Tag Archives: architecture

Palm Springs Rainbow Hotel

3 Apr New-Saguaro-Hotel-02

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The Saguaro Palm Springs hotel is seriously pretty – even if it is a touch Balamory (via The Trendy Girl).

Architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat were brought in to infuse local color into the property. The team, known for their bold use of color, advocated recreating The Saguaro around a palette of 12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers.

The brilliant colors now adorn each balcony and patio and anchor the guestrooms, while also enlivening the indoor and outdoor public spaces. The color set follows the light spectrum, which in turn creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day.

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Love, Peace, and… Metropolis

1 Jan

With the turn of the New Year it seems perfectly appropriate to day dream about hallucinatory architecture of the future. See more at Dark Roasted Blend.









Dwarf Castle

8 Oct

This house is horrendous but at the same time fascinating –  built in 1950 by Rudy and Ruth McLaughlin, the home is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and features gnomes. Yes FEATURE GNOMES. Fair play to them on use of space though as the swimming pool surrounding the castle doubles as a moat. Each to their own and all that (via Atlas Obscura).

Projecting KraftWork

2 Jul

Architectural projection Mapping @ Autostadt, Wolfsburg 2010:

Flooding buildings with booze

12 Nov

The shortlist of punches to fill the Architectural Punch Bowl, a drinkable installation so large you can row a boat across it, has finally been announced, and tickets for the event are now on sale!

Courvoisier and Bompas & Parr are exploding cocktails to the most extraordinary size – the scale of buildings. Opening on 9 December, innovative techniques and technology will be combined to create a punch bowl on an architectural scale at 33 Portland Place.


They are currently working with UCL to research how the built environment can be transformed into a vast punch bowl. How do you make a building food-safe? What technology can be used to keep a vast volume of drink at optimum temperature?

Not only is it an awesome idea, the Architectural Punch Bowl will raise money for built environment charity Article 25 (www.article-25.org), a charity that designs and constructs buildings for development agencies, NGOs and communities wherever there is disaster, poverty or need.

Sam & Harry are so clever I feel like a tin of magnolia paint when I meet up with them. Sigh.

Frank Lloyd Wright Lego

20 May

Lego architecture is seriously cool and only recently announed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The first two sets are The Guggenheim and Fallingwater. AWESOME!!!


This bad boy deserves the full press release:


The LEGO Group and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce and distribute Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO® Architecture Building Sets

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.

The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc. officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater.”

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.

Both exclusive Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building.

The LEGO Group will release the first of the LEGO Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® sets at the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit: From Within Outward at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 15, 2009.

Doug Volker of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
According to Director of Licensing and Product Development, Doug Volker, “The LEGO product was one that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation had considered pursuing for several years. It was the vision, passion and creative desire of Adam Reed Tucker to capture the essence of Mr. Wright’s most famous buildings using the medium of the LEGO brick that brought this partnership into being.”

Another exciting aspect of the Architecture Series is the capability to use them for education, team building, or other formats that make the LEGO Architecture series more than just a toy.

“The LEGO Group is known for its creative approach to brick models and now, with its Architecture Series, it will reach even further, to individuals of all ages,” Volker concluded.

Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures and the LEGO Group:
“Mr. Wright’s buildings are a treasure trove of possibilities,” says Adam Reed Tucker, innovator of the Architecture Series for The LEGO Group. “I wanted to create these marvelous buildings for years, so I’m thrilled to be working with the Foundation in order to include Mr. Wright’s timeless buildings in this series, which conceptualizes the very essence of each building in LEGO bricks.”

Skateboarders Dream Office

12 May

Fans of skateboarding here is your dream office from Italian Architects Studiometrico (there really is no competition). They converted an old cinema in Milan, into the new Bastard flagship store, which also includes a suspended bowl.






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