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
February 12, 2022

Stunning Contemporary Cabin Pairs Desolate Nature With 15th-Century History

If you're looking for a hideaway suitable for reflection amongst the trees, the Maidla Nature Villa may be the perfect fit. Located on the site of an old Estonian manor near a bog, the hotel is described as a place “where nature meets history.” This particular contemporary cabin is the first in a series of three new structures on the historical site.

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February 7, 2022

Incredible Winding Staircase That Looks Like a Rollercoaster in South Korea

Though it may certainly look like it belongs in an amusement park, the new winding structure in Pohang’s Hwanho Park is not actually a rollercoaster. Designed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, SpaceWalk is a massive sculptural staircase full of dramatic twists and turns. The project is South Korea’s largest-ever contemporary public sculpture. Visitors to SpaceWalk can walk through almost all of the structure except for the large loop at the center.

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February 5, 2022

Illustrator Reimagines Modernist Masterpieces in Stylish Architectural Drawings

If you are an art and architecture lover looking for the perfect print to decorate your home, the work of Studio Sander Patelski might be just the thing. Patelski creates vibrant pieces inspired by modernist architecture and design. His catalog includes stylized versions of iconic buildings like Case Study House No. 8 by Charles and Ray Eames and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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January 30, 2022

Distinctive Design Museum Has a Form Inspired by Rocky Mountain Peaks

A unique art museum design has opened its doors in Northern China. Created by renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners, the Datong Art Museum appears as a collection of intersecting pyramidal forms surrounded by landscape. Inspiration for the museum came from the idea of rocky mountain peaks. The building is one of four major structures designed for Datong New City’s cultural plaza.

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