Architecture is meant to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements, and thus it serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. When you look at a structure, you can distinguish these two ends but they cannot be separated, and the relative weight each of them carry can vary widely. Plus, every society has its own, unique relationship to the natural world and its architecture usually reflects that as well, allowing people from other places to learn about their environment, as well as history, ceremonies, artistic sensibility, and many aspects of daily life.

However, architecture is better seen, not described. So, let me introduce you to "the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in", a subreddit dedicated to high-quality images of some of the most impressive (concept) buildings out there. This online community already has over 617K members, and the pictures they share are absolutely gorgeous. Continue scrolling and take a look!

#1

Semi-Destroyed In 1979 By The Earthquake In Albania. Rebuilt Two Years Ago

Semi-Destroyed In 1979 By The Earthquake In Albania. Rebuilt Two Years Ago

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Nea
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8 months ago

What a wonderful recovery!

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#2

The Russian Ministry Of Agriculture, In Kazan

The Russian Ministry Of Agriculture, In Kazan

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
8 months ago

Awesome building, Always liked it. Whoever decided to put mirrored glass behind the tree made the right choice ;)

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#3

The Art Nouveau ‘Gran Hotel Ciudad De México’, 1899, By French Architect, Jacques Grüber

The Art Nouveau ‘Gran Hotel Ciudad De México’, 1899, By French Architect, Jacques Grüber

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Nea
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8 months ago

Wow!! Is it real??

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Urbany also pointed out the importance of smart home technology. "Anyone with a smartphone or voice-activated speakers, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, knows the convenience of home features that can be controlled via a simple swipe, utterance, or in-home video panel," the architect said.

"Not only are these features convenient, but many — including lighting and heating/cooling control — can reap real rewards on monthly utility bills. For architects, the challenge becomes creating spaces to house any mechanicals and the necessary wiring that goes along with them."

#4

This Spiral Staircase Carved From A Single Tree In 1851 - Located In Lednice Castle, Czech Republic

This Spiral Staircase Carved From A Single Tree In 1851 - Located In Lednice Castle, Czech Republic

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Mimi777
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8 months ago

From a single tree?? That’s impressive.

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#5

Pavillion Of The Enlightened, Bangkok

Pavillion Of The Enlightened, Bangkok

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Raven Sheridan
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8 months ago

I feel enlightened just looking at it!

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#6

Wisteria Blossoms Surrounding The Entrance Of A Victorian Townhouse In San Francisco

Wisteria Blossoms Surrounding The Entrance Of A Victorian Townhouse In San Francisco

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Johnny Rodriguez
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8 months ago

It seens like it's painted in 'Vantawhite'..

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Another important aspect of contemporary architecture is sustainability. After all, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global GHG emissions.

"It's no surprise the trend is towards creating more energy-efficient buildings, but also to develop homes that use, and leak less energy," Urbany explained.

"The pinnacle of this type of design is a net-zero home that literally has no net energy consumption. This is achieved by not only reducing energy consumption but by adding energy creation on the site, typically in the form of solar panels."

#7

Zhongshuge Bookstore In Chengdu, China

Zhongshuge Bookstore In Chengdu, China

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kristy sickles
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8 months ago

Belle's dream!

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#8

A Spiral Staircase Designed By Leonardo Da Vinci In The Year 1516

A Spiral Staircase Designed By Leonardo Da Vinci In The Year 1516

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Mimi777
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8 months ago

It’s amazing how something so intricate and detailed was designed and built so long ago.

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#9

The Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

Amazing

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Even if net-zero is too lofty a goal, architects are urged to implement as many sustainable features as possible. These include well-sealed building envelopes, efficient insulation, multi-panel windows, and energy-efficient appliances and systems.

TMD STUDIO, a London-and-Prague-based group of young professionals operating within the fields of architecture, visualizations, interior design, and research, agrees that sustainable architecture holds the key to an environmentally positive future.

"Only by living more economically with our resources can we hope to protect our environment and climate," TMD STUDIO wrote.

#10

Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh my god!!

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#11

Vietnam's Golden Bridge

Vietnam's Golden Bridge

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

What a wholesome composition!

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#12

Budapest Hungary

Budapest Hungary

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

Fairyland 😍

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#13

Early 1900's Craftsman Home In Seattle

Early 1900's Craftsman Home In Seattle

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

The Baggins residence

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"By keeping the energy we consume within our buildings for as long as possible, we need less supply in the first place," TMD STUDIO said. "Using less energy to keep us comfortable means that we can become environmentally responsible and more resource-efficient, which are both vital to reducing the effects of climate change."

