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Dracula’s Castle Up For Sale


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Now picture this, the Craigslist ad for Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, which is now up for sale. It can’t be an easy one to write, but it’d be fun to read:

“New listing: 8 Bed/4 Bath castle near Transylvania… Built in the 13th century, but renovated in the early 90s… plenty of space… lots of old world charm… previous owner Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, aka Vlad The Impaler, was known for excessive cruelty, but the stench of 80,000 impaled souls is long gone now due to a newly remodeled kitchen and lanai… great play room for kids… asking $80 million or next best offer.” While we’re not exactly sure of those room details, that asking price is actually legit.

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The Smallest Loft, With The Biggest Space.


 

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Specht Harpman Architects are the masterminds behind the renovation of this 425ft² (apprx 40m²) micro loft.  The layout, is done in such a creative way that one wouldn’t know it was small.  Check the method.

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Vertical Glass House In Shanghai


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The Vertical Glass House in Shanghai by Chinese firm Atelier FCJZ, the entire house has glass floors instead of windows, so one can peer directly into the downstairs bathroom from the upstairs dining room. Concrete walls are paired with wooden formwork, and each glass floor fits into a pair of narrow horizontal openings in the walls. Extra lighting along these slots generate stripes of light on the building’s façade at night. Designed by Yung Ho Chang as an urban housing prototype for a competition in 1991, the concept was taken to reality as part of the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art. The Vertical Glass House now serves as a guesthouse for visiting artists and architects.

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Modern Seaside Estate Residence In Malibu


 

Southern California is home to some of the most valuable and beautiful real estate on the planet, and Malibu is among the most sought after destinations along the Pacific coastline. Based out of California, the Burdge & Associates Architects have recently completed their newest project in the Seaside Estate residence during 2011. The massive home is constructed from neutral earth-toned stucco mixed with sections of concrete for a sleek, contemporary finish. To fully capitalize on the ocean views, the home has been equipped with plenty of floor to ceiling windows, and pocket doors that open up to outdoor living spaces. The residence also features a beautiful guest home along with an outdoor kitchen and 50 foot swimming pool.

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Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad By Michael Palumbo


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If there was an award for the greatest bachelor pad on Earth, this Beverly Hills masterpiece would certainly be a contender for the title. 1201 Laurel Way is a modern mansion designed by Michael Palumbo and his team of architects. There are few places more desirable than Los Angeles when it comes to living destinations. Sure there’s the smog problem everyone promotes so much, but the place really is beautiful. This 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom residence takes advantage of the stunning coastline views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows used heavily throughout the home along with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool to really take it all in. The open floor plan creates a nice social setting, and the spacious garage has plenty of room for your McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin.

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Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects


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Zaha Hadid Architects have designed the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Heydar Aliyev Center hosts a variety of cultural programs, its design is a departure from the rigid and often monumental architecture of the former Soviet Union that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities and diversity of Azeri culture. The Center’s design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior. Fluidity in architecture is not new to the region. The continuous calligraphic scripts and patterning of historical Islamic architecture flow from carpets to walls, walls to ceilings, ceilings to domes; establishing seamless relationships and blurring distinctions between architectural elements and the ground they inhabit. The Center’s design relates to this historical understanding of architecture, not through the use of mimicry or a limiting adherence to the iconography of the past, but with a firmly contemporary interpretation.

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Arctia Shipping’s Floating HQ


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Finnish icebreaker company Arctia Shipping have unveiled their brand new floating headquarters located in the Helsinki harbor. Designed by K2S Architects, the 10,000 sq ft space mimics the icebreakingships their business revolves around, using a cold and stark exterior with a warm wooden interior. According to the architects, the decision to have a floating office was based on Arctia’s need to have their team as close to its ships as possible. It also allowed the KS2 to work from a blank canvas without the need to clear land or impact the surrounding landscape. Speaking to Gizmag, K2S architect Mikko Summanen said: “There was not enough space on ground and this solution also allows the company to move the office building into another location if necessary. The whole structure was built in the dock yards in controlled climate conditions, which is a great benefit in a Nordic climate.”

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