11 Architectural Gems That Are Even More Impressive Covered In Snow
Dec04

11 Architectural Gems That Are Even More Impressive Covered In Snow

We’re embracing frosty weather with a stunning collection of architectural masterpieces under glorious mantles of white. 01. Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois. Photo: Jonathan Rieke 02. Great Wall of China, Jiankou section, Beijing. Photo: Tao Images limited/Alamy 03. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 04. Château de Versailles, France....

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Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In
Dec03

Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In

A long time ago, a friend gave me The Hobbit as a Christmas present (he even wrote a message in Elvish in the front. Rad, right?), and I LOVED it. Particularly the parts that happened in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole. It sounded so cozy and comfortable and full of delicious treats. ANYWAY. My point here is that someone (who obviously loved the book even more than I did) has created pre-fab Hobbit holes that you can actually buy. And live...

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These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight
Nov21

These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight

These beautiful twin office towers in Abu Dhabi borrow from ancient Arabic architectural elements to create an innovative way to shield themselves from sunlight. The two towers are overlaid by a mechanized geometric “skin” with triangular panels that follow the sun to block it out. The sunscreen design by Aedas Architects was inspired by the masharabiya, a beautiful form of ornate sunscreen that shields windows in the Arab world from...

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I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels
Nov18

I’ve Spent Years Searching For India’s Vanishing Subterranean Marvels

Thirty years ago on my first of many visits to India, I saw a form of architecture entirely unknown to me. Called a “stepwell” (but known throughout India by many other names including “vav” and “baoli”). I was stunned after peering over a low stone wall to find the ground disappear beneath me. A man-made stepped chasm plunged six stories underground, full of ornate stone columns and sculpture that seemed to disappear into murky...

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Solar Roof Tiles Are The Future Of Eco Homes And Friendly To Home Budget
Nov13

Solar Roof Tiles Are The Future Of Eco Homes And Friendly To Home Budget

Solar roof tiles are new invention that can help a lot in saving energy and lowering the electricity bills. The solar energy is what can provide so much for your home heat without too many costs. There are many alternative energy solutions that are more and more attractive lately but solar energy is maybe something that is endless and easiest one. Having a warm home and water is a big problem that needs a serious solution. With the...

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90+ Of The Most Stunning Cliff-Side Towns And Villages
Oct23

90+ Of The Most Stunning Cliff-Side Towns And Villages

Cities built on cliffs present us with a striking contrast between the natural world and the structures that we build to challenge and overcome it. These photos capture stunning views of some of the most epic cliff-side cities in the world. Many cities or dwellings could have been built on cliffs for a variety of different reasons, but this was most often done with defensive advantages in mind. A cliff-side city overlooking a sea...

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20+ Of The World’s Most Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished
Sep21

20+ Of The World’s Most Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished

You’d probably only have to see a small glimpse of the Lincoln Memorial to be able to identify it, and most people recognize the Eiffel Tower without giving it much thought. That’s because buildings and monuments like this are so iconic, they’ve simply become ingrained in our minds. But what did these historic structures look like before they were historic? The world’s most iconic landmarks are a big draw for...

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25+ Of The Coolest New Buildings On The Planet
Sep06

25+ Of The Coolest New Buildings On The Planet

World Architecture Festival Built in 2013, this wedding chapel on the grounds of a Japanese resort is nominated in the religious buildings category. The World Architecture Festival — held this year in Singapore — won’t name 2015’s Building of the Year until November, but the nominations are officially in. With 338 buildings in the running, we combed through the contenders and made our own shortlist. From a ribbon-inspired...

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25+ Amazing Ancient Cities You Probably Didn’t Learn About In School
Jul03

25+ Amazing Ancient Cities You Probably Didn’t Learn About In School

Everyone knows about the main lost cities in the world; their ancient ruins spring to mind immediately when you hear names like “Pompeii,” “Machu Picchu,” and “Angkor Wat.” They’re tourist destinations and major archaeological sites, and you’ve probably seen dozens of pictures of them.But there are, of course, many, many more “lost cities” all over the world. These stony...

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35+ Of The Coolest Hotels In The World
Jan21

35+ Of The Coolest Hotels In The World

As long as you’re traveling to some beautiful or exotic location, you might as well consider making your hotel a travel-worthy destination as well. Each of these unusual hotels around the world does its best to provide guests with, in one way or another, a unique and unforgettable experience. There are a lot of different ways to make a hotel unique. For some of these, the location is key. In others, the architecture of the hotel...

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