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China's Mind Blowing Pyramid Residential Building :Guangxi News Media Centre Strange Architecture
A massive residential building in China has shot to fame for its quirky, pyramid-like shape.
The futuristic 18-storey structure is situated in Kunshan, a city near Shanghai, and has gathered great interest from the public for its unusual design.
An impressive drone video released by China News Service shows how flats stack one on top of another on a 45-degree slope as if they were made with Lego blocks.
Standing 100 metres (330 feet) tall, the bizarre yet popular building in Kunshan's Huaqiao district is a part of a residential and commercial complex, which was completed in 2013 and has two other 12-storey structures.
All three buildings have a protruding and slanted surface on two sides, and from some angle the buildings look like pyramids. The other two exterior walls of each building are normal vertical ones.
Masters' Architectural Office, the firm that designed the complex, told MailOnline that its architects were inspired by the traditional Chinese terraced rice fields, which are built into mountain slopes.
The Shanghai-based firm said it also took ideas from parkour, an urban activity which sees people running and jumping between buildings and is loved by young Chinese city dwellers. Apparently, the firm hopes the buildings would be associated with the trending and modern sport.
One resident in the complex, known by his surname Huang, told China News Service the buildings' unique design means each apartment comes with a big terrace and he liked the feature especially.
Mr Huang who lives in a third-floor flat said: 'It is a special way of living. My friends often come to my house to hang out on the terrace. We would drink tea and relax.'
The Chinese public have been intrigued by the building trio, with many web users suggesting that the complex could serve as the set of sci-fi films.
Others find the design mind-blowing. One such user posted on Twitter-like Weibo saying 'I am a bit dizzy after looking at so many balconies'; while another wrote 'I would get lost in the building'.
The Guangxi New Media Centre, located in the autonomous region of Guangxi in south-eastern China, has taken nearly two years to build.
But locals in the Chinese province, on the border with Vietnam, have been less than impressed with the design of the structure.
20 Most Amazing Architecture Bridges of the world / Top 20 Amazing Bridges in the World
20 Most Amazing Architecture Bridges
Top 20 Amazing Bridges in the World
Best 20 Bridges in the World
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Henderson Waves Bridge (Singapore)
Henderson Waves bridge it's highest point just over 118 feet, making it Singapore's tallest bridge. Designed by the U.S.-based firm RSP Architects, Henderson Waves bridge connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Seri Wawasan Bridge (Putrajaya, Malaysia)
The Seri Wawasan Bridge was Completed in 2003. And designed by the Kuala Lumpur-based firm, PJSI Consultants, and is located in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Puente de la Mujer (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Puente de la Mujer, which was completed in 2001, is located in the commercial district of Buenos Aires. Designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava.
Nescio Bridge (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Amsterdam's Nescio Bridge was Completed in 2006. It's a breathtaking in beauty and form that it won three major awards in a two-year span. Designed by the London-based WilkinsonEyre, the total length of the structure spans almost 2,600 feet, carrying pedestrians and cyclists over the Amsterdam–Rhine Canal.
Rialto Bridge (Venice, Italy)
Venice's Rialto Bridge, which was built in the 16th century, is the oldest bridge still standing over the city's Grand Canal.
Zubizuri (Bilbao, Spain)
The Zubizuri footbridge (which also goes by the names Campo Volantin Bridge and Puente del Campo Volantin) was built in 1997. Designed by the legendary architect Santiago Calatrava, the structure is located in Bilbao, Spain.
Sheikh Zayed Bridge (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Bridge was completed in 2010 for a total of $300 million.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Budapest, Hungary)
Designed by the British-born engineer William Tierney Clark, Budapest's Széchenyi Chain Bridge opened in 1849 and crosses the mighty Danube river.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, U.S.A.)
Among the most recognizable structures in the world, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937. Conceived by architect Irving Morrow, the Art Deco-designed building was named one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Helix Bridge (Singapore)
The Helix Bridge twists through the heart of Singapore, linking Marina Centre with Marina South. Completed in 2010, the bridge stands out in a city with modern architectural gems.
Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (Brasilia, Brazil)
Located in Brasilia, Brazil, the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (also referred to as the JK Bridge) was designed by the architect Alexandre Chan and the structural engineer Mário Vila Verde. When it was completed in 2002, the total cost of the bridge was roughly $57 million.
Millau Viaduct (Creissels, France)
Running through the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France, the Millau Viaduct is the world's tallest bridge, with a summit that rises some 1,125 feet above the base of the structure. Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, the bridge opened in 2004.
Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Charles Bridge, which was completed in the early 1400s, is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Built entirely of stone, the bridge nearly stretches 1,700 feet and is decorated with dozens of statues on both sides.
Brooklyn Bridge (New York City, U.S.A.)
New York's Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic structure with a rich history. Completed in 1883.Today, roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians use it to cross the East River everday.
Khaju Bridge (Isfahan, Iran)
Built in 1650, Isfahan's Khaju Bridge was built at the height of the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736) in modern day Iran. Beautiful in the daylight and at night, the Khaju Bridge is a popular public meeting spot.
High Bridge (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Completed in 2001, Amsterdam's High Bridge (which also goes by the name Python Bridge) was designed by the New York–based firm West 8.
Tower Bridge (London, England)
Today, the iconic Tower Bridge in London is a must-see tourist attraction.
Zhangjiajie Grand Bridges ( China)
The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in China is the longest and highest glass bridge in the world.
Golden Bridge ( Vietnam )
A curved golden bridge held up by two giant hands, designed by TA Landscape Architecture, has opened to the public near Da Nang in central Vietnam.
Worlds Most Unusual Buildings
These are some of the most amazing buildings ever made from one building that looks like a beautiful lotus to the twisted tower!
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# 6 Lotus Building
This building blooms out of a beautiful artificial lake in Wujin, China. This is a floating flower turned into a fantastic sight called the Lotus Building. It is a two story building that is partly underground, that is the home to the city’s planning bureau, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Although it is a largely functional structure, it was also built to be a sculptural piece of art. The inside looks as striking as the outside.
# 5 Seattle Central Library
This glass building is the Seattle Public Library System’s flagship building - the Seattle Central Library. The building was meant to look like separate glass platforms that are being held together by a steel net. This super geometric building can hold 1.4 million books and attracted over 2 million visitors in its first year of operation. The coolest thing about the Seattle Central Library is the fact that it looks like a place out of a dream from Inception
# 4 Beijing National Stadium
The Beijing National Stadium also called the Bird’s Nest for obvious reasons, is a premiere stadium used to host football matches, and is scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. It can seat up to 91,000 which is impressive but hard to fill. Since the 2009 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Bird's Nest struggles to keep up with maintenance costs. So now, you can rent a Segway for 20 dollars and do laps around an Olympic field. That might be the closest thing you get to running in a bona fide Olympic stadium.
# 3 Odeillo Solar Furnace
Usually, when the glass facade of a building is creating heat rays, it's an accident, not deliberate, but there are buildings built specifically to utilize this phenomenon. A Solar Furnace is a mirrored structure that is constructed at a curve, used to magnify solar power and produce extremely high temperatures, generate electricity, make hydrogen fuel, or melt steel. The largest Solar Furnace in the world is the one at Odeillo, France. This furnace is more than 177 feet tall and can create temperatures up to 6,330 degrees Fahrenheit.
# 2 Walkie-Talkie Tower / 20 Fenchurch
A skyscraper in London called 20 Fenchurch was making the rounds in the news a few years ago because of its distinct shape, but that attention wasn’t necessarily positive. If you remember the Solar Furnaces that use a curved glass shape to magnify the sun’s rays to super-hot temperatures, you might be able to guess why 20 Fenchurch was making headlines. 20 Fenchurch, which is almost ubiquitously called the Walkie-Talkie Tower because of its shape, was reflecting sun’s rays and literally melting things on the sidewalk in front of it. Cars, tiles, doormats and even people were melting, frying, and burning up underneath the Walkie-Talkie Tower. It’s no surprise that in 2015, 20 Fenchurch AKA the Walkie-Talkie Tower was voted UK’s worst building.
