The world’s most controversial buildings


Did you know that some of the world’s most beloved buildings were once hated by thousands?

Iconic designs such as The Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Empire State Building all gained bad reputations when first built, but now are seen as innovative and symbolic of their home cities.

For example, the famous writer Guy de Maupassant described the Eiffel Tower as a “tall skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant and disgraceful skeleton”. Some people even looked forward to the Tower being taken down as scheduled (a day which never passed).

Read more about the world’s most controversial buildings here and tell us what you think. 

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The Unexpected Hill


A Turkish architecture studio has unveiled a unique public installation outside London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

SO? Architecture and Ideas has created The Unexpected Hill, which will host performances and activities until Sunday 20th September.

A response to the Royal Academy’s ‘transformation’ theme, the installation consists of blue and white ceramic triangular prisms stacked and staggered to create a 3D public seating area for visitors.

The studio was inspired by ‘Muqarnas’, a design technique typically found in Islamic architecture, which co-founder Sevince Bayrak described as ‘an example of using geometry to convert a 2D object into a 3D space’.

Discover the Unexpected Hill here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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The future of architecture in 20 buildings


Wired has put together a gallery of some of the most innovative buildings around, revealing how the future of architecture could be shaping up.

Describing architecture as being in an experimental phase, the article looks at a range of intriguing buildings that have been built, or at least designed, in recent years.

These include Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower, which uses an undulating, sculpture-like structure, and Magnus Larsson’s Dune Design, which would create architectural shapes using Sahara sand and bacteria.

Other examples, such as Hy-Fi by The Living, seem perfectly ordinary on the outside but have an innovative take on construction.

Hy-Fi is made from bricks grown from corn stalks and mushrooms in specially designed moulds, which were then coated in a light-refracting film.

Take a look at the whole gallery here and tell us which buildings you think show the future of architecture.

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21 fascinating house styles around the world


When you think of impressive architecture, it’s easy to think of striking skyscrapers or beautiful, historical buildings – but what about the humble house?

RubberBond’s creative team has created an interesting infographic showcasing some of the most fascinating house styles around the world, revealing how environments influence the way homes are designed and built.  

The infographic explores five different continents and points out their most outstanding house designs, such as the British Roundhouse, the A-frame (USA), and Japan’s Minka. 

Take a look at these fascinating styles here and tell us in which ones you would love to live.

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The world’s first multi-storey skatepark


If you’re a keen BMX rider or skateboarder, then Folkestone could be your new destination with a multi-storey skatepark in the works.

The design, commissioned by Roger De Haan and devised by Guy Hollaway, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Over six levels, the skatepark would incorporate undulating concrete floors for bikes and boards, an eleven metre high climbing wall, a basement boxing ring, and even a rooftop terrace.

Hollaway claims the plans could put the seaside town ‘on the map’ and encourage young people to remain in Folkestone.

Take a closer look at the design here and tell us if you’ll be making a trip to a world-first.

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Seoul Skygarden


A Dutch architecture studio will transform an old South Korean motorway into an impressive elevated public park.

MVRDV is in charge of creating the ‘Seoul Skygarden’, populating it with an incredible 254 different species of plants, which are organised according to the Korean alphabet.

In its new guise as the Skygarden, the currently abandoned section of the 1970s motorway will bring economic benefits to the area and act as a tranquil shortcut for pedestrians.

Winy Maas of MVRDV said that it “will change the daily lives of many people in Seoul for the better [as] a green oasis in the midst of all the traffic and concrete.”

Take a look at the stunning Skygarden here and tell us what you think.

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The most unique homes in the world


A new infographic features some innovative home designs, giving you the chance to explore them from afar .

Goodale Miller Team has put together eight fascinating pictures of the world’s most unusual houses.

These include the transparent house in Tokyo, a skateboard house in the USA, and an old tower water in Belgium. 

Discover the rest of these incredible houses here and tell us which ones you’d like to live in.

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