This isn’t a future Disney theme park under construction, just Burj al Babas, a residential village built in north-western Turkey, in the provincial district of Bolu, approximately 3-hours driving from Istanbul. There’s over seven hundred castle-like buildings, each identical to the other, but are completely uninhabited due to the high inflation and the country’s economic crisis that have negatively impacted its real estate market. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Pinecone Treehouse by O2 Treehouse is real, and can be yours for the right price. Its located in a forest in Oakland, and features a geodesic dome shape that is constructed from steel as well as magnificent California redwood. The exterior has been fitted with multiple glazed panels to make it look like a real pinecone’s scales. Inside, you’ll find kaleidoscope-inspired symmetrical windows, a sleeping area, an indoor/outdoor bathroom and a wooden catwalk to connect both. Read more for another video tour, additional pictures and information.
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The term minimalism refers to when something is reduced to its necessary elements, and in the architectural world, designers focus on the connection between two perfect planes, elegant lighting, as well as the void spaces left by the removal of three-dimensional shapes. PAN Treetop Cabins, created Espen Surnevik and Finn-Erik Nilsen, in Norway exemplify this. The abstract design allows these living spaces to blend seamlessly with its naturally forest surroundings. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Studio 10 has just completed its M.C. Escher-inspired “Dream & Maze” guestrooms at “The Other Place” guesthouse in Guilin, China. The “Dream” room features the endless, floating Penrose stairs and several other objects that appear to be straight from the mind of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. “Anti-gravitational stairs lead to golden doors, behind which there could be a trail leading to a secret forest – or some other unexpected findings that surprises you,” said the design firm. Read more for additional pictures.
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Issa Megaron by Proarh Architecture is nestled on the Croatian Isle of Vis, and appears invisible at first glance, but step closer? You’ll realize it’s a modern home fit for a single family, or just a Bond villain, with stacked vertical terraces, with two of them being living areas. You’re greeted with open-ended, unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape immediately once inside. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Plugin House by the People’s Architecture Office (PAO) is basically a modular, affordable living space designed for those who reside in hard to reach areas of China. Mrs. Fan (above video) was the first to purchase one of these homes, and now, their latest project in Shenzhen follows up on it. At first glance, it may appear to be an optical illusion nestled in between historic buildings, but as you get closer, you’ll see its minimalist walled-in garden area, glazed windows, and an angular design. Step inside, you’re greeted with a spacious, bright, and airy loft-style design. These homes are priced from $20,000 USD, and range in size from 160 sq. ft. to 215 sq. ft. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Just sold your company for a billions, and want a Versailles-inspired mega mansion? If so, then look no further than Le Palais Royal, located on Florida’s Gold Coast. This 60,000-square-foot home is covered in 22-karat gold accents and built to
withstand a Category 5 Hurricane, compelete with a backup generator system that can keeps things running for 10-days. Starting with the exterior, there’s six man-made waterfalls, a $4-million, 150,000-gallon resort-sized pool below, water slide, grotto, glass bottom Jacuzzi, biometric fingerprint scanners. and $500,000 gilded mahogany front doors. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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The London Eye may be the city’s biggest draw right now, but architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled “The Tulip”, a 1,000-foot glass structure that aims to be “a new public cultural and tourist attraction.” Featuring viewing galleries, sky bridges, gondola rides in specially designed pods, a pocket park, and even a rooftop garden. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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If you turned a real sound wave into a modern building, it would look like the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra. This 1,600-seat concert hall was designed by Zaha Hadid architects and blends the sound wave look throughout the interior as well with plenty organic shapes and clean curves. There’s also a smaller, yet just as elegant, 400-seat chamber-music hall housed within the steel structure. Read More for additional pictures and information.
Apple opened its very first store in Thailand this past Saturday at the ICONSIAM Center, welcoming both locals and visitors to experience hands-on the best of the company’s products. It’s situated alongside storied sites, cultural landmarks, and is seamlessly connected to an outdoor roof terrace, while the store’s clean, trapezoidal design lines and glass surfaces accentuate the natural beauty of its surroundings. Read more for another detailed video walk-through, additional pictures and information.