# 1 Ryugyong Hotel
This is the Ryugyong Hotel. It is a futuristic marvel of architecture with a distinct pyramid-like shape and unbelievable height of more than 1,000 feet. But the most unbelievable thing about the Ryugyong Hotel is not its size, its the location it calls home. Ryugyong Hotel stands in the city of Pyongyang, North Korea - a country addled with fascism and poverty. The Ryugyong was actually commissioned in the 1980s and despite its height, was an ugly building with weak concrete foundations and crooked elevator shafts that earned it the nickname “Hotel of Doom”. Then suddenly, in 2008 despite the fact that everyone thought it was unsalvageable, construction began again on the Hotel creating the mysterious glass building we can see today. But even then, tourists in North Korea are not allowed to visit the Hotel and it lies unoccupied and guarded by military police. It is completely forbidden to visit or enter the building which kind of defeats the purpose of a 105 floor, expensive, hotel. It towers above the rest of the city, probably built on unpaid labor and 24 years of on and off construction. After all that, it might not ever even be used.
Amazing 4 year time lapse of Shanghai Tower construction
Towering above this city of 24 million people at 632m (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and 2nd tallest in the world, only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its 128 stories are divided into 9 vertical zones, including retail at the base, offices in the middle, and hotels and observation decks at the top. The super-tall skyscraper features a double-decker elevator that offers the longest single elevator journey in the world at 580m (1,900 feet) in under a minute.
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Top 10 Most Glamorous Buildings In The World
10. Shenzhen International Airport Terminal: Shenzhen International Airport Terminal is situated in China. This marvelous building is an architectural wonder of Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. This creation is highly creative.
9. La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science: La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science is a marvelous and eye-catching building. The design of this building was given by Lyons Architects. The building is constructed in a hexagonal shape, having six stories. Its windows are stretched across the front and backside facades. This institute is a part of La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus.
8. Statoil’s Norway HQ: Statoil Headquarters and its Norway HQ is a design of a-lab architects. This is an award-winning building and is constructed in a beautiful way. This marvelous building is constructed close to the former Oslo airport of Fornebu, outside the city premises.
7. De Rotterdam: The architect, Rem Koolhaas gave it an ideal and beautiful look. This is one of the biggest buildings of Europe. It is not only big but also one of the most beautiful vertical buildings in the world.
6. Heydar Aliyev Center: Heydar Aliyev Center’s design was give by an Iraq’s architect, Zah Hadid. This is one of the primary buildings in the world, expressing the rich Azeri culture in a sensible and impressive way.
5. Dalian International Conference Center: Dalian International Conference Center is a well structured and beautiful building of China. Its design was created by one of the finest and most famous Australian architects Bureau of Coop Himmelb (l). With a big opera house, two theaters, exhibition hall, wide parking area.
4. Roof Gardens Kensington: The locals name The Roof Gardens Kensington a dreamy and romantic place for the visitors. It is much expensive but the food served at this restaurant is unbeatable in terms of its taste and quality.
3. Hotel Parkroyal: Hotel Parkroyal is a design of world famous WOHA Architects. This is another wonderful and marvelous building and one of the best hotels of Singapore. Hotel Parkroyal's one night stay charges just $150.
2. Hutong London Bridge & Bermondsey: Hutong London Bridge & Bermondsey is a wonderful and stunning Chinese restaurant. It is situated in Northern London. The restaurant is not only known for its delicious food, but also it is beautifully constructed.
1. Aquarium Blue Planet: The Aquarium Blue Planet is a spectacular piece of architecture by 3XN, a Copenhagen-based architecture company. This aquarium is the largest and most stunning aquarium in the world, having swirling silver eye catching whirlpools.
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Macau' $1.1Billion Morpheus Hotel City Of Dream:World's First Highrise Exoskeleton Building In China
Macau Insane $1.1Billion Morpheus Hotel Casino: World's First Highrise Exoskeleton Building In China
Morpheus, a new luxury mega hotel for macau’s city of dreams resort, has opened its doors to guests in June 2018. It 's designed by zaha hadid architects.
