Stone Immaculate

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Concrete will continue to be essential in creating the buildings of the future, and new ways of using this ancient material are already emerging. One of the most engaging is the exquisite Jubilee Church, also known as the Parisch Church of Dio Padre Misericordioso in Rome, Italy. Designed by Richard Meier and completed in the year 2000, the church features a trio of soaring concrete arches which represent the Holy Trinity.

This video by Roberto De Angelis is a 3D-animation of the Jubilee Church composed as the highlight of his design thesis:

Roberto De Angelis\’ 3D-animation of the Jubilee Church

All-in-One Creative Children’s Bedroom & Playroom Design


What more could a kid ask for? This complex and creative space has places to play and sleep, a lofted bed on top with many shelves, steps, hidden compartments and passages along the way up.


The interior design challenge here was a complex one: use a very small amount of existing square footage to create a series of spaces ranging from public to private, interactive to comfortable. In short, there was a need to address a range of childhood needs and desires but with a very limited spatial footprint.


The ingenious architectural solution proposed by H2O Architects was to make the child’s area serve not only as an interactive play space with plenty of storage, twists and turns, but to also use this as an opportunity to create a spatial divider within the broader room itself – designed to be a point of interaction but also a division for privacy between the family’s two children.


The end result is a marvelous, zig-zagging interior structure that is both modern and remarkably playful at the same time. Toys, drawings and other childhood toys and accessories give color to the blank white forms and play off the ever-winding angles of this strange space-filled combination bedroom, playroom and partition wall.

15 Cool & Crazy Concept Computers

Ever think computer company product planning sessions consist of throwing one wacky concept after another against the wall to see what sticks? Not much does and sure enough, the ash heap of tech history is littered with flubs, flops and FUBAR fiascos designed to fly high but destined to fail. Every so often, though, a diamond emerges from the dung heap and everything changes - the cliched “paradigm shift”. Here are 15 of the coolest, craziest computer concepts you’ll see today; diamonds in the rough perhaps but easy on the eye fer shure!

SheevaPlug Shrinks Like A Frightened Turtle

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The tiny SheevaPlug is a marvel to behold - and it’s only natural that it’s made by Marvell. Looking more like an oversized electrical plug than a computer, the so-called Wall Wart is designed to deliver “high-performance, always on, always connected, and environmentally friendly computing.” You
won’t find an optical drive or the usual accoutrements of home computers on the SheevaPlug, however - peripherals including storage connect to an embedded 1.2GHz ARM CPU through an integrated USB 2.0 port. Good things DO come in small packages, it seems!

Apple’s Open & Shut Case

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The MacBook Touch is awesome enough as it is but that isn’t stopping Jobs’ jobbers from making a good thing better. Witness this concept MacBook that employs one of Apple’s more interesting patents: a transparent, multitouch display that acts as a control surface on both sides! Today we have to open our laptops/notebooks/netbooks if we want to get down to business. Tomorrow, maybe not - and that would be very good business indeed.

VAIO Zoom! Biff Bang Pow!

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Thin is in, to the point where you can barely see the screen from the side. This SONY VAIO Zoom notebook concept by Eno Setiawan takes things one step further: you can barely see the screen from the front - at least, when the power’s off. The secret lies in holographic technology that even extends to the mouse buttons. So, is a transparent laptop screen a good idea? Oh yeah… just keep it away from Kramer.

Toshiba’s Desktop Deathstar

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Lord Vader, your server is ready. This Deathstar-like desktop media server crystallizes Toshiba’s vision of how TV and cellphones will interact in a seamless multimedia future.

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Everything’s automatic: once the cellphone is in range, the server prompts it to download its media files to the server which in turn “beams” the files to a wireless HD 1080p TV - and then destroys Alderan.

O Good, A Dell Concept!

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Owners demand a lot from their computers, but do they want sustainability? Dell thinks so, and they’ve rolled out the well-rounded O Project PC to prove it. Luis Luna’s organic design features an integrated living plant pod that absorbs CO2 during the course of its daily life. When the PC’s life has ended, the cornstarch & bamboo polymer-based case can either be recycled or used as a non-computing plant pot to add a dash of tech savvy to your home decor scheme.

