The first vertical cable car


Brighton will soon be home to ‘the world’s first vertical cable car’, which will be the highest observation point in the UK (outside of London).

Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 will reach 162 metres into the sky, overlooking the stunning Sussex coastline.

The tower was designed by the brains behind the London Eye, Marks Barfield Architects and Poma, and it’s expected to hold up to 200 people at a time.

Read more about the world first here and let us know if you’ll be visiting it.

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The world’s second-tallest building


The world’s second-tallest building has been completed in China – and it is tall.

Architecture firm Gensler designed the 632 metre Shanghai Tower in Lujiazui.

The skyscraper curves and twists, helping it to withstand wind loads during typhoons, and it has now been officially added to ‘The world’s top 10 buildings’ as recorded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

While Shanghai Tower is incredible, it’s still not as tall as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which reaches an astonishing 828 metres.

Read more about the skyscraper here and tell us what you think of it.

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P-Cube by UNSTABLE


A breathtaking pavilion in a Russian park changes its visuals with the time of day.

P-Cube, by UNSTABLE, sits in the heart of VDNKh Park in Moscow, towering above its surroundings.

The 9m x 9m installation consists of skeletal scaffolding and a translucent fabric, which changes during the day and at night to create a ‘physical-digital environment of light and shadows’, incorporating a variety of vibrant visuals.

The immersive experience is completed by a soundtrack composed by local electronica act Pixelord.

See P-Cube in action below and let us know what you think of it.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/148569084

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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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