Birmingham, England Gets a Beautiful New Library

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Birmingham Library is the largest public library in England and the largest public cultural space in Europe. The beautiful new structure houses over 400,000 books, 240 computers, an art gallery, two cafes, a music library, a performance space, shop, and green outdoor spaces. We say less malls, more libraries, but whose going to listen us...

Mountain Hut Located on Europe's Highest Peak

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 16, 2013
The Efuge du Gouter is a self sufficient hut located on Europe's highest peak and is meant to house mountaineers after they reach the end of their climb. A helicopter was used to transport materials, wood was cut from nearby forests and the 69 pilings anchor the structure 12m into the mountain rock. Withstanding winds up to 300 km/h the building also as a melting unit to keep off the snow!

The Oasis of Aboukir, a Vertical Garden in Paris

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Living wall inventor Patrick Blanc's latest installation called L'Oasis D'Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) includes plants from 237 different species planted in diagonal waves. Coinciding with Paris Design Week (Sept. 9th-15th) the wall occupies a five-story building and brings some much-needed green to the inhabitants of the city. We think there should be more of these out there!

Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Standing in Tokyo like a left over prop from a science fiction movie made in the 70s, the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa faces the threat of demolition. The building was a prototype for 21st century living in an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. The building is composed of two concrete towers housing 140 prefabricated modules (capsules) that are self-contained units. The capsules can be connected or combined to create larger spaces and are designed to be replaceable.

Kitty Cat Kindergarten

Street Art // Friday, August 23, 2013
With a mouth as an entrance, a tale as a slide and two circular windows for eyes, this kitty-cat-kindergarten is truly a one of a kind educational experience for children in Wolfartsweie, Germany. Designed by artist Tomi Ungerer and architect Ayla-Suzan Yöndel, the cuddly kindergarten structure holds 100 children and has multiple classrooms, a coatroom, a dining room, a kitchen and the paws serve as indoor playrooms. We are slightly jealous and how come Japan wasn’t the first to be doing this? Cat cafes but no cat schools?

Santabrogiomilano Architects' Glass House Concepts

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 22, 2013
  Milano-based architecture firm Santabrogiomilano has designed a transparent house concept that is ready to be built almost anywhere in the world. The inhabitants of the house would be completely surrounded by glass except for the ground floor. Every structural element of the house is composed of glass pieces and by pressing a button the glass can instantly be turned matte for privacy!

Tomás Saraceno's "Solar Bell"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tomas Saraceno, the man behind some of our favorite installations, is working on yet another incredible project. This one came from the idea of creating a building so light that it could take off and elevate into the air. Whether it is a flying sculpture or a flying observation tower, the vision is to create a structure that will float up with the wind and that people can occupy. Awesome! Watch a video and see photos of early models and prototypes after the jump!

Man Builds Mountain Villa on Beijing Apartment Building

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 15, 2013
The story of a Beijing doctor spending the last 6 years building a mountain villa on the roof of his 26-story apartment building with no permission has been making its rounds on the web recently. We can't even begin to comprehend how he managed to get those materials onto the roof...elevators? The addition covers 1000 square meters of rooftop in artificial rocks, real trees and grass. After residents filed complaints for 6 years about leaks, heavy machinery, and noise, the government finally decided to intervene and give the man a whole 15 days to remove it.

'Aurland Look Out' by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 13, 2013
When tasked with designing a look out structure for an absolutely spectacular view in Norway, architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen worked hard to not destroy the atmosphere and finished with a fantastic structure in a fantastic landscape, with a fantastic view. "By creating a giant diving board like structure measuring 4m x 30 x 9, 'Aurland Look Out' is a viewing platform that helps to dramatize the experience of nature and the larger landscape room."

China's Replica European Cities

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Shanghai's "One City, Nine Towns" plan was a government project to build 10 satellite cities, each with it's architecture copied from a different European country. It has now become a trend, a 'national pastime' to build replica western cities. Bianca Bosker has dedicated a recent book to researching the Architectural Mimicry in detail. The copycat communities are often brick-to-brick copies of historical European buildings. While some of these cities are occupied, many, such as the replica Paris, are ghost towns. Watch a video after the jump...

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