Russian To The Future With KOOB+

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Slim, lightweight, compact, modular… all of the above apply to Artem Sazonov’s KOOB+” concept computer. Sazonov has taken the idea of modularity to the max - one or more KOOB+ component can be taken elsewhere and plugged into a different machine as needed. If you like plug & play functionality, you’ll love the KOOB+.

iMac Stays Ahead Of The Curve

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Nuno Teixeira really knows his way a round computers, making him a natural choice to design the iView iMac concept. The intriguing iView is curved to complement the human eye and features a second screen on the back - presumably for those with eyes in back of their heads. Twin webcams pay tribute to the persistence of memory as this somewhat surrealistic concept computer owes much to Dali’s famed fluid forms.

Less Is More… More Or Less

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I’d like to say HP’s minimalist LiM concept desktop computer was designed by Les Moore but that would be too perfect - it’s actually the brainchild of Jeffrey S. Engelhardt, a guy who believes desktop computers have a future in an increasingly mobile, server-oriented world. Even so, by offering “Less Is More” to tomorrow’s tech-savvy savants HP hopes to retain a lucrative slice of the retail pie. Though the LIM is a stand-alone CPU, HP foresees offering some cool matching peripherals like a transparent 19″ OLED touchscreen, a wireless keyboard and a virtual trackpad to replace the mouse.

Microsoft’s Mystery Machine

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Not much info’s out there on the above ultra-wrapped screen but supposedly it’s a concept computer from Microsoft. Considering the thickness of the screen we’ll assume the computer-y bits are housed inside.

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There are already curved screens out there, notably by Alienware (above), but this one both out-curves and out-cools it by a long shot. Let’s hope this screen-comp-combo surfaces soon… and, has as little relationship as possible with Microsoft Surface.

Cario Up The Highway

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What’s the worst place to mount a notebook computer screen? If you guessed “smack dab in the middle of your steering wheel”, you get two points and a full body cast. Even when connected in HUD mode this seems like a poorly thought out idea. The Cario itself, on the other hand, is exceedingly well thought out. Designed for use in cars and trucks, the Cario allows you to adjust vehicle settings like climate control and music besides any other standard computing. If it can be made to work safely, you win, if not, Darwin does.

The BMW Of Computers

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Coming from an outfit named BMW Group Designworks USA, you’d expect the dials to be turned to 11 when it came to designing a true gamer’s gaming computer. And so it is - the “Level 10″ PC tower concept for Thermaltake.

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A massive vertical heatsink, individually enclosed components and not a stray wire to be seen… one wonders why they didn’t call it the “Level 11″.

The Power Flower Tower

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A minimalist computer powered by a fuel cell? We’ve got one for you - or rather, somebody would if this concept goes into production. One of the top five finalists in the Design ReGeneration competition, the Power Flower features a miniature fuel cell hidden atop a clear water reservoir, giving the design a light, aesthetically pleasing look that doesn’t resemble any computer you’ve seen before.

The New Mac Mini?

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This inorganic Apple concept computer was designed by Sait Alanyali, who seems to have fallen in love with his straight edge. Alanyali’s put a lot of thought into the design, which provides functionality in a variety of positions. Temperature is, as with any smaller computer, a paramount concern. In Alanyali’s words, “Cool air to the sides, hot air from the legs.” Always a safe policy in any circumstance.

Cookbook Meets Computer

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Niche markets will be the focus of specialized computers as tech components get cheaper and the public acclimatizes itself to anything and everything being somehow computerized. Example: the Kitchen Sync computer concept.

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Designed by Noah Balmer and winner of an International Housewares Association award, the Kitchen Sync seamlessly combines the functions of a comp and a cookbook. Those who’ve accidentally spilled chicken stock all over their pricey laptop will lap this right up!

