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2016 in Review

Inspiration comes in many forms — images, words, music, and more. As part of staying #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas looks for things that spark our imaginations. Here are some fun and intriguing items that piqued our interest this week… we hope they “pique” yours, too! Please tweet us (@FluentInDesign) or email us with any feedback or ideas. Our address is


Quick snaps. As 2016 wraps up, Architectural Digest takes a look at the best architecture Instagrams, taken everywhere from Moscow to Thailand. Captured  by @sunewendelboe, the Dyna Lighthouse is a particularly chilling beauty standing right off the coast of the Oslo Bygdøy peninsula.. One of the deepest and most photogenic in the world, the Pyongyang Metro, Instagrammed by @lielanie in North Korea, is filled with art and mosaic tiles. Scroll through the photos and add some of the most interesting buildings around the world to your bucket list.

Monthly progression. ArchDaily compiled  some of the most viewed projects of 2016 in one page, beginning with the Gérés house located in Portugal. The stone patio connects to a cubic foundation finished with a cedar roof for a daringly modern take on the relaxed hill side cottage. Scroll to the summer, to see the staircase-lined  interior of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center in New York. Paneled by glass to make the exotic staircases visible, the center also includes a pop of  vibrant orange. Finish in December with the Tilt Roof House by BCHO architects located in South Korea. This modern structure makes use of every available surface, even the roof, which has two porches and room for a tree to grow. Check out the best of the best from ArchDailys 2016 projects.

Big stories. What is more influential than education? Designboom looks back at the most creative education centers for children. Stop in Japan to see “The Clover House”, a mound-shaped structure with irregular window skylights designed by MAD architects. Located in Saitama City and designed by Kengo Kuma, the Aitoku Kindergarten is a two-story wood-paneled structure finished with tin roofs. The interior is layered in soft fabric accents to create a comfortable environment for its students. Take a look at Designboom to see more educational buildings from around the world.

Making history. Under the busy streets of London sits a forgotten treasure, Finsbury Park Reservoir built by the East London Waterworks Company in 1868. Urban explorer and British photographer Matt Emmett won the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography award with a haunting snapshot of the underground reservoir. It is the first time a photo of a historic site has won the award. With aged brick and dimly lit corridors, the structure resembles what someone would imagine the underground of fictional wizarding school, Hogwarts, might look like. To see this and other stunning photo entries, visit  CNNStyle.


Image credit: image © hertha hurnaus via DesignBoom

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