Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards

Looking for some breathtaking photography?

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards has released its 2015 shortlist.

Showcasing twenty photographs across four categories (Interior, Exterior, Sense of Place, and Buildings In Use), the nominations take in images depicting dramatic ruins, striking skyscrapers, and even a hotel in a jungle.

Shortlisted photographers include Fernando Guerra, who has four photographs on the list, and Ryan Koopmans, who has been shortlisted for his shot of De Rotterdam (pictured).

See all the images here and let us know which ones you would choose.

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The best buildings in the world

As buildings grow ever more ornate and towering, Westermans asks: which are the world’s most impressive structures?

The company’s new infographic looks at some of Earth’s most striking and prestigious buildings, including the Shard, the Burj Khalifa, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Complete with statistics on the materials used, the build time, and the cost of each project, the infographic also offers fun facts on the buildings.

For instance, did you know it takes two months to clean the windows of the Petronas Towers? Or that the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for just eleven months?

See the whole infographic here and let us know your favourite building from the list.

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The Sky Pool

If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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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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