Architecture

‘Private Choices, Public Spaces': Can Architects Save the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi?

Hosted in a small space at Parsons and that looks directly out onto Fifth Avenue, Private Choices, Public Spaces is less an exhibit than a staged brainstorm. There’s no artwork on display, or even building plans — surprising for an event organized by ArchiteXX, an organization of women in architecture dedicated to “bridging the academy in practice.” Instead, the space is filled with hundreds of postcards responding to a set of questions intended to prompt ideas for ArchiteXX’s latest “design action”: staging an “architectural intervention” at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. … Read More

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10 Dangerous Works of Architecture

Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you. Earlier this week, we spotted a cantilevered cliff-side home on Co.Design (featured below). For more extreme architectural thrills, we searched for other “dangerous” abodes that break the laws of physics and get our blood pumping. … Read More

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The Most Stylish Micro-Apartments

We’re not shy about sharing our obsession with tiny houses and miniature dwellings, so when we spotted Miel Arquitectos’ design for a small-scale apartment, we felt inspired. Micro living speaks to our desire to pare down, simplify, and create functional, beautiful spaces where we can thrive. In mega-cities like New York, your bank account depends on it. We’ve rounded up some tiny living quarters that don’t skimp on style, so click on for more stunning… Read More

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Architectural Retreats That Soothe the Soul

Summer is a time of play and rest, which naturally leads us to reflect on the past and the long months ahead. It’s a time to recharge — but these beautiful meditation spaces and architectural retreats offer a place to replenish mind, body, and spirit any day of the year. Allow these intimate sanctuaries and tranquil havens to soothe your restless soul. … Read More

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Famous Songs Become Buildings in Federico Babina’s ‘Archimusic’

Music often drives us to change the architecture of our bodies – if it wasn’t for Rod Stewart’s raw, animalistic beats or Barry Manilow’s thrashing guitar, I wonder if I’d ever move at all. But seriously, the idea of music itself being architectural isn’t too hard to fathom, whether in the way that it’s laid out in blueprint form before it’s actualized, in the way that a series of supporting sounds bolster one another and create a song, or in the 4’33” sense that silences create their own music, just as there’s architecture in empty space. … Read More

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The 25 Greatest Homes in Literature

Great characters in literature get all the credit, but the fictional spaces they occupy are often just as interesting and can provide an opportunity for the reader to go even deeper into a story. What would some of your favorite stories be without the creepy old farmhouses, crumbling castles, and estates overlooking a body of water whose waves crash against the rocks at night? To celebrate the birthday of Daphne du Maurier — a writer who gave us one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable grand old homes, in Rebecca — we’re rounding up the most memorable structures that served as settings for some of our favorite… Read More

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The Stunning Second Lives of 10 Repurposed Houses of Worship and Occult Practice

I’ve always been obsessed with places where people once prayed en masse that have since been put to different use. Whether they become homes or anything else, there is something so striking about a former church, Catholic school, synagogue, or any other holy place being reused by people for something other than worship. While they aren’t your typical houses of prayer, some of the great Masonic Lodges of the past have also found second lives. Last week, at Messy Nessy Chic, Rozena Crossman showed us one of the most unique examples of a former lodge being used for something else: a crazy, Borges-story-on-peyote psychedelic art house. … Read More

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Brilliant Works of Architecture Made Easier to Understand (and Even Nicer to Look At)

As a former architecture student at UCLA, Michie Cao was fascinated by the simplicity and beauty of the great works of modern architecture, but always felt that it wasn’t easy for people who didn’t truly understand design and construction to appreciate what made them so perfect. To fix this, the School of Visual Arts grad student came up with Archigrams, a whimsical set of small prints showcasing some of her favorite architectural marvels, complete with facts to help people better understand the process and art behind the structures. … Read More

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Incredible Homes with Secret Rooms and Passageways

Secret passageways and hidden rooms aren’t just for Scooby-Doo villains and mysterious millionaires. Homeowners and apartment dwellers are creating their own creative, covert spots that are perfect places for reading, hanging out, playing, and pretending that the outside world doesn’t exist. Here are a few moveable bookshelves, stealthy staircases, and sliding walls that reveal secret living quarters. … Read More

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Amazing Gingerbread Replicas of Famous Art Museums

He’s done Beatles in burnt toast, Damien Hirst in M&Ms, and Rothko in Rice, but Henry Hargreaves‘ latest juxtaposition of food and art may be his most impressive. Collaborating with stylist Caitlin Levin, the artist has used those most seasonal of ingredients — candy and gingerbread — to recreate some of the world’s most famous art museums, from the Guggenheim to the Louvre. If you’re in Miami for Art Basel later this week, be sure to stop by Dylan’s Candy Bar and see the sculptures in person; if not, these dramatic black-and-white photos (spotted via Neatorama and Junk Culture) seem almost as good — although not nearly as tasty — as the real thing. … Read More

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