Nothing Better Than Manifestly Magnificent Cantilevers

cantilever Villa Amanzi by Original Vision, Phuket, Thailand

Ever filled out an online survey that asks the question which super power you would rather have, flying or invisibility? For architects this question probably seems silly, for employing the cantilever in their designs does both those things. It gives buildings volumes that appear to be levitating, walls that disappear, and (bonus!) views that extend to the horizon. cantilever1

Balancing Barn by MVRDV, Thorington, Great Britain (via future-predictor) cantilever3

Statoil Regional and International Offices by a-lab, Bærum, Norway

The physics of the cantilever are pretty simple: One end is anchored and the opposite juts dramatically into space. The structure of the building no longer has to rely on the exterior walls for support; it can essentially disappear. Continue reading here. cantilever2

Caterpillar House by Sebastián Irarrázaval, Santiago de Chile

An Exemplary “Model House” In Seoul, Korea


Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

The transitory nature of temporary buildings doesn’t always diminish the attention the architects give to the project’s design. The Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects is an example of a specific type of building in Korea known as a “Model House.” Real estate developers use the structures to display the amenities of their building projects to potential buyers.


Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

Economically constructed out of reusable steel and modular panels, the buildings are typically torn down in three to five years. Ken Min Architects and their client used the opportunity to center the project on a public garden accessible to the surrounding neighborhood, addressing the area’s need for available green space. The building also incorporated an auditorium and educational rooms for programs open to the public.

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Xi Gallery by Ken Min Architects, Seoul, Korea

The Gesamtkunstwerk Of Contemporary Art Galleries


Kukje Gallery by Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu, Seoul, South Korea

Most modern art galleries have a uniform design known as “the white cube.” Brian O’Doherty describes the design in a group of essays published by Artforum in the ’70s, writing, “[a] gallery is constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church… Walls are painted white… The wooden floor is polished… the art is free, as the saying used to go, ‘to take on its own life.'” These rules leave little room for distinction, and apart from the art itself, the architecture of the building becomes the sole means of expression.

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Art Warehouse in Boeotia by A31 ARCHITECTURE, Dilesi, Greece

Like museums, galleries have begun to invest in their architecture in an attempt to separate themselves from the crowd and become an “icon.” Good architecture can turn galleries into gesamtkunstwerk, or total works of art. The following galleries from the Architizer database are examples of the contemporary impulse to emphasize both the art on display inside a gallery and the building that houses it, creating a holistic experience for the gallery visitor.

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Sperone WestwaterFoster + Partners, New York, New York



Modern Minimalist Chiaroscuro


House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

A 19th century residential building in Spain is the last place one would expect to encounter an interior dedicated to minimalism. But at the House in El Carmen, almost all unnecessary design elements have been eliminated, leaving an environment that relies on the beauty of its materials to sustain it.


House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The walls are a luxurious white lacquer. The flooring a slight marble grey, which exudes calm and simplicity. The spare interior allows for greater drama to be attached to the objects placed within it. The sleek circular table by Tulip brings elegance to the space, its form reminding one of a flower.

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The Architectural Mash-Up


Villa RotterdamOoze, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Digital technology has made the mash-up a quintessential art form of the new millennium. Hearing Britney Spears sing over the Clash can be disconcerting at first—to some maybe even offensive. However, combinations of disparate tracks can reveal hidden aspects of either song, and create a truly transcendent—or at the very least entertaining—experience. (If you are not sure what a musical mash-up is google Hollertronix or Girl Talk to find out.)


Didden VillageMVRDV, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The analog world of architecture normally eschews the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink ethos of digital pop culture. Simplicity and purity are a big part of the aesthetic values celebrated by contemporary architects.


Hunsett MillACME, Norfolk, GB

The notable exception is architects grouped under the postmodernist umbrella, who sought to combine diverse elements into their buildings. Rejecting Mies van der Rohe’s idea that “less is more,” Robert Venturi, famed postmodernist architect, offered the rejoinder “less is a bore.” However postmodernism’s influence over architectural philosophy has proved tenuous

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The Floating Farmhousegivonehome, Eldred, US

The Groovy Interior Of Mocha-Mojo


Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Distinctive architecture and design is a necessity for bars, restaurants, and cafes. Customers visit establishments not only to satisfy their appetites, but also to socialize in unique environments. The interior spaces need to capture the imagination of patrons, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that inspires return visits.


Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Mocha-Mojo, located in Chennai, India, embodies that necessary balance between the funky and the functional needed to turn a café into a design destination.

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design