MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic snowflake-inspired third terminal for China’s Harbin Airport, complete with indoor gardens. The airport terminal is currently designed to serve 43 million passengers on 320,000 outgoing flights per year, and this new design would increase the capacity. “Like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth, it creates an architectural poetry that settles into its locale, while simultaneously expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel,” said the architecture studio, which was founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Sebastian Errazuriz
New York-based designer Sebastian Errazuriz has seen numerous Notre-Dame Cathedral proposals and wanted to come up with one a bit more lighthearted as an “act of creative one-upmanship”. What did he come up with? Turning the cathedral into a rocket launch pad. “This is not a serious a proposal for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame. This is an act of creative one-upmanship designed to ridicule every remaining, rapacious architectural firm still circling the carcass of Notre-Dame with an ‘idea’ for a new roof proposal,” said Errazuriz. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Musician and Oscar award winner Lady Gaga performed live for Apple employees on Friday at an exclusive Apple Park opening ceremony to mark the official opening of the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, and as a tribute to Steve Jobs. Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield discovered a new rainbow stage at the heart of its Apple Park campus, and yesterday, they discovered that it was for this event. Read more to see Lady Gaga perform “Shallow” on the stage.
Let’s face it, most USB adapters put function over form, that is unless…you’re talking about Cable Pets by designer Suki Lee. Put simply, each appendage on the cartoon-like device functions as a cable. You’ll find USB, micro USB, USB Type-C, and Lightning cables, all of which can be used simultaneously when plugged into a battery pack or compatible power source. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Amey Kandalgaonkar via Design Boom
Shanghai-based architect Amey Kandalgaonkar was enthralled by the rock-cut tomb architecture of Saudi Arabia’s Mada’in Saleh, an archaeological site that constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra. So, this “House Inside a Rock” came about, and it looks to be something straight from a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie, or possibly one set on another Earth-like world. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, you could always just buy a Sprinter van conversion or motor home, but Robbie and Priscilla wanted something more cozy. So, they converted a school bus into a modern 210-square-feet home on wheels. It took about 1.5-years to complete, with many issues, like leaky windows, that had to be fixed along the way. The living space now features a host of windows throughout to let natural lighting flood in, white cabinetry, gray laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances and even a cedar tongue-in-groove ceiling. Read more for a short exterior video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with an interesting proposal for the Notre Dame cathedral restoration project that hopes to establish a closer symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. If this project is approved, it will unite the cathedral’s nave, roof, and new spire, all in glass with an oak frame. Visitors will be able to walk around this area and take in the natural light, as well as the greenery. “Transparency, sharing, and openness to our society’s development: such are the ideas conveyed by this new, diaphanous forest of Notre Dame, outlining the new face of the church in the 21st century,” said Callebaut. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Brighton, England-based startup Gomi Designs collects non-recyclable plastic waste and transforms it into Bluetooth speakers. Each one of these colorful creations is made with the equivalent of 100 plastic bags, which are first melted in ovens and then kneaded together to form a “marble dough.” This material is then placed into compression molds to be formed into a rectangle shape before the electronic components are inserted, and the speaker is assembled. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Potato fans rejoice! Now you can actually stay in one, or at least the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, which has been listed on Airbnb. The 6-ton structure isn’t actually made from potatoes, but rather steel, plaster, and concrete, located in a large field with views of the Owyhee Mountains in South Boise, Idaho. Measuring 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall, the potato sleeps two adults comfortable, boasting one queen bed, a small bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace, and air-conditioning. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and a link to the listing.
Photo credit: Anti_reality
Rooftop pools are nothing new, but rarely do you see one actually double as the roof, that is unless…you’re talking about Antireality’s Summer House concept. This triangular 914-square-foot living space is located on a rocky coastline and balanced on a massive boulder, complete with floor-to-ceiling glazing, along with three timber cylinders that create individual rooms. Read more for additional pictures and information.