An innovative idea in bridge design is forcing drivers to slow down and smell the roses. Surrounded by a 360 degree view of the water in the southern coast of Uruguay, the round bridge stretches across the waters of Laguna Garzón between the cities of Rocha and Maldonado.
A group known as the ‘Church Brigade’ repurposes the interiors of the Church of Santa Barbara, a century-old church in Llanera, Asturias, into an awesome skate park called Kaos Temple.
The Story Pod by architecture firm Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB) is a grassroots project that has community written all over it. Located in Toronto, the compact, mobile library lets people sit and lounge while enjoying a book or two and provides a place to gather for community events like story times and study sessions.
HQ Architects built gigantic self-inflating flowers in the middle of a busy city in Jerusalem that will make anyone feel like Alice in Wonderland. Entitled ‘Warde,’ the flowers injects a bit of lightheartedness to the everyday hustle and bustle of the city while providing practical use by offering a respite from the unforgiving sun.
The Tower at PNC Plaza opened in Pittsburgh, PA this month and the eco-friendly structure is paving the way for large structures getting in on the ‘green’ bandwagon. Design firm ESI Design installed an impressive 30 foot chandelier soaring over 24 feet high called ‘The Beacon’ in the lobby that serves a much bigger purpose other than a mere status symbol.
The world has yet to warm up to 3D printing since it’s often regarded as being slow and too costly. But despite its flimsy reputation, there are those that believe that the future lies in it. One of those that are in the camp of pro-3D printing is American Standard, which aims to bring 3D-printed faucets to homes in the near future.
Made from hard-packed snow and the clear ice of the Torne River, Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PinPin Studio creates a snow playground, adding yet another reason to love Winter. In partnership with ICE HOTEL and others, the Swedish design studio created a maze with ten foot walls, two slides, a massive snow lantern, four egg-shaped seats and benches made out of ice.
The unused Old Vic Tunnels at London Waterloo becomes the UK’s first permanent indoor skatepark by House of Vans, following suit behind House of Vans Brooklyn. The multi-use 30,000 sq foot space caters to a variety of people from artists and musicians to skateboarders and bar hoppers.
These da Vinci-esque aerial creations come courtesy of artist Daniel Agdag. The industrial inspired designs are all the more impressive considering they were built straight from his head, with no plans, and all formed using cardboard which is far less pliable than paper.
Breaking Wave is a mesmerizing anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for Biogen-Idec’s new headquarters in Cambridge, MA by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. As if waiting for the maestro’s baton for the cue, the 804 balls hover and simulate wave-like movements before the grand finale that can only be revealed if standing at the right spot.