Category Archives: Architecture


Beautiful home designed by by Olson Kundig Architects, far from a cabin! One of the best way to enjoy a nice view we have seen!

#20 – Neushwanstein Castle, Germany

Built in the late 1800s, the Neuschwanstein Castle in the state of Bavaria in southeast Germany was meant to be the private retreat of the reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria, but he died before it was completed. The castle was opened to the public in 1886 and it has seen over 60 million visitors since then. The Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the Romanesque Revival style and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle. The castle is one of the most popular in Europe and currently sees over 1.3 million visitors a year and as many as 6,000 per day in the summer months. The castle overlooks the Hohenschwangau valley and is near the tourist town of Fussen where accommodation can be found.

so ballin.

The Sinuous Vision of Architect Zaha Hadid.

The work of amazing architect Zaha Hadid.

…The first time I experienced Zaha Hadid’s work — in 2000, at an exhibit of 20 years of her designs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London — I had a visceral reaction. The sensuality, the effortlessness, the sculptural quality of her work resonated with me immediately. She was taking these elements to the next dimension with architecture. I was mesmerized by the scale and form of her designs…

…Zaha’s work evokes that passion. Her buildings are like a gust of wind — organic, forceful and utterly natural. Her oeuvre is diverse: she has done structures from the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to the Terminus Hoenheim-Nord in Strasbourg, France, to the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio…

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#14 – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Popularly know as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan in Northwest India. The Pink City nickname dates to 1876 when the entire city was painted pink to to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Jaipur has a myriad of attractions, including the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the Jal Mahal (Water Palace), the City Palace, the Rambagh Palace, the Nahargarh Fort, the Amber Fort, the Jantar Mantar observatory, Mansagar Lake, and a large variety of temples and gardens. Once the capital for the Indian Royalty, the Pink City is now a bustling metropolis with over 4 million residents. The city has an international airport and accommodations for any budget.

#13 – Tikal, Guatemala

The ancient Mayan city of Tikal, located in present-day Guatemala, has structures that date as far back as 400 BCE, though most of the structures were built in the Late Classic Period (600 – 900 CE). One of the largest urban centers of the pre-Colombian Mayan civilization, the city was at its peak at around 700 CE. Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ruins include five large pyramid temples, a large palace, small pyramids, tombs, and numerous other buildings with a grand total of 3,000 structures. The University of Pennsylvania and the government of Guatemala have contributed to the restorations done on the site in recent years. Travelers can find a variety of accommodations in the nearby cities of Flores and Guatemala City. Fans of the original Star Wars films may know Tikal as the “Massassi Outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin” from Episode IV: A New Hope.

Innovative Apartment in Hong Kong

This is the sickest apartment I have ever scene. If I had mad skills like this dude, I’d find the cheapest/smallest apartment ever and live like him.

Gary Chang, a talented architect from Hong Kong, has equipped his tiny 330 square foot apartment with a sliding wall system that allows him to create 24 different room configurations.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Recent winner of a 2009 Green Good Design Award, Bali’s Alila Villas Uluwatu sets a soaring example of what it currently means to be a luxurious green resort. Stylish clifftop villas, designed and constructed according to a strict Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) framework, earn the posh destination the highest level of sustainable certification—a first for any Balinese resort.

Perched high up on the southern coastline of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, not far from the area’s famous surf break, the spa resort expertly champions the concept of creating a modern yet unimposing locale that seamlessly blends in with its natural surroundings.

The Singapore-based architecture firm Woha, a company known for its sustainable housing projects, modeled the Balinese-inspired villas on open-air structures. Guests can adjust the flow of natural breezes via sliding glass doors, while airy wooden cabanas and relaxation pavilions jutting out over the Indian Ocean resemble cubic Bauhaus nests.

To help sustain local bird and animal populations, indigenous plants are cultivated at an on-site nursery. Other ESD measures include the use of local construction materials such as teak, lava rock and bamboo as well as water conservation through the use of salt water pools and gray water systems help recycle laundry, dishwashing and bathing water for landscape irrigation.

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