Unboxing Buildings: Dull Modern Facades Removed to Reveal Historic Decor

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ]

Modernist architects rejected brick, stone and iron ornament in favor of clean metal and brutalist concrete, and in some extreme cases went so far as to cover up old facades with more contemporary cladding. But what was originally an act of erasure can also turn into an unintentional act of preservation, as in the case of this structure built in the 1920s but clad over in the 1960s.

This drab building in San Antonio, Texas was at best unremarkable and at worst a bit of an eyesore. White stripes and vertical strips of red worked with rows of glass to...

Neri&Hu uses translucent glass blocks for walls of bright and flexible function room in Beijing

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has designed a luminous meeting room with

checkerboard façade of VTN’s hanoi university building contains trees within recessed voids

Coldwater Canyon Residence By EYRC Architects

EYRC Architects have designed a modern house in Beverly Hills, California, that sits on a deep and narrow site, and was built as an oasis with privacy for the home owners. #ModernHouse #SwimmingPool

This Designer Creates Unique Jewelry From City Maps

Industrial designer and jeweler Talia of TaliaSari, has created a line of jewelry that includes necklaces, rings and brooches, that are inspired by city maps. #ModernJewelry #ModernJewellery #Style #Design #Fashion

"Russian architecture is in a transitional state" says architect Yury Grigoryan

Yury Grigoryan

Russia's architects have become more interested in creating public spaces than spectacular buildings,...

ugo rondinone’s living sculpture is the perfect place to live and work

imm cologne 2018 #imm18

The imm cologne is the first interiors show of the year presents the...

"Design language sets us apart" from Apple and Samsung, says Google's head of hardware

Google product family

Google's expanded line of tech-focussed products is distinct from its...

victor pricop’s design is a featured entry of the hong kong young architects competition

Neofit Roller

Collapsing to just 4 inches with a unique design featuring...

Grey brickwork to clad Upper East Side residential tower by DDG

180 East 88th Street by DDG

A host of art deco-influenced details are found in the design of this condominium building...

Work Smarter: 12 Modern Desks Reinvent the Standard Office Surface

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

The typical desk design has remained the same for centuries, but we need these surfaces to do more – like incorporate our gadgets, offer privacy in loud offices, fit into our homes, fold up to take on the go or offer proper space for our cat overlords. Maybe even all of these things at once.  These designs are more than...

A 1913 Mexico City Mansion Renovation + a Modern Guest House

A 1913 Mexico City Mansion Renovation + a Modern Guest House

Factor Eficiencia...

Cave-Like Villa in Greece Hides Sculptured Living Spaces

Welcome...

Room One Surface Goes Against the Grain in Wireless Audio

Room One Surface Goes Against the Grain in Wireless Audio

The term “engineered wood” takes on a...

Home Security Designs for Billionaires

What happens when billionaires want their homes to be safe from all forms of threats? They call Al Corbi, founder of SAFE (Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments). Corbi's a man who designs "secret and secure installations for the U.S. Department of Justice, other U.S. agencies, and governments worldwide" and has been at it since...

Reader Submitted: The HATCH Watch Displays a Different Grid Pattern Every 5 Minutes

The HATCH watch is a playful wristwatch composed of two superposed metal discs that create cross-hatching patterns as time changes.

Designed by Catherine Stolarski...

‘flora’ festival sees botanical artists from around the world transform spanish courtyards

A Collector’s Ever-Changing Family Home in League City, TX

A Collector’s Ever-Changing Family Home in League City, TX | Design*Sponge

Seeing...

My Adobe MAX Talk

...

Jean-Michel Basquiat's art reconstituted the world around him, says Boom for Real curator

Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition at the Barbican in London.

The curator of a new Barbican exhibition on the late American artist Jean-Michel...

Nendo designs transportable toilet for natural disaster victims

Nendo has designed a temporary 

Studio Floris Wubben Explores HI-MACS Material in Crystal Shift Lighting

Studio Floris Wubben Explores HI-MACS Material in Crystal Shift Lighting

Working in collaboration with

Concept Design for a Radically Different Fire Engine

Fire engines are large by necessity. They're also often needed in...

herzog & de meuron, piet oudolf, and LOLA team up to transform stockholm gasometer site

Inner Peace

...

Designart festival aims to "put Tokyo on the map" as a destination for design, say founders

A new design festival aiming to revitalise Tokyo's creative scene launched...

Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls

Prismverse: An Installation of Geometrical Tessellated Mirror Walls

Artist Chris Cheung, known as

aectual 3D prints completely customizable and sustainable floors

Load More