According to the organization, there are three overriding concerns when designing buildings with better considerations towards ecological impact: the first is the materials used for construction, the second concern is the energy efficiency of the building and the last factor to consider is the location of the building itself.

"The building might be energy efficient and use low impact construction technologies but this would not mean anything if the ecosystem suffers as a result of the building. A greater holistic approach to all of these design factors is becoming more prevalent in mainstream architecture."

#14

This Apartment Building In Tel Aviv, Israel

This Apartment Building In Tel Aviv, Israel

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
8 months ago

There's one extra solution if you accidentally lock yourself out: Parkour!

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#15

House In Art Nouveau Style, Brussels, Belgium

House In Art Nouveau Style, Brussels, Belgium

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Mimi777
Community Member
8 months ago

It’s so cool I love it. I wonder what it looks like inside.

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#16

The Ceiling Of The Shah Mosque In Isfahan, Iran

The Ceiling Of The Shah Mosque In Isfahan, Iran

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

Salute to the artists who painted those roofs and walls

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#17

This Stone Cottage In England

This Stone Cottage In England

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

Ohmygoodness I want to live here

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Urbany said that housing multiple generations of one's family under one roof was commonplace before the middle of the last century, but after WWII, single-family homes became more popular, spurred by the post-war boom and desire to achieve the American Dream.

"Today, people are living much longer which has created a so-called 'sandwich generation' that's both caring for young children and older parents. Therefore, the demand for housing with features that cater to multi-gen living is growing. According to the AIA survey, the most popular features include first-floor master suites, elevators, and laundry facilities on multiple levels, all of which can be found in Dixon Leasing's extensive portfolio."

#18

Winter Has Come In Iceland. Hallgrímskirkja In Reykjavík. Photo By Gunnar Freyr

Winter Has Come In Iceland. Hallgrímskirkja In Reykjavík. Photo By Gunnar Freyr

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Anna Banana
Community Member
8 months ago

Cool! I've never been to Iceland but somehow this is exactly what I would've expected to see there.

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#19

"Azure Blue Pool" At Hearst Castel, San Simeon, California. It Was Built By Architect Julia Morgan Between 1919 And 1947

"Azure Blue Pool" At Hearst Castel, San Simeon, California. It Was Built By Architect Julia Morgan Between 1919 And 1947

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

Fun fact-- It will cost you over $1,000 to swim here! But it is beautiful!

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#20

Restaurant On The River Ill Flowing Through The Historic Petite France Quarter Of Strasbourg, France

Restaurant On The River Ill Flowing Through The Historic Petite France Quarter Of Strasbourg, France

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
8 months ago

That was my neighborhood 25 years ago

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#21

Thorncrown Chapel, Arkansas, By E. Fay Jones

Thorncrown Chapel, Arkansas, By E. Fay Jones

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

Symmetry, glorious symmetry

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Lastly, we should also keep in mind flexibility. For the most part, families and households are more diverse than ever, meaning one person's need for a formal dining room is another person's demand for a quiet office for their home-based business.

"Homes and layouts that can flexibly accommodate any number of residents, and better yet, evolve with those residents over time, are especially appealing," Urbany explained. "For architects, that can mean creating spaces that are easily divided or expanded with pocket or barn doors. Designers can aid flexibility by incorporating consistent themes and materials throughout."

We might not be colonizing Mars soon, but recent architectural trends are giving plenty of reasons to get excited about the future of construction.

#22

Duomo Di Milano, Italy

Duomo Di Milano, Italy

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

That had to have taken a looong time to build. So intricate. Absolutely superb!

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#23

Shades Of Blue Highlight This San Francisco Victorian Home

Shades Of Blue Highlight This San Francisco Victorian Home

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

◑﹏◐ It's blueautiful

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#24

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral In France - Built Entirely Of Black Lava Stone

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral In France - Built Entirely Of Black Lava Stone

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
8 months ago

"You haven't unlocked this building yet"

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#25

Grundtvig’s Church In Copenhagen, Denmark. Was Completed In 1940 And Its Design Is A Combination Between A Cathedral And The Style Of Old Danish Country Houses

Grundtvig’s Church In Copenhagen, Denmark. Was Completed In 1940 And Its Design Is A Combination Between A Cathedral And The Style Of Old Danish Country Houses

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

So serene- should help those praying inside.

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#26

Park Royal Hotel Singapore

Park Royal Hotel Singapore

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Tambot
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a living building, beautiful.

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#27

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

I would love to take a tour!

