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Fairy Tale Cottages

Okay here is something different. Cottages houses like what we feature today have been romanticized since the early fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel and have a way of infinitely reminding us of gingerbread houses, and cookies, and sugar! What makes a cottage so distinctive from other small homes is its dark thatched roof, and the way it envelops the cottage like melted cheese. (funny how cottage cheese looks nothing like this) These homes were traditionally built by a waterfront and made out of logs or other natural materials.

The Richat Structure – Earth’s Bull's-Eye Imagine if you were an alien species intent on conquering the earth by force. Now, you might just appear over the various capital cities of the world and wait for your countdown to get to zero or you might, being a little timid of the explosive force that you are about to unleash, wish to do it from a safe distance. What you would need to look for, then, is a handy bull's-eye – on the bull's-eye that is the Earth itself. Look no further, alien invader. However, although to all intents and purposes it looks as if it could have been lasered in to the landscape the Richat Structure – (when not described as a bulls-eye it is called the outsized ammonite) is a completely natural phenomenon. The Sahara Desert, in which the structure is situated, does look rather featureless from above. It was for a number of years thought to be the impact crater of an ancient meteor strike against the Earth – as much because it has a high degree of circularity than any real scientific hypothesis.

Underground Dwellings Get closer to nature by living in an underground home built from sustainable materials I’ve always wanted to live in an underground dwelling because it’s the closest I’ll ever get to living like a Hobbit, and it seems like the perfect place to go in case zombies attack. Most importantly, underground homes are very eco-friendly and are built directly into the earth, which means they take up less construction material and produce less waste. Here are 4 underground homes that get my “thumbs up” for being truly green and innovative: 1. This earthen home designed by KWK Promes has a grass roof that absorbs water and helps to regulate temperature inside the home. 2. Designed by Dutch architecture firm SeaRCH and Christian Müller Architects, this beautiful underground home located in a Swiss village has rooms that wrap around an interior courtyard, and they all get flooded with natural light. 3. This low impact woodland home was built in Wales by Simon Dale. 4.

Milan’s Vertical Forest Wednesday, 12 October 2011 GreenMuze Staff Milan’s Vertical Forest from Stefan Boeri Architects. The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) will be the greenest building in Milan when completed, which is one of Europe’s most polluted cities. Designed by Stefan Boeri Architects, as part of their BioMilano vision to incorporate 60 abandoned farms into a greenbelt surrounding the city. Each apartment balcony will have trees (900 plantings are planned for the two buildings) that will provide shade in the summer and drop their leaves in winter to allow in winter sunlight. Visit: Via Inhabitat

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Architecture Spectacular scenery – and sheep – are the first things that come to mind for most of us when we think of New Zealand. For an architect, spectacular scenery is always both a challenge and an opportunity. This was very much the situation for David Ponting, founder of Ponting Fitzgerald (in 1998) of Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, when he saw the site for what his affluent client hoped would be a “sanctuary.” The site was breathtaking with unbelievable views of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, and the mountains beyond. Rocky, powerful terrain. Ponting and his client settled on a simple, yet very demanding, brief: Let the land speak. Rather than coming to the site with a preconceived set of shoulds and musts and limiting ideas, the architects kept walking the site. They realised that there were two separate locations on the site, each with its own distinct natural forms, each ‘asking for a building.’ If there ever was a project where the brief has actually become reality, this is it.

Rare and very interesting photos Interesting and very rare photographs, you may never see. The first McDonald’s. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Capital of Brazil, on the beginning. Pius XII and Hitler. The King. Rare Beatles photos. Osama bin Laden and his family. Titanic. Fall of the Berlin Wall All forms of Coca-Cola bottles. John Lennon shortly before his death. Principles. Statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Albert Einstein. Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi. First computer. Albert Einstein’s diploma. The early Beatles. The first team of Google. Pope John Paul and the man who tried to kill him. Moment when Bush heard about the attacks 11th September.

How to make a baby pod! Hey Everyone! If you've got a special baby in your life that needs a little something to keep warm in the winter months, we'll I've got an answer for you! Make them a baby pod! Also, check out the entire video below! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8, When you're done, take out a zipper, flip over the pod half and place the zipper right side facing down below the openings in the casing and right on top of the slit. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Tagged : baby, pod, baby, jumpsuit, jumpsuit, jumper, baby, sweatsuit, baby, clothing, how, to, threadbanger, DIY

Infinity Pools The Top Luxury Swimming / Infinity Pools from around the world There`s no huge idea behind swimming pools, they are pretty simple and basically just big basins of water. However on a hot summers day when your on your holiday, or if you have one in your garden, then they are the essential go to place to relax and cool off. Need some swimming pool inspiration? Well we`ve complied some images of the best infinity and swimming pools from around the globe. About Richard Barker Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel? August 8, 2011 | Travel | View comments Scandinavian design detailing at Santa Monica Residence Argentine architect, Jendretzki, has designed the Santa Monica Residence project. A luxury $20m London penthouse by N.DESIGNERS International architectural practice, N.DESIGNERS, have completed the London VIP Penthouse project.