This is What a $95,000,000 View Looks Like

By on November 14, 2014, in Architecture

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You read that right. Ninety five. Million. Dollars. In other words, about 323 Ferrari’s.

Construction just finished at 432 Park Avenue last month, marking it the tallest residential building in New York City and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. The luxury condo rises a majestic 1,396 feet, 34 feet taller than the One World Trade Center (although with the spire, the OWTC’s official height is 1,776 feet, which, if you didn’t know, is symbolic of the 1776 Declaration of Independence). There are a total of 104 units, of which 10 floors are penthouses. One of the penthouses that sold was listed at $95 million.

To be blunt, the views are nothing short of spectacular. The 10′ x 10′ windows allow for sweeping vistas of everything from the Hudson to the East River, from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean. Building amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, billiards room, 75-foot pool with a spa and massage therapy room, a children’s playroom, and a boardroom. The project was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, and will welcome the first residents in 2015.

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You Won’t Believe The Interior of This Tokyo Residence – Mizuishi Architect Atelier

By on November 12, 2014, in Architecture , More

River Side House 5 You Wont Believe The Interior of This Tokyo Residence   Mizuishi Architect Atelier

It has been said that the Japanese love to create tiny things. If you have ever been to the greater Tokyo area, you will know what I mean.

This house might be considered then, to be quite an achievement. The River Side House, as it is known, is a project designed by Mizuishi Architect Atelier, and, according to their site, was built this way due to restrictions on the lot. The tiny home sits on a triangle site, and encompasses an area of a mere 29.07 meters. However, the residence includes a dining & kitchen area, a living space, and even a guest room. High, vaulted ceilings help ensure a feel of openness, and the interior minimalist arrangements only complement that feel. Wooden accents add warmth, and the entire project was priced at about $200,000 (USD).

Would you live in a place like this? We at Pondly were surprised at how open the interior looked!

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Creeped Out – A Haunted House Installation by Torafu Architects

By on October 30, 2013, in Architecture

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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo recently commissioned Torafu Architects to design a ‘Haunted House’. There was also a special interactive exhibit for children where they can scare and get scared. The artists at Torafu Architects contsructed a seemingly ordinary art gallery corridor. It had the usual paintings on the walls and even a tired gentleman sitting in the far end. A second look at the said gentleman will reveal that his hat is floating because his head is missing. The paintings themselves turn out to be on the creepy side, what with eyes following you and even frames you can climb into. Torafu Architects wanted to “Engage people more actively while stimulating their imagination. They also want to challenge perspectives and norms and break the rules as children are encouraged to run, shout and touch.”
With this creepy installation, I’ll say they achieved their goal.

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Top to Bottom – A Vertigo-Inducing House by Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk

By on October 5, 2013, in Architecture

upsidedownhouse Top to Bottom – A Vertigo Inducing House by Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk

This house was designed for a special exhibition in Germany and is open to the public for visiting. It is the brainchild of Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk who aptly named it “The world stands on its head”. The Cape Cod-style,  120-meter-square house is built with a steel frame to withstand its awkward architecture. Everything inside it is upside-down. Only the stairs were spared to enable people to get to the second floor. It still stands in Trassenheide, a German town on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom.

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Skewed – Odd Architecture by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

By on September 15, 2013, in Architecture


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Friedensreich Hundertwasser is an Austrian sculptor, painter and architect. He is best known for his colorful, quirky, and oddly shaped buildings. He first became famous for his paintings, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that his building designs brought him worldwide acclaim. His buildings all sport his trademark labyrinthine spirals which can also be found in the postage stamps and flags he designed. One of Friedensreich’s most famous work is the Hundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna. The building has a roof covered with earth and grass, undulating floors, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He refused to be paid for it, insisting that he did it in order to “prevent something ugly from going up in its place”. Friedensreichhas always been against monotonous architecture, he even called for a boycott of architecture with straight lines and demanded the right to create individual structures. He died in 2000 at the age of 72.

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Aqua Building in Chicago

By on December 3, 2012, in Architecture

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image courtesy of Steve Hall © Heidrich Blessing

The Aqua building in Chicago is a stunning example of exquisite architecture.  Since it was completed in 2010, Aqua has become a signature piece in the iconic Chicago skyline.  Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects has received numerous awards and accolades for her work involved with the design of the building.

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LED Cathedral for 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium

By on April 1, 2012, in Architecture

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If you think church is only about the preacher or priest and its attendees, Luminaria De Cagna claimed otherwise in the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Giving a light feeling, the amazing LED Cathedral lighted up the Belfortstraat city featuring Romanesque crossmatched with bright rainbow colors, anyone would be convinced to visit and will definitely consider coming back.
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Literally The Ice Kingdom Of China

By on February 23, 2012, in Architecture

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Want to walk through more than just snow? Enjoy going around these castles made with blocks of ice as the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival invites you to this beautiful wonder of Harbin, Heilongjiang province in northeastern China. Your eyes will definitely feast on the illuminated ice structures as the night passes on, and you will surely not regret to have visited this place to spend your vacation in. Exhibit starts January 5th, then lasting for about a month or more.
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Architectural Photos in Perspectives by Paul Bica

By on February 15, 2012, in Architecture

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Who says it is only through people and animals that a photographer can easily express? Paul Bica shows otherwise with his high-quality shots of different architectural structures that simply take one’s breath away. He treats his photos with principles that he learned throughout as he had started doing photography.
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The Worlds Tallest Bridge – The Millau Viaduc

By on January 23, 2012, in Architecture

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The Millau Viaduct is one of the most impressive civil engineering feats of our time and hold the record of highest bridge in the world with 245m, or 19m higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Spanning almost 2.5km across the River Tarn in the South of France, The Millau Viaduct is also the longest cable-stayed road-bridge in the world.
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