Some future mothers-in-law get pretty creative when it comes to testing their daughter’s boyfriends: a New Zealander Daniel Gray came to visit his girlfriend’s family in Canada for the holidays and was asked to build a rainbow igloo in the backyard. The igloo was built out of almost 500 ice bricks that were made by freezing colored water in milk cartons. The whole process took around 150 hours. Even the rest of the family and a neighbor were summoned to help out, all with -25 °F (-31 °C) outside!
It’s hard to explain why, but there’s something so addicting about the perfect shapes of the spiral stairs that it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Interestingly, spiral staircases were introduced relatively late into the architecture due to their complex helical structure. Although first examples date back to 5th century BC, it wasn’t until the Trajan’s Column, erected in Rome in 113 AD, that this space-saving element won itself a place in Roman architecture. Without further ado, take a look at this mesmerizing selection of spiral stairs from all around the world!
In order to build a new road, the Chinese government had to move a village of over 1000 people – two, however, said they would stay till the bitter end and didn’t leave. It wouldn’t be a big deal, only now their house stands alone in the middle of a new motorway of Xiayangzhang village in the province of Zhejiang. The phenomenon of a lone house that wasn’t torn down due to the constructions is called a “nail house” in China, referring to the image of an ingrown nail that’s painful and almost unable to remove.
During the gloomy winters we all need something to color and light up our lives. The Japanese devoted a whole botanical garden for that purpose, and transformed it into a 7 million LED light winter illumination. Located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, the installations in the Nabana no Sato garden were opened just this week.
For those of us who are head over heals in love, here’s a new destination to consider. The Tunnel of Love, located in Ukraine, used to be just another train rail section, but eventually turned into one of the most romantic spots on Earth. As trees were left to grow freely around the rails, the passing train was the only thing shaping its way through. Eventually, by crossing the Kleven village forest back and forth three times a day, the train shaped a closed tunnel according to it’s size.
They may look like pines and cactus on steroids, but they’re actually cell phone towers disguised as trees. The ever-increasing cell phone usage requires a huge number of towers, however nobody wants to see them in their stark, skeletal nakedness. Moreover, many residents think that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. That’s why telecommunications companies came up with a clever idea of using camouflaged towers that look like trees, flag poles, water tanks or church towers.
Located in Magong, Taiwan, the Xiying Rainbow Bridge is lined with thin neon strips that cast a beautiful rainbow onto the water’s surface during the night time. The lights not only create a fantastic atmosphere, they are also visible from far away, giving a fairytale-like mood in the neighborhood.
If you come to Águeda, a municipality in Portugal, during the month of July, you may see hundreds of colorful umbrellas floating above some streets.They are hung over promenades giving pedestrians a nice shade and something cool to look at. The street looks amazing, doesn’t it?
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher started working on the project in January of 2003. The mosaic staircase was completed on August 18, 2004 with the help of over 300 neighbors, and over 220 neighbors who sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles. As you can see, the result is simply amazing!
If you say you have nothing to hide, try spending a few nights in the see-through house located in Tokyo, Japan. Built by Sou Fujimoto Architects, this 914 square-foot transparent house was inspired by our ancient predecessors who inhabited trees. While so-called “House NA” offers plenty of daylight, expect no privacy here.
The Radisson Blu Hotel In Berlin, Germany may look like just another luxury hotel, however once you enter it, you will be blown away by the enormous 82-feet high aquarium in the heart of the hotel’s lobby atrium. The AquaDom is the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium with one million liters of saltwater, and it is a stunning habitat for many species of tropical fish.
Guadalajara-based studio Hernandez Silva Arquitectos has recently designed the new interior of a penthouse situated on top of a 70′s Mexican colonial building in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Its glass floor bathroom set atop an unused 15 story lift shaft has become an internet sensation. Some commenters said that ‘this bathroom will literally scare the sh*t out of you.”