Treehouses, dug-outs and secret shelters – all the things we used to build when children. Unfortunately, as we grow older, fantasy fades and most of us now live in uncomfortable grey “boxes”. However, there are people who have created dwellings of their dreams by themselves.
Thus, for instance, Austrian architect and car-lover Markus Voglreiter erected an unusual house in the centre of Salzburg. Having gained permission from local authorities, he turned a standard two-storeyed lodging into a true designer miracle. Neighbors got accustomed to such a distinctive although in the first place Markus’s ideas used to call surprise among right-minded burghers.Photo carscoops.com
Citizens of Texas, Kate, Dan and Havel, on the other hand, insist that their erection is created for the benefit of others alone because thank to the hole in the house one can get to a parallel street even if they have to crawl to do so. The project got a name "After Explosion|".Photo tumblr.com
It is common knowledge that in China there live more people than in the United States therefore not every one has a place of one’s own. But they are right to say: this boosts artwork. Local architect Dai Haifei, who, by the way, doesn’t have money himself to rent an apartment or even a room, found a way out not just for him but also for his companions in misfortune. Using sack bags with wood shredding and bamboo the guy created eco-friendly and movable dwelling worth 100 dollars. And although temperature there isn’t much higher than on the outside, one can tide over warm months in it.Photo metalocus.es
Serbian construction men who built a home on the river Drina have no problems with legal norms. A dwelling created over 40 years ago by fishermen friends today attracts tourists from all over Europe. It started with several planks on a stone to sunbath comfortably. By the way, water destroyed the construction a couple of times but inhabitants of a nearby village altogether helped restore it.Фото eco-turizm.net
Canadian Tom and Rose Chudleigh made child dream of many people come true by building solid and comfortable places to crash on trees. First model called Eva caught so much fancy of friends and passers-by that the couple decided to crank it out. Now they produce several kinds of “mansions” where three people can live. Treehouses are equipped with bathroom fixtures and home appliance and they make up a hotel complex nearby Vancouver.Photo housebeautiful.com
But not just trees become material at hand. In 1973 citizens of Portuguese town of Fafe built an amazing house in between two rocks. This erection is almost like it comes from an animation film about prehistoric family of Flintstones. When the retreat gained popularity, numerous tourists began coming to it and this made its owners move. Today “rocky sandwich” is vacant.Photo wordpress.com
On the other side of Europe, in Sweden, there is another off-beat residence that, on the contrary, lives full life. Local designer called Torsten came up with it. Construction that resembles a herring isn’t as incapacious as it may seem at the first glance. According to the architect, it easily accommodates not just his family but also frequent guests. Not insignificantly, the dwelling is solid and environment-friendly and it also occupies tiny territory of 0.1 cubic meters.Photo archello.com
May be, this examples will spur you to the idea that it isn’t necessary to settle down in a feeble bearing-wall construction with non-friendly planning. As we can see, without large-scale expenditures it is possible to create a unique and comfortable dwelling. You only have to wish for it.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
There are few ones similar to it. Around 400 meters long. With its special atmosphere. Small town inside a city. Cars don’t drive here. Here you can feel old uneven stone-blocked pavement beneath your feet with paintings on buildings around being so delusive that one cannot make out where there is a real window-balcony-door and where it is merely a picture…
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple.
It is often compared to San Francisco due to abundance of bridges, water, hills and fish restaurants catering for every taste and pocket. There, even usual tap water is real mineral water, the city is awash with luscious leafy green spaces inhabited by undisturbed rabbits and hares... It may seem that this is a fairy tale abode, but in fact this is city of Gothenburg located in Sweden.
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life.
After the legendary Frenchman Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleagues invented and perfected self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, scuba diving firmly entered the list of the most popular, but unfortunately, unsafe hobbies. OUTLOOK warns and talks about the most extreme places to do scuba diving.
Tibet… what are you mulling over while articulating this name, drawing it in your mind mentioning the concept involved in the mild space of clouds?Tibet… There are mountains that seem to be speaking with the heaven. Here everything is penetrated with the religion and different beliefs such as culture, art, folk traditions and customs.
Coin jar of history of this art accounts for about 6 thousand years. Notably, this currently popular trade owes its emergence to happenstance... A prehistoric man once noticed that after any natural colorant had gotten into a place of a burn or a cut, very lasting drawings stayed on skin.
Marketing gurus and restaurateurs are enterprising and ready to do anything to increase flow of visitors to their food courts. Quite often, their methods of "flirting" with the public are the same, interior designs and menus are not much different. So, we have collated for you the world’s wackiest, weirdest, out-of-this-world dining establishments.
Vienna is a blood vessel of old Europe known for being aristocratic, sophisticated, filled with museums. Photographer Yulia Kochetova says what visiting this city it is mandatory to attend the Opera, pay homage to royal palaces and drink delicious coffee with cream.There are 80 city museums out of which one can and should choose, so let’s start falling in love with the Vienna Museum Quarter.
And since winged horses of Valkyries darted away to Valhalla forever, Dalecarlian horse has remained the guardian of Vikings’ traditions – painted folk toy, first mentioned in chronicles of 17th century. Dalecarlian horse serves as an amulet of non-touristic Sweden by saving from oblivion ancient fables and beliefs.
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below...
There are many things that we can learn from citizens of the United States but what deserves special respect is love to their land. Patriotism of Americans manifests itself in everything, even in internal tourism - without having properly explored own country, an American would hardly travel anywhere outside its territory. Today we tell about one of the most popular internal tourism towns - about Leavenworth.
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.
Especially for those who believe theater and opera music to be vestige of the past, we tell about an amazing Austrian theater where traditional art meets technical and engineering novelties and also a great view of the Alps.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
For 1 month spring has been reining our planet, now just watch warm coats to change for thin jackets, cold and mediocrity for the bright sun. And, of course, what sort of spring it could be without green trees and beautiful flowers? Well, in order to make your expectation of long-awaited colours and flavours less agonizing...