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.
Residents of big cities almost daily use the subway as a transport means. Alas, in the rapid pace of modern life a few people can afford to enjoy the design of these transit hubs. OUTLOOK is not able to stop time, but allow us to highlight fifteen of the most mesmerizing underground subway station from all around the world.
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Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue...
Even being adults, sometimes we are able to bring to life the children’s fantasies, see the stories from childish dreams, and embody what has seemed to be the fairytale. Have you ever dreamt of being in the whale’s chaps? Just imagine that you were swollen by the giant fish, and you were living there for a long time, looked at it inside, settled down there, swam and dived there?
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts.
In a local history museum in every country you visit, you will certainly notice similar archaeological finds - fragments of clay products. Pottery, born millennia ago, but “living” even today, can rightfully be considered one of the most tenacious one. The uniqueness of clay was noticed by our distant ancestors who lived in caves ...
The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
Many city dwellers are irritated by cats, dogs or even pigeons in the streets. Attempts of zoo-advocates to save them from attacks of people and from starvation are mainly ineffective. But there are wonderful cities in this world where people perfectly coexist with deer, peacocks and cattle…
Elena Shikita, a graphic designer, having once visited friends in Portugal, fell in love with this wonderful country so much that she decided to go back and spend the winter there. Staying in the small town of Cascais, she enjoyed the beauty, delicious food and, of course, the gentle sun of this South European pearl. Lena shared her impressions with us...
Nowadays the word "art" is sparkling and strikes the eye wherever you cast a look. Alas, if applied to ordinary canteen with dirty tables and flies, the place will not become a pleasant public catering with creative design. Yet, when it comes to genuine art, one should call things by their names, so we immerse into concrete jungle of mega-cities to enjoy one of the areas of street-art known as stencil art.
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
For not to have among our readers too many sad and whiny people counting days till summer or even warm spring days, the OUTLOOK would like to share at least one reason to love the cold season with all heart. The opportunity is to go to the Chinese city of Harbin and eyewitness fantastic and cool festival of ice and snow.
The closer winter holidays are, the louder all-nation weeping for the lost charms of New Year night is. Rains, fogs, and ordinary tiredness obstructed the way of joy into city, and fairy-tale stands back at the North, in far Lapland. The shivering glow of the polar lights fleshes out the ancient tales and blows off the golden dust from the holiday cards...
Till the beginning of 2019 there is little time that’s why in case one hasn’t decided yet where and how to celebrate the most popular holiday on our planet, OUTLOOK offers the list of the brightest cities for the celebration. There all the wishes and dreams will, definitely, come true!
Ice and snow has long been used by artists to create different figures and objects, and only 1960, this age-old skill became a new trend of a land art! The largest number of winter artworks is created during special festivals about which we will tell our readers.
The cold season brings not only such important things as wrapping into a reindeer sweater, drinking hot chocolate and once again reviewing Christmas comedies. Thus, sport has not been canceled yet, so OUTLLOK compiled top five ski resort bucket list for you to cheer up and get out of your winter sleep.
Icerink instead of heated floor. Bomber hat and a puffer jacket as an alternative to terry robe. Eco-hotels and cafes in Canada, Romania and even hot Dubai offer a possibility to have leisure time a-la North Pole. The exotic hotels are not only those near the ocean and tropic palms.
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.