Paris Lifts 30-Year Ban on High Rises –> First Up? 590 ft Glass Herzog & de Meuron's "Le Projet Triangle"

In July, officials in Paris voted to lift a ban on high rise buildings in the French capital in a bid to combat the city's housing shortage and invigorate the city's economic status. Amid outcry from two-thirds of Parisians who remain opposed to the construction of new tall buildings, officials pressed on and lifted the ban in order to compete with the big boys – London, Berlin, and Barcelona. Designed by Swiss team Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron who brought us the famed bird nest stadium in Beijing, the gorgeous pyramid block structure will look like an ultra-thin triangle on one side. At 590 feet it will be the third tallest building in Paris after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower.

Due for completion in 2014 the tower will contain offices, a conference center, a 400 bedroom hotel as well as restaurants, cafes and gardens. Craziest facts? Architects are claiming that it won’t cast shadows and nearby buildings and that it will be powered by solar and wind energy. More at Dezeen

January 21, 2017

Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully illuminated by millions of brilliant celestial points.

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January 20, 2017

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.

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