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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New London Architecture unveils annual survey results


New London Architecture released the results of this year’s London Tall Buildings Survey.

The independent forum has teamed up with GLHearn to reveal that 263 new buildings are scheduled in 2015.

With a rise in the number of towers under construction, Head of London Strategy at GLHearn, Shaun Andrews, summed up the results: “if London doesn’t grow up, it will need to grow out.”

South, East and Central London will see the greatest number of tall buildings built this year.

Learn more about the survey’s results here and let us know what you think about the tall buildings boom.

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The world’s first shadowless skyscrapers


Shadowless buildingsArchitecture firm NBBJ has revealed its plan for a couple of very unusual buildings in London.

These two skyscrapers won’t cast a shadow, thanks to their innovative design.

They will use concave reflective surfaces which are adapted to the sun’s path in the sky, significantly reducing their shadows.

The unique towers will be built on Greenwich Peninsula; find out more about the project here.

Shortlist unveiled for London bridge competition


Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge A shortlist of architects and engineers has been revealed for the design of the new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in London.

The juries have narrowed down the 74 teams in the February longlist to just four designs.

Wandsworth Council leader, Ravi Govindia, said: “the quality of the submissions went beyond our best expectations and the interest this competition has generated across London has been tremendous.”

The final winner will be selected in the autumn.

Find out more about the competition here and tell us what you think about it.

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