Category: Architecture

Abandoned oil silo turned into an automated light installation controlled by wind

Helsinki Oil Silo 468

Abandoned oil silos are of not much practical use but when an artist decides that it can be a perfect setting for displaying light art then the end result could be an extraordinary extravaganza. Silo 468, an original project of WDC Helsinki that comprises of 1280 LED’s spread across the dome with deep-red interior is really magnificent simply for the view that it puts forth.  The 450 steel mirrors that sway with the wind coming from behind the holes as sun shines further accentuate the effect seeming like there is sparkle on the surface of water. Now the interesting bit is that 16 meter tall steel Silo 468 responds to its surroundings courtesy bespoke software that uses algorithms to calculate wind speed, temperature, sunlight or snowfall. The patterns thereby created are very smooth and not repeated even once as the system refreshes every 5 minutes to keep the thing going.


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World’s fastest elevator inside Hyundai Asan Tower takes you on a joy ride

As an installation of the Hyundai Asan Tower, the world class elevator test facility spanning a distance of 205.2 meters above the ground and 15 meters below, EL 1080 elevator has to be one of the fastest elevators on earth. It is like travelling from first floor to the 50th floor in mere 25 seconds courtesy an all new elevator technology. Testimony to that is the special report “Fastest on Earth” by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum’s radio program which clearly proves that the Hyundai Asan Tower has one of the fastest elevators there ever was.
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Highly detailed Star Trek-themed home theater is what you always wanted

We are no strangers to themed decor. Galactic themed rooms often get us geeked up each time they pop up onto the scene. And this Star Trek-themed home theater is no different. We’ve previously shown you an incredible Batman inspired motel room and a $5.7 million home’s awesome Star Wars themed bedroom, but to match a geek’s dream, detailing is the most vital. This is perhaps where the highly-detailed Star Trek themed home theater walks away with the Galaxy. Read More…

Soon you’ll have cozy sleep on ocean bed inside Water Discus Hotel in Dubai

Dubai is certainly at the pinnacle of modern architecture with Burj Khalifa, man-made islands and other structure that mesmerize everyone. And now a new challenge beckons the architects as plans to build a hotel half submerged in water called as the Water Discus Hotel have been finalized by the designers at DOT (Deep Ocean Technology). This modern marvel of architecture will be constructed by building company Drydocks World in association with Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult. Water Discus Hotel will be half-submerged in the ocean at a distance of 10 meters with 21 rooms located next to a spell-bounding underwater dive centre and bar.
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Hall of the future will adapt to sound of each performer during performance


We’ve come a long way into a world of acoustics where sound isn’t a mere symbol of noise per se. The large theaters and halls have always been about the sound quality the speakers and other audio installations therein could deliver, and even today nothing seems changed. To live up to this, Design firm RVTR has swung the architectural acoustics a 360 degree with their system to transform roofs that can adjust with sound and transform themselves to gel with the audio – the idea is to provide an idealistic stop venue for all possible range of music and art performances and audience configurations. Read More…

$5.7 million house and its simply awesome Star Wars themed bedroom

Having seen a Submarine Steampunk house and a Batman themed motel room, at least I thought that I had seen it all to satiate my sci-fi creed. But the surprises just don’t stop at this, featured at AOL real estate for the House of the Day, here is a spectacular Star Wars theme bedroom. Besides this, the 5.7million worth fun house also has fire engine game room, which is beyond anything you’ll find on other Manhattan apartments. Read More…

As Doomsday strikes you could be sipping coffee in luxurious underground shelter

Hose, the doomsday prophecy of December 21st, 2012 scares the hell out of me and probably you too. But if you have got a big pocket then there is no need to worry as everyone else faces the wrath of doomsday you’ll be sitting cozy in a couch watching daily soaps on your TV! There are a dozen probable apocalyptic scenarios being proposed by the proponents of doomsday and that is the reason why this Doomsday Shelter under a Kansas prairie developed by Larry Hall is you best chance of avoiding and even surviving the so called ‘End of the world’.
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Futuristic three ships-like floating hotel calls guests to a virgin world on water

Floating hotels are new form of architecture of late, most hotels with exemplary designs have graced many web pages over time, and this one that’s by far the most peculiar, takes things way too far into the future. Three Spirits – a project by Filip Kurzewski from the Warsaw University of Technology projects hotel in form of three unique ships. The well formulated ships are an outcome of designer’s personal experience, and are well formed to deliver a virgin underwater world for guests to explore.
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Real Madrid all set to build US$ 1 billion island resort by 2015

Real Madrid is the richest football club in Europe generating a whooping €438.6 million in year 2011, and with their six point lead over F.C Barcelona in the ongoing Spanish La Liga tournament things are looking even better with nine games remaining. Probably for this reason real Madrid have stringent plans to build a jaw-dropping exquisite artificial island amidst the serene water off the shores of United Arab Emirates.
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Archipelago Cinema – A floating cinema that doubles as an event venue

Artificial floating islands are one of the most interesting man-made creations that offer us a chance to live on waves. Taking this concept to a whole new level, German architect Ole Scheeren built a floating cinema called Archipelago Cinema. Beautiful floating architecture takes a cue from techniques used to construct floating lobster farms by the local fishermen. Keeping sustainability in mind, the whole structure is entirely made of recycled materials and joined together in a way to offer maximum flexibility for its future use. The architectural gem debuted at inaugural ceremony of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival where screen, hanging between the deep blue sky and sea, delivered an unforgettable an enjoyable cinematic experience. For all guests – who were taken to the venue by boat in the darkness of the sea – it was one-of-a-kind outdoor movie watching experience. Ole Scheeren said that the idea of watching movies in the middle of the sea seemed amazing. As the festival ended, the floating cinema was dismantled and donated to the village where it was built.

Via : buro-os / Gizmodo / Fastcodesign