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Gerald DeCock's Colourful Hippie Heaven (NY City/ New York) [Aug. 23rd, 2016|11:49 am]
Houses,gardens,parks...places out of the ordinary

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Gerald Decock"s Colourful Hippie Heaven New York Chelsea Hotel

Hair stylist and visual artist Gerald DeCock lives in a rooftop apartment of the Chelsea hotel in New York City.
The space is a colourful explosion of art, beaded curtains, eclectic furniture and various embellishments and decorations. The apartment also has a much cared for rooftop garden with views over the city.

Gerald Decock"s Colourful Hippie Heaven New York Chelsea Hotel

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Bosco Verticale - Vertical Forest (Milan /Italy) [Jun. 20th, 2016|10:01 pm]
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theirea
Bosco Verticale - Vertical Forest (Milan /Italy)

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of award- winning residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan. It opened in 2014 and was designed by Boeri Studio.
The towers are home to 900 trees and over 2,000 plants ranging from shrubs to flowers distributed in relation to the façade’s position towards the sun.

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Spiral Jetty (Rozel Point/ Utah) [May. 30th, 2016|01:53 pm]
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Spiral Jetty Utah

Spiral Jetty is an earthwork made in 1970 by American sculptor Robert Smithson.
The 15-foot-wide (4.6 m) counterclockwise coil spirals into the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point. It's constructed entirely of mud, salt crystals, and basalt rocks.
The water level of the lake varies with precipitation in the mountains surrounding the area, revealing the jetty in times of drought and submerging it during times of normal precipitation.
Originally black basalt rock against ruddy water, Spiral Jetty is now largely white against pink due to salt encrustation.

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Abandoned Water Park Ho Thuy Tien (near Hue/ Vietnam) [May. 26th, 2016|03:36 pm]
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theirea
Abandoned Water Park Ho Thuy Tien (near Hue/ Vietnam)

The abandoned water park of Ho Thuy Tien is located in the lake near Thien An Hill about 8 km from the tourist area of central Hue. It has gained a bit of fame on the internet lately and has become a destination for lovers of abandoned things. Recently there's even a local posted at the gate who demands money from anyone wanting to take a look, but apparently there's other ways in too.

Not much is known about the park other than it opened in 2004 as a family water park and cost about 3 Mill USD to build. It closed not too long afterwards and everything left as it was, even live crocodiles (who were recently rescued by PETA).

Abandoned Water Park Ho Thuy Tien (near Hue/ Vietnam)

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Sandstone Cave Carvings (Northern desert of New Mexico) [May. 17th, 2016|02:44 pm]
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Sandstone Cave Carvings New Mexico

For 25 years Ra Paulette has been carving out sandstone caves in the high desert of New Mexico. The now 67 year old had no former training in architecture, sculpting or structural engineering whatsoever. He uses shovels, pick axes and scrapers to create these beautiful spaces in efforts of inspiring “spiritual renewal and personal well being”. He prefers to work by himself, his only assistant being his dog.

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Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho) [May. 4th, 2016|10:12 am]
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Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho)

Ethan Schlussler always had a childhood dream of building himself a treehouse bedroom. When he was 18 he sketched a few plans but college got in the way and so it was 5 years until he returned to his childhood home.
“A lot of people have dreams; then they get a job and have a family. And then they get to be 40 or 50 and suddenly realize all their dreams just fell by the wayside. I didn’t want that to happen to me,” he recalls. “Twenty years from now, I didn’t want to be like, Why didn’t I ever build a treehouse when I had the chance? I realized I had the time and the energy and the resources. So I just decided right there: OK, I’m gonna do this.”

Instead of bolting the structure to the tree he invented a clamping system — a series of 2-by-4s arranged vertically around the trunk and held in place by a metal cable.
To access the treehouse, a bicycle elevator was put in place to ride up vertically into the sky.

Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho)

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Snail House (Sofia/ Bulgaria) [Apr. 26th, 2016|10:33 am]
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theirea
Snail House Bulgaria

In the Bulgarian capital of Sofia theres a rather unusual house in the district of Simeonovo. The 5 storey tall Snail House was designed by local architect Simeon Simeonov and painted all colours of the rainbow. On the snails back there's even a ladybug and a butterfly crawling around. It took around 10 years to complete and was opened to the public in 2009.

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