The Metropol Parasol located in La Encarnación square in Seville, Spain, merges modern with ancient. A market has existed on this site since the 19th century. The square was renovated several times since then and in 1990 an underground parking lot was set to be constructed. The project came to a halt, however, when ancient
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building, located in Titusville, Florida has appeared as a backdrop in such movies as Apollo 13 and Contact. At 526 feet tall it is America’s tallest building outside of an urban area and it is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume at 129,428,000 cubic feet. It is
The Guangzhou Circle located in Guangzhou, China may appear to be a strange doughnut-shaped skyscraper to westerners, but to those from the east, it has symbology and meaning. Architect, Joseph di Pasquale drew inspiration from bi-disks or bi, ancient Chinese artifacts. Bi-disks are carved from jade and bear the same shape as the Guangzhou Circle.
Casa do Penedo or House of Stone is located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal. Built by an engineer from 1972-1974, it utilizes 4 existing boulders to form the structure. Originally built as a vacation home, current owner Vitor Rodrigues is not quite sure what to do about the increasing number of tourists drawn
Located in the country of Georgia, the Katskhi Pillar is about 130 feet high. A small structure is clearly visible at the top. The pillar was left untouched and unscaled for centuries until 1944 when a group lead by mountaineer Alexander Japaridze and writer Levan Gotua climbed to the top. There they discovered the ruins
The Lonely Castle or Qasr al-Farid stands alone in the north Saudi Arabian desert. Carved from the top down directly into a massive 4-story boulder its origins are mysterious. Believed to date back to the first century AD, this “Castle” was actually created to be a tomb. It is believed that the dry climate has
Situated at the meeting point of the River Kelvin with the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland, the Riverside Museum was envisioned as a place that would connect the city with the river. The open ends on either side form a channel linking the two. This connection is a nod to the former importance of the
Although at first glance, it may remind you of a retro spaceship (maybe something from an old video game?), the Hong Kong Design Institute’s campus was built with modern concepts of interaction and cross-pollination in mind. The campus contains cutting edge fabrication facilities and workshops. Completed in 2011, it is approximately 45,000 square feet. Students
The scene is the Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan in the small town of Konagai. Imagine you are looking for a bus. You consult your map, turn the corner and there it is, except, it looks a little, strange…and delicious! Inspired by the pumpkin carriage in Cinderella, these unique structures were constructed for a 1990 travel expo.
The Novartis building, located in Basel, Switzerland was designed by Frank Gehry. The building is part of a renovation project started in 2001, the long-term goal of which is to update the whole campus “from an industrial complex to a campus of innovation, knowledge, and encounter.” The campus now features buildings from a variety of