What you're looking at above is not a museum or art exhibit, just the Stuttgart Public Library, also known as the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart. From 1965 on, the Central Library of Stuttgart has been located in the Wilhelmspalais in Stuttgart. This building was built 1834 - 1840 by Giovanni Salucci. It was the place of residence of King Wilhelm II. In 2011 the Central library moved to the newly built Stadtbibliothek am Mailander Platz. There is a various departments, including: a children's books section, music library, art library, information literacy, information for the elderly, administrative and so on. Continue reading for more.
For some people, even ones who are quite wealthy, tiny, yet efficient, homes are the way to go. The "Tiny House Movement," is basically an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. In 2014, the first "tiny house friendly town" was declared in Spur, Texas. This year, the nonprofit American Tiny House Association was formed to promote the tiny house as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option and to work with local government agencies to discuss zoning and coding regulations that can reduce the obstacles to tiny living. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including what Tinder would've been like in the 80s.
It may look like a post-apocalyptic bunker, but this is actually the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, an underground water infrastructure project in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan. It's currently the world's largest underground flood water diversion facility, built to mitigate overflowing of the city's major waterways and rivers during rain and typhoon seasons. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Called the "Dr. Seuss House", this strange home located in the Alaskan wilderness north of Anchorage consists of a series of tiered structures stacked atop each other. The original owner built this home 20-years-ago because he wanted a view of the Mount McKinley and Denali mountains nearby. A recent forest fire afforded him such views, but the surrounding trees started back, the views were once again lost. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
China's $50-billion knock-off of Manhattan sits on a river bend, near the port city of Tianjin, some 120-miles from Beijing. It has its own Rockefeller Center and Twin Towers, and touted as the world's largest financial center in the making. Construction first began in 2008 on the back of a massive credit boom unleashed in China after the global financial crisis, appears to have ground to a halt. While the "Rockefeller Center" and its Twin Towers appear to be complete, but empty and fenced off. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
When is a treehouse, not just something you enjoy in the warmer months? When grandparents Steve and Jeri Wakefield from Dallas, Texas decide to go all out and hire James Curvan to design a multi-level treehouse for their two grandsons. In addition to the Harry Potter-inspired exterior, which boasts some extra special details including decks, a suspension bridge and even a zip line, and the interior boasts plenty of furniture and amenities that you'd expect in a real home. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When it comes to real estate, the most important thing is location, location, location. With that said, where would a paranoid millionaire during the Cold War era build a home? In Las Vegas, Nevada of course, hidden 26-feet below the ground. It's a furnished home, complete with fake clouds. To get there, you go through the completely normal-looking home, which exists as camouflage for the elevator (or stairs) that takes you down into the secret lair. The house has all the hallmarks of 1970s living and should be turned into a museum if nobody decides to shell out the $1.7-million it costs to purchase the unique home. Successful businessman Girard Henderson built the home in 1978 and intended to ride out the end of days in the comfort of his lair. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
When do you do when you need some extra storage space, but only have a giant backyard? You go buy some giant cement pipes, dig a few giant holes, and build cement pipe-based storage units with a few extra stones laid around for show. Want to take his project a bit further? You could possibly connect a few of these together and build a Hobbit-inspired home of sorts for the summer. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
There are many parts of France that seem to be straight from a fairytale, and one of them is Palais Ideal, a handmade palace by Ferdinand Cheval. This French postman did not have any formal architectural or artistic training, but spent 33-years (beginning at 43-years-old) creating this extraordinary structure. Pebbles and other oddly-shaped rocks that he found along his mail route were stuck together using cement. Construction on the palace began in 1879 and was completed in 1912. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Mike Basich, a professional snowboarder from California, has traveled all over the world, but he prefers to live closer to the slopes. So, he built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. This project, called "Going off the Grid" took him five years to complete..."two and half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock," according to Basich. Since it's in such a remote location, there's no land-bsaed Internet (satellite still a possibility), no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.