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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A Gensler-designed pet pampering centre


New York’s JFK Airport is planning to open a new animal spa centre.  

International architecture firm Gensler has designed The ARK, which allows pets to have their own luxury experiences while travelling.  

Treatments include a veterinary hospital, a care centre with a spa and grooming services, and even a diagnostic library.  

The ARK, which will open in early 2016, boasts Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a consultant and could ‘effectively transform the air transport of animals worldwide’.  

Read more about the idea here and tell us if you would treat your beloved pet to The ARK.

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Dine in style among ocean life


A striking new restaurant has been launched in the Maldives that allows guests to dine with ocean life.

To reach the Subsix restaurant, diners have to take a speedboat to the location and descend several staircases to reach this intriguing restaurant and bar.

The floor to ceiling windows allow guests to watch all sorts of underwater creatures, such as colourful butterflyfish, swimming around the surrounding coral reefs.

With unique furniture pieces and abstract chandeliers completing the experience, diners can immerse themselves with undersea life.

Read more about Subsix here and let us know if you would visit.

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Specimen: the new game that tests your colour perception


If you’re intrigued by the way your brain works, this innovative new game is for you.

Specimen is a simple and straightforward game that is not only addictive but also tests your colour perception.

A small circle appears in the centre of the screen with a variety of different coloured amoebas inside.
As the player, all you need to do is match the amoebas with the colour of the background.

The more you get correct, the more points you collect, showing how good your colour perception is.

Faster versions of the game are available for those who want to really test their skills.

Download the game here and watch the video below to see how it all works in action.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/133349411

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A video game inspired by The Grand Budapest Hotel


A group of American students has released a quirky new video game, based on a Wes Anderson film.

‘Maquisard’, devised by students at New York University’s Game Center, is loosely inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The game places you in the role of a lobby boy tasked with finding a secret agent; the setting is a labyrinth of hotel rooms, which are designed with Wes Anderson’s style in mind.

Download the game for free here and watch the video below to see it in action:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/130695750

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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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A restaurant inspired by street art and Parisian glamour


A French restaurant in Hong Kong offers more than just amazing gastronomy – it provides an immersive creative experience by famous artists.

Design agency Substance has given Bibo a unique interior design, inspired by the glamour of 1930s Parisian saloons.

Work by renowned artists, such as Banksy, JR, and Damien Hirst, cover the restaurant from floor to ceiling, transforming Bibo into an elegant and bohemian ‘abandoned French tram station’.

Creative director of Substance, Maxime Dautresme, says, “we wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams”.

Discover this amazing restaurant here and tell us if you would like to visit.

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