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[Abandoned Pods]…The San Zhi UFO Houses

I’m not sure if I’ve posted about these before, but I was browsing through Flickr the other night for unique architecture and I came across these images of the abandoned San Zhi apartment complex in Taiwan. Apparently there’s this abandoned resort off the coast of Taiwan that was built in the 70’s. For some reason, the resort never really prospered, so these neat buildings were left to rot. Check it out…

(These photos are all from Flickr user Yusheng’s photoset.)

Now I think  these are pretty damn cool! They’re so reminiscent of the time when futuristic equaled round and bulbous. I would have loved to stay in one of these neat pods. I also like that they’re all different colors. This would be a GREAT place for a photoshoot…Neat!


[Trailer Park Theater]…Set Design by Catherina Scholten

Well what do we have here?? A scene of colorful trailers stacked one on top of each other like a scene out of some sort of redneck theater?? Why yes! That’s exactly what we have…a really cool set design for an outdoor theater in Amsterdam. It was designed by Catherina Scholten and was done for a performance of Anton Chekov’s Ivanov.

[There Was a Crooked House…]…The Hotel Inntel

Check out this interesting piece of architecture by Netherlands firm WAM Architecten. It is a hotel (Hotel Inntel) and it’s inspired by this Monet painting, “The Blue House”…

From “The Blue House” to this….

The inspiration for this hotel lies in the fact that the architect, Wilfried Van Winden wanted guests to feel like they were in a home away from home…hence the “houses” stacked on on top of the other. This building has been getting both praise and criticism for the same reason – the design. I personally think it’s neat and I think it captures that Dutch aesthetic. What do you think?

Random Bits…

Since I really can’t concentrate on work at the moment (how could I possibly feel like being in an office building setting up Deli items when it’s sunny and 65 degrees outside?) I figured I just share some random bits of things that are on my mind right now…

“The End” by Lo-Fi-Fnk

I’m quite random in the sense that I think it would be awesome to have a personal soundtrack follow you around all day. I also hear songs and then picture where they can be used should a film ever be made about my life…this song right here will be playing during the end credits of Phoenix Supernova (which I’ve decided will be the name of my biopic). Oh I do love Lo-Fi-Fnk!


One of my favorite parts of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was the extensive use of lensflare. That has always been my favorite part of the Star Trek franchise, so being the proud geek that I am, I just bought this Lensflare app for my iPhone. My photos will now become Space-tastic – trust.

The Rippon Lea Estate

Even though I’m a beach bungalow kind of chick, I would live at the Rippon Lea Mansion (in Australia) in a heartbeat…

Phillipe Roucou Scarf

It looks like a polaroid and is big enough to wear in a loopy scarf way…

He & I

Mr. Midori Eyes (Midori means green in Japanese) is taking me to see the waterfall by where he goes rock climbing today…he keeps surprising me more and more…let’s hope he doesn’t turn into the Green Eyed Bandit and steal my heart! At least not until I’m ready for him to…

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

I’m so buying one today…

Los Angeles

Cause the big move is less than 6 months away!

Le sigh…life is good!

The Azahar Group Headquaters

Check out this gorgeous office building for Spain based sustainable design firm The Azahar Group. Since I currently spend a majority of my time in an office building, I’m becoming well aware of the effects the design of a workspace can have on individuals. The Azahar Group compound is inspiring in its use of white and angled roofs (which are meant to reflect the nearby Castellon Mountains). There are also skylights, multiple windows, and tons of natural light.

If I worked in a place that looks like this, I wouldn’t mind going to work everyday. It just seems so soothing. Lovely!

The Vitrahaus

The amazing design firm Vitra has recently opened a really unique showroom to showcase their amazing home furnishings collections. It’s essentailly 7 houses in one and it’s called the Vitrahaus. It was designed by Herzog & de Meuron (the same guys behind The Bird’s Nest) and each of the 7 houses showcases a different furnishing style.

I’d love to tour this building…the architecture is outta sight! You can read more about the Vitrahaus over at Design Milk or at the Vitrahaus website.

The Beautiful Hoto Fudo


Here’s a gorgeous piece of architecture from Japan. This building serves as a restaurant and is meant to be open at all times except extreme weather conditions. It was built by architecture firm Hosaka Takeshi and its perfect location at the base of Mt. Fuji is perfect for the tranquility of the building.

I like this!

The Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival


The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is going on in Harbin, China and it is breathtaking. Once you get over the cold part, snow and ice can be very pretty and these ice sculptures are good evidence of that. The festival is in its 26th year and has featured sculptures of the Sphinx, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and many other world landmarks as well as gorgeous spiral staircases, shapes, and columns. I think what makes these sculptures so beautiful to look at are the way the designers use lights to light up the ice just right.

We had an ice palace in St. Paul a few years back and it was really pretty…but this festival definitely tops what I saw!

Cool…pun intended!

The Futuristic Burj Kalifa

I really enjoy great feats of design, so I’ve been following the construction of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Kalifa, for some time now. Orginally called the Burj Dubai, this 160-story skyscraper towers over Dubai, UAE at a staggering 2,717 feet and houses residential properties, 1 of 4 worldwide Armani Hotels, and a 124 story observation deck. The supertall skyscraper also has a really neat fountain display complete with music, lights, and timed actions. It is called the Dubai Fountain.

The Burj Kalifa opened on the 4th amidst an amazing fireworks display and celebration. You know, Dubai is steadily trying to be the most advanced and entertaining city in the world. May I suggest reading this and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Personally, I can’t wait to visit!

6-Level Home by Belgian Architects CSD

Belgian architect trio Britt Crepain, Stefan Spaens, and Joep Debie have designed a 6 story home in which even the furniture was designed by the firm so that the entire dwelling was cohesive.

  I love the minimalistic, but warm look of this apartment, don’t you agree?