The building unique shape is made by the fluid forms found within china’s rich jade carving traditions. conceived as a vertical extrusion of its rectangular footprint, a series of voids is carved through the building’s center. this creates what the architects describe as an ‘urban window’, a void designed to connect the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city.
located in cotai, macau, the striking building forms part of city of dreams, a resort that includes a casino, two theaters, a shopping district, 20 restaurants, and four hotels. the morpheus hotel is connected to the resort via a three-storey podium, with its upper levels containing 770 guest rooms as well as various suites and sky villas. civic spaces are also included, with meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, and restaurants joining the spa and rooftop pool.
Semi-autonomous Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal, bringing in revenue that easily dwarves Las Vegas.
The resort's opening comes as the enclave is undergoing something of a renaissance, with gaming revenues bouncing back after being hard hit by a corruption crackdown launched by China's President Xi Jinping in 2012.
Extravagant duplex villas with their own in-room gym and massage quarters are located on the top floors of Morpheus for VIPs, along with a gaming area exclusively for these residents.
There is also a rooftop pool, while two restaurants by Alain Ducasse, one of the chefs awarded the most Michelin stars, are part of efforts to court luxury-seeking crowds.
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15 Amazing Isolated Homes
Here are 15 amazing places built in shocking places! Beautiful architecture in the most secluded parts of the world it's insane!!!
7. Jarson Residence
This isolated desert paradise is, funnily enough, located in Paradise Valley, Arizona. It was built in 2007 for two real estate agents and their sons. The house was designed to be a “vessel of personal discovery” for the owners. Despite the modern appearance of the house, it is actually made out of weathered steel and copper so the house can blend in with the desert landscape. The house contains a gallery for the owner's art collection as well as a music chamber and potters studio.
6. Soleta ZeroEnergy
This picturesque home is perfect for the eco-minded introvert. Soleta ZeroEnergy One is a home prototype that was built in the company's home country of Romania. It was developed by the Justin Capra Foundation and it is run completely on clean energy. The house even has a feature that allows it to be controlled via smartphone. The home is affordable and versatile because it can be used as a single home, an office, or a vacation home. It is also made entirely from natural, locally sourced materials.
5. Cliff House
This crazy house has the very appropriate name of ‘Cliff House’. It's located in Victoria, Australia and it's got five stories that climb down the side of a cliff. It has three rooms, an elevator, and a spa. The house is suspended over the ocean by steel pins built into the cliff side. The house was designed by Modscape and it is completely one of a kind. Which isn’t really that surprising. A spokesperson from the company said that the design of the house was inspired by the way that barnacles cling to the side of a ship. The house is entered through a garage at the top of the cliff that descends to all of the floors of the house. This house shouldn’t be owned by anyone with a fear of heights but, that view is amazing.
4. Tubular House
This soup can shape house was built by the architect Richard Carbonnier so that he could live in the ice cold tundra of Baffin Island in Canada. The shape of the building was not only designed to withstand the winds but to also hold heat inside. Carbonnier has said that the building was made to do as little damage to the ground as possible because growth in the environment is very slow. He also explained that the building of the house was difficult because he would touch a tool and it would immediately freeze to his hand. Since the house cost just 260,000 to build and it is so ecologically friendly, he hopes that similar houses will be built in the near future.
3. Lake Muskoka Treehouse
Did you love The Swiss Family Robinson? Are you okay with living in a small amount of space? Well, then this treehouse is for you. It hangs in the trees around the bank of Lake Muskoka, Ontario. The house is thoughtfully built so that it doesn’t disrupt the growth of any of the surrounding trees or the trees it is built on. The house was built around the base of four existing trees. The architects of the house worked closely with arborists to preserve the trees supporting the house. In the end, the solution that they found was a single high strength steel cable hung from each tree to support the house. The single cable minimizes the impact on each individual tree and will not stunt the tree's growth.
2. The Crystal Mill
Built in 1892, this power plant sits above the Crystal River in Colorado. The house actually once functioned as a compressor station where a wind turbine was used to fuel an air compressor. The compressed air could have been used to power tools and other machinery. The mill closed down in 1917 along with the local mine but the picturesque quality of the mill has made it one of Colorado's most photographed sites. The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places and it has been there since 1985. You can only photograph it from afar, though. The house is privately owned and the owners don’t allow visitors. That’s probably a good choice because it looks like it would collapse whenever anyone steps foot in it.
