Why are straw roofs from 100 years ago so popular in England?
Seeing these beautiful “gingerbread” houses with original roofs, it seems that all of them are from the past centuries or even from some fairy tale. But in reality, such dwellings…

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Abandoned castle in the jungle: How two dreamers created a magical country for the elect
No one is surprised to find an abandoned palace in the Indian jungle or an old temple in the jungle of Mesoamerica. However, stumbling upon a recognizably Spanish castle in…

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“Openwork house” on Leningradka

This unique apartment building on Leningradsky Avenue is famous for its “openwork” – it is as if covered with intricate lace. Moreover, the scale of these decorations is impressive, because the building is six-story, majestic. And still it is one of the very first block houses in Moscow. Just a pity that after its construction in the city no longer made such interesting “block-laced” buildings. Continue reading

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 first tenants, it was progressive, modern, comfortable. Now these buildings are fading in the wake of the Khrushchev era that has sunk into oblivion. But what is surprising: in spite of the actively started renovation program, in Moscow, not far from the Akademicheskaya metro station, the very first Khrushchev in the country has survived. Continue reading

Secrets of the mansion of millionaires Kolobovs

Kolobovsky House is a little-known but incredibly beautiful architectural landmark of St. Petersburg. As contemporaries noted, such a magnificent building was bound to stand in plain sight in the center of the city, however, alas, it was lost in a back alley, so that not every citizen knew about its existence. And now this green building-palace, alas, cannot be called very famous, despite the colorfulness of its architecture and the interesting fate of its famous owners. Continue reading

Giant house-sail on Khodynka field
Many unusual houses have been built in Moscow, however, not all of them are old. For example, one of the most interesting and controversial buildings, House-Sail, appeared in the XXI…

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What hides the English treasure house of Chatsworth House, where everyone feels like an aristocrat
The treasure house is what Chatsworth House in the UK is called, just as it does outside. This estate does not just keep a collection of priceless artifacts - it…

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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…

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The most famous watch towers
All subjects of human life periodically experience the heavy tread of time, obsolete and being replaced by other, more modern ones. The clock itself, which is counting time, is no…

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