What secrets hide the most famous Mediterranean villas built in the Renaissance
Mediterranean villas were once a way to bring back the ideals of antiquity into everyday life. Noble Italians of the Renaissance erected country houses to hide there from the summer…

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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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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

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

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Mysterious terem house on Yakimanka, built by a disgraced merchant and a tangerine planter
The mansion of the merchant Igumnov is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in modern Moscow. First, it is not so easy to get into it, because it…

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Seven buildings claiming the title of “House of Bulgakov Margaret”: Gothic mansion in a quiet alley
Many fans of the novel “The Master and Margarita” have been arguing for years about which of the Moscow mansions could become the prototype of the main character’s house. It…

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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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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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