December 17, 2018

Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Takes Over Facades of Residential Towers in Moscow

Since it was first created, Hokusai’s The Great Wave has been admired by artists and designers everywhere. Inspiring everything from origami paper to art history accessories, it’s one of the world’s most iconic Japanese woodblock prints. Now, The Great Wave is getting even bigger thanks to a project in Russia. Moscow’s new Etalon City development is bringing a little unique flair to its architecture. Six of the nine buildings will have Hokusai’s iconic image splashed across their facades.

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December 2, 2018

How Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ Home Changed Architecture Forever

Today, Frank Lloyd Wright is regarded as one of American architecture’s most influential figures. During his decades-long career as an architect and interior designer, Wright perfected a prolific number of designs, with his iconic Fallingwater at the forefront. Wright described this 1930s home as “one of the great blessings to be experienced here on earth.” Inspired by the architect’s desire to integrate human-made structures into the natural world, Fallingwater typifies organic architecture.

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November 29, 2018

Architects Design Stunning Theater Inspired by 19th-Century Chinese Puzzle Balls

In a nod to Chinese craftsmanship, London-based Steven Chilton Architects (SCA) has designed a stunning theater based on traditional ivory puzzle balls. Located in Guangzhou, the proposed Puzzle Ball Theater pays homage to these intricate puzzles by using circular openings and geometric cutouts across the spherical facade. Ivory puzzle balls are formed from concentric balls, often up to 10 or 12, with open carving.

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November 26, 2018

Japan’s Planned Space Robotics Lab Looks Like an Asteroid Suspended Over a Crater

The further we move into the space age, the more there is to learn. So much so that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is dedicating a new research center to advance space exploration. Concept designs by Clouds Architecture Office (Clouds AO) demonstrate how the cutting-edge, otherworldly architecture will reflect the dynamic research happening inside the Avatar X Lab.

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