The two callings of this 15th century building truly work hand in hand, as a church invokes the perfect atmosphere of hushed study that is required for a serious book shop, and spanning three huge mezzanine floors this really is a serious book store! Each level looks out across the vast space, topped by a stunning vaulted ceiling that arches its way down to the cobalt colored glass panels of the towering window at the far end.
Inside the old Salina Turda Salt Mines located in Transylvania, Romania, stands the world’s largest salt mine museum. Originally established in the 17th century, the massive mines were formed completely by hand and machine rather than by using explosives. Visitors are invited to descend as far down as almost 400 feet into the Earth in order to witness the history of the trade. Throughout the cool interior, which averages about 50-55˚F with 80% humidity, there are a variety of mines, rooms, and spaces to be explored. At almost 140 feet down, Rudolph Mine offers a 180-seat amphitheater, a carousel, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, mini-golf, and bowling. Old machinery still stands within the underground expanse and some of it is used to lead people on tours. Theresa Mine, at 370 feet deep, provides access to a small lake where boats can be rented and a rotating wheel allows visitors to see the stalagmites throughout the cave. Finally, the Gisela Mine (the stationary room) functions as an area for health treatments that draws upon and takes advantage of the mine’s optimal climate.
Athens-based architectural practice, MplusM have completed the Villa Anemolia project. The renovated villa can be found in Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, Greece. This renovation project of a luxury hotel is in Megalochori, an introverted and quiet village in Santorini.
Zaha Hadid is best known for conjuring up countless landmark buildings, but the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s multifaceted design portfolio also includes furniture, footwear and, now, a yacht.The master prototype conceived for the 128m yacht will, in turn, be used to inspire the design of The Unique Circle Yachts. That collection of five separate 90m yachts will incorporate design philosophies of the master prototype but will include modifications to ensure they meet the technical specifications required to approve vessels for ocean crossings.
Located in a forest on the mountains of Almaty in Kazakhstan, architect Aibek Almasov of A.Masow Design Studio has designed a concept for a modern spiritual retreat. The project, known as Tree in the house, presents a cylindrical, four-story glass space featuring an encased tree in the center. A winding white staircase allows visitors who enter the “tree house” to ascend the towering space, spiraling upward around the centric tree.
To a child, visits to the doctor can be a frightening ordeal, but even a simple image or familiar creature could help alleviate that fear. That’s why the aptly named Giraffe Childcare Center designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes is just what the doctor ordered. The children’s hospital features three different cement animals embedded into the architecture to brighten up both the kids’ day and the surrounding urban architecture.
Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a towering 21-story property for Dubai featuring the firm’s signature futuristic style. The unique design scheme for the Opus Office Tower is essentially a cube with a large void in the center, splitting the building into two structures. They are connected by an illusively hidden base that makes the edifice appear as though it is floating above ground.The project explains: “A pixelated reflective façade renders the cube full by day; by night it ‘dematerializes’ as light floods the void.” It’s sure to be an attraction for tourists and even more so given the additional project of designing the very first ME by Meliá hotel in the Middle East within the complex. As of now, it is slated to be completed in 2016.
The word FOS itself which means LIGHT in Greek and MELTED in Catalan uncannily reflects their undeniably beautiful first installation on the facade of the vegan restaurant Rayen in Madrid also makes absolute sense.FOS: and it all began when Susana Piquer, Julio Calvo and Eleni Karpatsi decided to create the multidisciplinary team (fos) based in both Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
Developed by architect E. Fay Jones, The Thorncrown Chapel stands among the trees in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and serves as a non-denominational chapel for anyone interested in getting married within the nature-inspired space. Since 1980, the majestic design has provided visitors with a unique, award-winning space for celebration.
“Studio Aisslinger set sail towards the heart of Soho to turn London’s old brick facades into a vivid concept of the ‘home of the future – part two’. From 14–22 September 2013 design gallery 19th Greek Street show[ed] it’s most colourful face to all visitors of the London design Festival. 19th Greek Street is dressed in textile. The most sustainable and long living woven coloir fields of Kvadrat did not only survive one process of up cycling in 2013 for ‘The home of the future’ at Museum Haus am Waldsee (Berlin).
Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos has taken on a form less-visited for his aptly titled project Pyramid House—a conceptual pyramid-shaped home created and submitted as a proposal for a recent architecture competition. The simple geometric shape creates a clean aesthetic, while remaining extremely eye-catching due to its iconic though rarely applied form.
Architects Sergey Mishin and Katya Larina of Studio Mishin teamed up with Daniel Llofriu Pou, Alberto Arguimbau of Arup to build a beautifully illuminated, perforated copper staircase for Michin’s new Villa Mallorca.“The detailed design of the complex structure is based on a limited set of panel types and interface geometries to allow for a consistent appearance and an efficient procurement. The installation is sequenced in such a way that the structural panels interlock with each other and a delicate substructure to minimize visible connections.” Explained Jan Wurm, Arup’s Materials Practice Leader for Europe.
Here is a carefully designed environment made of glistening snow crystals – rebuilt every season from 3000 tons of snow at six locations in the Alps and the Pyrenees. A vivid product for exciting events and one of the most innovative hotel concepts of our times – CO2-neutral and sustainable.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon. USGS topographic maps show the elevation at the Skywalk’s location as 4,770 ft (1,450 m) and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon as 1,160 ft (350 m), and they show that the height of the precisely vertical drop directly under the skywalk is between 500 ft (150 m) and 800 ft (240 m).
Located in Shibuya, Tokyo, the home has got an ultra clean exterior, and a warm yet ultimately masculine air about it. The bottom floor has got an interestingly placed skate bowl with the interesting juxtaposition of a glossy black piano just behind it.