architecture

The grand "water-bamboo theater": Even before the opening, the Chinese project was recognized as the most beautiful in the world
What it is, even difficult to describe in words. A fantastically beautiful paling of huge columns is similar to bamboo thickets and streams of water at the same time, but…

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Where is the very first Soviet Khrushchev and why it will not demolish
In the late 1950s, simple and fast-built five-story buildings, which later received the nickname "Khrushchev", were called the houses of the future. In the eyes of the architects, and the…

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What survived the “Winter Palace in miniature”

It is called the “chest of drawers” ​​and the “Winter Palace in miniature”. This building is actually the only “representative” of the architectural style of Rastrelli’s Baroque in the center of Moscow. And it so happened that this particular house keeps the memory of many great people of Russia. At different times and for various reasons, Pushkin, Stanislavsky, Mendeleev and other famous personalities found themselves in it. Continue reading

The daughter of a jeweler and designer creates masterful residential art objects from bamboo

The daughter of a jeweler and designer Elora Hardy grew up in Bali, and then went to study and live in America. But ten years ago, she again visited this paradise island and returned to New York very impressed. She was overwhelmed by tremendous ideas related to bamboo: Elora decided to build houses of it, and not simple, but of incredible beauty and practicality. Continue reading

“Gingerbread” Kremerbryuke

The bridge, originally invented by people as a construction connecting two points, has long ceased to perform a narrowly applied function. In the modern sense, such an architectural structure can be an art object, a photo zone, a place of trade, and a residential building. But Kremerbryuk in the list of the most original and “multi-profile” bridges of the world can be safely put first. Continue reading

Named the most beautiful and comfortable buildings in the world

There are several prestigious awards in the world architecture. One of them is the RIBA International Prize established by the Royal Institute of British Architects. There are several nominations in the competition, buildings from all over the world are participating in the international competition, and the winner is determined every two years. In November 2018, the time is right to announce the best architectural project. We bring to your attention the four finalists. These buildings are recognized as ideal and will fight for the prize winner. Continue reading

Secrets of a fairy-tale house in the center of Moscow: Why the architect drowned his paintings here, and Trotsky took the owner’s apartment

The building of incredible beauty, similar to the tower, is popularly called “Profitable House of Pepper” or “Fairy Tale House”. Located “terem” in the center of Moscow. In this masterpiece everything is unique: the authors, the owners, the tenants, and, of course, the architecture itself. You can admire the tall, narrow roofs and majolica of an amazing building for hours. In general, this is a house-story, every centimeter of which has an incredible value. Continue reading

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Thousands of frescoes about the Last Judgment and other oddities of the ancient cathedral, which is considered a symbol of Florence
In the center of Florence there is a unique, absolutely magnificent building - the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It was built 150 years, but such a long and…

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The triumph of Marc Chagall in the Paris Opera: How the Belarusian artist painted the ceiling in the Grand Opera
The Parisian opera has been shining with its magnificence for more than a decade when Movsha Chotskelevich Chagall was born in a poor Jewish family in the Belarusian city of…

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The town hall, decorated with "lace" and 236 statues, which is considered the most beautiful in the world
Everyone who has seen this building at least once admits that it is something grandiose. “You look at it in one breath”, “Your jaw just hangs down”, “Full enthusiasm” -…

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House with towers in St. Petersburg: A building in the style of English castles, which can withstand even a high-explosive bomb
One of the most beautiful tenement houses of St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century looks as if an unknown force transferred it here from European countries. The…

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