Linked Hybrid Complex

p p p p ' The 220,000 square meter pedestrian-oriented Linked Hybrid complex, sited adjacent to the site of old city wall of Beijing, aims to counter the current urban developments in China by creating a new twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side. Filmic urban public space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an “open city within a city”. The project promotes interactive relations and encourages encounters in the public spaces that vary from commercial, residential, and educational to recreational. The entire complex is a three-dimensional urban space in which buildings on the ground, under the ground and over the ground are fused together. ' Architect: Steven Holl Architects ; Location: Beijing, China p p

Lounge MS / Vaillo + Irigaray

p p p " The organizational scheme is due to similar patterns of micro-structures, more in line with geometric patterns of liquid and / or aerosols that Cartesian structures. In establishing a working geometry using “soft” and a unified treatment space “airy”. The new space is conceived as a continuation of the existing fence, wrapping it all, but hidden: expressing their new identity, not as constructed element, but as a re-forested. A new plant species grown in the surrounding area … the new scalar similarity between elements of “plant” makes the proposal a new understanding of the link with the existing connection. " Link here. p

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