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Posts Tagged ‘ architectural ’

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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Villa Amanzi Residence In Phuket Thailand


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Designed by Original Vision, Villa Amanzi is somehow nestled amidst jagged rocks on a steep incline. Sleek lines and wide open spaces dominate over the three levels of luxury, with three bedrooms (and their bathrooms) each having perfect ocean views. The interior offers 8,600 square feet of space, while the entire property stretches out over 2,644 square meters.

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The Hovenring : Worlds First Suspended Bicycle Roundabout


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The Hovenring, as its known, means ‘Ring of the Hovens.’ It’s just an ode to the surrounding towns, Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven. Ipy Delft designed this architectural milestone which features a 230-foot tall central pylon, 1,000-ton steel circular bridge deck, and 24 steel cables. Aluminum lamellas, translucent sheeting, tube lighting, and LEDs light up the Hovenring at night.

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Matthew Perrys Malibu Beach House


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Views of the Pacific abound, as the home’s interiors include wooden beams, large glass windows that radiate a sophisticated kind of laid back chill that only $12 million can buy. Maybe it’s the open floor living plan? Maybe it’s the fact that you can fling your table scraps into the ocean? Either way, the view is worth it alone.

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Aqua Dome Thermal Resort In Austria


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Providing rest and relaxation for nearly 350,000 visitors each year, this beautiful resort is nestled within the snow covered mountains of Austria. The focal point of the resort is the three bowl-shaped swimming pools that are elevated above the more traditional 25 meter lap pool below. These aren’t just ordinary pools either. Aside from the unique architectural aspects, each pool is filled with thermal water sourced from a reservoir located over 1,800 meters below the ground, and features underwater music and lighting effects for a club-like experience. The hotel itself is home to 200 rooms, and a rooftop observation deck to really take in the mountainous views surrounding the property.

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Yayoi Kusama Exhibits Dizzying Infinity Room


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With a six decade long career behind her, the famed japanese artist Yayoi Kusama shows no signs of slowing down, presenting a monumental show of new and recent work at David Zwirner gallery in New York. Her distinguishing themes of universal infinity, endlessness, and the cosmic realms are reflected in twenty-seven new large scale paintings, two immersive sculptural rooms, and a video installation, of which the exhibit ‘I who have arrived in heaven’ is comprised, spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations. Kusama’s amalgamation of pop and minimalist art have manifested as hypnotic architectural interventions within david zwirner gallery, dizzying the visitor in illuminated mazes of sound, light, and color. A room of kusama’s most kaleidoscopic environments to date is filled with inflatable tentacle like forms covered in the artists trademark polka dots, while the artist’s voice can be simultaneously heard reciting a japanese love poem. Her more recent explorations of two-dimensional mediums have been realized through the series of acrylic works, all painted by hand, with representations of vibrant biomorphic shapes and forms personified as animated creatures.

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Manhattan Micro Loft By Specht Harpman Architects


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It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City apartment that’s set at the top of a six-story building. By creating  living platforms, they were able to accommodate all the necessities an apartment might need while keeping the space open and bright. Helping with that was the fact that they were working with over 24 feet of vertical space, making it possible to create the multiple layers of  rooms. The compact bathroom is hidden away on the bottom floor beneath the staircase. While the kitchen is small, it remains open to the living room. They kept the cabinets and countertops white which helps keep it bright and airy. Every detail was kept simple as not to overwhelm the tight quarters and it really appears larger than the actual square footage. Up the first set of stairs you have the bedroom layer which seems to almost float above the living room below.

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