Category Archives: ARCHITECTURE

Italy Is Giving Away Run-down Properties, Including Castles, For Free

Whether you are inspired by the recent movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, or always have the dream to lead your own ‘kingdom’ complete with your very own castle, you’d be glad to know that Italy is now giving away over 100 run-dow properties, including a handful of castles, for free. I know right? It is hard to believe anyone can own a castle for absolutely nothing. Well, actually not quite. As many economists will tell you, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and therein lies the caveat: you see, those 103 properties are exactly as described, i.e. run-down, which means restoration is a must, but you have to restore it anyway because that is one of the conditions laid out by Italy’s State Property Agency in exchange for the free property. Continue reading Italy Is Giving Away Run-down Properties, Including Castles, For Free

A Skyscraper Suspended From An Asteroid Is The Craziest Idea Ever

In what could be the craziest proposition we heard this week, a New York architecture firm, Clouds Architecture Office, has proposed an outlandish architecture which will be truly the ‘world’s tallest building ever’. Dubbed Analemma Tower, this insane idea proposed the building to be built not on solid ground like every other mortal structures, but it will be, wait for it… suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth (basically, a rock in outer space). Wait, what? An asteroid? Yes. You heard that loud and clear and if anything, it looks like the brilliant minds over at Clouds AO has done their homework. Continue reading A Skyscraper Suspended From An Asteroid Is The Craziest Idea Ever

Insane ‘Bent’ Building Concept Would Be The World’s Longest At 4,000 Ft

To be honest, I am clueless about New York City’s zoning laws. I totally understand the need for segregation by industry and stuff, but beyond that, I am absolutely lost. Anyways, as bustling cities like New York City gets denser, the obvious solution is to go skywards. However, due to the zoning laws, there’s a limit to how high a building can get in a leanly packed urban jungle and to get around this while still accommodating insane amount of population, architecture studio oiio has came up with an architecture with an unexpected turn – like quite literally. Continue reading Insane ‘Bent’ Building Concept Would Be The World’s Longest At 4,000 Ft

Casa Vista Paraiso: A ‘Sustainable’ Luxury Living In Costa Rica

When rich person talks about sustainability, we bet they hardly think to start from their home. However, if you beg to differ or decide it is time to start to start with a sustainable home (beside NOT jet setting with your private jet…), then the Casa Vista Paraiso Sustainable Home maybe right up your alley, well, that’s you are prepared to move your ass to Costa Rica, where this beautiful property awaits. Built by Catalfumo Construction, this sprawling 8,950 square foot private luxury estate sits in a forest sanctuary overlooking the golf course greens within the Los Sueños Resort and boasts 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, intricately cut tile, Costa Rican hardwood, and granite – lots of it. But how is it ‘sustainable’? Well, here’s the gist: Continue reading Casa Vista Paraiso: A ‘Sustainable’ Luxury Living In Costa Rica

It Takes Just 4 Person 4 Hours To Put Up This Flat-pack Ikea House

One of the greatest hurdles with humanitarian aid is proper shelter. We are not talking about just a roof over the head, but one that is humanized, you know, a shelter that protects folks living within from the element with reasonable comfort. With this mind, a modular, adaptable temporary house, called Better Shelter, was designed and it has been in deployment since 2015. The brainchild behind this ingenious temporary shelter solution is none other than Ikea, which kind of makes cos’ when it comes to flat-packing, no one knows better then the Swedish furniture giant. Continue reading It Takes Just 4 Person 4 Hours To Put Up This Flat-pack Ikea House

These Odd Shaped Buildings In Japan Hints What The Company Does

Iconic architectures like the Louvre, the Big Ben, the Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House are immediately recognizable because, they are, well, famous. If they weren’t, we won’t have a clue of what they do or sell. So, what do an organization do, if its building is not a famous architecture and the company still feel the need to announced what they are doing? Easy. Branding AKA signboards, but for some Japanese companies, a neon-lit logo slapped on a building is never enough; the building itself has to look the part, or at least points to what the company is all about. Continue reading These Odd Shaped Buildings In Japan Hints What The Company Does

The Most Expensive Property In The U.S. Comes With A Helicopter

We are accustomed to skyrocketing property prices, but one that commands $250 million is plain ridiculous, but besides being a chart topper on the most expensive property in stateside, it does come with its perks and when look at those perks, you probably will think it is money well spent, especially if you are petrolhead. For $250 million, this Bel-Air property comes with seven staff members, a helicopter landing pad complete with a helicopter (!) and a car collection with no less than 12 exotic luxury four-wheelers, including the likes of Rolls-Royce Dawn, Ferrari 488, Pagani Huayra, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K, Spyker C8, Ariel Atom 3, Bentley Continental GT convertible and Bugatti Veyron, and 10 motorcycles. Also included is a Brooklands Edition 3-wheeler too! Continue reading The Most Expensive Property In The U.S. Comes With A Helicopter

Finally, Doomsday Shelters With Middle Class In Mind!

Since after 2012, there have been lesser talk about preparation for apocalypse, but looking today’s volatile international relations and domestic uncertainties, you’d be hard pressed not to pick up the topic once again. Then again, it is not by choice one wants to rest on his or her laurels; it is the price to prep for say, a nuclear fallout, that’s preventing an individual from doing so. The price for a fully-kitted, nuclear blast proof safe haven deep underground is prohibitive, thus making it a luxury average joe won’t even want to dream. But not all hopes are lost if you are not a multi-millionaire cos’ Vivos Group, the California-based company that builds and maintains fortified shelters for high net worth clienteles, has an affordable solution which it calls Vivos xPoint. Continue reading Finally, Doomsday Shelters With Middle Class In Mind!

This Amazing Tiny Home With Porch Is Actually A 40-foot Shipping Container

Most tiny homes are built on mobile home or RV, but this one here, built by Custom Contain Living, is not. It is actually a 40-foot container turned into an outstanding micro home. I know right? You can’t really tell it was a container, not especially when a section of it was removed to make way for an impressive porch, which should come in handy during rainy season. Maintaining the container’s orthogonal form, the top was raised with a sloped roof to accommodate two lofts within. From the images, the 40-foot Container Home looks deceivingly spacious, or perhaps it is. Continue reading This Amazing Tiny Home With Porch Is Actually A 40-foot Shipping Container

This Tent Is More Like An Architecture, Brings Luxury To The Wild

Are you into camping? No? Let me guess why. The wild scares the shit out of you and the lack of creature comfort turns you off? While the Autonomous Tent you see here can’t help you on the former, it can certainly address the latter because, after all, it is a luxury tent. Actually, it is more like an actual architecture, really, that’s entirely a class of its own. It lacks of the foundation, though, which means it can be set up and taken down, leaving no trace of its existence and also, move you will want because this baby will blow a $100K or bigger hole in your bank account. Continue reading This Tent Is More Like An Architecture, Brings Luxury To The Wild