Cities often like to hide natural streams with concrete instead of showing their natural beauty. However, the City of Enschede in Netherlands together with Buro Sent En Co decided to do the opposite. To the delight of Enschede residents, the small stream, which gives its name to the Roombeek street and has in the past flowed underground, has been restored and brought up to the surface again.
If you happen to be in France rigth now, you can finally make your old dream come true! A giant mirrored building facade by artist Leandro Erlich will instantly turn you into a Spiderman. The installation is called Bâtiment (Building) and is currently on display at Le 104 in Paris as part of their In_Perceptions exhibition. Be sure to also check out his incredible Fake Swimming Pool we featured earlier (if you haven’t done that yet.)
South Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong-Hwa used 1,000 old doors to create an unusual ten-storey door building in South Korea. This colorful public art installation titled “Doors” was built in Soeul back in 2009 and I’m pretty sure it holds the record for the most doors in a single building. The building looks really cool, however I would be scared navigating inside it – one wrong door and you’re flying.
Located in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, the Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen offers a crystal clear view of the Northern lights and stars, all while comfortably relaxing in your room. Thermal glass walls not only insulate the interior to keep it warm, but also make sure that view stay clear even when the temperature drops to -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30°C). That’s why it is an excellent place to see the Aurora Borealis, one of the world’s seven natural wonder.
I get vertigo just looking at it, but if you have nerves of steel, then you should definitely try out this newly built glass walkway in China, called the Walk of Faith. I hope the glass is as thick as the Popemobile’s because this Glass Plank Road has been added 1,430 metres (4,690ft) up the Zhangjiajie Tianmen mountain. The translucent floor guarantees the tourists some unforgettable sightseeing experiences.
Japanese Studio LEVEL Architects has designed an unusual three-story family house quipped with a slide that connects all three floors. This fun house is wrapped with staircases and a corridor on one side, and the slide on the other side, which together form a circular route around the central area of the house. Now the only thing left to figure out is the exact address, and hope that the owners will let me take the slide. How about you? Would you take the stairs or the slide?
Have you ever wanted to walk on a rainbow? Then you should visit “Your Rainbow Panorama” by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. It is a circular colored glass walkway that sits atop the ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark and gives its visitors a 360° colorful view of the city. This unique rooftop is 150 meters long, 3 meters wide and 3 meters high, has a diameter of 52 meters and is mounted on slender columns 3.5 meters above the roof surface of the museum.
When the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system attached to the outside of a building in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage turn into charming musical instruments. The Funnel Wall is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town.
Ro Koster and Ad Kil Architects built an almost invisible bridge for crossing the defensive fortress in Halsteren, the Netherlands. This amazing sunken bridge sits within the water and slope surrounding the 17th Century Dutch fort and gives visitors a unique opportunity to walk trough parted waters like Moses. When looking from afar, the bridge is almost invisible to the eye.
Zecc Architecten repurposed and converted two abandoned churches located in Utrecht, Netherlands into stylish family residences. The interiors look absolutely beautiful, but somehow I feel there are so many things you wouldn’t feel comfortable doing in here…
The ultimate dream for generations of skateboarders who wanted to bring their practice into their home has finally come true – the PAS house is the first house designed to be entirely used for skateboarding as well as being a traditional dwelling. In this house you will be able to skate any areas and surfaces, Indoor and Outdoor. The furniture is also skateable, whether it is integrated in the curve like the sitting area, the kitchen or the bathroom or just as standing object like the dining table, the kitchen Island or the bed.
German street artist EVOL transforms banal urban surfaces into miniature lifelike buildings. He is like an urban planner, but unlike the others, he creates a city within the city.The artist uses complicated stencils to quickly transform powerboxes, and other worn urban surfaces into miniature apartment buildings or other structures.