• The latest building to make waves in India

    Posted on 24th January 2014 by Ben.


    A new development currently being planned for Bandra, Mumbai in India is making a big impression round the globe thanks to its ground breaking design.  The Ohm Residential Tower has been designed by James Law Cybertecture and is based on the shapes that ripples make when splashed by a drop of water.


    Rising to 30 storeys high the development promises to provide luxury living for those that can afford it. The circular, almost donut-shaped, building houses an orb-like club house in the centre, while each apartment boasts a glass-sided infinity pool on its balcony. See more work from James Law Cybertecture

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  • The end is in sight for Gaudi’s vision

    Posted on 15th October 2013 by Andy.

    It has dominated the Barcelona skyline for over a century but is still a building site, but the Sagrada Familia remains one of the world’s most iconic buildings. It was started in 1882 before renowned architect Antonio Gaudi took over a year later and began infusing it with his trademark Gothic and Art Nouveau stylings. By the time he died in 1926 the building was still less than a quarter complete. Many architects have subsequently worked on the project and to say it has gone over budget and past its deadline is an understatement. Today the work is almost exclusively funded by ticket sales and private donations but the end is finally in sight. As this recent video reveals, although a sizeable chunk of the church has yet to be built, the current architects are confident that Gaudi’s grand vision will finally be revealed in 2026.

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  • The house in need of a facelift

    Posted on 14th October 2013 by Andy.


    Following on from the Gravity Free Dalston House post we recently featured that let people seem to defy gravity, artist Alex Chinneck has created a house that has been beaten by gravity. The artwork, entitled ‘From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes’ is a three-storey house in Margate whose entire front seems to be slipping off. Chinneck adapted a derelict building in the seaside town by taking the front off it and building a new one so that you can now see into the rooms. We think it’s a great way of improving a neighbourhood while the house waits to be redeveloped next year – turning an eyesore into a real talking point for the town.

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  • How to know when you’re number one

    Posted on 4th July 2013 by Andy.


    Described as the most exclusive address in the world One Hyde Park is a residential development designed for the super rich, situated squarely between Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. If you’ve got the money to live here you can count Harrods and Harvey Nichols as local shops, while all the best art and culture are a short walk from your doorstep. That's if the residents of One Hyde Park ever walked anywhere of course. The development is adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental hotel and has a few shops, including Rolex, McLaren Automotive and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The building was designed by Sir Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in quite a conventional glass and steel construction that lacks the character of his more famous work, such as the Lloyd's of London. Candy & Candy were partners in the development and also designed the interiors with an accent on opulence and luxury. The building, which cost a cool £1.5 billion, was started in 2006 and finally opened in 2011. Rumours circulated that the penthouse was on sale for £140 million, which would have made it the most expensive property in the whole of the UK. However, it is now thought to have been sold for the more affordable £40.5 million. But don’t worry if those numbers are a bit eye watering, among the 80 apartments there are a few one-bedroom flats for just £3.6 million. By January of this year 76 of the residences had been sold for a total of £2.7 billion. Although you’d be lucky to find out who many of the owners are, most were bought through private holding companies. So few apartments are regularly occupied that it’s said the façade of the building at night is often in complete darkness. Find out more:

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