Beehives are typically comprised of parallel layers of honeycombs, like an office building filled with cubicles. But in Australia, a bee species known as Tetragonula carbonaria, a/k/a sugarbag bees, build their hives in a single-layer spiral, like they're imitating the Guggenheim. Why do they build them this way? National Geographic
For this year's Core77 Design Awards, we're conducting in-depth interviews with each of our jury captains to get in a glimpse into their creative minds and to hear more about what they'll be looking for in this year's awards submissions. Our first interview is with 2018 Built Environment Jury
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's final projects was the Lockridge Medical Clinic in Montana, a building he designed so late into his life that its construction was completed just after his death. Two years ago the building was purchased by Mick Ruis, a multimillionaire horse trainer and real estate developer.
This is nuts, and at first a little jarring to watch because it moves so quickly, but ultimately worth it. YouTube channel My Self Reliance lives up to its name as the gent behind it puts up an entire log cabin, then finishes it both inside and out, his damn
In Tianjin, China is this massive Tianjin Binhai Library, designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV and the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Photograph by Ossip van Duivenbode Photograph by Ossip van Duivenbode The massive structure is some 363,000 square feet and houses over a million books. Photograph by
If you were looking for a place to crash in Eskridge, Kansas last year, you'd have been able to stay at Matthew and Leigh Ann Fulkerson's "Subterra" home listed on AirBNB. It's no ordinary home, being both subterranean and located in a former Atlas E missile silo. But the Fulkersons
As wildfires continue to ravage the Los Angeles area, art lovers have to be nervous about their proximity to the Getty Center, which houses many priceless works of art. But thankfully architect Richard Meier was fully aware of what the value of the Getty's contents would be, and designed the
It's not voyeurism if you don't look inside the window, right? Mexican designer José Guizar, who's based in New York and spends part of his time "making super secret things at Google Creative Lab," has a sideline personal project: Capturing the essence, Adobe-Illustrator-style, of random NYC windows. "The Windows of
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
British retailer Made.com asked a bunch of pre-teen kids to draw "what homes might look like in the future." The company then commissioned an illustrator to render them, and surprisingly, some of these don't look that far-fetched: Alannah, age 7, Woking This home features fluffy carpet walls, and its windows
Core77 isn't an architecture blog by nature, but certain structures do catch our eye. So is the case with LEGO house, a 21,500+ sq ft building inspired by—you guessed it—everything LEGO. The center resides in Billund, Denmark and was was designed in partnership by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and COWI.
In the tony Toronto suburb of Forest Hill, a couple whose last name starts with "C" have a handsome, multimillion-dollar home designed in the Tudor style. We tracked it down on Google Street View, and found much of the house obscured: About 800 meters away, on a different street, a
Good news, folks: Jay Z and Beyoncé, who were previously renting a Malibu house (monthly rent: $400,000 per month) have finally scraped up enough cash to become L.A. homeowners! They've snagged a nice little 30,000-square-foot house in Bel Air for a reported $90 million. Images are scarce as the architect
Imagine living millennia ago, in a time when you've never seen a horse. Everywhere you and your tribe go is by walking. Then one of you discovers horses and figures out how to ride one. Now you've discovered the perfect sustainable transportation system. Horses eat grass, which is free. That
Here's a great example of an architect becoming enamored of a new, flashy concept while failing to consider real-world behaviors. In 1881, architect William H. Brown patented the following design: That's the plan and elevation views of a rotating jail. The circle contains eight pie-shaped jail cells and there's only
Professional designers: Has anyone ever asked to see your degree? Probably not, because if you've got a portfolio and you say you're an industrial designer, or an architect, that's good enough for most people. Because who would have the balls to fake it? Paul J. Newman, that's who. Incredibly,
London-based company Lowe Guardians, and others like it, have an interesting business model. Technically a property management company, what they do is target landlords who have empty properties—which are often targets for vandalism—and protect those properties by installing live-in guardians. These guardians come in the form of young creatives and
London is an expensive place to live, and for young professionals it's tough to find affordable housing. When Tim Lowe was 26 and working as a property surveyor, he found his £1,000 a month rent too much to manage on his salary, and thus embarked on an alternative-living adventure. Lowe's
Yeah, so this is nuts: Valencia-based designer Fernando Abellanas wanted to "seek refuge from the city within the city itself," and picked the underside of a bridge—far above the ground—as a site for a studio. By welding up a steel frame with rollers resting on the bridge's crossbeams, he can
The American Dream of owning your own home has increasingly slipped away, particularly for younger generations. Last year, U.S. house prices grew by 4.8%; this year, salaries are only projected to grow by 1.9%. Those numbers are from a study done by financial services organization HSBC, which looked at home
The Roomba has made all of our lives easier from cleaning up after us to serving up some much-needed laughs moonlighting as "DJ Roomba." Someday soon you may be seeing a similar looking robot make an appearance in the world of architecture. Designer Han Seok Nam is looking to cut down on labor costs and up efficiency with his design, Archibot.
U.S. healthcare is a divisive topic. We Americans can agree that our system could be a lot better, but we can't agree on how to effect changes. Paradoxically, this will improve the design of overseas hospitals. Not just the way that they operate, but their very design. As for the
Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create
Amazon's vision for the future includes multi-story automated distribution centers sprinkled throughout urban areas. Goods will arrive by truck and be delivered to customers by fleets of drones issuing forth from ports or doors in the building. Few humans will work there because robots will perform much of the
[WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead.] If I have one complaint about "Game of Thrones," it's that it's too dark. Not in terms of tone; whatever I've seen on the show is still not worse than what we do to each other in the Core77 offices each week. I mean that the
In the last post we looked at Ten Fold Engineering's linkage designs. Now let's check out the actual applications they have in mind. In the company's vision, prefabricated structures are transported to site, then unfurled: It's fun seeing what their architects have come up with for the interior spaces, as
Sheathing plywood: an incredibly practical and long lasting material when it comes to building the exterior of homes but rarely has it been lauded for its refined look. If you're one to frequent architectural magazines or Pinterest, you may have noticed in the past couple years the material showing up
We're excited for the upcoming "Valerian" movie (which inspired "Star Wars" with little credit ever attributed). The official title of the movie is "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," and in this eye-catching teaser footage, we get a look at said city, called Alpha, and an explanation of
Roman concrete is something that has stymied materials scientists for ages. That the stuff is durable is obvious; the dome in the Pantheon has lasted for nearly 2,000 years and is of course unreinforced by rebar. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
The mission of the Kentucky Music Educators Association is to "enrich the lives of students through music." Each year they host a gathering of their All State Choir, where roughly 1,000 students from around Kentucky stay together at an 18-story Hyatt Hotel. At 11pm, the students all come out of
Three years ago we covered ThyssenKrupp's development of an elevator that could go up, down and sideways. Elevator lines in the future, we wrote, would look less like a series of shafts and more like Pac-Man. Tom Scott was lucky enough to gain admittance to ThyssenKrupp's towering elevator testing facility,
Take a moment to imagine what a Nike headquarters in the heart of NYC would look like. Now picture that times 10, and that's what it actually looks like in real life. This week marks the first week Nike employees get to work in their new NYC home. After the
Dagnabbit! Once again architects have something cool for which there is no industrial design analog, inspiring jealousy. London-based architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser founded Skyline Chess, a company that produces chess sets where the pieces are iconic London buildings. Now they've just Kickstarted an NYC edition: As a
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