Frank Lloyd Wright
In the rural mountains near Polur, Iran, a tiny village at the base of the region’s highest peak, Mount Damavand, a new mountain is emerging. Inspired by how tectonic forces move the Earth’s crust, Tehran-based New Wave Architecture is building a rock climbing gym that in itself resembles a huge boulder.
The white cement of the building’s exterior, shaped with some of the same contours as the artificial climbing walls within, allows the building’s shell to become outdoor climbing routes, while blending into the surrounding snow. Through vast windows, indoor climbers can look out onto the real peak just next door.
Set amid the undulating Korean countryside, Seoul-based practice Archiworkshop has developed a tent village which comprises a series of glamorous camping units. Combining the principles of ecology, comfort and modern design, ‘glamping for glampers’ enables guests to establish a closer connection with nature through two distinctive typologies. The first shelter, entitled ‘Stacking Doughnut’, reflects the circular nature of pebble stones, while ‘Modular Flow’ is envisioned as an extendable structure which comprises juxtaposed floor plans. Both typologies offer flexible, transportable and high-standard accommodation. The units have been named sea, dessert, creek, mountain, cave, forest, river and city.