Poseidon Undersea Resort

I think my dream came true when I found this online! Constructed in 2008 this resort is located underwater in a lagoon in Fiji. I wonder what the address is? If you want to rent a room for a week its only $15,000 or $30,000 for a couple, so cheap right? While in the hotel you are 40 feet...

Aqua Building Chicago Architecture

What is the Aqua Building? Aqua is an 82 story building (primarily residential) that is located in downtown Chicago Illinois. The building is the tallest building in the world to have a woman as an architect, at a soaring 859 feet. The facade of the building is characterized by emerging wavy balconies, some that emerge 12 feet. The name was...

Top 5 Chicago Instagram Photos of 2014

 Top Urban Splatter Instagram Photos of Chicago from 2014 Here are just some of the best pictures taken of Chicago for Urban Splatter's instagram. Take a look below at some of these amazing photos. What do you think of them? Can you tell where most of these places are?   Leave...

Leandro Erlich Fake Swimming Pool

In 2004 Leandro Erlich created a fake swimming pool for his complex. It may seem strange that fully clothed people are breathing under water. It is in fact not real, he built the pool so that there is a piece of glass near the top holding in the water at the very top. At first you might think its real and...

Saudi Arabia Building the Tallest Building Kingdom Tower

// // Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Currently the tallest building is  Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The Kingdom Tower is planned to be twice the height of the Burj Khalifa! Head of Kingdom Holding Company, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, recently gave his approval for construction of the tower. The designer for the project...

The History and Architecture of the Chrysler Building

An Art Deco Beauty of New York City The building that was ranked 9th on the list of America's Favorite Architecture is considered one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture. This building was the headquarters for Chrysler from the 1930's till the 1950's. The building was the tallest in the world for about 11 months until the Empire...

Aquarium Fence Surrounds House in Turkey

As I was on Yahoo's news page I came across one of the coolest fences that I have ever seen. When Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu bought his luxury oceanfront villa in Çeşme, Turkey, he wanted to see the ocean from every floor. But what’s a wealthy homeowner to do when his home doesn’t offer ocean views from the basement? Build a 164-foot...

Architecture and Why Its Relevant

Architecture Is More Necessary than you Think Architecture is an art and science involving the design and planning of the built world. No matter where you go, you see some form of architecture. Look at the front of your house, somewhere down the line, an architect designed the view you are looking at. It is truly amazing how much detail...

Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Largest Religious Monument in the World

First Hindu and now Buddhist, The Angkor Wat temple complex is the largest in the world. The temple complex was built in the 12th century by the Khmer (now Cambodia) King Suryavarman II. The complex is a high-class example of Khmer architecture. The attraction continues to amaze people and attract tourists, and is even on the countries flag. Angkor Wat has...

Frank Zappa’s House in Hollywood Hills

Frank Zappa’s house is being sold on Kickstarter for $9 million. Part of the money will be divided among his heirs and filmmaker who endeavors to preserve Zappa’s legacy and recordings in his documentary titled “Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa?”. The house is valued at $7,039,394 and a great deal for the right Zappa fan. The residence features a...

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture The artistic/architectural era called art deco evolved from France after WWI. Technological advancements brought the demand for fast production where art deco became suitable. Art deco resembled luxury, and forward thinking. Bold shapes, colors, and intricate straight lines encase the art deco style. I hope for a revival of art deco because it is...

Green Algae Proposal for The Marina Towers

A Paris based architecture firm Influx Studios proposed a new "green" transformation for the Marina Towers. The technology used in the design is relatively new. The proposal includes bio reactors that absorb carbon emissions. One of Chicago's main conflicts is the pollution due to the high traffic of cars throughout the city. The proposal includes wind turbines that provide energy as well as transforms the carbon emissions to...

Architecture Terms Used Within the Site

Not everyone is familiar with some of the vocabulary used within this website and hopefully these definitions will help you in the future. If you do know all of these terms then congratulations for being architecturally savvy! Façade- The front of a building that looks onto a street or open space. Cantilever- A long projecting beam or girder fixed at only...

Breathtaking Images of Tokyo and Its Skyline

The World's Largest City Will Impress You Tokyo is not only the largest city in Japan, its the largest in the world. The density in Japan is astronomically high compared to any city in the United States. This is because there is such little land for how many people there are in Japan. Tokyo, Japan is a global city for business,...

The Old and New Trends in American Architecture

Trends in the realm of architecture take quite a long time to develop because of construction time and it takes time for the development of new materials and such. It seems as the faster a trend comes in the faster it will fade away. Other trends that take years to catch on seem to have a lasting impact and...

These Children’s Hospitals Will Enlighten Your Day

A child with a serious illness should not have to endure treatment at an ordinary creepy hospital. Hospitals can be an intimidating place, especially for children. The white sterile walls and big noisy equipment can scare some kids and it’s possible they become miserable and uncooperative. Of course a kind and caring health care professional can overcome these obstacles; but...

Historical and Architectural Significance of Crown Hall by Mies van der Rohe

Crown Hall can be seen as a masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe because it expresses all of Mies’ philosophies he gained over time to the fullest extent. Crown Hall was not a peak for Mies but instead a stepping stone that brought Mies to reach even more truth and greatness in his architecture. Many people see the simplicity...

Abraj Al Bait, Fourth Tallest Building

Located in Saudi Arabia the Abraj Al Bait building is the tallest in the country and 4th tallest around the world. The building has a large worshipping room with a capacity of 10,000. A 5 star hotel is also within the building to accommodate for the many people who go on a pilgrimage to Mecca to participate in the Hajj. There is...

The Grand Canyon Glass Sidewalk

// // The "U" shaped glass sidewalk was construction in 2007 and has had millions of visitors since then. Currently it is owned by the Hualapai Indians. It stretches out about 70 feet into the canyon, and 4000 ft above the Colorado River! Belongings are not allowed onto the sidewalk as it brings the risk of it falling. Children are required to walk...

What You Did Not Know About the St. Louis Gateway Arch

An American Monument The St. Louis Gateway Arch is a modern marvel of American architecture. It is currently the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The 630 feet structure was capped off in 1967 and opened to the public. The interesting part about the building is that it has an observation deck at the top. Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, designed...

Minimalist architecture and interior design

Minimalist architecture is a style that first gained popularity in the early to mid twentieth century. Largely in response to the overly ornate and decorated design themes of earlier periods, minimalism embraced the aesthetic of simple elegance. A measure of minimalism's success can be witnessed in the high numbers of home owners still choosing to adopt this pared down...

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is World’s Longest Sea Bridge In China

Located in Beijing this bridge sans 26.4 miles of sea. The bridge was built in order to link China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao. Costing 1.5 billion US dollars to build this lengthy bridge is sure to be worth it. The previous bridge was 2.5 miles shorter located in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Construction took a mere 4...

Solar-Powered Floating Hotel By Michele Puzzolante

Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante designed this conceptual floating luxury hotel. So far this is just a concept looking for an investor. The cost so far is at $1,800,000 to build one of these. The resort can hold up to 6 people comfortably. I wouldn't mind living in this for a summer! The only problem would be the effect of the sea...

What is Considered Architecture?

The quick video below explains what architecture actually is, and might change your knowledge of it.