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These Amazing Trompe L’oeil Illusions Bring Drab City Buildings To Life

Trompe l’oeil (literally “to deceive the eye”) is an ancient technique whereby a painter creates a visual illusion via a trick of perspective. French street artist Patrick Commecy is a modern master of this art form, working with his team of artists at A-Fresco to create huge, hyper-realistic murals on otherwise drab building facades. Read […]

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Facebook’s New Gehry Building Includes the World’s Least Functional Bike Bridge

In 2012, Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg posed for a series of photos that sealed their intertwined fates: Gehry, arguably the world’s most famous architect , would design a new campus for Zuckerberg, arguably the world’s most powerful not-lizard person . Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminum […]

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Apparently It’s Possible to Live in an Apartment With Too Good of a View

A building boom of supertalls in New York City is resulting in some of the highest residential units in the world—we’re talking apartments that are at a dizzying 90 stories and higher. So where does that leave the people who live in the former-tallest residential buildings? Don’t worry, they’re just fine in their 80th floor […]

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A Cathedral-Like Cistern Beneath Houston Is Now Open to the Public

Public infrastructure is known for being utilitarian, uninspiring, and downright ugly. But not always. At first glance, this giant water storage system under Houston looks more like the pillared nave of an ancient cathedral. Now the lost space that’s larger than a football field is open for visits. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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How NYC’s Super Skinny Skyscrapers Stack Up Next to the World’s Tallest Buildings 

Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing—and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 45-feet-wide footprints. Read more… Continue […]

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Lego’s Next Architectural Masterpiece Is a Two-Feet-Tall Replica of Big Ben

Lego’s Architecture series gives adult fans the perfect excuse to keep buying the building toy—because they appreciate the design of the buildings, not because they secretly wanted to build spaceships. And while the new Lego Big Ben isn’t officially part of the Architecture line, at 23-inches tall it’s still an impressively-detailed recreation. Read more… Continue […]

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The World’s Fastest Elevator Will Zoom Up the Shanghai Tower at 45 MPH

The Shanghai Tower is still the world’s second-tallest building, just a few hundred feet shorter than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It already has the tallest observation tower —not that that’s stopped people from climbing even higher. As if it needed more to brag about, Shanghai Tower will be equipped with the world’s fastest elevator. Read more… […]

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These Minimalist Posters of Famous Libraries Want to Hang on Your Wall Just Beside the Bookshelf

Libraries are magical places, and even the smallest local branch over the corner deserves your attention, and you should pay a visit regularly. Artist André Chiote believes in the power of libraries, and has put together an astounding set of posters to celebrate their importance. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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