Believe it or not, you're looking at a real movie theater, albeit a temporary one, in London. That's right, a swimming pool was transformed into a small part of the Atlantic yesterday for a special screening of the 1997 movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, complete with Edwardian costumes and lifeboats, to celebrate the 2009 Oscar season. Directed by James Cameron, Titanic remains the top money-making film of all time, with $1.8-billion worldwide box office revenues. Continue reading for more of the world's coolest and most beautiful movie theaters.
The Biblioteca Vasconcelos (above), also known as the Jose Vasconcelos Library, is touted as a Megabiblioteca ("megalibrary"), located in the north area of Mexico City. It's dedicated to Jose Vasconcelos, the former president of the National Library of Mexico. The library spans 38,000 square metres (409,000 sq ft) and had an initial planned cost of 954 million pesos (roughly US$98 million). The winning proposal for the library was designed by the Mexican architect, Alberto Kalach. Continue reading for more extraordinary libraries from around the world.
As much as stairs are functional, they can also be decorative pieces and an impressive part of a building, especially at the entrance. In large buildings, such as banks, this is very popular and modern companies utilize the opportunities of functional stairs to actually upgrade buildings. Stairs may also be a fanciful physical construct such as the stairs that go nowhere located at the Winchester Mystery House. Stairs are also a subject used in art to represent real or imaginary places built around impossible objects using geometric distortion, as in the work of artist M. C. Escher. The particular home above managed to transform the space below the stairs into a bathroom. Continue reading for more.
Three MIT mechanical engineering juniors - Ben Katz, Jaguar Kristeller, and Wesley Lau - spent one week building a working wooden roller coaster, named the "East Campus Roller Coaster", for a rush week celebration. Incoming freshmen are invited to ride the coaster strapped into a small buggy. Katz says, "In total I'd estimate around 400 people were able to ride the roller coaster between Sunday night and Thursday afternoon, when we closed it down." Continue reading to see it in-action.
At first glance, these appear to be museums, but they're actually just libraries from Europe, captured by French photographer Franck Bohbot. He really enjoys reading books, so he decided to travel around the world in search of the most beautiful libraries. Bohbot currently resides in New York City, and started his "House of Books" series there in 2012. So far, he's captured many stunning libraries, including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (above), Biblioteca Angelica in Rome and many more. He's best known for his symmetric compositions and capturing unusual atmospheres. Continue reading to see more.
Earthship sounds like a futuristic spacecraft, but it's actually a line of self-sustaining homes by Michael Reynolds made entirely from recycled materials. This one, located in Ushuaia, Argentina, consists of 333 tires, 3,000 aluminum cans, 5,000 plastic bottles and 3,000 glass bottles. Measuring in at 540-square-feet, this home is powered by the elements (wind and sun), and has a water filtration system. The interiors are kept warm during the winter due to the home's orientation - a glass facade that also lets sunshine in, and the adobe wall's thermal mass properties. Continue reading for more images and information.
The Nautilus, designed by Javier Senosiain, is a giant seashell (or snail-shaped) home that was inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright. Located in Mexico City, this dwelling comes complete with a large stained glass wall, a plant-covered living room floor, an artificial stream. However, what really sets this apart from other strange homes is its Grancate (sprayable ceramic) shell, as it's stronger than concrete, fire resistant and provides good insulation in both hot and cold climates. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredible one-man band spotted at the Seattle airport.
At first glance, this just looks like a giant boulder, but upon closer inspection, you'll find a cozy home, complete with a bed, fold-out table, stool, fireplace, and windows. Called Antoine, this inconspicuous structure is not only perfect for the zombie apocalypse, but it captures the long-standing Swiss tradition of hidden bunkers and military infrastructure. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Being a successful game developer still has its perks, and for Markus "Notch" Persson of Minecraft fame, that includes a $70-million mansion in Beverly Hills overlooking the LA skyline. Originally listed at a cool $85-million, the final purchase price was eventually negotiated down $15-million, and according to John Aaroe Group, Persson's purchase included everything you see in the video above: "...luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of amazing animated optical illusions that will blow your mind.
An upside down house is one of the latest tourist attractions in the western Austrian village of Terfens. Designed and built by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski, everything in this house is upside down, including the interiors and the car in the garage to the fittings in the bathroom. On a similar note, did you know a famous restaurant named Sakasa, in Matsumoto City, Nagano prefecture, Japan, is also upside down, complete with inverted fixtures and sign boards? Continue reading for more weird, yet real, buildings from around the world.