Emporia Shopping Center (Malmö/ Sweden)



The entrance to Malmö's Emporia Shopping Center resembles melted amber. The curving golden glass stretches across a gridshell structure, which curves up and back to allow daylight to penetrate the entrance courtyard. From here, shoppers are led towards three storeys of retail arranged around a figure-of-eight plan.
The architect of the Emporia project is Gert Wingårdh of Wingårdh arkitektkontor.

6 rue du Lac (Brussels/ Belgium)



This beautiful Art Nouveau building on 6 rue du Lac in Brussels was designed by Ernest Delune in 1902. It was the studio and home of Austrian master glass maker Clas Grüner Sterner, who also made the stained glass doors & windows.

Glow in the Dark Bicycle path (Eindhoven/ Netherlands)



The world’s first solar-powered, glow in the dark bicycle path just opened in the Netherlands. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path was designed by Daan Roosegaarde and constructed by Heijmans and is part of the Van Gogh cycle route in Brabant.
Thousands of blue & green glowing stones illuminate the path at nighttime with a gentle glow inspired by Van Gogh’s world-famous painting, Starry Night.
A nearby solar panel and LEDs along the side of certain curves in the path cast extra light, meaning the path will still be partially lit if the weather has been too cloudy for the panel to charge the surface to its full brightness.

Aqua Tower (Chicago/ Illinois)



Aqua is an 82-story skyscraper in downtown Chicago. It got its name from the wave-like forms of the balconies and the tower's proximity to nearby Lake Michigan.
A further source of inspiration for the irregularly shaped concrete floor slabs were striated limestone outcroppings that are a common topographic feature of the Great Lakes region.
The building houses residential units, retail & office spaces and a hotel.

Inntel Hotel (Zaandam/ Netherlands)



12 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station in the city of Zaandam is a hotel that looks just like someone stacked a pile of houses on top of each other. The overlapping green wooden facades of the Inntel Hotel are typical for traditional houses in the Zaan region.
Designed by WAM Architecten the 4 star hotel has 160 rooms on 11 storeys.
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