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October 22nd 2008 10:44
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an architect born in Vienna who died in New Zealand.
Today he is most widely renowned for his revolutionary architectural designs, which incorporate natural features of the landscape, and use of irregular forms in his building design. He felt that standard architecture could not be called art, and declared that the design of any building should be influenced by the aesthetics of its eventual tenants.
Here are some pictures of one of his designs, the Waldspirale in Darmstadt, Germany. Among other things it contains over 1000 windows, no two of which are alike.

Thanks to Environmental Graffiti for these images.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser apartment

Waldspirale in Darmstadt, Germany

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Hundertwasser architecture - Waldspirale

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Friedensreich Hundertwasser.


Craziest Streets in the World

September 5th 2008 12:48
The widest, steepest, narrowest, hardest and most confusing streets and roads in the world. You will find them all here.

How would you like to have 8 hairpin turns on the one section of road? Would be a lot of fun for some kart races.
Most switchbacks or hairpin turns in the one street. San Francisco. World's most crooked road
World's most crooked road - Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA.

What about one large roundabout consisting of 5 mini roundabouts? There are multiple legal ways to get from one feeder road to the next. It is often voted the worst and most confusing intersection in England.
Most confusing intersection in the world. Magic roundabout. Swindon England.
World's most confusing intersection. Magic roundabout, Swindon, England.

Baldwin St in Dunedin has become a tourist attraction as the steepest street on the planet. Remember the handbrake!
Steepest street in the world - Baldwin St, Dunedin, New Zealand
Steepest road in the world - Baldwin St, Dunedin, New Zealand

12 lanes of traffic in each direction make de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires the widest road in the world at 100 metres across. It takes pedestrians a few minutes to cross it!
Widest street in the world - de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires.
Widest street in the world - de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From the widest to the narrowest, Parliament St in Exeter, England is only 63cm wide in some parts meaning you will have to walk it sideways. (Don't even bother trying to get a bike through).
Narrowest street in the world - Parliament Street, Exeter, England
Narrowest street in the world - Parliament St, Exeter, England

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Shepherd's Huts

July 14th 2008 02:19
Shepherd's Huts were used by shepherds during sheep raising and lambing. They often had iron wheels and corrugated iron tops and sometimes sides.
Today companies such as Plankbridge Shepherd's Huts in Dorset, UK produce huts for modern uses such as home office, guest room, studio, bolthole, music or garden room.
Here are some of their designs.

New Shepherd's hut

Modern SHepherd's Hut

Inside a shepherd's hut home office

Shepherd's hut craftmanship

Shepherd's hut beds

*These picturesused with permission from Damn Funny Pictures.

Best Hotel Suites

April 30th 2008 11:45
Many hotels have suites. The best ones might be called "honeymoon suites" or even a "presidential suite".

So what do suites offer than regular rooms don't? Well normally there's more room, more furniture, more amenities, more features and other benefits. Below are some of the most quirky and original hotel suites all over the world. These images came from Protraveller.

Cave hotel suite with pool

Best hotel suites - Beach

Hotel Suite with bowling lane

World's best hotel suites - Igloo

Hotel suites in water

*These images used with permission from Damn Funny Pictures.


February 8th 2008 08:07
How many times have we been 'up there without one!'

Up Shit Creek Without a Paddle? - You Need Shit Creek Paddle Stores
And you thought there was no such place, huh????


Building Mid-Demolition

December 7th 2007 03:00
Great shot of a building half way towards the ground during demolition. Nice work!

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Scared of Heights?

June 27th 2007 09:48
Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort that share both similar etiology and options for treatment.

Acrophobia can be dangerous, as sufferers can experience a panic attack in a high place and become too agitated to get themselves down safely. Some acrophobics also suffer from urges to throw themselves off high places, despite not being suicidal

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Vertigo Inducing Pictures

April 16th 2007 07:15
Vertigo, a specific type of dizziness, is a major symptom of a balance disorder. It is the sensation of spinning while the body is stationary with lots to the earth or surroundings. With the eyes shut, there will be a sensation that the body is in movement, called subjective vertigo; if the eyes are open, the surroundings will appear to move past the field of vision, called objective vertigo.

If you suffer from such a condition, don't look at the pictures below

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Bus Stops

January 21st 2007 10:33
Bus stops in some countries are completely boring, however in others they can be very inventive indeed. A few good examples are below and you can see some more pictures here.

Interesting Bus Stop

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World's Largest Cylindrical Aquarium

January 16th 2007 04:56
The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany, is a 14 meter tall cylindrical acrylic glass fish tank with built-in transparent elevator. It is located in Berlin-Mitte, in the DomAquarée complex, which also contains a hotel, offices, a restaurant, and the aquarium Sea Life Center.

The AquaDom was opened in December 2003. It cost about 12.8 million euros. The acrylic glass cylinder was constructed by the U.S. company Reynolds Polymer Technology. The outside cylinder was manufactured on-site from four pieces; the inside cylinder for the elevator was delivered in one piece. The Aquadom is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world, with a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation. Filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater, it contains some 2600 fish of 56 species. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by divers

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Ice Hotel in Canada

December 19th 2006 05:18
About 10 km east of Québec City, near Montmorency Falls and within the grounds of the Duchesnay winter resort, the first ice hotel in North America is erected each January. Its 22 beds were sold out when it first opened in 2000. In its last iteration it had 85 beds, all made of ice but lined with deer furs and covered with mattresses and arctic sleeping bags. Only the bathrooms are heated, in a separate insulated structure. The hotel is usually made (the architecture and size may vary from season to season) with 4,750 tons of sculpted ice, forming arches over rooms with 16 foot (5 m) and larger and higher spaces for two art galleries (filled with ice sculptures of course) a bar, a movie theater, and a chapel where weddings are celebrated. The walls are more than 4 feet (1.2 m) thick on average. All of the furniture is made of ice. In addition to using ice glasses as in the Kiruna ice hotel, the bar (and room service) also serves cold cuts on ice plates.

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Beijing Olympic Games Stadiums

December 4th 2006 23:59
The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be held in Beijing, China from August 8, 2008 through August 24, 2008.
The largest architectural pieces for the games which will cost about US $3 billion will be the Beijing National Stadium, National Gymnasium, Olympic Aquatic Park, Convention Center, Olympic Village, and Wukesong Cultural and Sports Center.

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Odd Houses

November 21st 2006 04:52
You see all sorts of weird and wonderful designs for houses around the world.
Below are some examples of a few different designs. They would be fun to live in for a while but the novelty would surely wear off with some of them.

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Golden Bathroom

September 28th 2006 06:44
Absolutely everything in this bathroom is plated with gold. I feel the only thing missing are the toilet rolls made of $100 notes.

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