Welcome to the most dangerous game of Chess you will ever play. Mount Huashan is one of the five great mountains of China and it is also regarded to be the most dangerous hike ever. Much of the hike is done on a small ledge that can hang hundreds of feet in the air. Reinforcements have only been added recently because of the popularity it gained with tourists. The mountain has been considered holy since the second century BC and originally the ledge was just a series of wooden boards stuck along the side of the mountain with exposed nails. Because of all this, the mountain has gained a reputation for being deadly. If you reach the peak, though, you will be treated to this out of place Chess Pavilion with stunning views of the mountains that almost just killed you. Now you have to climb back down. Enjoy.
TOP 10 Most AMAZING & LUXURIOUS Hotels Projects YOU MUST SEE
Most amazing and Luxurious future hotels projects
In this video,you will see the TOP 10 most amazing and luxurious hotels projects in the world and you must see them. The hotel industry is changing and in the future it will not be the same. 5 stars hotels are always trying to please more and more to customers.
In your future travels,you know what hotel will the most amazing and luxurious. The industry of luxury will never stop its amazing growth.
Here are 10 hotels projects you should know.
10-Wanda Vista in Chicago(USA)
This impressive skyscraper of 330 meters will change the skyline of chicago forever.Wanda is the biggest hotel and real estate developer in china.
9-Sydney crown hotel and plaza-Sydney (Australia)
-This impressive skyscraper of 272 meters will be the most beautiful skyscaper in australia. over 500 luxury rooms will be available there and there will be epic.A casino and a mall will be included in the project.
8-Royal Atlantis hotel -Dubai(UAE)
This amazing hotel will have an epic architecture and will offer a lot of amenities.A suspended pool ,over 1000 5 stars rooms and private apartment will be available.
These 4 impressive skyscrapers of 272 meters each will be amazing.They will have a futuristic architecture and will have over 2000 rooms and private apartments.
This impressive hotel skyscraper of 225 meters will change this city of IRAN.With its height,luxury and architecture,it will be an icon for the country.
5-Al Habtoor city -Dubai(UAE)
Another big luxury project in Dubai is coming.This one will be the biggest to come in Dubai.A new city will be built and 2 supertall skyscrapers will be built there. A westin and a St -Regis hotel will be built there.
4-Fifth tower hotel- Macau(China)
This impressive hotel is designed by Zaha Hadid. From the architecture to the amenities,everything will be from the future.
This amazing hotel will have a crescent moon architecture.This building will be amazing and incredible
Built in a abandoned mine it will be one of the craziest mega project in China and in the world. The hotel will have 350 rooms and will have amazing amenities.
1-Dawang resort- Changsha(China)
It will be the most amazing and beautiful hotel ever built in this world.There are no word to tell how it will be beautiful.
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Shanghai transformation and its FUTURE MEGA PROJECTS
Shanghai did an extraordianry transformation in less than a generation.
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Shanghai is the economic center of china and global city.
Shanghai has a modern and futuristic architecture.
The city is full of skyscrapers and have many attractions.
This city is a good model of the city of the future.
Shanghai has one of the biggest mega projects of China too.
This video will give you a vision of China in 2020 and 2030
12 Unbelievable Ancient Wonders
From Machu Pichu an amazing work of architecture to the mysterious caveman buildings in the mountains of Russia.
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One of the most well-known ancient mysteries is the monument of Stonehenge, located in the English county of Wiltshire. This is built in a circle using extremely large rocks standing up vertically and is believed to have been built about 2500 BC. One of the biggest rocks found at this site is about 30 feet tall and weighs about 25 tons. What’s truly strange about this is, the closest place they could have gotten the stone from was a quarry about 20 miles away to the north. People at this time, considered the land to be sacred due to fact the abundance of game meat available here. Many theories are out there trying to explain why it was constructed and acted as a symbol of unification, while others believe it was a religious site. Some claim it was built with ball bearings like you see in this photo.
