Family House in PAVILNIAI Regional Park

I discovered this astonishing house as it was featured on the tv show, "Extreme Homes." The initial plan was to demolish the existing decaying house. It was discovered that the original house under the glass building was actually from the 16th century. After some research the small historic house had been previously owned by Napoleon. Destruction was not an option at this point. Natkevicius...

Hovering Observation Deck Above Grand Central Terminal

Architecture firm SOM has proposed adding a floating observation deck that slides up and down the sides of two new skyscrapers. SOM states that the hovering deck would increase the quality of the public space surrounding the building by adding an “iconic landmark” with a 360-degree panorama of the city skyline. // // New York City could use some visually diverse...

Two Cheapest Kitchen Renovations add Value to your House

The profitability of the investment you make into renovating your home depends directly on how much you put in, and what you put that money into. These are the two factors determining your success. For example putting in a huge pool is not the safest investment, but some people just don't care about the financial gain. Whether you are renovating a house for...

Obama’s New Oval Office Design (Not really, just for fun!)

The country is going to hell in a handbasket, but at least architects can make us laugh. Evanston architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker were among the architects asked by The Guardian on London to redesign the Oval Office for the presidency of Barack Obama. Here is their very witty response: "In Obama’s Oval Office bookcases have been added to either...

Wright’s Glencoe Subdivision Markers are Crumbling

One of the most unique details at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs subdivision in Glencoe is in need of some significant Tender loving care. The subdivision, which includes six Wright-designed houses and three boldly sculpted markers of poured concrete, was built in 1915 for developer Sherman Booth. But Chicago's brutal climate has taken its toll on the markers, aided by...

Pullman: Unique Historic Town in Chicago Neighborhood

Initially constructed to house workers of his railcar company, George Pullman’s model community is one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods. In its prime, this ‘town within a town’ had its own amenities catering to citizens of Pullman’s French-inspired row houses and colonnade apartments. Today, an information center and the country’s first African-American labor history museum serve visitors to this...

The Bloomingdale Rail Line Converted Into Greenway/Linear Park Chicago

Transforming retired railroad lines is a new trend within cities. As you might remember the same type of transformation also took place in New York: Click here to see the post. CDOT, along with numerous community partners, is constructing the Bloomingdale Trail and Park-- a multi-use linear park that will be the first of its kind in Chicago. The trail and...

The Chicago Federal Building Was Replaced By a Black Box

The Chicago Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois was built between 1898 and 1905 for the function of housing the midwest's federal legal courts, primary post office, and other government offices. It stood in The Loop area on a block surrounded by Dearborn, Adams and Clark Streets and Jackson Boulevard. After construction was complete, more than $2,000,000 remained for interior decoration...

Mitt Romney’s 6 Houses

After much tension to release his tax forms, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has generated over $43 million in just the past 2 years. As you can see from all of his previous houses Mitt Romney can not relate to the average American on economic conditions. While much of Romney’s assets comes from his tenure at Bain & Company and investment...

10 Different Painted Kitchen Cabinet Colors

White-painted cabinets make this kitchen come to feel vibrant, light and open. Green-hued granite counter tops and arbitrarily spread out attractive back splash tiles create just the correct contrast. Adding a wooden ceiling can be quite a risk, but in some cases well worth it. These green-painted cabinets contrast superbly with the wood-paneled ceiling and butcher-block-topped center island of this...

Manchester Civil Justice Center

In 2002, Her Majesty’s Courts Service held an international competition to choose an architect to design a new purpose built premises for the Department of Justice in the North West, the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice. The building was obtained through the UK’s Public Private Partnership design. However, in...

Masrah Al Qasba Theater – Magma Architecture

The transformation of the Masrah Al Qasba Theater in Sharjah is the Very first project to be carried out by magma architecture in the United Arab Emirates. Guests to the 300 seat auditorium find themselves covered in a sculpture undulating area evoking memories of the scenery of Sharjah. Meticulously disguised lighting elements shining through stretchable fabric surfaces improve the...

Embarrassing Architecture Fails

Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days according to Miley Cyrus. So I can understand messing up some measurements, but I do not understand how construction for such radical architecture can continue after realizing the mistakes made? Although some of the architecture fails created a large head ache for some, they created a good chuckle from everyone else. // //...

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...

Colorful Building in Nagoya Japan

This building had a make-over making it more colorful and socially attractive. The reason was to make it feel more urban, and personal Each color represents a different apartment. It is also environmentally friendly as it features a grass patio at the top. This is a great way to add interest in such a busy city. I would like to see...

Best Free Room Design Program from Ikea

// // Do you feel confused when shopping for furniture because you don't know how it will work in the space? Well there is a free solution. Ikea Room Planner makes it possible to design your room before buying any more furniture that wouldn't work. The program will work on a wide variety of computers. All you have to do...

Bathroom Above 15th Floor Elevator Shaft

  This is one of four bathrooms in the PPDG penthouse designed by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos.  Located in Guadalajara, Mexico, the original 15 story building was built in the 1970s. The bathrooms sits on an abandoned elevator shaft. This was obviously a remodeled bathroom that was added into the // // Its a great idea to use the abandoned space. If I was...

1933 Chicago World’s Fair Homes Restored- Beverly Shores Indiana

// //           The House of Tomorrow, the Florida Tropical House, the Wiebolt-Rostone House, the Armco-Ferro Enamel House and the Cypress Log House are the five houses that were built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair celebrating a Century of Progress. These houses were shown off in Chicago to bring advertisement to Robert Bartlett's beach community Beverly Shores Indiana. Four of the...

One World Trade Center Construction at Ground Zero

An Iconic American Building The attacks of the Twin Towers or World Trader Center brought anger, frustration, discrimination, fear, and suffering to the people of the United States. On the same say of the attack mayor Rudy Giuliani stated, "We will rebuild. We're going to come out of this stronger than before, politically stronger, economically stronger. The skyline will be made whole...

Park or Railroad? The High Line in New York

When you first saw the images of The High Line you might have thought that it was an abandoned railroad, which is what I first thought. That is actually correct, because before The High Line or also called New York City linear park was created in 2009 it was an abandoned railroad. It stretches 1 mile through the lower west side of Manhattan...

The National Historic Landmark Falling Water By Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Legacy If you know anything about architecture you must know about the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He was born in 1867 and died in 1959. His main philosophy was bringing nature into architecture. His fame was brought to him because of his revolutionary style. His buildings are generally flat with large windows. He...

Man Turns Half His Basement Into A Fish Tank

This has been a dream of mine ever since I read this article a year ago. You can probably tell that I am an aquarium enthusiast just by seeing my selection of posts. I think that everyone can be inspired from this though and that is why I am posting it. So basically what this guy did is he sectioned off...

Renovating a Massive New York Farm House

It is not uncommon to see abandoned looking homes, especially in this housing market. Whenever I see a house that is falling apart I have the ambition to renovate it. It reminds me of that one TV show called "Flip That House." The show documents newbie house flippers. The show makes it seem really hard to make a profit which I am...