Eiffel Tower Rip-Offs

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The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and by the very next year it had several admirers in neighbors across the channel.  Some saw the potential of a similar tower, a “Great Tower for London”.  These illustrations are part of a catalog of competitive designs for the proposed tower released the following year.  Some are hilariously derivative of the still brand new tower.  Others, on the other hand, seem to belong to some sort of Victorian space-age.  Regardless, in a strange way all of the designs seem to point to the importance and uniqueness of the original Eiffel tower, even at this very early age.

A Hotel And Art Gallery Built Entirely Of Snow And Ice

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Icehotel architecture

Icehotel architecture

Every winter about 125 miles North of the Arctic Circle a hotel is built entirely out of snow and ice.  While definitely a unique hotel, ICEHOTEL, as it’s called, is just as much an art project in its own right.  In a way the structure is contemporary interpretation of traditional homes built of the same material.  However, each year brings an entirely new design to the hotel.  In addition to being filled with guest rooms and a bar, the art and design group at ICEHOTEL also work from a handpicked group of artists.  The hotel becomes a temporary home to art and people, to be destroyed and rebuilt next year. [via]

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Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s Hand-Knit Playground

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam began her career as a textile artist.  While exhibiting a piece titled “Multiple Hammock No. 1″ a couple of children in the gallery asked if they could use it.  Surprisingly she allowed the children to play on her sculpture.  The amusing incident led to an idea, and her work has since become much larger and fun.  Adding color, size, and interactivity, her work soon transformed from sculpture to public art and finally to playground.  The playground pictured here is hand knit by MacAdam and located in Tokyo.

Sweden’s Tree Hotels

Swedish designers and architects have taken the fad of adult tree house building and made it extraordinarily Swedish in the best way possible at the Tree Hotel. Mirror houses, UFOs with star-print sheets, giant bird nests; these exist in real life. What a wonderful world.( via )

Slovenian Honeycomb Architecture

Slovenian architecture firm OFIS won an architecture competition for low cost tiny tourist housing with their honeycomb-inspired design. If urban population density keeps rising, which it should and will (fingers crossed), this is the future! Once you’re done with the honeycombs, check out their other projects, they’re wild! (via)

guido bagini’s Fragments of Modernist Furniture And Architecture

With its fantasy spaces that tell of architecture, design, and cultural landscapes, Italian artist Guido Bagini’s  works  play with the powers of collective imagination. His images evade the rules of orthogonal perspective and of gravity, as well. The objects—most of them fragments of modernist furniture and architecture—seem to float freely in abstract compositions, creating an unusual sense of depth. This is underscored by the artist’s ample use of glossy enamel paint on matte, cardboard-colored backgrounds.

Josh Reames’ Abstractions

Gorgeous fragmented mixed media abstractions by Josh Reames reference everything from architecture to graffiti.

Vhils Carved Street art portraits

Vhils doesn’t just apply his street art on top of walls but actually carves into them creating a permanent site specific image that is ingrained onto the surface of the buildings. Becoming one with the pre-existing architecture Vhils chips, scratches, and cuts away at the walls revealing images that were there all along but that no one could see.