Former Yugoslavia’s brutalist beauty a photo essay

Socialist Yugoslavia reconstructed a land destroyed by fighting with concrete to show the power of a state between eastern and western power Genex Tower is unmissable on the highway from Belgrade airport to the centre of the city. Its two soaring blocks, connected by an aerial bridge and topped with a long-closed rotating restaurant resembling a space capsule, are such an unusual sight, the 1977-build tower has become a magnet for tourists despite years of neglect. The tower is one of the most significant examples of brutalism an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete. Serbia. Brutalism was popular throughout the eastern bloc but the former Yugoslavia made it its own …

Belgian Guy Documents Ugly Houses He Sees And Theyre So Bad, Its Hilarious (45 New Pics)

So you can bet your bottom dollar that I turned my full attention to Hannes Coudenys when I heard that he posts pictures of ‘ugly’ Belgian houses on the internet. Now, Coudenys and I disagree about Belgian architecture: what he calls ‘ugly,’ I find to be ‘quaint.’ However, nobody can deny that he finds very intriguing examples of Belgian architecture. #4 My House When You Came In The Backdoor #5 If Snake And Tetris Made A Baby #6 When Your House Tried To Be Beautiful Coudenys’ hobby has grown into a phenomenon: he has more than 104,000 followers on Facebook and 76,800 fans on Instagram. In a previous interview, Coudenys told Bored Panda that some Belgians have a peculiar understanding …

Great modern architecture in Europe: readers tips

Our readers selection of (mostly) urban design masterpieces contrast or harmonise with traditional surroundings Winning tip: Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria With its quirky blob architecture, this gallery is nicknamed the friendly alien by locals, and viewed from Schlossberg hill in the city centre, it does look like an extraterrestrial has landed smack bang in the old town especially at night, when the facade glows in a pixellated light show. The contemporary art shows are well worth a look, too. Adult 9.50, 6-26 years 3.50, oodihelsinki.fiFran Profile Readers’ tips competition: send a tip for a chance to win a 200 voucher Show Hide Every week we ask our readers for recommendations from their travels. A selection of tips will be featured online …

Arizona home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright before his death sells for $1.7m

Midcentury home, the last designed before the architects death, is nestled on the edge of a mountain preserve An Arizona house that was the last home designed by Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Zaha Hadids massive starfish airport opens in Beijing

Daxing international, said to be worlds largest single-building terminal, to handle 72m passengers China has opened a vast, multibillion-dollar airport in the countrys capital, in the run-up to a major political anniversary. Less than five years after construction began, the 450bn yuan (50bn) Daxing international airport was officially opened on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping. China is preparing to celebrate its National Day on 1 October, marking 70 years since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, against the backdrop of unrest in Hong Kong and a flagging economy. People attending the launch ceremony for the new Beijing Daxing international airport in Beijing. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images The new mega-airport, the second in Beijing, …

Its a beacon for the city: inside the new New York library that cost $40m to build

The project earned criticism for its price tag, but it is being seen as a positive sign for the health of New York libraries Strategically positioned on the bank of the East River, across the water from the United Nations headquarters, New York city has a shimmering new addition to its skylines. Unusually for such prime real estate set among parkland, panoramic views of Manhattan and convenient transport links, this $40m development in Queens is neither an upscale apartment block, exclusive members club or the offices of a huge corporation. In fact, it is the site of the citys newest public library. Built from aluminium-painted exposed concrete that sparkles in the light and featuring two huge freeform cutouts for windows, …

Firm behind San Francisco’s notorious sinking tower ordered to compensate residents

The 58-story structure has sunk and tilted 18 inches toward the north-west since it was built in 2008 A tentative settlement has been reached over San Franciscos most notorious luxury high-rise the 420 units eventually all sold, for a total of $750m. Prior to the publicity around the buildings tilt, a three-bedroom unit was listed for Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Norway Creates Possibly The Most Beautiful Public Toilet In The World

The Scandinavian region is known for its breathtaking nature, friendly people, and stylish, minimalistic architecture. And nobody does minimalism better than Norway, as one particularly stunning building shows. Norway may very well have built the most astoundingly beautiful public toilet in the world. And, I’m pretty sure, in the Solar System as well. What looks like a painstakingly crafted art installation or part of some high-tech laboratory is, in fact, nothing other than a restroom, designed by architects Marit Justine Haugen and Dan Zohar from Oslo. It just goes to show that you can find beauty anywhere. More info: Facebook | Twitter Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen …

A world of walls: the brutish power of man-made barriers

Trumps border wall isnt unique. From Calais to Hungary, walls are always with us The latest atrocity in El Paso, when an avowed white supremacist drove for 10 hours to a supermarket used by Latino families in order to murder and maim, was explicitly motivated by Trumps baleful, anti-immigrant rhetoric. He was also a big fan of Trumps wall, which Trump himself has rhapsodically described as an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. Yet despite its Ozymandian ambition, the beautiful wall has stuttered and stumbled, still more frenzied rallying cry than bricks and mortar reality. Geography and logistics quietly conspire against it Americas border with Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long, for a start. Incendiary talk of spiralling …

New cities in the sand: inside Egypts dream to conquer the desert

Four decades ago Egypt embarked on the most ambitious new cities building programme in the world. Their boom shows no sign of stopping Seen from space, Africa. This week Guardian Cities meets the 90-year-olds who built the Bulgarian city of Dimitrovgrad after the second world war (many still live there) and visits the bizarre Bahria Town development promising Karachi residents protection from terror attacks and violent crime. We look at Hong Kongs plan to build artificial islands for 1.1 million people and examine Egypts dream to conquer the Sahara. We remember past visions of future cities and ask, is there ever a good reason to start a city from scratch? Nick Van Mead Was this helpful? Thank you for your …

Which is the world’s most vertical city?

You might think of Hong Kong, given its famous skyscraper skyline, but by different measures of verticality other cities come out on top Looking out from sky100, Hong Kongs highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the citys tallest building, the 494-metre-high International Commerce Centre, you get a 360-degree view of one of the worlds most famous skylines an urban jungle framed by mountains and the gleaming Victoria harbour, with endless clusters of high-rise buildings packed so closely together they resemble a game of Tetris. Its little wonder a city of such visible density has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Hong Kong has 355 buildings …

David Chipperfield’s Berlin temple: ‘Like ascending to the realm of the gods’

Twenty years in the making, this dazzling synthesis of the classical and modern takes Museum Island to new heights Friedrich Wilhelm IV described his vision for James Simon Gallery stands as a 134m (120m) Parthenon-on-Spree, forming a handsome new entrance to one of the worlds most important repositories of cultural treasures. We were quite nervous, says Chipperfield, standing in the lofty new ticketing lobby, where stripes of sunlight flood in between the row of slender white columns outside. The challenge was how to create something that was of its context and also of our time, in this incredibly sensitive location. He had good reason to be anxious. His first design, unveiled in 2006, was slammed by German critics as grossly …

Lets Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city putting a lid on its climate-changing ways. New York state has picked up the banner, too, putting into law this week a downslope to zero carbon emissions by 2050—the only other state to have a goal like that on the books is (you can guess) California. The Oregon legislature is dancing with the idea, too, assuming the governor can coax back to the capitol all the Republican legislators who are literally hiding so they don’t have to vote. Arguably the most interesting part of the New York City package isn’t the cap. It’s the trade—or, rather, …

Take me to the Boom Boom Room! Inside the risqu hotel for 24-hour party people

Americas raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad complete with retro reception, leftie library and rooftop baths. Groovy baby! When the clerks of Camdens highways department were issuing parking fines from their gloomy office in the 1970s, little can they have imagined that jet-setting hipsters would one day be supping cocktails in the public library below them before taking an al fresco dip up on the roof. Maligned for years as the concrete egg box of Euston Road, the Shawn Hausman, the Los Angeles-based designer behind the Standards flamboyant interiors, who started out creating film sets for live models in a vitrine behind the reception desk, part of an art installation …

The skyscraper infinity pool sorry, but where’s the diving board?

It is meant to be a boundary-busting punch for the sky. But this design for a rooftop London pool is just another high-rise ego gimmick In 1924, swimming pool designerno apparent means of escape, as if the digital people are in some kind of sublime prison cell for the super rich. We are assured there is in fact a way in and out, courtesy of a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor, and that this is an entirely buildable proposition that includes an inbuilt anemometer to vary the water level and access to the pool. Underwater swimming … how the pool could look Photograph: Compass Pools The designer, Alex Kemsley, said, the building started life as a …

Unbuilt Tokyo: ‘depthscrapers’ and a million-person pyramid

Had the creators of the underground skyscraper had their way, the Japanese capital might have looked very different indeed Protected by cylindrical walls of reinforced concrete, the steel and glass depthscrapers extend hundreds of metres underground. Only a single floor of each inverted 35-storey skyscraper is visible at ground level. Giant mirrors mounted directly above the central wells reflect sunlight to the apartments below. Prismatic glass ensures even light throughout the day, while fresh, conditioned air is pumped down from the surface. The whole structure, in case of an earthquake, will vibrate together, resisting any crushing strain, declared a 1931 edition of Everyday Science and Mechanics that called the design the product of the best engineering brains of Japan. The …