5. Gobekli Tepe
Archaeologists came across a startling discovery six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey when they dug up massive carved stones believed to be 11 thousand years old. These were made when mankind had yet to develop metal tools or even pottery. The Smithsonian questions whether or not it’s the world’s oldest temple. It predates stonehenge by about 6,000 years. This location would have been a Mecca for hunters and gatherers at that time, centuries before farming was developed. As they dug deeper, they realized it was arranged in a circle, made of limestone blocks. Using only flint tools workers shaped the stone into pillars before moving them a few hundred yards to the site of the temple.
Many of us think of Easter Island and a tiny little place in the Pacific off the coast of Chile with mysterious heads sticking out from the ground. You have never known that these mysterious wonders get even more mysterious. These were constructed around the years 1250-1500 BC, by people of Polynesian ancestry. Recent discoveries like you see in this photo, prove that these actually have bodies attached to their heads! As people began to dig deeper, they uncovered that the statues fo much deeper than previously thought. They’ve also exposed carvings on their backs and their meanings have yet to be uncovered. Some believe it represents the traditional tribal of their culture.
3. Bosnian Pyramid
Many wouldn’t come to Bosnia and expect to see a pyramid. It’s possibly that because it wasn’t discovered until 2005. If the claims are real, the Bosnian Pyramid would be 25000 years old and the oldest pyramid ever built. Archaeologists are extremely skeptical of this because it defies accepted history. If you take a close look at it, it truly takes the form of a man made structure. Many want these extraordinary claims to be backed up by extraordinary evidence before it is accepted among the archaeology community. If it is real, it does deserve a place on our list. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think in the comment section. Were there advanced civilizations in this area that we didn’t know of?
2. Machu Picchu
This is an incredible work of architecture in the middle of the Andes Mountains and shows what kind of feats the Inca Civilization was capable of. There are a few reasons archaeologists believe it was built. Some claim it was a ceremonial site, a military stronghold or even getaway for the ruling elite. Despite not having advanced warfare technology like some of their foes, they still excelled in knowledge pertaining to agriculture, architecture and astronomy. Many of these well crafted stones cannot even be penetrated with a knife, proving how well the stones fit together.
1.Great Pyramids of Giza
There is no other wonder of the ancient world quite as mysterious as the ancient pyramids of Giza. No other monument has created so much intrigue other that these feats of engineering that we still couldn’t reproduce to this day. It’s estimated that there’s a total of 2.3 million limestone blocks that weigh at least 2-30 tons each and is precisely aligned with the constellation of orion. The paste used to combine the stones is from an unknown origin and even with all our technology, we cannot reproduce it’s chemical compound. It remained the world's tallest building for 3,800 years and each side is the same length within 10th’s of an inch. All of this was supposedly constructed without the technology of the the wheel or without metal tool. The quarry used to get the stones was at least 500 miles from the location of Giza. It almost appears as though humans could not have succeeded in completing these structures without help from out of this world.
Raffle City Hangzhou : Discover One Of China's Most Futuristic Skyscrapers
Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou that accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments and shops, within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza.
Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. Described by the studio as a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure, the huge complex is located in the city's Qianjiang New Town area.
The development forms a prominent landmark in Hangzhou's new central business district, with a total area of almost 400,000 square metres spread across the two 250-metre towers, the podium building and the surrounding plaza.
The project is the largest single building completed by UNStudio, which is headed by architect Ben van Berkel. The studio even opened a new Shanghai office, in 2009, to oversee its design and construction.
Raffles City Hangzhou will be a point of confluence, claimed Van Berkel, a hub for business conduct and a new destination for visitors and residents alike; an all-in-one destination for working, living and leisure in a highly sustainable environment.
The project's completion follows the opening of a shopping centre that UNStudio designed in Shanghai, which is covered in an intricate grid of diamond-shaped perforations.
The development in Hangzhou is informed by the firm's focus on a concept it calls Superliving, which involves mixing different programmes in efficient structures that enhance the urban experience for residents and visitors.
The project team described the complex as a lively vertical neighbourhood and transit hub that accommodates all kinds of activities in a dense and considered arrangement of spaces.
Besides working and living at Raffles City, people can stay at the hotel, or pick up groceries, enjoy a meal, do exercise, watch a movie or even get married there, all-in-one interconnected environment, the firm added.
