They become the place for the coolest parties, source of extraordinary ideas and unpredictable discoveries. Nowadays whole houses, temples, gardens, pools and stadiums reach peaks of their popularity – all of them on tops of buildings.
Pools on skyscrapers roofs are in fact one of the means hotels resort to in order to attract guests. The latter ones are ready to pay considerable amounts of money to simply have an eyeful of amazing views that come to sight from high altitude and to have some swim almost in the clouds, of course. One gets a sense of being in an endless space when up on floor 57 of Singapore hotel Marina Bay Sands.
A pool on the roof of Harbour Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong looks rather futuristic. Thank to its transparent walls one can enjoy the look of surrounding buildings and hills even when under water.
However from the top of Hotel Udai Kothi in Indian city of Udaipur a view of ancient palaces greets the eye while at the same time one is surrounded with various pavilions covered in Rajasthani style ornamentations and paintings.
In spite of the law
In Chinese Shanzhen at the top of 21-storied building the owner of the penthouse, in secret from local authorities, erected a real temple. There is a miniature garden near it where one can have some rest from big city fuss without living the house. It isn’t simple at all to have a closer look at the construction. At the entrance gapers are greeted by specially trained dogs and modern security system with metallic door, video surveillance and admission only by fingerprint.
Another remarkable Beijing inhabitant – professor and the owner of large western medicine clinics chain at the same time – created a huge mansion surrounded by mountain scenery on his 26th floor.
Temples, gardens, plantations, sports fields… The Chinese succeeded in “high-level” building-up all in all. A cost of a square meter in the country is expensive enough to learn how to make use of every available plot. Thus, a whole cottage village of 25 villas is peacefully settled on top of a trade centre in Chengyang.
Hovering over the world
Alongside practical use from additional roofs development, some managed to find a space for art there. Korean painter Do Ho Suh created an extraordinary installation symbolizing student’s life in the USA: when graduating from school, a person becomes independent and has to live separately from parents – either in a dorm or in an apartment. The master’s work bears the name “A Fallen Star” and represents a multi-storied building that is affixed to the roof of one of University of California in San Diego buildings at an angle of 10 degrees.
The Brits, some time on the threshold of Summer Olympic Games in London, held a competition for creative people: come up with an ingenious architectural design – obtain a chance to bring it to life! That’s how a town of Bexhill got a bus teetering on the edge of De La Warr Pavillion building. The author of the work was inspired by “Italian Job” the movie.
However in Vienna one can see a house attacking a roof of another building. It is in fact a work of modern sculptor Erwin Wurm. It has an ilk name: “A House Attacks”. The construction under assault is nothing else but Vienna Museum of Modern Art. The invading house is a symbol of daily routine and plain low-cost buildings like “countrymen dream” that swarmed Austria.
Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
People on holiday can be divided into two types: “tender creatures” and “adrenaline addicts”. Former ones will trade passive sunbathing and comfortable hotels for nothing. The letter ones prefer even cabins to annoying all inclusive and suites. “Cabins” are the conditions Guinea Bissau provides you with. It is ironic that to go to a state that ranks among the poorest countries in the world would cost more dearly then a decent European resort.
To fully experience a country with the territory of over 700 square meters in merely a couple-of-days-long walking tour is very much possible. And no superpowers like teleportation or ability to move at light speed are needed for that. It is enough to head for Sentosa Island that pertains to the Republic of Singapore and completely reflects its specialties. And all that against no more than 100 dollars!
On the threshold of a new academic year we simply couldn’t but inspire both current and future students with most impressive university and institute campuses. Those who have already received degree will probably get filled with admiration, too, and start thinking whether or not to get another one because in such places one hits the books especially fruitfully.
Approximately 53% of the world's population lives in cities, which in contrast to villages where highways are almost the same, consist of many routs: long and short, wide and narrow, beautiful and plain. There are no criteria: someone admires Rio slums more than Broadway Avenue. We will not judge what is best or worst, but just focus on data.
European coast of the Baltic Sea can boast of neither warm waters nor lasting beach season – this however does not prevent it from being a popular resort area. Great number of cozy coastal towns attracts tourists first of all with fresh and curative air as well as with the opportunity to “heal the eyes” looking at the cold sea and amazing landscapes. Sopot – main Baltic resort of Poland – exhibits all of these advantages to the full.
This country became open for tourists only in late 1980s although its port cities were considered windows to the new world in past. It is now famous as a producer of most expensive perfumes, world supplier of incense and a keeper of copper pits that used to be a source of the metal for ancient civilizations!
Young Ukrainian writer Pavel Khomenskyi visited Batumi, the city smothered in greenery and shining bright, the one that local citizens call the city of love. Palm trees, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, bamboos, laurels, orange trees, thujas and box trees exhale fragrances on every step there; they tempt you to go watch a romantic picture of ships sailing off harbors. And today the author shares with you his postcards from this amazing city, penetrated with murmur of the sea and taste of fragrant wine.
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
If all the magnificent Istanbul is considered as the heart of regional trade, one of its most luxurious streets, Bagdad Avenue, is, certainly, the main artery. Having appeared there, even rejecting shopping with the whole heart, one feels hardship while trying to keep him balanced and not succumb to temptation to go to the ships and markets. Even though, apart from that, there is something to do here.
Traveling has long ago become a part of human life. There have always been bravehearts and madmen who headed off up hill and down dale, took risks and eventually discovered new lands. Today, when the world map has a very accurate outline, we offer you a couple of stories about trips around the world that contributed to its creation.
Everybody remembers a child’s fairy tale about the magical rainbow-colored flower that could make wishes come true. But some of us don’t know that it actually exists. Not so much in the shape of a flower but more like in granular state. We mean the sand that one of the villages on Mauritius, called Shamarel, is covered with.
Depression and lack of new ideas? Head to Goa! It was the rest in Goa that helped business lady Kira Kondratenko build up energy and ideas for the implementation of an interesting project once. Today she shares with us her impressions of the island while calling it nothing short of Heaven on Earth.
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
Some call it the city of temples, some – created by gods and others call it crematorium on the Ganges River. Today we speak about Indian city of Varanasi where no one is scared by death and the latter one has long ago become business. This metropolis with a million and a half of population, situated in the north-west of the state, was, according to legends, founded over five thousand years ago by Lord Shiva.
The Eiffel Tower, according to Guy de Maupassant, is just a huge iron freak in the centre of Paris. A romantic Shakespearean Venice, they say, in fact, is a solid dump with a sharp stench of sewage throughout the city. Can the glorified and famous countries, cities, and attractions be so disgusting? We asked experienced travellersabout the most disappointing destinations in their long journeys.
OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko came back from Japan and launches a special series of articles devoted to this country. Warning for very sensitive readers: Beware! After reading, you will get a keen desire to break away, buy a ticket and fly to such a marvelous and fascinating Land of the Rising Sun!