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Take a tour of one of New York City’s most important and exclusive historical buildings

Jack Sommer Not just any old tourist can waltz into the Woolworth Building.  Once the tallest building in all of New York City, the Woolworth has been recognized as a historical landmark since 1983. Completed in 1913, the building was equipped to maintain its own electricity, heat, subway entrance, and barber shop.  With tenants such as Nikola […]

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10 awesome architectural wonders dedicated to sports

World Architecture FestivalThe London Aquatics Centre’s roof is meant to mimic a wave. The World Architecture Festival is an annual celebration of the most beautifully designed buildings around the globe.  At this year’s festival, held in Singapore in November, the winner of “building of the year” will be selected from a list of 338 designs, 10 of which […]

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The 12 most beautifully designed hotels in the world

World Architecture FestivalBoats are seen docked outside the Yacht Club de Monaco. Each year, the World Architecture Festival honors the most beautifully designed buildings around the globe.  This year’s 338 nominees include designs in a number of categories, including Hotel and Leisure.  The hotels under consideration are all incredibly unique, from an African safari lodge that […]

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The 7 most beautiful religious buildings in the world right now

World Architecture FestivalSpiraling walls make up the Ribbon Chapel in Hiroshima, Japan. Every year, the World Architecture Festival creates a shortlist of the most awe-striking buildings on the planet. From that list, the “building of the year” is determined.   The 2015 festival features 338 finalists, but we’re looking at the seven in the religious category, which is […]

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19 of the world’s coolest playgrounds designed by top architects

Wibit Sports GmbHArchitect Robert Cirjak creates water-based playgrounds that float on beaches. Former President Theodore Roosevelt once said that play is a fundamental need, so much so that playgrounds should be provided for every child, just as schools are. In countries around the world, architects are becoming increasingly innovative to create environments where children can explore their […]

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Here’s how 12 incredible World’s Fair ‘leftovers’ have held up over time

Jade DoskowSpokane 1974 World’s Fair, “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment,” United States Pavilion (photographed in 2007) Since 1851, the World’s Fairs have drawn millions from across the globe to exchange ideas and inventions.  The fairs have also left behind architectural stamps, forever changing city landscapes and skylines.  These “leftovers” represent the challenge that’s posed to […]

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These are the only 15 skyscrapers to ever be called ‘The World’s Tallest’

Flickr/Hadi ZaherThe Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are the tallest twin structures in the world. From the first 180-foot skyscraper in Chicago to the current world’s tallest structure in Dubai towering over 2,700 feet, architects continue to aim high. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) has catalogued the only 15 buildings to ever hold the title […]

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22 beautiful photos of mirror houses disappearing into their surroundings

Christian BrandstätterAustria’s “Casa Invisible” is architecture’s answer to the chameleon. Like tiny houses before them, mirror houses are the latest architecture trend to make design blogs swoon.  Though mirror-encased homes have mainly been cropping up in Europe over the last few years, US design minds are taking notice. These reflective homes capture the stunning (and often secluded) environments that surround them, creating structures that […]

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33 ridiculously cool buildings of the future

World Architecture FestivalSet to rise in Singapore, this building, called “Cloud City,” is in the running for the World Architecture Festival’s “Best Future Building” award. The future of architecture is in for some spectacularly cool buildings. The World Architecture Festival (WAF) recently announced the 338 projects that are on its annual design awards shortlist. In addition to […]

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27 of the coolest new buildings on the planet

World Architecture FestivalBuilt in 2013, this wedding chapel on the grounds of a Japanese resort is nominated in the religious buildings category. The World Architecture Festival — held this year in Singapore — won’t name 2015’s Building of the Year until November, but the nominations are officially in.  With 338 buildings in the running, we […]