network infrastructure. O irony of ironies. He is about to …

Pracownia by Karina Wiciak

Giant paintbrushes hold up the splattered ceiling of this conceptual restaurant by Polish designer Karina Wiciak (+ slideshow).<p>Wiciak, of design …

Espace St-Denis by Anne Sophie Goneau

Exposed brick walls and a large bookshelf are on show through the glazed facade of this ground-floor apartment in Montreal by Canadian designer Anne …

Beautiful Paintings of the Expressive Body in Motion

Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch creates beautifully expressive full-body portraits of people in motion. His smeared paintings capture the energetic beauty of movement, giving an artistic rendition of motion that is both elegant and powerful. Each portrait in Birch's collection offers a …

Art

Lexus LF-NX at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

Exquisite Geometry Sculpted From Paper, Not Stone

Layer by layer, a Spanish artist uses paper and geometry to calm her inner chaos.<p>Elena Mir is a Spanish artist from Valencia. She describes herself as “loving the smell of wet soil at night,” of having “eyes the color of honey and eucalyptus, and a lot of brown hair sprouting from her short head.”<p>A …

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Balmain House / Fox Johnston

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This house is designed to provide simple, functional, generous, private and light-filled living spaces …

Architecture

"Today is much more an age of greed" - Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers reflects on his 50-year career and says that architects today must be careful to protect the public domain in the final movie in our …

QT Hotel Gold Coast by Nic Graham

Nic Graham & Associates have designed the interior of the QT Hotel Gold Coast located in Queensland, Australia.

Generator Hostel Barcelona by The Design Agency

Toronto-based The Design Agency have designed the Generator Hostel in Barcelona, Spain.<p>Description<p>In Barcelona’s Gràcia district, a short walk from …

A Story of Boats and Inspiring Modern Design: South Coast Residence in Australia

Designed for two people who often receive visits from grown children, grand children & elderly parents, South Coast Residence combines architecture …

Paramount Alma / Plasma Studio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This project was conceived to fulfill a two-part problematic: (1) Residence Alma--a Tyrolean guest house …

Architecture

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Top 10 Tips on Designing a Space

After almost two weeks of being back from Design Camp in Seattle, I have finally had time to think about and process all of the incredible …