Twine house is topped by a twisting continuous concrete slab

Designer Antony Gibbon has visualised a conceptual house called Twine, which sits under a wave-like piece of concrete within a landscape of rolling hills. Gibbon conceived Twine as a twisting concrete structure, which reflects the hills surrounding as a “series of organic forms”. It takes its name directly from the word Twine, which means to twist strands of material together, […]

1MDB scandal superyacht proposed as alternative Malaysian pavilion for Dubai Expo

No-To-Scale has imagined installing a superyacht connected to the 1MDB embezzling scandal as a provocative alternative Malaysian pavilion for the Dubai Expo 2020. The Malaysian design office has proposed dry docking Equanimity, the 91-metre superyacht once owned by Malaysian fugitive Jho Low, at the Dubai Expo 2020. Low has been charged with money laundering billions […]

Cameron Clarke proposes introducing mental health facilities to Beijing’s hutongs

Cameron Clarke has proposed integrating a series of community healthcare facilities into Beijing’s hutongs to help alleviate China’s mental health crisis. The proposal, named Close to Home, is designed by Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) graduate Clarke to offer an alternative to the country’s typical mental health clinics that he describes as “large, […]

Malaysian designers propose building colony on Mars from locally grown bamboo

Warith Zaki and Amir Amzar have envisioned using bamboo grown and harvested on Mars to build the first colony on the red planet. Named Seed of Life, the conceptual colony design comprises a series of structures woven from bamboo by autonomous robots. Malaysian designers  Zaki and Amzar designed the proposal to demonstrate that there may […]

IAAC graduates propose parasitic pods as alternative to cage homes in Hong Kong

Flux Haus is a parasitic housing scheme, which has been conceptualised by Kammil Carranza, Jitendra Farkade and Vinay Khare, that would engulf five towers in Hong Kong with single-person pods. The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia graduates designed the grid structure covered in moving single-occupancy pods to be a “more dignified” alternative to cage homes – tiny dwellings enclosed […]

Architect overlays famous modern buildings on Iran’s UNESCO sites

Architect Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has imagined extensions for UNESCO sites in Iran that are buildings by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebskind and Norman Foster. His conceptual project, called Expanding Iranian Ancient Architecture, is the third instalment of a series exploring the style of retrofuturism. Daniel Libeskind’s Royal Ontario Museum extension over Rostam Castle Famous existing buildings […]

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio proposes cantilevering glass pool over Norwegian fjord

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has designed a concept for a boutique hotel within a cliff edge in Norway that includes a cantilevered glass swimming pool. Istanbul practice Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio proposed building the hotel on a site 600-metres-high on Preikestolen – a steep cliff and popular tourist spot in the west of Norway that […]

Gensler designs Pavilion Notre-Dame as temporary worship space

International architecture firm Gensler has proposed creating a pavilion alongside Notre-Dame as a temporary place of worship following the fire, which destroyed the cathedral’s roof. Situated on the square in front of the cathedral, Pavillon Notre-Dame is designed to host church services and markets for residents and visitors while the 850-year-old cathedral is being restored. Notre-Dame’s […]

James Parkes designs high-rise for women “burdened by capitalism”

Central Saint Martins graduate James Parkes has proposed creating a tower in Brixton where disadvantaged women who are “burdened by the effects of capitalism” can create art after being released from prison. Called Vertical Loom: Re-appropriating Capitalism, the project envisions a high-rise with numerous workshops and exhibition spaces where former inmates can engage in art therapy. […]

Vilius Vizgaudis reimagines Texan city as “capital of sustainable living”

Bartlett graduate Vilius Vizgaudis has reimagined Paris, Texas, as a sustainable city in a bid to entice president Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Named The Gift, the conceptual masterplan proposes transforming the city of Paris in Texas into an eco-friendly metropolis based on the “symbolic value of Paris as a world capital in climate […]

Moying Huang conceives eco-crematorium within disused London power station

Royal College of Art graduate Moying Huang has designed an ecologically friendly crematorium that would use liquid cremation to eliminate emissions from traditional incineration processes. Named Funeral Futures, the proposed facility would be built around liquid cremation – a flame-free process where bodies are broken down in liquid over several hours. The eco-crematorium would be built in […]

June Tong envisions thermal bath powered by Arctic cruise ship waste

Royal College of Art student June Tong has proposed creating an Arctic thermal bath, which would be powered by cruise ship waste, in a bid to spotlight the industry’s environmental impact. The proposal, named In Murky Waters, was designed to draw attention to the increasing number of “parasitic and destructive” cruise ships capitalising on the […]

Bert modular treehouse designed to look like Minions cartoon character

Architecture studio Precht‘s concept for a Bert, a modular treehouse shaped like a tree trunk, has large round windows that look make it look like the single-eyed character from the Minions film. Precht, co-founded by husband and wife team Chris and Fei Tang Precht, designed the system called Bert for tiny-homes startup Baumbau. Bert is […]

SHoP and Gensler reveal designs for Uber Air Skyports

US studios SHoP Architects and Gensler are among eight practices that have created concept designs of “skyports” for Uber, which will be hubs for both flying and ground-based taxi fleets. The Uber Air Skyports are designed as “fully considered and technically feasible” buildings that give an idea of the structures the taxi company aims to build […]

World’s first 360-degree infinity pool proposed for London skyline

Compass Pools has unveiled a concept for a four-sided infinity pool atop a London skyscraper, accessed via a submarine-style door. Called Infinity London, the project is described by the swimming pool manufacturer as “only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool”. The pool is imagined atop a 220-metre-high, 55-storey skyscraper. Containing 600,000 […]

TRS Studio envisions shipping containers as affordable housing in Peru

Two shipping containers are joined together and topped by an angular polycarbonate extension in this conceptual design for low-cost housing by Peruvian firm TRS Studio. TRS Studio designed the speculative dwellings for communities that struggle with housing issues and lack resources to devote to buying construction materials. The studio uses Peruvian town Pachacutec, a small […]

Amey Kandalgaonkar imagines home built into giant boulder

Architectural designer Amey Kandalgaonkar has created renderings of House Inside a Rock, a concept for a modernist concrete house built within a giant rock. Mumbai born, Shanghai-based Kandalgaonkar designed the house to be a contemporary twist on the architecture of the Mada’in Saleh necropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site in Saudi Arabia. Mada’in Saleh was built in […]

Miysis Studio envisions Notre-Dame with a reconstructed spire and glass roof

Miysis Studio has proposed combining a reconstruction of Notre-Dame‘s spire with a modern glazed roof to “find the right balance between history and future” for the cathedral. The visualisation studio created the images as an idea of how the cathedral, which was devastated by fire last month, could be rebuilt using both traditional and modern elements. […]

Matthew Chamberlain proposes Street Tree Pods to alleviate London’s housing crisis

University of Westminster graduate Matthew Chamberlain has designed a sustainable treehouse to provide starter homes on London‘s streets, while also tackling the city’s high pollution levels. The Street Tree Pods are teardrop-shaped structures made from wood, designed to merge with existing or new trees. Taking up the same amount of space as a single car-parking bay, each […]

Studio NAB proposes turning Notre-Dame’s roof into public greenhouse

Paris-based Studio NAB thinks a giant greenhouse could be built on top of Notre-Dame Cathedral to replace the roof lost in last month’s devastating fire. The covered garden would stretch the length of the Paris cathedral and along both arms of its crossing, while the building’s spire would be rebuilt as a multi-storey platform filled with beehives. […]

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