The Worlds Largest Wooden Structure opens in Spain

A sprawling four-storey wooden structure that is believed to be the largest of its kind just opened in Seville, Spain in April, after six years of construction, reports Yatzer.

The Parasol, which occupies some 18,000 square meters of space, is part of the redevelopment plans of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville. Its undulating, weaving roof was designed to be an icon for the Spanish city, the architecture firm responsible for the structure, J Mayer H Architects, said.

Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a greater variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce, the architects said.

The structure will be used as an archaelogical site, farmers market, elevated plaza as well as a space for bars and restaurants, according to Yatzer. MORE

Rolling Through The Bay

Woah. Scott Weavers Rolling Through the Bay (which we wrote about back in 2008) is a beautifully intricate model of San Francisco made of 100,000 toothpicks. Rather than going for geographic accuracy, Weaver reinterprets San Francisco and its landmarks as a giant labyrinthine sculpture. Ping pong balls can be sent on tours through various tracks hidden within the structure (see the video.) Rolling Through they Bay, which has been under construction since 1974, is on display at San Franciscos Exploratorium museum until May 31, 2011. via

“Andre Chenier” Stage

“SURREAL: A 15-meter (49-foot) head was fixed on a torso with cranes and integrated into a floating stage on Lake Constance near Bregenz, Austria, Thursday. It is part of the stage setting for the opera Andre Chenier by Italian composer Umberto Giordano, which will premiere in July. (Felix Kaestle/Associated Press)” Via

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

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In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”

The highest tennis court in the world

This is real. “Burj Al Arab – one of the world’s most luxurious hotels – aside from all the mystique and wealth it’s known for, also has the highest tennis court in the world. Its space, located at 210 metres of altitude can also become a heliport for emergency landings or guest traffic.”

Here’s a video of Andre Agassi playing with Roger Federer.

Rooftops of NYC


? Scroll to see more rooftop beauty. They’re all cool, but that top one takes the cake.

Ghosts of Shopping Past



By Photograper Brian Ulrich. Read an interview and see more at MorningNews

World’s Deepest Bin & Piano Stairs

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Sweden’s “Fun Theory Award” – some brilliant work, sponsored by Volkswagen.

Missile Silo Fixer-Upper Now Swanky Bachelor Pad



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This guy bought an abandoned missile silo for $99,000 in 1997. Now he lives in it. More.

Life Size LEGO House Underway




“Though we knew that there were plans to build a full-size house from LEGOs, the photographic evidence is beginning to show up! James May, the UK television host of Toy Stories is working with over 2 million bricks and 1,200 volunteers to build a life-size LEGO house in Surrey, England. Scheduled to be completed today, these pics are from the past few weeks.” From Apartment Therapy

The illustration of Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods

Reef – by Rob Ley & Joshua G. Stein

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