The Poop On The E-Ball


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It’s not often a concept design leaves me speechless but this is one of those times. I give you… the E-Ball! Somewhat reminiscent of a roly-poly R2D2, the E-Ball is undeniably impressive: how about a laser keyboard that beams out like ol’ R2 relaying a message from Obi-wan? Plus, who needs a monitor when you can project images onto either a nearby wall or a sheet of paper.


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All very cool and futuristic… and then the whole presentation is overshadowed by spelling “sheet” with an “i” instead of the two e’s. Aw, crap.

As a geek version of Ferris Bueller might say, “Technology moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Thankfully, computer engineers won’t stop offering up their visions of future computing and for that, we may be thankful!

Complex but Contextual: Unique Curved Modern House


It is a rare building design that manages to appear at once contextual and completely alienated from its surroundings. The curves of this unique house by J. Mayer H. Architects bleed out from its edges and flow into the landscape around it, yet the division of artificial and natural remains quite clear save for the ambiguous boundary of the landscaped yard.



The attention to volume, curves and fluidity extends from the exterior of the house to its interior spaces that seem carved out of a single solid substance and morph from one room into the next like a series of caverns. The shell of the structure is pierced by likewise curved openings that frame incredible views of the adjacent and distant natural and residential areas.



moving back to the outside, it is clear that there is an overall logic and rhythm governing the structure as it relates to the land on which it sits – namely, that it pushes out in all directions and moves both with and against the hill it rests on. The real accomplishment of this house design lies not in its purely aesthetic qualities but in the complex ways in which it relates to its environment and seeks a balance between being on independent object building and part of its site and surroundings.

Lofted Living: Elevated Home Literally Sits on the Water


Eat your heart out, Fallingwater. When most people talk about owning a nice house on the water this is almost certainly not what they have in mind. Most of the time, this elevated home sits comfortably on the banks of a river – but when it floods, all bets are off as shown as in these incredible images.


Thin structural supports (that early modernists like Le Corbusier would be proud of) hold this unique house by John Pardey Architects high above the flood plain. Entrance staircases lead from the ground (or water) level directly up into the heart of the home on one side and to a front deck on the other.


Living, guest and bedroom spaces pinwheel out from a central communal axis. Steel framed with timber infill, these wings are each thrust out into a different part of the surrounding landscape – a custom design catered to the available views and varying amounts of privacy afforded by the open water and dense trees.


Of course, the experience back out from within the home is in many ways as impressive as the house itself, with elevated views of the surrounding forest and river below. Floor-to-ceiling glazing in common spaces gives the house an open feeling even as it sits on pillars lofted over the ground.

Ultramodern Houses in Dubai: Luxury Living on the Water


As attracted to ultramodern luxury living as Americans are said to be, it is hard to rival Dubai in terms of sheer architectural exuberance and engineering excess. Fascinatingly enough, the actual style of many of their high-end residences harkens back to High Modernism – with extra money and amazing sites making them seem entirely new and amazing to the untrained eye.


The island of Nurai is one of the latest of Dubai developments to catch the fancy of foreign visitors and potential investors. While much of the expansion of Dubai has slowed there is still an enormous amount of money moving through it. The residences shown here (above) feature bridge-only accessibility, rooftop decks complete with private pools and countless other luxurious amenities.


Much like Postmodernism in 1980s and 1990s architecture, featuring decorative throwbacks tied to ancient Egyptians and Greeks, one has to wonder if this perpetual reuse of Modernist geometries and spatial strategies will continue to remain popular or will also look dated within a few short decades.

High-Tech Bed Has Built-In TV, Computer & Game Systems

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If you thought beds were just built for sleeping, think again – or at least sleep on it to be sure. The futuristic gadget-loaded HiCan bed design is so tech-heavy it is a virtual all-in-one stand-alone room with everything you need to read, relax and remain comfortably isolated and asleep or to stay awake and entertained.

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A theater screen pulls down at the foot of the bed for viewing television or movies. An integrated personal computer system means you can work or surf the web in bed as well. Game consoles are built in for added entertainment value. Lights for reading and shades for sleeping are also fully integrated.

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