Sculpture meets architecture in the surrealist facade of the Synagogue de Delme visitors center in northeastern France. Photo by Olivier-Henri Dancy.
To shield an addition and new courtyard for a bungalow in greater Melbourne, architect Anthony Clarke fitted its facade with strips of rough-sawn Victorian ash. Photo by Peter Bennetts.
Perched in the Dolomite mountains, an angular copper-clad apartment building echoes the topography of its site. Photo by Hertha Hernaus.
Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder. Photo by Henrik Knudsen.
In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. The “culinary cockpit” (a.k.a. the kitchen) stands at the center of the apartment on a raised platform. A long, white slanted counter contains hi-fi speakers and a BUS-system panel of 18 buttons for controlling lights, curtains, heating, ventilation, etc. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
In Sweden, the 13-by-13 foot Mirrorcube tree house, a reflective glass cube built around the trunk of a pine, blends into the surrounding forest so well that the architects plan to cover it with a transparent ultraviolet film to alert flying birds so they won't smash into it.
Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.