ArchiGeeking Out

It's been a big week in the world of architecture, so I thought I'd share a few of the things that are currently inspiring me.

First up is this brilliant proposal to reclaim an abandoned train station under the streets of New York City. It's basically the hipster underground version of The High Line, another recent NYC masterpiece created from leftover rail infrastructure.

[Images via thisbigcity]

The Delancey Underground is a private project in the very early days, so it will be interesting to see how this one develops, particular as preliminary indications point to this being more of an 'attraction' than a public park/asset...i.e. possible admission fees. Keep an eye on this one!

Next is a wonderful clash of cultures and styles - the result of French architect Jean Nouvel and, once again NYC. Perched on an outcrop of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a sleek acrylic 'jewelbox' encases an historic Jane's Carousel.

[Images via ArchDaily]

At night, the transparent pavillion transforms into a lantern, and the carousel and the cityscape compete for attention in the best possible way. If you happen to be heading to New York any time soon, be sure to pay Jean Nouvel's "fragile little monument" a visit. Rides are only $2!

And last but not least, the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona has recognised not one, but two Australian projects! In addition to Brisbane's Cox Rayner taking out the World Transport Building with Kurilpa Bridge (oooh, tensegrity!), Australia is now home to the World House of the Year.

Designed by architect Domenic Alvaro and located in my beloved Surry Hills, 'Small House' is a deliberate and well-executed argument against the ever-increasing size of Australian housing.

[Images via C+A]

The perfect demonstration that good things do indeed come in small packages, 'Small House' and the recognition it has received will hopefully nudge the Australian housing industry towards a more efficient, practical and beautiful approach. Fingers crossed.