Yes, even in the palace! In which houses and how did the largest tea merchants of Tsarist Russia lived?
The richest merchants of pre-revolutionary Russia have realized themselves in various types of business, and in the list of the most profitable areas you can put tea trade in the…

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Islamic architecture with a British accent: Secrets of the Central Mosque in Cambridge
The word "mosque" in Europeans is in no way associated with Cambridge, but in vain. Times change, and now in this historic British place a grandiose building for Muslims has…

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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 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

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

Revenge of the pest architect or unfinished sickle: How the House-Sausage appeared in St. Petersburg

For a long time, this five-story building, located on Babushkina Street, was considered the longest in St. Petersburg. No wonder, because it extends 300 meters in length, and because the building was built in the form of an arc, it was called “Sausage House”. And many who have seen this “miracle of architecture” are wondering: why was it built and is it convenient to live in it? Continue reading

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The masterpieces of Lev Kekushev - “the father of Moscow modernity” and a man of mysterious and dramatic fate
If we talk about buildings built in pre-revolutionary Moscow in the modernist style, it is imperative to mention the two mansions of architect Kekushev. They are extraordinarily original and, interestingly,…

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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…

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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…

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What secret did a disgraced Catholic squire cipher in a triangular castle that became a protest
With regard to triangular structures (for example, the Egyptian pyramids), scientists put forward a variety of versions, seeing in them a special philosophy, and unique energy properties, and even the…

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