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Strange Buildings Throughout the World

For as long as humans have been building, we have been building buildings and residential structures that appear to be straight out of fairy tales. In the modern world, we have access to different materials and things that further our creative thinking- this results in some pretty amazing buildings like the ones listed below.

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Stone House, Portugal

In Portugal, there is a stone house that resembles that of the Flintstones. The house is built to be sandwiched between two large rocks. From the outside, it appears to be part of the rocks that it is built between and from certain angles, the house isn’t even visible. It was attacked by vandals in previous years and has since been fitted with bullet resistant windows and a steel front door.

Crooked House, Poland

Poland is home to the Crooked House. It was built in 2003 with inspiration from Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg pictures. It is designed to appear crooked, but is also somehow symmetrical, meaning that the house is far from ugly but is certainly strange looking.

Habitat 67, Canada

In Quebec, Canada there is a residential building that is known as Habitat 67. The apartment building is made entirely of large cement cubes that have been placed haphazardly on top of each other, giving the building the appearance that it is about to fall over. The complex hosts 158 cement apartment units.

Cubic Houses, Netherlands

The Cubic Houses can be found in the Netherlands. Like Habitat 67, they are cube shaped houses, but unlike the other apartments, they are situated at different angles over hexagon pylons. When looked at from afar, they resemble trees!

The Piano House, China

The Piano House in China is a sight for sore eyes. The body of the building is designed to look like a grand piano and visitors enter the building through the violin shaped entrance. The building spacious and offers meeting rooms and escalators.

Kansas City Public Library, United States

The Kansas City Public Library is a dream location for book lovers. Not only does the library hold thousands of books, but it also looks like books. The exterior of the library is designed to resemble classic novels from authors like J.R.R Tolkien, E.B White, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.

As we develop new building materials and come up with ways to use them, our building designs will continue to get more and more creative. It’s fun to think of what might be built next.

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Bamboo As A Building Material: 5 Beautiful Bamboo Structures

Bamboo- From Flooring to Bridges

Bamboo has a strength comparable to that of steel and is a renewable building resource. However, bamboo isn’t used as much as it should be to construct sturdy buildings. When it is used, though, the resulting structures are not only strong but are also beautiful and creative. Here are a few worth mentioning.

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge can be found in Asia. It is 75 feet long and took workers eight months to construct. It was completed in 2011 and became the largest bamboo bridge in Asia overnight. The bridge has a bamboo roof covering it and takes up a floor space of 230 square feet. This unique bridge can be rented out for events such as weddings and can hold up to 30 people.

 

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Sharma Springs

Sharma Springs is a privately-owned home in Bali. It is made entirely out of bamboo and was designed to make onlookers think of lotus flowers upon viewing it. It has 4 bedrooms and 6 floors, and is known to be the tallest bamboo building in Bali. Each room has a different theme and there is even a large swimming pool inside the house.

Flower Tower

The Flower Tower in Paris was built in 2004 by Edouard Francois and is a 10-story residential building that is comprised of pots of bamboo plants. The pots of bamboo plants are used to support the flooring of the building and cannot be removed. There are 380 pots of bamboo in total, and the plants are watered and kept alive by rain water.

Wind & Water Bar

The Wind and Water Bar in Vietnam is made completely out of bamboo. The tubes of bamboo are tied together and then bent into smooth arch shapes to create the support for the thatched structure. The bar itself sits in the center of a lake and is used as a cool location for concerts and other events.

West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre

This bamboo theatre is made in the same style that buildings from the 1950’s were. In 2013 it hosted a variety of Cantonese operas as part of the New Year’s celebration. The building is made of sturdy bamboo lengths and was covered with nylon sheets to imitate the ancient palaces of Beijing.

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90’s Interior Design Trends That Won’t Make a Comeback

The 90’s was a decade of clashing designs and mismatched patterns. These designs, although all similar, were unique and changed from year to year. To help you envision how home decorating designs have changed since then, here is a breakdown of some of the interior design trends that plagued the 90’s and made them stick in our memories.

Florals

Floral furniture was a big part of the 90’s design. Most commonly, large, eye catching florals were found on furniture such as couches and plushy chairs. However, floral prints of various sizes and color schemes could also be found on carpets and walls. Sometimes they were found on more than one piece of furniture in a room at any given time.

Sponge painting

Wall painting was popular I the 90’s, and with wall painting came sponge painting. Sponge painting was the act of painting a houses inner walls using a large sponge to give it texture. This method left the walls with a grungy appearance, and was common in bathrooms, but could also be spotted in the kitchen and living room.

