Observation platforms and skywalks add a completely new dimension to architecture, allowing you to experience it, and the landscape in which it sits, in a totally new, unique and often breath-taking way.
If you really love beautiful design and inspiring architecture, why not immerse yourself in it while enjoying a holiday? We’ve already told you about the unique, new contemporary art gallery IK LAB, constructed from living trees, which has just opened in the grounds of the eco–friendly Azulik resort in the beachside town of Tulum in Mexico and we loved the idea of holiday architecture so much we’ve researched some more stunning destinations for you to put on your bucket list.
The future of smart city transportation is being developed at an exponential rate: autonomous cars, smart, folding cars, electric bicycles and projects such as the SolarRoad, a cycle path that turns sunlight into electricity, a technology that is already being developed for motorways. motorways. We’ve seen crazy ideas such as the Transit Elevated Bus, a car-straddling bus, designed to run on tracks laid either side of roadways. It didn’t catch on – mainly because it was just an impractical, ugly train! However, here are some of the more credible, futuristic modes of transportation in development, which will make our cities and lives truly smart.
When we read about this new Student Hotel in Barcelona it made us wish we were back in uni! It’s one of 11 hotels in cities across Europe including Paris, Amsterdam, Dresden and Rotterdam with more planned for Madrid, Florence, Rome and Bologna and offers a brand new take on student accommodation.
You simply can’t get much closer to art than this – it’s a CGI animation, created by art studio Prudence Cuming Associates, to take viewers on a journey across the heavily textured surface of Damien Hirst’s Veil of Faith paintings, which made their debut at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles in March. The CGI uses a 4K-resolution camera to capture pull-back photographs of the painting and high-resolution macro shots of each part of the paint to mimic the texture and shape created by Hirst’s paintbrush.
After seeing the master plan for the vast water droplet–shaped cultural hub Aljada, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, and Kengo Kuma Architects’ amazing vision for Danish seaside culture at its planned Waterfront Culture Centre in Copenhagen, we started thinking about the growth in aquatic leisure developments and how they’ve evolved from the humble swimming pool into complex pieces of architecture now influencing how we participate in water sports.
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