Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at

August 10, 2022

15 Skyscrapers That Are the Tallest Buildings in the World

People have been competing against each other to build taller and taller structures for a very long time. With today’s advanced building technology, the challenge gets even more difficult and far more expensive. That is why the Burj Khalifa is so well-known—it temporarily holds one of the most important titles in the world. While it may seem easy to make a list of the tallest buildings, some people disagree on the rules of the game.

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March 26, 2022

Zen Wellness Retreat Offers Incredible Panoramic Views of Japan’s Awaji Island

Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the newly proposed Zenbo Seinei retreat is a timber wellness center that sits high above Japan’s Awaji Island. The project is described as a place to experience zen as guests enjoy an escape from urban life. The retreat will feature open-air baths, tofu-based cuisine, and yoga and meditation classes all while providing unbelievable views of the landscape.

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March 19, 2022

Robert De Niro Helped Develop the World’s First “Vertical Film Studio” To Be Built in Queens

Say hello to the “first vertical film studio in the world.” Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG, will soon begin construction on the 760,000 square-foot film studio in Queens. New York developer Wildflower Ltd. worked with actor Robert De Niro, his son Raphael De Niro (who works as a real estate broker), and Jane Rosenthal, a film producer, to develop the $600 million project.

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