The two 60-storey high-rises contain apartments, offices, the Conrad Hotel and a rooftop helipad, all with views towards the Qiantang River and the city's historic West Lake district.
The six-storey podium contains shop units, restaurants, leisure facilities, parking and a direct connection to the metro transportation system, with a main entrance on a corner facing the adjacent park and city centre.
The twisting forms, which are not identical but complement each other, promote a visual dialogue between the distinctly urban context in one direction and green, landscaped areas nearby.
Positioned on opposite corners, each tower consists of an 'urban facade' that frames the urban corner of the site, and a horizontally articulated 'landscape facade' that descends into the inner courtyards at podium level, UNStudio explained.
A skylight that covers the atrium frames views of the towers from anywhere in this area, and ensures natural light penetrates deep into the building through the two voids.
UNStudio's other recent projects in Asia include the transformation of two urban blocks in Daegu, South Korea, which involved adding digitally designed patterns to the facades of more than 20 skyscrapers.
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World's weirdest building? Controversy in China
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Top 10 most amazing buildings in the world
1.Akiha Ward Cultural Centre, Niigata City, Japan
2.Aula Medica, Solna (Sweden)
3.Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre (New Zealand)
4.Garangula Gallery, Harden (Australia)
5.Liverpool University building, Suzhou (China)
6.Stamp House, Cape Tribulation (Australia)
7.Salvaged Ring, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
8.Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul (South Korea)
9.narigua house el jonuco mexico
10.Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Hong Kong)
China's Centuries-Old Hakka Houses
Take a look at china's centuries-old Hakka Houses.
China is home to many forms of unique architecture. One example is the Hakka Houses.
The buildings were first built in the 12 century and construction continued on until the 20th century. The circular structures are reminiscent of apartment complexes, being home to many families and serving as a historic community.
These rural dwellings are also referred to as Fujian Tulou. There are approximately 20,000 of these buildings scattered across the Fujian province. The houses were designed to protect its residents from bandits.
The huge structures form together in a micro-community which is equipped with its own food storage, temples, armories and free space for livestock. Many residents have built gun holes inside the apartments to serve as a defense mechanism against intruders.
Nevertheless, the underlying beauty of the structures remains. In 2008, UNESCO deemed the Hakka Houses a World Heritage Site, citing them as a perfect example of 'tradition and function.'
Although each apartment building varies slightly, most of them range from three to five stories high with clay tiled roofs. Each structure has only one entrance, protected by a wall and gate. Beautiful stone, cobbled walkways contribute to the outwardly visual appearance of the houses.
Most Chinese people want to live in a modern building!
Most Chinese people want to live in a 30 floor modern building...
This realization came as a shock to me.
I mean I would personnaly rather live in a two floors old house surrounded by trees.
Modern building don't age well! After 10 years they look ugly. It is dirty inside. The quality of modern construction is poor.
You need to pay a lot more upkeep cost when you live in a modern building (something like 120 yuan/ month VS 5 yuan/ month for a old housing!)
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Luxury Hotel to Be Built in a Chinese Quarry
Construction is now underway for a five-star hotel which will reside inside of a long-forgotten quarry in China. Instead of building on the surrounding grounds, the hotel will be placed right into the mountainous landscape.
In the competitive hotel industry, successful hoteliers know they have to stand out.
Construction is now underway for a five-star hotel which will reside inside of an abandoned quarry in China. The water filled quarry rests at the base of a mountain.
Instead of building on the surrounding grounds, the hotel will be built inside the 300 foot deep pit up, essentially becoming part of the quarry. Slated to reach 19 stories high, the resort's design will feature a manmade waterfall, stemming from the roof of the building.
Two of the floors will be underwater, allowing visitors to see beneath the water's surface with the help of glass walls. In total the hotel will have 380 guest rooms, as well as conference and dining facilities including an underwater restaurant.
As a major bonus, the surrounding environment will no longer be abandoned. Instead of just taking in the view, guests will be able to physically enjoy the grounds with watersports, cliff climbing and even bungee jumping planned.
They can take part in watersports or climb the cliffs.
The hotel construction and design is estimated to cost nearly $525 million.
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