February 22, 2012
Wouldn’t it be nice if all Starbucks’ looked like this one? Check out the other gorgeous pictures here.
A new, exciting market just opened in downtown Brooklyn. Called Deklab market, it houses an incubator farm, a food market, an events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces. The part we like the best though is that the market is made of 22 recycled shipping containers, one of the coolest materials for architecture. Brooklynites rejoice.
Planning a trip to Sweden? Make sure to stay in one of the coolest hotels we have EVER seen. The Treehotel has 7 unique tree houses, each of them designed by a well-known architect and created to be in harmony with nature. The idea behind the project was to get people to appreciate the boreal forest. You should definitely check out their website to see pictures of the other awesome tree houses (including one whose mirrored exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge)
We are absolutely in awe of this amazing wooden structure (the world’s largest) recently completed in Seville, Spain. The redevelopment project was designed by J. Mayer H. Architects, and will be used to house an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, plus multiple bars and restaurants. Wow!
/thanks to Andrea for the tip!
We were looking for information about pallets, stumbled upon this gorgeous house and got completely sidetracked. Not that we are complaining. The house is made of old shipping pallets so it’s green, but it’s also incredibly affordable: the designers are working on a low-cost unit that runs $11/sq ft! Check out the slideshow over at Inhabitat.
Chicago’s Willis tower (better known as the Sears Tower) will pilot a new kind of solar panel on the windows of the 56th floor. No worries, the views won’t be ruined: the panels are actually integrated into the glass (it’s called a photovoltaic glass for all you nerds out there). If everything works out, they might expand to all the floors creating a huge vertical solar farm. Kudos!