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Bombay Sapphire Distillery Glasshouses (Laverstoke/ U.K.) [Feb. 27th, 2017|09:50 am]
Houses,gardens,parks...places out of the ordinary

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery Glasshouses (Laverstoke/ U.K.)

These curvy glasshouses are part of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke. They house exotic plant species used in their distillation process. One of the glasshouses has a humid tropical environment and the other a dry temperate Mediterranean climate. The connection to the still house allows waste heat from the distillation process to be recycled to maintain the warm climates for the plant species to flourish. The fluid geometry of these new glass buildings was influenced by recent advances in glass technology and by Britain’s rich heritage of botanical glasshouse structures.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Glasshouses (Laverstoke/ U.K.)

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Neile Cooper's Stained Glass Cabin (Sparta/ New Jersey) [Jan. 31st, 2017|08:43 pm]
Houses,gardens,parks...places out of the ordinary

theirea
Neile Cooper's Stained Glass Cabin (Sparta/ New Jersey)

Artist Neile Cooper sells hand made stained glass item on etsy and this is her studio cabin for which she crafted stained glass walls and ceilings that catch the light beutifully.
It lies nestled in the pine and maple trees behind her home on a quiet residential street in Sparta, New Jersey.

Neile became a stained glass window maker but when the recession hit and the work dried up Neile instead decided to make jewellery.
“Part of the inspiration for doing this cabin was that I missed doing large scale work," she says. "I wanted a big project that I could really immerse myself in. If no one was going to hire me to make windows, I would just make them for myself.”

Neile Cooper's Stained Glass Cabin (Sparta/ New Jersey)

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Yangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore (Yangzhou/ China) [Nov. 21st, 2016|10:30 pm]
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theirea
Yangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore (Yangzhou/ China)

This futuristic bookstore was designed by Li Xiang of XL Muse Architects. With arched walls of books, organic shapes and reflective black mirror finish on the floor, visitors are given a sense of entering another world.

Yangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore (Yangzhou/ China)

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The Kennecott Mines Ghost Town (Kennecott /Alaska) [Oct. 2nd, 2016|09:26 am]
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theirea
The Kennecott Mines Ghost Town (Kennecott /Alaska)

The Kennecott Mines is an abandoned copper mining town in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in Alaska. It is located beside the Kennicott Glacier, northeast of Valdez, inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
From the first discovery of the copper in 1900 it had about 30 years of prosperous business, having the richest known concentration of copper in the world at the time.
By the early 1930s the highest grades of ore were largely depleted and mines started closing one by one. The last train left Kennecott on November 10, 1938, leaving it a ghost town.
By the 1980s the old mines were attracting tourists and in 1980 it was declared a National Historic Landmark.

The Kennecott Mines Ghost Town (Kennecott /Alaska)

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The Hideout (Selat, Bali/ Indonesia) [Sep. 21st, 2016|10:05 am]
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theirea
The Hideout - Selat  Bali Indonesia

The Hideout lies in the mountains of Gunung Agung volcano and was built and handcrafted in 2015. Nestled by the riverside inbetween rice fields the bamboo house is a unique eco stay for adventurous travellers who want to experience rustic Balinese village life.

The Hideout - Selat  Bali Indonesia

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Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo/ Texas) [Sep. 13th, 2016|09:41 am]
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Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo/ Texas)

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation involving 10 vintage Cadillacs. It was created in 1974 by members of the art group Ant Farm.
Since its beginning the car colours have gone through multiple evolutions. White for a TV commercial, then pink because of a founding member's wife's birthday, and again all 10 cars were painted flat black to mark the passing of Ant Farm artist Doug Michels. In 2012 they were painted rainbow colors to commemorate gay pride day. However most of the time you'll find the cars covered in graffiti.

Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo/ Texas)


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Floating Islands in a Lake (Lake Titicaca/ Peru & Bolivia) [Sep. 6th, 2016|01:00 pm]
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theirea
Floating Islands in a Lake (Lake Titicaca/ Peru & Bolivia)

The Uros are pre-Incan people who live on self made floating islands in Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia.
The purpose of the island settlements was originally defensive, so if a threat arose they could be moved. Nowadays most of their people live on the mainland but a few hundred still live on and maintain the islands.
Dried totora reeds, which grow in the lake, are used to construct reed boats as well as the islands themselves. The reeds at the bottoms of the islands rot away fairly quickly, so new reeds are added to the top about every three months.

Floating Islands in a Lake (Lake Titicaca/ Peru & Bolivia)


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