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Weird Wacky Architects

Gabriela Ligenza launches 3D printed hats for Ascot

Because who doesn't need a 3D hat? Srsly?
Milliner Gabriela Ligenza, who originally trained as an architect and interior designer, has launched a collection of 3D printed hats to coincide with British horse racing event Royal Ascot. Ligenza, who has previously worked with artisans and bespoke textile makers, has now collaborated with leading 3D designers to create her 2014 Autumn / Winter collection.

Old Clock Tower Transformed Into a Penthouse On Sale For $18 Million

Ever wonder what it might be like to live inside Big Ben? Nope, me neither. Until now.
Atop One Main Street in Brooklyn, New York, an iconic clock tower was transformed into a stunning triplex penthouse, located in the trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) neighborhood. The penthouse entered the market in 2009 as the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, listed for $25 million - till then, the most expensive apartment on record had cost a mere $11 million.

Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects

Architects design our lives, but what about their own? Here's a peek into the homes of 8 modern-day icons of architecture.
It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Ninetynine creates chipboard interior for Amsterdam's Mash bar

Chipboard. It's the new mahogany. You heard it here first.
Dutch design studio Ninetynine has lined the entire interior of one of Amsterdam's smallest bars with boards made from compressed strips of wood (+ slideshow). At just 32 square metres, Mash is one of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, so the designers used materials that would create a cosy atmosphere.

Upside-Down Interior Design Creates Crazy Optical Illusion

Okay, this is just freaky. Cool, but freaky.
Competition for customers in the realm of brick-and-mortar business grows ever fiercer as online retailers make shopping from home simpler. But buying things is only one dimension of the consumer experience - entertainment can be a whole other story. Set in Warsaw, Poland, this living-room-like store was designed by Smallna in collaboration with multiple artists for the brand Risk.

Awesome Rooms

A selection of "perfect" rooms--each in its own way. Location + view + design + furniture = spaces you and I can only dream of.

The Incredible Tentsile Stingray Tent

Not sure if this qualifies as architecture in the strict sense, but as a camper, I like the idea of a tent with a floor port. Also: no air mattresses. Because the tent itself acts as a hammock while you sleep.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Could you live in a teeny tiny space like this? Not sure I could, but there's something appealing about the simplicity it would require.
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, from 117 to 874 square feet. Buy house plans and build it yourself, or buy ready made houses delivered to you.

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

More tiny houses! These are becoming HUGE, if you'll pardon the pun. But seriously, little is the new big. Or something.
Welcome to Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses. I design and build quality Tiny Houses that are within everyone's budget. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic San Juan mountains in Durango, CO, I understand the needs of those who call the mountains home.

An architect rethinks his perspective

Allan Shope designed his upstate New York house as an earth-bermed structure featuring recycled glass walls, salvaged stone siding, repurposed copper roof, and photovoltaic panels.
Allan Shope's work is laden with quest these days. For 25 years, the noted architect, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, was principal at the Connecticut firm Shope Reno Wharton.

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