France is most well-known for its obvious and iconic tourist attractions: the Eiffel Tower, the Alps, the glamorous riviera. But beyond all the grandeur and gloss, some of the country's most magical and breathtaking places are those that are abandoned, derelict, even falling apart. Intrepid urban explorers set out, cameras in hand, to photograph them, and we curated some of their most stunning shots here to take you on this, a gloriously haunting but ever-so-beautiful tour of abandoned France.
Monday, Jan 9th 2017 (12:00am)
In central Arizona there exists an experimental town called Arcosanti. It's built on the principles of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology to envision a city that works in tandem with the Earth's resources. In this short documentary, The Atlantic goes inside this distinctive urban space to understand how Arcosanti plans to reconstruct how humans envision cities.
Sunday, Oct 30th 2016 (1:16am)
Like paintings and sculptures, buildings can be beautiful works of art.
We asked architects to tell us the one building that's a game-changer for building design, inspired them to become architects, or that they simply find stunning.
Here are 19 of the most breathtaking buildings in the world, according to people who build them for a living.
Architect McBride Charles Ryan mixed his field of predilection with sculpture for his new project Klein Bottle House, that he built in Rye, Australia. The outlines of the building are extremely raw and give life to very geometric shapes. The rendering looks like a geometric sculpture that grew straight from the ground.
The luxurious Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area, in Colombia. So where did it all go wrong? Unfortunately, due to non existent regulations of Colombian authorities, the Bogota river was allowed to become contaminated by industrial waste. The reputation of the area as a tourist destination was badly damaged as a result, and tourists quickly stopped visiting.
YUP | 1 After two-year renovation, NYPL's historic Rose Main Reading Room will reopen on October 5thThe $12 million project, managed by Tishman Construction Corporation, came about in May 2014 when an ornamental plaster rosette fell 52 feet from the Reading Room's ceiling. To mark the occasion, the NYPL has shared an incredible collection of photographs documenting the restoration work and the Rose Main Reading Room with nearly all scaffolding removed.
The skyscraper: representative of spatial economy and a symbol of power. This building typology has a storied, turbulent and even contested past. Here, we bring you a selection some of the skyscrapers and high-rise buildings featured in our Arch Daily Classics section.
A combination of roadside attraction novelty and greater architectural freedom resulted in some very strange 20th-century buildings. Below are 23 examples of this novelty architecture. In almost all the cases, the owners wanted to use their buildings to proclaim what they were selling inside.
Designed by the architects Pero and Torres Armengol, with ceiling frescoes painted by Nazareno Orlandi and support columns sculpted by Troiano Troiani, the grand theatre first opened in May 1919 with a seating capacity of 1,050. In the late 1920s it was converted into a movie theatre and then retrofitted into a flagship bookstore in the year 2000.
Thursday, Jul 21st 2016 (12:00am)
Here in Phoenix, we have Metrocenter - Arizona's largest mall when it was built in the early 70's, now it's the dirt mall and dying fast. Take this virtual tour and marvel at its increasingly abandoned majesty, with 22 nodes of 360-degree panoramic views, set to the theme from Dawn of the Dead. Glorious.
Thursday, Jun 9th 2016 (12:00am)
For their Data Center Mural Project, Google has partnered with local artists to design and create unique and relevant murals to adorn the outer walls of their otherwise industrial-looking data centers.
Saturday, May 14th 2016 (12:00am)
Plans are to be called the Floating Seahorse, they will start to build a complex of 42 homes later this year. Click through for artist concepts and mock ups because everyone fantasizes about their windows on the world to be an aquarium.
Thursday, Apr 7th 2016 (12:00am)
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