Misplaced monuments: Designers take to Photoshop to transplant world landmarks in new locations

Architecture, Art, International
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy DesignCrowd.com.au)

The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy DesignCrowd.com.au)

When it comes to a famous landmark, to what extent does locale add to its majesty? An inventive design competition posted to Australian virtual design studio DesignCrowd explored this question with a challenge to designers to reposition the world’s most hyped monuments in all-new locations using high-resolution images.

More after the jump.

Paris Politicians Embroiled in Not So Secret Skyscraper Spat

Architecture, International, News
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Courtesy Herzog and de Meuron

(Courtesy Herzog and de Meuron)

Paris’ stringent urbanism laws triumphed yesterday in the city council’s vote to reject plans to build what would be the third tallest skyscraper in the city and the first such towering structure in over four decades. A breach of the secret ballot terms, however, has prompted socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo to reject the vote after it came to light that opposition council members had revealed their decisions, with one official later tweeting a picture of himself brazenly holding his yellow ballot up in the air.

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Eiffel Tower’s New “First Floor” Almost Complete

Architecture, International
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Work is almost finished on a revamped viewing platform and event space at the Eiffel Tower. While it’s called the First Floor, it’s nearly 200 feet above ground and will offer panoramic views of Paris. And for the braver visitors, it will offer views straight down as the new space has a glass-floor viewing platform. Moatti-Rivière Architects is heading up the renovation, which will include shops, restaurants, conference rooms and event spaces. The new floor will also be better suited to those with disabilities and incorporate green technologies including solar panels and the rainwater collection.

LEGO Adds Eiffel To Its Architecture Series Roster.  LEGO Adds Eiffel To Its Architecture Series Roster The Eiffel Tower is the latest piece of iconic architecture now easily replicated in miniature. Gustave Eiffel’s creation joins The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben as famous European towers incorporated into LEGO‘s Architecture series. This is not the Danish company’s first crack at the building. They also offer a 1:300 scale model of the tower requiring 3,248 pieces to reach a finished height of 3 1/2 feet.  The giant size of the toy is matched by that of its price tag, which towers over over the $34.99 being charged for their newest version of the Parisian landmark.


BLT on Top at Kimmel

Friday, June 10, 2011

Most of the rooftop garden's trees will be replaced with smaller plants. Courtesy Kimmel Center

Completed in 2001, the Viñoly-designed Kimmel Center in Philadelphia seems too old for growing pains, but today it’s certainly going through something of an awkward phase. In late April, KieranTimberlake released plans to revamp the performing arts center and now some of the details are emerging.  BLT Architects have shared a few rendering from their renovation of the rooftop garden into an event space.

Renderings after the jump.

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