WWF Netherlands by RAU

p p p ' Completed in October 2006 the headquarters of the Netherlands chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is nothing if not a striking building. It also happens to be one of the single most sustainable building created in recent years. The building's form is quite clearly inspired by organic forms and the desire to reflect the WWF's work in the natural realm. More than that, though, it seems to draw inspiration from the ideas of anthroposophy – something also seen in the past work of the project's architects, RAU, notably with the ING Bank offices in Amsterdam which also happens, like the WWF headquarters, to be an autonomous building.' (via Travel With Frank Gehry) p

Oslo International School

p p p Oslo International School (Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL) is a private school with about 500 children from more than 50 different nations, divided into kindergarten, reception, primary and secondary school. The school is based on a traditional use of classrooms combined with special facilities for advanced studies. p

The Yellow Tree House

p p ' The Yellow Tree House is built around a redwood tree, which is over 40m high and has a 1.7m diameter at its base, located north of Auckland, New Zealand. Yellow Tree House is designed by Pacific Environment Architects and Yellow Pages. The structure is made of plantation poplar slats and used extensive natural lighting throughout. The tree house restaurant was built as a marketing promotion for New Zealand Yellow Pages.' (photos via CubeMe) p

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

o p p p Friedensreich Hundertwasser <-- was an Austrian painter and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century. Thank you Olesya for the link!! p p p

Melting Building

p p This is not photoshopped. This building mural, a trompe-l'oeil, is located in Georges V Ave. in Paris, France. ' Trompe-l'oeil ' is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings. The name is derived from French for trick the eye, from tromper - to deceive and l'oeil - the eye. Link here. p p

Matchbox Building

y p ' Matchbox building is a 40 unit commercial building with 4.500m2 leasable space. The building will connect to and share facilities with an existing building in Amsterdam North. Conceived of as pre-fabricated units that are stacked one on top of the other. A central atrium garden carves open a space for natural light to filter in, thus allowing maximum use of the site, whereby units can also face inward. ' p

Polyhedron Habitable

p p p Polyhedron Habitable by Manuel Villa. Photos by Sergio Gómez and Manuel Villa. Click here for the link. p

Wrapped Trees

o p p p It's hard to believe that I haven't gotten around to praising one of my favorite artists of all time, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, my heroes. I am sure you've heard of them, they are one of the most well-known collaborative art teams in the world. Shown here, is one of Christo's earlier project called Wrapped Trees. p o

Elastic Plastic Sponge

p p p p ' Elastic Plastic Sponge was created by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) led by Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon of the Ball-Nogues Studio. The Elastic Plastic Sponge is a large scale installation and can be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural Mobius strip. In the desert heat of Indio, the architectural installation will provide a respite from the sun by making shade and mist while at night, each “cell” within the Elastic Plastic Sponge supports a fluorescent tube–the tubes shift in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The motion effect is evident from close-up as well as impactful from across the vast festival grounds–an important asset in an environment of throngs of festival-goers and competing spectacles.' p p

Stephen Hendee

p p Stephen Hendee is sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. His works are fantastic!! p p p p p