The Most Isolated Town on Earth Wants a Radical Redesign 

Smack dab in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, 1,000 miles from human civilization, lies one of the most isolated towns in the world. It’s on an island called Tristan da Cunha, and for the first time, it’s looking to the outside world to plan its future.
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A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group's strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuted on HBO last night, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology's practices, including its ongoing quest… » 3/29/15 7:00pm Sunday 7:00pm

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Who said that laboratories, research centers and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right. » 3/26/15 3:30am Thursday 3:30am

These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out of Harry Potter


If you're a Potter fan who would've liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you'll love the fantasy world of German designer Matthias Jung, whose surreal houses look like they ought to be kept hidden from our Muggle eyes. » 3/21/15 1:33pm 3/21/15 1:33pm

Illuminate Your Room With These Beautiful Kinetic Light Sculptures

Why would anybody want a regular lamp or other light source, when you can have these incredible neon sculptures instead? They're constantly in motion, and they use lights and patterns to transfix the eye. Here are the greatest kinetic sculptures made of dancing lights. » 3/17/15 3:01pm 3/17/15 3:01pm

Designing a Shadowless Skyscraper Isn't Magic, Just Good Science

The boom in skyscrapers is good for elevator manufacturers, but can be bad for residents who have to live in the shadow (literally or otherwise). Using computer-aided design and some seriously big mirrors, architects in London have come up with a plan to build a pair of skyscrapers with no shadow at all. » 3/16/15 1:09am 3/16/15 1:09am

Kenzō Tange's Buildings Will Make You Believe In A Better Future

These buildings by Kenzō Tange (1913-2005) look like matte paintings from futuristic movies — but they're actually some of the most unique megastructures in the world. One of the most famous architects of the 20th century, Tange combined traditional Japanese styles with modern architectural solutions and forms. » 3/12/15 3:17pm 3/12/15 3:17pm

These Futuristic Churches Will Fill Even Non-Believers With Awe

Who says churches have to look like monuments to an ancient architectural style? The greatest religious buildings have always reflected the aspirations of the time they were built. And these gorgeously futuristic houses of worship are no exception. Here are some of the most gorgeous futuristic churches in the world. » 3/10/15 3:00pm 3/10/15 3:00pm

These Buildings Were All Built Around Trees

Oftentimes – too often, it seems – we clear trees to make way for buildings. These structures turn that expectation on its head; every entry in this collection has been built to accommodate a tree or trees, in surprising and creative ways. » 3/06/15 5:00pm 3/06/15 5:00pm

'Dog Kennel Of The Future' Is Even More Insane Than That Title Implies

Things the Samsung Dream Doghouse (a one-off, created for a contest giveaway in conjunction with England's Crufts dog show) contains: » 3/05/15 2:00pm 3/05/15 2:00pm

These Ingenious Buildings Were All Built Using Recycled Materials

Sometimes choosing to limit yourself to recycled materials can make your building more interesting. These buildings are made from a wide range of reclaimed materials, from concrete pipes and discarded doors to plastic bottles and bags. » 3/04/15 3:20pm 3/04/15 3:20pm

These Incredible Bars Are Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

It isn't that hard to find these watering holes — provided you know where to look. Hidden behind vending machines, refrigerators, and even fake walls of kegs, there are some pretty neat places to grab a drink. » 2/28/15 10:45am 2/28/15 10:45am

These Brilliantly Colored Bolivian Buildings Look Like Alien Spaceships

These strangely decorated, brightly-colored buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, are the early examples of a new Bolivian architectural style, started after the election of President Evo Morales Ayma in 2006, when the national pride became more important than ever. Appropriately, they are called cohetillos — "spaceships." » 2/23/15 3:00pm 2/23/15 3:00pm

Live Like A Tasteful, Stylish Outlaw In Billy The Kid's Historic Hideout

Wild West buffs, aspiring outlaws, and diehard Young Guns fans with $545,000 and the urge to live in Lincoln, New Mexico now have the chance to snap up a home that was once used as a hideout by Billy the Kid. » 2/19/15 10:35am 2/19/15 10:35am

How Disasters, Emergencies, and Survivalism Are Shaping Home Design

You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted—except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it's 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious local Fox reporter. » 2/18/15 1:42pm 2/18/15 1:42pm

These Fantastic Buildings Are Like Wedding Rings For Giants

When a giant wants to put a ring on it, what can he or she do? Maybe reach for one of these beautiful marvels of architecture. Some of them are ring-shaped, some are other open shapes — but they all achieve an incredible marvel of negative space. » 2/17/15 3:00pm 2/17/15 3:00pm

The Most Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Cliff Top Hotels Ever Built

These hotels, seated atop high cliffs, don't just have marvelous views; they're also quite wonderful to look at — stunning buildings perched at the perfect junction of air, land, and sea. Anyone else ready to take a vacation? » 2/05/15 3:00pm 2/05/15 3:00pm

"World's Largest Vertical Maze" Adorns Dubai Office Tower

You did it, you crazy-looking building, you! Dubai's 55-story, aptly-named "Maze Tower" just got the nod from the Guinness folks that it's officially the largest vertical maze in the world. » 2/04/15 2:01pm 2/04/15 2:01pm

The Place Where Bridges Are Grown Instead of Built

Do you know where the most sustainable foot bridges are? No, not in Germany, Costa Rica or the Nordic states, which are the greenest countries according to the GGEI (Global Green Economy Index) 2014, but in the Meghalaya state of northeastern India. We'll tell you why. » 1/22/15 3:00pm 1/22/15 3:00pm

Behold The Remarkable Variety Of Buildings That Stand On Legs

What's particularly neat about buildings that sit atop legs rather than directly on their foundations is just how varied they can be. Some are graceful and egret-like, while others are squat and functional ducks. Some resemble caterpillars, some musical instruments, and still others evoke nature and the alien all at… » 1/21/15 3:00pm 1/21/15 3:00pm