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New York’s 15 Penn Plaza approved

City authorities on Wednesday approved plans to build a 67-floor skyscraper near New York City’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building, over objections from owners of the iconic landmark. The full city council overwhelmingly approved the project in a 47-1 vote. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already voiced support for the building. The new skyscraper, currently … Continued

New Apple store in Paris

A second Apple Store opened on July 3rd, two steps from Opéra, 18 months after the brand’s first Paris store opened in the Carroussel du Louvre in Nov 2009. Named as Apple Opera Store, the design is a radical departure from the usual Apple Stores that you might have seen around the world. The location … Continued

S.T. Dupont Architectural Masterpieces Collection

S.T. Dupont has worked with jewelry designer Philippe Tournaire to produce a series of writing instruments based on the world’s greatest structures. Called “Architectural Masterpieces,” the series is inspired by three iconic monuments of the contemporary world—Paris’ Les Invalides, Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, and China’s Pagoda of the Sun. The roofing of the structures is … Continued

LVMH Chooses SANAA for La Samaritaine Project

Japanese architecture firm Sanaa, winners of the prestigious Pritzker prize, will plan the conversion of iconic Parisian department store La Samaritaine to other uses, owners LVMH said in a statement. The firm, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, is to present plans by the end of the year for converting the art deco building … Continued

Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest building

The financially troubled Gulf emirate of Dubai on Monday opened the world’s tallest building, a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres (2,717 feet) out of the desert sands. Blazing fireworks rippled up and down the massive structure after it was officially opened by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum. He renamed … Continued

The Universe House by Tatiana Bilbao

Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently shot the Universe House, a beach house in Mexico barely higher than the rock it sits on, with a pool on the roof. The house was designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and built by architect Tatiana Bilbao. Via Propgo Luxury.

Croatia to get Europe’s First Rotating Hotel

The hotel will form the centerpiece of a new resort to be built near Split, the second-largest city in Croatia that is situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Designed by Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE the concept was proposed from a desire to provide sea views from each room. The 61m diameter … Continued

Paraty House in Brazil

This Paraty’s reinforced concrete boxes house design is a modern residential design located in in Paraty, Brazil.

Printemps renovates store and style

Printemps store Paris, the largest beauty department in the world, is about halfway through a $100 million renovation that it hopes to complete in 2010. “Our vision is to make Printemps the best store in the world,” said Paolo de Cesare, the store’s president and chief executive. For now, Printemps is under a giant tentwhile … Continued

MahaNakhon – Bangkok Rising

MahaNakhon will be the most ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and design in Thailand and the tallest building in Bangkok. The 77-story tower has been designed by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), the architects behind Beijing’s iconic CCTV tower in Beijing, China. A spiraling incision of “architectural pixels” travels up the building, interrupting the curtain … Continued

Nightingale House by Marc Canadell

European designer Marc Canadell designed this EPIC modern architectural masterpiece soaring above Los Angeles, flawlessly designed and crafted with the highest quality materials and accoutrements. The home is currently being offered for sale through Mauricio Umansky for $17,995,000.

The Hilltop House by Safdie Rabines

The architect Safdie Rabines has designed the Hilltop House in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The home was designed to maximize the 360 degree views from its hilltop location, just north of San Diego. The home is currently being offered for sale ($7,000,000) through the agents at Gallagher & Gallagher.

Sommarn̦jen РSummer Hide-aways

Stockholm-based Sommarnöjen (Summer Enjoyment in English) has just unveiled the designs for five new beautiful 15-square-meter second houses. Sommarnöjen provides the houses ready-built on site. Some are suitable for year-round use as well. The mini-houses are also great as additions to a larger dwelling — as guest houses, studios, workshops, separate bedrooms and of course, … Continued

Selgas Cano architecture office

Selgas Cano is a Spanish architecture firm, and this long glass tube in a little wooded ravine is the Madrid office they’ve built for themselves. The shutters over the clear roof are retractable and allow for natural light to pour into the space. Ceilings are both low and high, depending on the retraction of the … Continued

Malvern House by Nicholas Day

Architect Nicholas Day has designed this new house in the Malvern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The home has recently been listed for sale by the agents at RT Edgar Via Contemporist

Photos: Flower Market, Barcelona

Barcelona’s new wholesale flower market — Mercabarna-Flor — near the Barcelona International Airport was designed by Willy Muller Architects. The most striking features of the new market are the multi-faceted angular roof structure and the multi-colored outer shell inspired by an aerial view of flower fields in full bloom. Source

Swede Hill House, Where luxury meets sustainable design

Swede Hill is next project from Newport, RI based design+build firm, Aquidneck Fine Properties. This 3000 sqft LEED registered home is designed by award winning architects Estes/ Twombly and promises to be one of Southern New England’s truly “green” luxury homes. Set on four protected acres, this stunning private hilltop retreat offers breath-taking southerly and … Continued