Awesome Architecture

The Billion Dollar House

The Billion Dollar House

Antilia, the house of Mukesh Ambani – India’s richest and the world’s 4th richest man – has 27 floors, a 50-seat cinema, a 160-car garage and a staff of 600 to care for his family and their abode.

Villa Colani

Villa Colani
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This is what high rollers check out on eBay. This jaw-dropping 10,700 sq.ft. estate is in Majorca, Spain. More than 1,230 sq.ft. of 24k gold was used in the swimming pools and the house itself.

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The Stairs House

The Stairs House

A family in Honshu, Japan live under a set of stairs, but not in the way you think. The stairs in this case also doubles as the roof of the house. The playful design also happens to provide good insulation.

Washington’s Green Prison

Washington’s Green Prison

Environmental extremists might not mind doing time at Washington state’s LEED-certified Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, built with solar panels, high efficiency boilers and FSC-approved wood.

The Land Of Giants Concept

The Land Of Giants Concept

Choi+Shine‘s entry in the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition turns pylons into statues. Frankly, we’re more surprised that there’s a pylon design competition.

Kameha Grand Hotel

Kameha Grand Hotel

The Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn features stylish avant-garde public spaces and rooms by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, a glittering glass façade and stunning views of the Rhine.

Gibraltar Airport

Gibraltar Airport

Gibraltar Airport is included in Popular Mechanics’ list of strangest airports in the world, and rightly so – its runway intersects a major road. We bet no one ever beats the red light there.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore is now open, at a cost of US $6 billion, and features a rooftop SkyPark and 492′ infinity pool perched high (650 feet) atop the 3 hotel towers. (Thanks Corey!)

Strata SE1 Residences

Strata SE1 Residences

Strata SE1, the largest residential tower in central London, is the first major building in the world with integral wind-turbines, which will generate at least 8% of the energy needed to power the units inside.

Bambu House

Bambu House

Bambu House from Tanji University Shanghai was recently unveiled at the European Solar Decathlon. Designed by a 20 member team, it’s made almost entirely of bamboo and runs only on solar power.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas has two faces – one surreal, and one rigid, to represent the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Capital Gate Tower

Capital Gate Tower

The 500+’ Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi holds the Guinness World Record for world’s furthest leaning manmade tower. It leans at 18°, more than 4 times the angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

KRE House

KRE House

Japanese architect Takuya Tsuchida was charged to build a home with a central atrium with potted tree, a 9 car garage for the owner’s auto collection and a view of the cars from the living room.

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The Pompidou-Metz

The Pompidou-Metz

The glulam lattice structure of France’s Centre Pompidou-Metz twists to touch the floor at 6 points in a vortex of wood and metal. At night the building revels in the glow of its beautiful hexagonal design.

Autopia Europia

Autopia Europia

Istanbul, Turkey will be the car enthusiast’s heaven once the Autopia Europia is built. At over 2.3 million square feet, the future “world’s largest car mall” will even have a rooftop racetrack.

Go Beyond Borders Project

Go Beyond Borders Project

CNN International’s project marking the 20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall utilized street art installations by urban tape artist El Bocho to tell heroic stories of escape along the original divide.

The First Printed Building

The First Printed Building

In the machine that can print buildings, layers of sand are bound together to create a marble-like material, in effect turning it back into solid stone. The process includes internal curves and ducting.

Whiskey Barrel Flooring

Whiskey Barrel Flooring

Scotland’s McKay Flooring has figured out a way to turn beautiful oak whiskey barrels into flat boards, many with their distinctive branding intact, and convert them into flooring instead of trash.

Clipper CS-1 Cockpit Cubicle

Clipper CS-1 Cockpit Cubicle

Douglas Ball and Jeff Sokalski’s Clipper CS-1, a shedlike, mancavey capsule, was designed for use inside a traditional office and is in the permanent collection at London’s Museum of Design.

Ephemicropolis: City of Staples

Ephemicropolis: City of Staples

By breaking 100,000 staple strips into various sizes to create a mini city in a 10′ x 20′ area, UK artist Peter Root touches on fragility and impermanence with his Ephemicropolis art installation.

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1 Apartment, 24 Rooms

1 Apartment, 24 Rooms

This Hong Kong architect managed to cram 24 different living spaces into his 344 square foot apartment through a clever system of moving walls. There’s even a home theater.

TV & Movie Home Blueprints

TV & Movie Home Blueprints

Mark Bennett makes blueprints of homes from retro TV shows and movies. With the right architect, you could build Wayne Manor. Ironically, Mike Brady’s blueprints are nowhere to be found.

15 Bizarre Buildings

15 Bizarre Buildings

You may be rethinking your opinion of your neighbor’s ugly shed after seeing this collection of weird homes, hotels and other unrestrained structures from around the world.

citizenM Hotel Schiphol

citizenM Hotel Schiphol

The luxury citizenM hotel is 2 minutes walking distance from Schiphol’s terminals. Public spaces are filled with dramatic Vitra furniture; rooms have king beds, rain showers, LCD tvs and free wi-fi.

Concept: Fincube House

Concept: Fincube House

Designed by Werner Aisslinger, the Fincube house fits in with its natural surroundings. The compact wooden home occupies a mere 2m² of land, and can be easily dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.

Blueprint Wallet

Blueprint Wallet
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The leather Blueprint Wallet by Constantin Boym for ACME Studio is made using a printing technique called digital engraving. The colors are applied onto the raw hides so the colors are part of the tanning.

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