Architecture

Tokyo Hotel Offers Rooms With A View... Of Godzilla!

Visitors to the Hotel Gracery in downtown Tokyo's Shinjuku could find their picture window view blocked by a 40-ft tall statue of Godzilla's head. Not that anyone's complaining, mind you.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

The Huba Mountain Shelter Leaves No Carbon Footprint

Based on traditional Alpine architecture--a sort-of modern twist on the chalet--the Huba Mountain Shelter was designed, by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, to be completely self sufficient. It is a compact structure that minimizes its impact on the surrounding environment.

Want A Cute And Cozy Wedding Chapel? Rent An Inflatable One

The range of inflatable things you can buy or rent is getting pretty amazing and going way beyond bouncy houses for kids' parties. You can rent a large tent for parties -- which is a little boring. You can also rent a pub for an awesome party. For couples planning a wedding both of those things may come in handy for a reception. For an awesome place to hold a small romantic wedding they can actually rent an inflatable church.

Rainbow Highway Tunnel Is A Sight For Drivers' Sore Eyes

A soon-to-be-opened highway underpass in central China is a road course of a different color – 12 different shades to be exact. The 1,300-ft long “rainbow tunnel” looks good to be sure but its real purpose is to help drivers' eyes adjust from natural to artificial lighting and back again

Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The Beauty Of Play Art

Artists do what they love because, well, they love what they do. And kids love to play because, well, it’s fun. When creativity, love, and play are combined, you get play art, a fun and beautiful way to introduce children to fine art. From crochet playgrounds to Playable Art, children everywhere can enjoy the beauty of play art.

Want To House The Homeless Behind Billboards?

The problem of people being homeless is ubiquitous around the world. A small design firm in Slovakia has come up with an idea to house these people in a small, but humane and dignified way. Design Develop, the design firm, has created what they are calling "Project Gregory." The idea behind the project is to use adjacent billboards to create simple, small homes for the homeless.

Want A New Way For Refugees To Live With Dignity?

There are a number of reasons that people can become refugees -- from geo-political conflicts to the effects of climate change. It is a devastating thing for people to lose everything in the path of these forces and then be faced with trying to rebuild a life from nothing. Designer Abeer Seikaly has come up with a different kind of shelter for refugees that gives them a small home of their own that is more functional than your average tent.

Zendome: Unique Structure For Your Yard Or Weekend Getaway Spot

Able to enclose spaces ranging from 20 to 1,000 square meters, the Zendome geodesic domes were designed for commercial use--information stands, pop-up stores, etc--however, their unique design can be utilized to accent your home's yard space or provide a shelter with a great view at your favorite getaway.

Concrete Cloth: Unique, Unexpected and Fascinating Applications

Concrete Cloth is a burgeoning innovation with many possible applications ranging from military installations to commercial and residential buildings. Read on for more information on this fascinating treated fabric.

Condemned Chinese Building Goes Boom, Video Footage Goes Viral

An eye-popping video going viral on WeChat shows the sudden demolition of the Qiqihar City Public Security Bureau building, seemingly without warning. To their credit, downtown drivers, pedestrians and cafe diners kept their cool, kept calm and carried on.

Chinese Winery Has A Capital Idea For Their Bathroom Design

One might say China's making progress in the field of luxury bathroom design but in reality it's the opposite: they're making congress.

Alarming News: China's Mechanical Clock Theme Park Closes

Due to an unexpected lack of visitors, operations at the Mechanical Clock Theme Park project in Ganzhou, China have been suspended. The clock-themed recreational complex brought in only a fraction of predicted revenues so city authorities wisely suggested a time out.

Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.