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Found this awesomeness on BLDGBLOG just now, had to post it.
50 apocalyptic Manhattan like buildings “built by Warhammer 40K players and students of Nordiska Scenografiskolan (Nordic Set Design school) in Skellefteå, Sweden.” on the floor of three rooms in an apartment, setup for a music video for the band Strata.

Photo by Magnus Johansson

Photo by Magnus Johansson

Photo by Magnus Johansson

More images in thread on Work in Progress 

(via bldgblog)


This is kind of amazing. A building in Brussels known as the Dexia Tower has got lightning installations behind 4200 of it’s 6000 windows.  Each installation consisting on average of 12 light bulbs, each with three LEDs – a green, a red and a blue – that can be combined into a complete colour palette. It can show figures, letters, geometric shapes with various effects and also graphics. A rapid change in the colour of the lamps instantaneously gives an impression of movement.

Picture Marc Vanderslagmolen
Picture by Marc Vanderslagmolen

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Left: LAb[au] Right: Picture by Thomas Vanhaute

The building has been a host for various light shows, for example the Touch project in which visitors could control the display from the opposite street using a touch screen. People were allowed to light the building in a personal way for a few moments and to send a souvenir picture of the light show to their e-mail addresses.

dexia tower touch screen light show

read more at the Official Website

(via creative review)

Architect Tadao Ando has designed a new contemporary arts centre in Venice for luxury goods tycoon François Pinault.

arts centre

more at dezeen


I earlier made a post about the weird, but awesome looking Gyeongju Tower (82m) when it was under construction. Now it’s completed (August 14th!) and it seems like it will be used for various social and cultural activities, with its observatory, sky lounge and more.

Gyeongju Tower

Size: Shaped as the legendary 9 storied Hwanryongsa Temple’s Pagoda with total floor space of 4,016.90㎡
(17 stories above the ground, height 82m, 34.6m×35.0m)

Structure: steel framework (structured with glass and aluminum in a modern mode)

Usage: used for cultural and social activities (observatory, sky lounge, stores, etc. )
1st floor above the ground (1,167.20㎡): lobby
2nd to 15th floor above the ground (784.1㎡): stair hall
16th floor above the ground (1,171.30㎡): open-air observatory, sky lounge
17th above the ground (731.52㎡): open-air observatory, sky lounge, stores, etc.
Two elevators available


Check out this article too: Korea’s Gyeongju city hosts annual international culture festival

Photograph by Kadir van Lohuizen

Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen photographs the city’s transformation into a modern metropolis in anticipation of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Click here to see the photos

LINK: Download catalogue
LINK: Biennals 2006: CO-EVOLUTION

At the Biennals 2006: CO-EVOLUTION, Danish/Chinese collaboration on sustainable urban development in china, the CEBO/Chongqing University team showed off this crazy plan.


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I am familiar with the japanese capsule hotels, and thankfully no one ever went nuts and made something even smaller and creepier (as far as I know…). Instead some germans made something kind of similar. Hotel rooms out of drain pipes. It’s pretty cool actually.


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A 69-year-old former insurance examiner spent 19 years building a miniature replica of the Himeji Castle in Japan. What is he going to do now when it’s finished? Personally I’d never want to finish something like that and fulfill my dream.

Himeji Castle Miniature

Hiroyasu Imura spent 19 years pursuing his boyhood dream of faithfully producing a replica of Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture.

The 69-year-old former insurance examiner completed his model of Himeji Castle at a scale of 1:23 in the garden of his home in Ise, Mie Prefecture, in April.

The Hwangryongsa temple, a 9-story pagoda, was built in 645 AD by Silla (one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea), but was demolished in 1238 during the Mongol invasion of Korea.

Hwangryongsa Temple
Hwangryongsa Temple, a 9-story pagoda

Now it seems that they’re building a new 82m tall tower called Gyeongju Tower, inspired by the old temple.
It’s kind of.. weird looking, but I have to say it also looks very interesting.

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