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Buildings Like Books

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Living in modern cities makes people to look something more cozy than just concrete and glass. Looking at cold tall buildings designers imagine that are books. This idea came to the minds of Kansas City Library, and now they have made their Parking Garage as a giant bookshelf.

The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of Kansas City’s downtown. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

More photos here

Meanwhile, far from Kansas, in Russian city of Tyumen, local designers just painted one building and now it also looks like a huge bookshelf. Here are some photos:

And look how this building was looking before:

images from here

And here is one more book. But a smaller one. This is a book shaped tent for outdoor camping by Jack Maxwell:



Rotating House

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Mount Helix house offers 360 degrees of subtle rotation. Al Johnstone’s circular house is a futuristic marvel, filled with gadgets and systems that he designed. The 5,100-square-foot, four-bedroom house atop Mount Helix would be a spectacular showcase even if it didn’t spin.

But it’s the novelty of a rotating house that has brought the Johnstones media attention around the world, thousands of visitors to their Web site at, and questions from passers-by each day.

This home is an example of the future of architecture “Kinetic Architecture”. It is the only structure in the world, that we know of, that is a fully functional rotating structure with all the utilities in the rotating portion (unlike the Space Needle and rotating bars located in some hotels) along with many other unique features. You choose the speed of rotation – from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours.

How It Rotates
The second rotating floor rides on top of the 50′ in diameter first floor on 40, 8″ bearings that each have a 50,000 pound capacity, a main bearing in the center of the elevator shaft carries 1,364,000 pounds and the drive wheels (two 16″ x 3″ wheels) are in pillow block bearings that carry 150,000 pounds each – that’s a 3,664,000 pound capacity, the second rotating floor weighs 600,000 pounds. It is driven by a 1.5 horse power DC motor, it takes .8 hp to start and .75 hp to run the house in either direction anywhere from one revolution in 33 minutes up to one revolution in 24 hours, it can rotate in either direction as many times as one would want (it doesn’t have to unwind). The motor drives the drive wheels through a 1564 to 1 dual worm gear transmission – very smoothly.

The first floor is close to the mountain but has a path all the way around it. The house could be built on flat land or on a central column (no first floor or the rotating floor could be on ground level) or several columns ours is the way it is because of the lot we choose to build it on.

There are few words from house owners:

“Perfect for entertaining and personal enjoyment. No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have a minimal or no view at all – the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air, a viewing deck can surround the entire circumference, or just part, of your home. A RotatingHome may be just right for you.

You choose the speed of rotation. We recommend a variable speed from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours. A RotatingHome is perfect for an upscale beach house or large mountain cabin or even in areas prone to storm surges! Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column. With only one fully RotatingHome that meets 21st century building codes currently in existence, its uniqueness and technology are unprecedented!”


You can have a tour of all the unique features of the RotatingHome or a tour and formal or informal dinner for 8 or more, or drinks and hors d’oeuvres for 30 or more of your favorite people, or almost any combination you can think of.

The total house is 8,900 sq. ft. of living space, garage and decks. The main rotating floor is 5,100 sq. ft., 3,700 sq. ft. of living space and 1,400 sq. ft. of rotating deck and an additional 1,200 sq. ft. of fixed deck. The lower or fixed floor has 2,100 sq. ft. of living space, garage and entry plus a patio and putting green.


  • Food Stations/Reception (using main rotating floor only) 75-100 guests.
  • Food Station/Reception (using entire home) 150-175 guests.
  • Sit-down Dinner Party in the Dining Room 40 guests.

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Find rotating home on Bing Maps or Google Maps.

You can also find some additional information in this PDF file.

London Aquatic Center by Zaha Hadid

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

As a proof of blobitecture popularity there is a fresh new “London Aquatic Center” built by Zaha Hadid Architects for London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Detailed designs for the venue by architect Zaha Hadid were released in November 2006, in line with the design competition held in early 2005. In April 2008 Balfour Beatty won the contract to build the Centre and planning permission was granted in May 2008. Construction started in July 2008, two months ahead of schedule now is finished, in time for Test Events before the Games.

The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50 metre swimming pools and a 25 metre diving pool, which will be one of the main venues of the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Paralympics. The centre is located in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London. With its distinctive architecture and curved roof, it will be the first venue visitors see upon entering the Olympic Park. During the Games it will have a capacity of 17,500, which will be reduced to 2,500 after the Games.

You can see more pictures over at Designboom.

Here you can find a perfect page about Zaha Hadid and his works by Artsy: Artsy’s Zaha Hadid page.

Stockholm Library Building Project

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Although Stockholm Public Library reconstruction project was abandoned due to funding problems, there is one rendered image of library interior that I like very much. I’m talking about CGSociety’s concept. You can see a lot of rendering process details on their website. But here I put final image, as an amazing sample of modern blobitecture building.

Frank Gehry’s Architecture

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Frank Owen Gehry (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles.

His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. Many museums, companies, and cities seek Gehry’s services as a badge of distinction, beyond the product he delivers.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

His best-known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Experience Music Project in Seattle, Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic and the MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany. However, it was his private residence in Santa Monica, California, which jump-started his career, lifting it from the status of “paper architecture,” a phenomenon that many famous architects have experienced in their formative decades through experimentation almost exclusively on paper before receiving their first major commission in later years. (more…)