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ITN Architects - The Hive: Real Life Graffiti Apartments | Video

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Tagging a building is usually seen as a form of vandalism that detracts from its original design and charm, but this Melbourne, Australia apartment complex was actually tagged from the start. Designed by Zvi Belling of ITN Architects, this sustainable renovation transformed an old tailor's shop in a dense urban neighborhood into a  complex that is literally supported by graffiti. Street artist Prowla designed the word "HIVE" in wild lettering that was then precast into four-meter-high concrete letters that would then go on to form a load-bearing wall on the facade of the building. The inside of the building is also influenced by the sharp angles of the lettering and arrows on the exterior, which, combined with the futuristic design lean, creates what ITN Architects hope will be the first of a series of "Hip Hop Buildings." If you have a few minutes, check out the video walk-through of this truly one-of-a-kind home after the jump.

via: AcclaimMag