Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at

February 27, 2022

Ambitious ‘1,000 Trees’ Architectural Development Creates Its Own Microclimate in Shanghai

The latest project by British design and architecture firm Heatherwick Studio doesn’t look like other mixed-use developments. Sometimes compared to the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Shanghai’s 1,000 Trees pairs contemporary mixed-use programming with massive pillars elevating trees at different levels. The designers describe it as two forest-capped mountains emerging from the waterfront in Shanghai. The first phase of this ambitious plan is now open to the public.

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February 19, 2022

Renovated Office Building Given a Fresh Façade Focusing on Emergency Exits

Tokyo's historic Nishi-Shimbashi business district is gaining some dynamic visual interest thanks to the ARAKAWA Bldg. Designed by Nikken Sekkei, this office rebuilding project is defined by emergency stairs that wind around the entire façade of the building. In contrast to the area’s dense development, the building playfully imagines the future of local structures. The project’s architects were motivated by a desire to have the structure engage more actively with the public.

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February 12, 2022

Architects Design Sweeping Bamboo Structure for Bali Green School

The Green School in Bali, Indonesia is internationally known for its excellence in education that focuses on important concepts like sustainability, community, and entrepreneurship. The Arc at Green School was developed by IBUKU in partnership with Jörg Stamm and Atelier One as a unique work that celebrates this institution’s innovative relationship to the natural environment. IBUKU believes that the project is a truly unique approach to sustainability and ecological architecture.

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February 5, 2022

5 Space Hotel Designs That Are Out of This World (Literally)

Have you ever dreamed of spending a night in the vast emptiness of space? While we as a species have learned to escape the confines of Earth and explore the great unknown, the journey is a privilege for only the select few. With the rigor of training that astronauts undergo before traveling to space, the idea of everyday consumers completing the trip sounds like a distant dream.

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