Three of the World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Parking garages are ugly by their very nature: They're metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all garages have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica,… » 4/14/14 6:10pm 4/14/14 6:10pm

The Audi-designed Ski Lodge looks better than their entire lineup

If you ever have been skiing, you know how a typical Ski Lodge looks like. Traditionally, it is made from wood and looks very 19th century. You get your warm drinks (mhmm, Jägermeistertea) and substantial meal in a very rustic atmosphere. Charming, but also played out. » 3/11/14 4:48pm 3/11/14 4:48pm

What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

Gizmodo EIC Geoff Manaugh and U.K. architects Smout Allen tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren't building the advanced race cars they're well-known for—they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an… » 11/20/13 5:50pm 11/20/13 5:50pm

China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

There's no denying that China doesn't have the best record when it comes to urban planning and development, particularly in regards to real estate—and their most recent blunder is a doozy. Thanks to some poor planning and (presumably poor) communication, China accidentally built a brand new set of modern apartments… » 10/09/13 2:00pm 10/09/13 2:00pm

This Wild Inception-Like Architecture Is An Amazing Convention Display

Visitors to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show will walk through an inverted forest, over an Inception'd city, and under a massive floating track just to see Germany's latest cars. As the biggest auto show in the world, by size, what carmakers do to the massive convention space is as interesting as the cars they display. » 9/11/13 12:39pm 9/11/13 12:39pm

"Death Ray" Architect Blames His Car-Melting Skyscraper on Sunny Days

London made headlines this week for a uniquely modern phenomenon; the city's newest skyscraper is reflecting the sun into an insanely powerful “death ray” that can start fires and fry eggs. Now, the building's architect has spoken out: "We made a lot of mistakes with this building, and we will take care of it." » 9/06/13 8:34pm 9/06/13 8:34pm

8 Unrealized Buildings That Could've Transformed American Cities

For every existent building in your city, there are a dozen that never came to be. Some plans were abandoned for good reasons (see: LA's 5,000-foot skyscraper), others were abandoned because of legal and financial quandaries. Either way, these forgotten drawings show us what we could've had. » 8/26/13 10:42am 8/26/13 10:42am

This Is A House Built Over America's Most Famous Corner

The brief for my latest assignment at uni (3rd Year at Victoria University’s School of Architecture, Wellington, New Zealand) was very open – design a ‘Big Ass House.’ I imagined a client with unlimited funds that wanted the biggest, craziest house they could get. And here it is, The Corkscrew House. » 7/11/13 2:30pm 7/11/13 2:30pm

Japanese Porsche Fan Commissions the World's Most Elegant Garage

The Porsche 911 is a thing of beauty: Designed in 1959 by "Butzi" Porsche himself, its clean lines and German engineered guts have turned it into a much-obsessed-over classic. To wit: this Osaka townhome designed by Kenji Yanagawa Architects, for a client with an unusual request—that the entire structure be oriented… » 6/06/13 5:40pm 6/06/13 5:40pm

This Nondescript NYC Mechanic's Shop Has an Unbelievable Past Life

In New York City, buildings are changing hands all the time—and nothing really lasts forever. The legendary music venue CBGB? Well, it's now a John Varvatos store. And this grimy mechanic's shop at the northern end of Manhattan? It was once the entryway to a beautiful 19th century estate. » 6/04/13 7:54pm 6/04/13 7:54pm

Four Glamorous New Penn Station Designs (That We Shouldn't Build Yet)

This year, for the first time since it was built in 1968, Madison Square Garden’s operation permit is up for renewal. Which means that the fate of New York’s most-loathed transit clusterfuck, Penn Station, is also suddenly up for discussion. This week, four architecture firms presented sparkling, well-rendered… » 5/31/13 2:31pm 5/31/13 2:31pm