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Skysphere: fantastic hang-out globular tower pad

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New Zealand designer Jono Williams built his otherworldly Skysphere clubhouse in around 3,000 hours from $50,000 in materials. No bathroom, but it has plenty of great amenities:

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Lost 1950s mosaic mural uncovered in NY after decades behind facade

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Allison Meier reports on the progress in uncovering a gorgeous Max Spivak midcentury stained-glass mosaic that was found in March hidden behind an aluminum facade.

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Building looks like couple doing it doggy style

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Atelier Van Lieshout constructed this delightful building, titled "Domestikator," as the centerpiece of their large festival installation, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival in Bochum, Germany.

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Podzook: a simply stunning backyard office pod

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If you have room for a 3-meter diameter sphere on your property, you can escape without leaving your yard with the Podzook. Just close the gull-wing door behind you and work or relax.

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Gorgeously designed studio feels like a treehouse

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Australian architect Max Pritchard's Tree Top Studio looks like the perfect place to work while surrounded by the sights and sounds of trees and water.

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Massive steel labyrinth

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Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh built this phenomenal steel labyrinth in Genk, Belgium at the C-mine arts center located on the site of a former coal mine. The 37.5 square meter maze has a kilometer of corridors.

A series of Boolean transformations create spaces and perspectives that reinterpret the traditional Labyrinth is a sculptural installation that focuses on the experience of space. These Boolean transformations convert the walk through the labyrinth into a sequence of spatial and sculptural experiences.

More at Deezen and Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. (via Juxtapoz)

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Gorgeous geometric reimagining of a stained-glass chapel

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This Rainbow Chapel at the Shanghai Museum of Glass was created for events like weddings, but a visit might make any day feel special.

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Watch Stewart Brand’s 6-Part Series How Buildings Learn

In 1995 Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (described by Steve Jobs as “Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along”) wrote a book about how buildings adapt to the changing world around them, called How Buildings Learn. Brand also made a 6-part documentary with the same name as his book, which was produced in 1997 by the BBC. Open Culture has posted the series on its website. Music is by Brian Eno.

WATCH: Drone-eye view of a Detroit hotel demolition

Detroit's historic Park Avenue Hotel was demolished on July 11, and YouTuber TheGadgetGuy1 caught all the action via drone.

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Gorgeous and colorful vaulted murals of Rotterdam's Markthal

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Rotterdam wanted to honor the history of its public market by creating a space that felt open even though it was enclosed. The resulting Markthal has a beautiful vaulted ceiling adorned with bright murals of food.

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Circular Infinite Bridge sculpture

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The Danish Sculpture by the Sea festival includes a massive piece called Infinite Bridge extending out into the Thors Møllebæk River.

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The most amazing building in the world was started in 1883 - still not finished building it

One of the most amazing things I've ever seen was Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The basilica looks like a giant drippy asymmetrical sandcastle. Gaudi started working on it in 1883. He was still working on it in 1926 when a tram ran over him and killed him. It was not complete when I visited it 20 years ago. This video shows what Sagrada Familia will look like when it is complete in 2026 (this is wishful thinking on their part). In a way, I hope they keep working on Sagrada Familia for as long as intelligent lifeforms exist on Earth - it's a worthy Long Now project.

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Puphaus creates stylish mid-century modern inspired doghouse

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If your dog needs a quiet getaway from sun and rain, but is too cool for a traditional doghouse or cheap plastic igloo, Puphaus by Pyramd may be the best option.

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Azerbaijani cultural center's gorgeous flowing architecture

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Photographer Francisco Anzola posted some gorgeous photos of Azerbaijan, including the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku.

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Enormous sculpture doubles as movable water filtration device

MoMA-PS1-Museum-Cosmo-installation_Andres-Jaque-Office_Political-Innovation_dezeen_468_6 Architect Andres Jaque's Office for Political Innovation has installed Cosmo at MoMA. The whimsical water filtration sytem on wheels is designed to make people think about municipal water delivery systems that are generally invisible in our daily lives. The firm said in a statement:

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Company to 3D print a steel pedestrian bridge in mid-air

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By 2017, Dutch designer Joris Laarman plans to use his company's MX3D metal printing technology to 3D print a 24-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge over an Amsterdam canal.

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Cliff House: modular home design hangs off cliff face

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No, it isn't real, but it is spectacular. The Cliff House is modular home company Modscape's theoretical design for "extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia."

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