Artist Yukata Sone turned a village of Chinese artisans into urban topographers carving New York City out of marble.
Originally trained as an architect and with a natural bent toward obsessing over details, Sone started working in marble and twelve years ago discovered the traditional stone carvers in the tiny Chinese village of Chongwu. The carvers were mostly engaged in making stone dragons, lanterns, and Buddhas using age-old craft techniques. He asked a group to work with him on carving more dynamic shapes such as machinery and urban landscapes
Discover the Surprising real igloo village based in Kakslauttanen, Finland. Each igloo is equipped with glass tocontemplate the northern lights and stars. Constructed usingspecial thermal glass, the 20 rooms are heated.
The legendary Hotel Bel-Air, owned by the Sultan of Brunei’s Dorchester Collection, is set to re-open in October after a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation that will bring the iconic property into the 21st century including a posh Presidential Suite.
The famed Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in “Bel-Air Pink” will remain, while a new interpretation of timelessness is reflected through different design themes, from American mid-century modern to the glamorous decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s conveyed in a “fresh, youthful and elegant” manner.
Bel-Air Hotel Los Angeles – link
Your own survival pod! Escape pod hotel in a city centre dock location.
Moored in F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) – a unique and artistic surfers village at the boulevard of Scheveningen near The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972 they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants.
First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France.
The architecture firm Studio WXY and New York-based Weidlinger won the competition to build the Nanhe River Bridge Landscape Xinjin County, China. An impressive red bridge crossing the river into 2 interwoven routes
Check out this vacation home located on the peninsula Bouddi, north of Sydney (Australia). A house designed in the trees in a sophisticated way through outdoor architecture that respects the natural environment