Worcester’s Hive

Dr Kerry Rodgers considers how a splendid appearance does not always match practical usage. In one of my more sardonic moods...

Australia’s Parliament House turns 25

In 2013, our Aussie neighbours are celebrating more anniversaries than you can poke a stick at. A number of bicentenaries relate to the opening...

Igloos R Us

With winter and snow now upon us, there is a chance some of us may be able to escape to Whakapapa or Mt Hutt....

The pyramid that Imhotep built

Some 4600 years ago, Imhotep designed and supervised construction of the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone tomb. It was Egypt’s first pyramid. Today it still...

The world’s largest greenhouse

The world’s largest greenhouse is the brainchild of Tim Smit. He wanted a way of showing the connection between plants and people. The upshot...

Getting glassy-eyed in Cairns

In June 2009 the Cairns Regional Council conducted a limited competition for the design of a new visitors centre for the Cairns Gardens. Among...

Houston’s Beer Can House

From 1968 until his death 20 years later, Milkovisch, a retired railroad upholsterer, emptied 50,000+ cans of beer and used the empties to clad...

ING House, Amsterdam

This is certainly what Internationale Nederlanden Groep, aka ING Group, did in 1998. They called in Amsterdam based-architects Roberto Meyer and Jeroen van Schooten...

Hundertwasser’s heating plant

Hundertwasser is one of few that could convert a garbage-fuelled power plant into a work of art, one that is now a major tourist...

Kunsthaus Graz

In 2003 the Austrian city of Graz, sited on the Mur River, was designated European Capital of Culture. The honour lasts one calendar year...