Architecture

  • 3 Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand

    Seeing as Blood Brother co-founder James Waller is currently in New Zealand visiting family, we decided to create our own virtual NZ holiday to join him in spirit.

    Here are 3 of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.

    Tongariro National Park

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    Now with approximately a million visitors a year, Tongariro was the first national park formed in New Zealand, and the fourth in the world. It was the first national park ever to be gifted by a country's indigenous people, on 23 September 1887. The last volcanic eruption within the park was in November 2012, from the Te Maari Crater and came with an enormous ash plume.


     

    Lake Wanaka

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    This clearwater lake in Wanaka is the largest in New Zealand by volume. The small town of under 8,000 occupants sits on the South Island, is just an hour away from Queenstown, and boasts 193 square kilometres of water.

    The area around Wanaka is a formal sub-area of the Central Otago wine region with several top wineries and vineyards. So be sure to hiit W-Town if you're looking for that dank Pinot Noir.


     

    Auckland

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    There wasn't a chance we could do this list and not feature Auckland, one of the most aesthetically pleasing cityscapes on the planet. Sunrise and sunset along with clear skies and ocean provide a perfect contrast of orange and blue to light up the stage like a utopian metropolis.

    As ex-capital of New Zealand, Auckland has a lot to prove, which is why from 2006-2008, it was ranked as the 5th best city to live in for quality of life, it has the friendliest people! Famous faces from the city include Zoë Bell and Martin Henderson. If you're gonna make the journey to the city with 50 volcanoes, be sure to call Auckland by it's native Maori name; Tamaki Makaurau.


     

    Words by Max Furr.

  • Smarter People, Smarter Cities

    With 8 out of 10 of us now living in cities in the U.K, the fight to keep our cities clean and sustainable are crucial more than ever, but what do we have to do in order to achieve this?

    Important elements like, reducing carbon footprint, improving living standards, are just a few of the many global predicaments that we need to consider and we are slowly bringing a solution to these problems, especially in cities. Whether it’s using solar energy or using less paper, each of these small actions are efficient in taking the bigger leap into a healthier and glowing environment. Technological innovation has also been playing it's part in recent years and exciting companies such as Sky Source and Trees For Cities are putting their expertise into practice by offering us environmental friendly solutions to our fundamental needs.

    It’s becoming apparent that we are all a little bit more alert of the world we live in, due to social changes and political uproars, forcing us to react and create this scene of togetherness. And so there are people taking action across the globe and next week the Climate Change Conference 2017 will be hosted in Colombo, Sri Lanka and we are certain that there will be plenty to talk about. Particularly, the increasingly high levels of pollution and smog in China’s over-populated cities; however the ‘Vertical Forest’ was announced just last week and we think this could be beneficial to our own capital, London. Maybe the Gherkin could be the first to see re-construction with it’s quirky silhouette and transparent manner.


    Nanjing is located in the midst of China, and this is where the Vertical Forest will take place. It will consist of 1,100 trees fused with over double the amount of plants and shrubs (2,500) that will be included into tall story buildings, ultimately cleansing the air and maintaining temperature control. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this before though, as in Lausanne, Switzerland and Milan, Italy have already applied the incredible architecture to their buildings and spaces. The architect is Stefan Boeri Architetti who recently stated the impact of his designs via his website: 'Each of these attempts is extremely important for the future of architecture and the future of our planet, because the single thought can have certain impact, but thousands of thoughts can change the world.’ This seems to be the motive on a worldwide scale too, with filmmaker Oscar Boyson highlighting the positive energy across the continents, as we strive to keep up with city life and the changes in which we can adapt to, as long as we tap into the correct state of mind.

    It’s about doing more with less and acting upon the innovative sources that we have on offer. It trickles down to the type of society that we want to be a part of, as the more people who get involved, then the greater the encouragement to seek change, and eventually shaping our world the way we want to see it.

    Check out Oscar's video here: The Future Of Cities

  • Portugese Fire Station Designed by Alvaro Siza

    Since our clothes are impeccably designed and made in Portugal, we thought it only makes sense that we write about am impeccably designed Portugese Fire Station...

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  • "Rabbit Snare Gorge: A Cabin in Nova Scotia

    Omar Gandhi Architect Inc., who worked in collaboration with Design Base 8, designed Rabbit Snare Gorge, a cabin in Nova Scotia, a small, almost freestanding island on the east coast of Canada.

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  • "Vista Tower" by Studio Gang Architects

    Defining a new edge of Chicago, the Vista Tower tightly knits the Lakeshore East community to its environment with urban connections and enhanced access to the Chicago River.

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