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#28

Windows Inside Dos Bosco Chapel- Brasilia, Brazil

Windows Inside Dos Bosco Chapel- Brasilia, Brazil

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

Sadly Brasilia didn’t live up to its designer’s dream

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#29

The Tomb Of Ramesses Vi, The Valley Of Kings, Egypt

The Tomb Of Ramesses Vi, The Valley Of Kings, Egypt

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Gandalf the Pink
Community Member
8 months ago

3000 years old, that is

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#30

Very Narrow Corner House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Very Narrow Corner House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

I've seen this with my own eyes. Took a moment to process it.

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#31

Fallingwater Under Snow, Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright In 1935

Fallingwater Under Snow, Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright In 1935

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
8 months ago

If you ever find yourself in Phoenix, Arizona, I highly recommend taking a Frank Lloyd Wright tour or catch a performance at Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University. The man was a genius.

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#32

19th Century Italianate Orangery Of The Castle Ashby House, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England

19th Century Italianate Orangery Of The Castle Ashby House, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

At prep school we took classes in an orangery. Basically a converted greenhouse

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#33

The Stunning Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Stunning Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

I wont stop taking pictures here. So captivating each tile.

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#34

The Entrance To A Nightclub In Seoul, South Korea Designed By Mdrdv

The Entrance To A Nightclub In Seoul, South Korea Designed By Mdrdv

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
8 months ago

Behind the curtain, in the paaaantomime..

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#35

Neo-Gothic House In Budapest Circa 1894

Neo-Gothic House In Budapest Circa 1894

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Nea
Community Member
8 months ago

Magical

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#36

Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Manchester. Mills And Murgatroyd. 1901

Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Manchester. Mills And Murgatroyd. 1901

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

Marvelous

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#37

Bucktown, Chicago / USA

Bucktown, Chicago / USA

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

So much detail

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#38

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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Meike H
Community Member
8 months ago

Been there! Beautifully decorated on the inside as well

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#39

Setenil De Las Bodegas In Cadiz, Spain

Setenil De Las Bodegas In Cadiz, Spain

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
8 months ago

Meteor

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#40

Trinity College, Dublin. Geology Building Designed By Thomas Deane And Benjamin Woodward

Trinity College, Dublin. Geology Building Designed By Thomas Deane And Benjamin Woodward

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Samantha PandaNotBored
Community Member
8 months ago

I love the blue brick, that almost looks silver in different lights . Very nice

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#41

The National Shrine Basilica Of Our Lady Of Las Lajas In Nariño, Colombia

The National Shrine Basilica Of Our Lady Of Las Lajas In Nariño, Colombia

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

I am amazed at how truly pristine most of these are to this day. Gorgeous!

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#42

Hotel In The City Of Quebec, Canada

Hotel In The City Of Quebec, Canada

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Chich
Community Member
8 months ago

I have to get back to Quebec city. It has been years.

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#43

19th Century Double-Gallery House In New Orleans, Louisiana

19th Century Double-Gallery House In New Orleans, Louisiana

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

Would love to hear some of the stories that have been told on that porch!

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#44

Les Espaces D'abraxas, Noisy-Le-Grand, France

Les Espaces D'abraxas, Noisy-Le-Grand, France

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Anna Banana
Community Member
8 months ago

This is certainly intersting and different but I don't find it pretty nor would I like to live there.

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#45

Art Nouveau Doorway

Art Nouveau Doorway

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
8 months ago

Very beautiful! Seems right out of a fairy tale.

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#46

Museum Of Coastal Geomorphology In Vancouver

Museum Of Coastal Geomorphology In Vancouver

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
8 months ago

Escheresque!

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#47

This Apartment Building In Singapore

This Apartment Building In Singapore

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Gandalf the Pink
Community Member
8 months ago

Amazing. What if buildings could replace as much plantlife as they remove. Oxygen making skyscrapers!

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#48

Wedekindhaus, A Half-Timbered Renaissance Style House With Carved Oak Facade Originally Built In 1598 By The Merchant Hans Storre, Then Later Completely Destroyed During A Wwii Air Raid Before Being Rebuilt In The 1980s. Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany

Wedekindhaus, A Half-Timbered Renaissance Style House With Carved Oak Facade Originally Built In 1598 By The Merchant Hans Storre, Then Later Completely Destroyed During A Wwii Air Raid Before Being Rebuilt In The 1980s. Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Bettie-Jean Neal
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8 months ago

I'd love to see a painting or sketch of the original to compare with how it was rebuilt.

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#49

Well Court, Designed As Model Housing For Local Workers And Finished In 1886 In Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

Well Court, Designed As Model Housing For Local Workers And Finished In 1886 In Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland

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kristy sickles
Community Member
8 months ago

Whomever looks after this place is very good at their job! Very well maintained!

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#50

Warsaw University Of Technology Main Building (1899)

Warsaw University Of Technology Main Building (1899)

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
8 months ago

wow, gorgeous!

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