Damask wallpaper

Damask wallpaper, like floral print, was a common thing to see on walls in the 90’s. Th damask style comes from Islamic and Byzantine cultures during the middle ages when it was common for weavers to create patterned reversible fabrics. The modern damask design is typically made of two colors and can be hard on the eyes, as it is a lot to take in.

Beaded curtains

Beaded curtains were all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s. They weren’t just used to cover windows, though- they were also used in place of doors. They were popular in many young peoples’ bedrooms and at clubs and bars.

Ivy wall décor

Ivy was a popular choice for wall decoration during this decade. Ivy leaves could be found stenciled and painted onto walls in kitchens and bathrooms. It was also hung in those places in the form of glass or metal decorations. In addition to wall décor, ivy was also found on home items like teapots and plates.

The 90’s was creative with its design trends and sense of home style. It was known for a lot of different design trends that we haven’t seen much of since the decade passed. What do you think? Will any of these interior design trends come back?

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Designers that made an impact

Interior Designers Who Changed the Design World

Interior designers are brilliant people. They are creative, smart, and more often than not, quite quirky. They have an eye for design and a voice of reason that gets them through tough design situations. While not all interior designers can be the best, there are a few who really stand out and who have taken the design world by storm. Who? Here are 5.

Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck is a French designer who is famous in various fields including interior design and electronic design. He was recognized in 1982 when he was hired to design the former French president Francois Mitterrand’s custom apartment. Some of his interior designs include The Peninsula Hong Kong in Hong Kong, and the Cafe Costes in Paris.

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is an interior designer and industrial designer from Egypt. One of his most famous interiors is the Oaza Zdravlja pharmacy in Serbia. Everything that makes up the pharmacy is light green in color and most of the furniture is made of transparent plastic. The lighting on the ceiling is shaped like human DNA strands and makes for a fluid-like appearance.

Federico Delrosso

Federico Delrosso is an architect and interior designer that hails from Italy. He is well known for his uses of wood, glass, and iron. With his designs, he focuses primarily on creating space and does so by creating simple and elegant designs with his chosen materials.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd is an Atlanta based interior designer who uses his designs to marry modern art and vintage items. He originally started his career by decorating his friends’ apartments, but I now known for decorating houses, museums, and office buildings. He gives each room a specific color theme and feeling.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Brance grew up in Rome, Italy. Growing up, she was the granddaughter of a Vatican Museum art historian and grew up with a love for classical and modern art. In 1981, she started a design firm in Chicago. She currently works as an popular interior designer in Chicago, New York, and Rome and is best known for her pairings of classical colors and modern decoration.

Interior designers have a special eye for color, design, and theme. They enjoy their job and have a flair for the creative. There are other great interior designers that are worth mentioning, but these are a few of the most well-known.

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Avoid these interior design mistakes

While decorating the home, it’s easy to go overboard and try to cram 50 different trends into one room. It’s tempting and easy to do because home decorating is so much fun and allows home owners to be creative. Sometimes, though, trends just shouldn’t be used-period. Here are a few of the trends that you should watch out for in your own home.

Overuse of patterns

Patterns can easily worm their way into your home. They can come in on the carpet, that new blanket and matching throwing cushions you bought, and even on wall décor. While some patterns mix well together, others don’t. Even if patterns do mix well, when there are too many in one room, they can clash and make the eyes sore. This also takes away from the overall beauty of the room.

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Lack of color

When it comes to interior design, it’s easier to have too little color than it is to have too much color, according to experts. Many people who take on the challenge of decorating their home focus too much on not using too much color that they end up depriving their home of any color at all. This, can be evident in homes that are all one color (unless, of course, the owner wants his or her home that way!).

Catalog copying

With so many great interior design magazines around, it’s no wonder that we get so much inspiration from then when we design our homes. This isn’t a bad thing, as inspiration is what the catalog’s goal is. It only becomes a problem when friends can flip through a magazine and spot your exact living room in its pages.

Plain windows

Windows are the peep hole into the home’s soul. Like human eyes, windows can be beautiful to look at if they’re decorated and designed the right way. It’s been a popular trend to avoid decorating the windows, meaning that most people leave their windows bare and don’t utilize curtains or drapes. It isn’t necessary to have these things, but they give the owner extra privacy and spruce up the look of the home.

Through decorating their home according to their own tastes and likes, home owners allow themselves freedom and a way to express themselves. Interior designs can be classic, modern, or quirky- or any mix of the three! It’s important to keep an eye out for design trends that should be avoided, though.