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Magnificent 19th-Century Library Shelves 350,000 Books

Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Portugus de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, …

Rio De Janeiro

Clusters of Birdhouses Fantastically Wrap Around Trees

Well-designed architecture doesn't have to just sit on the ground. It's also for the birds and the trees, which is the idea behind the sculptural installation <i>Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven</i> located in London. The outdoor artwork features several hundred bird boxes carefully placed on two …

Traditional Porcelain Figurines Covered in Colorful Tattoos

These delicate and dainty porcelain female figurines, entitled <i>The Painted Ladies</i>, have a bit of a modern twist to them. Created by Scotland-based artist Jessica Harrison, each meticulously sculpted form has soft features, pastel gowns, and the glossy skin of a traditional, handcrafted collectible. …

Tattoos

Hundreds of Hanging Red Coils Symbolize Human Connections

This gorgeous array of floating red discs, called the <i>Lure Installation Series</i>, is a contemplative exploration of an ancient Chinese legend, which states that, “When children are born, invisible red threads connect them to their soul mates. Over the years of their lives they come closer and …

Futuristic Floating City Could Soon Become a Reality

Atlantis may not be the only city in the ocean after architecture firm AT Design Office gets its newest blueprint approved. This innovative city plan was commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) as a possible eco-friendly city expansion alternative to continuing on land. …

SlideRider Turns Boring Indoor Stairs into an Awesome Slide

Now this is a fun idea we can get behind! Trisha Cleveland of Minnesota has invented the SlideRider, a foldable mat that turns your indoors stairs into a fun slide! To make it safe for kids, the product is designed with bumpers so they can't slide out.Who hasn't created a slide for stairs when they …

Hilarious Tiny Kiosks Sell Mini Coca-Cola Cans

To promote the launch of Coca-Cola Mini, advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather Berlin cleverly installed miniature kiosks in five major cities in Germany. Selling a variety of pint-sized goods like newspapers, candy bars, and snacks, and even tiny cans of Coke from mini vending machines, the …

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Amazing Metallic Sculpture Appears to Endlessly Melt

<i>Melter 3-D</i> appears to be a continuously moving sphere of liquid metal but, in fact, this amazing sculpture is actually an optical illusion developed by digital artist Takeshi Murata. Recently revealed at Frieze New York 2014, the small chrome sphere sits alone in the corner of a dark room, …

Art

New Glass Labyrinth is the Ultimate Disorienting Experience

On May 22, at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's sculpture park in Kansas City, artist Robert Morris unveiled <i>Glass Labyrinth</i>, a huge installation that will might just have you walking into walls. Fully transparent, the clear structure is made up of 1-inch thick glass. It's 62-foot by 62-foot by 62-foot, …

Art

Os Gmeos Designs Brazil’s Airplane for the World Cup

To celebrate the excitement of the upcoming 2014 World Cup, identical twin brothers and graffiti artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka Os Gmeos, in collaboration with GOL airlines, recently finished painting the exterior of Brazil national team's airplane. The soccer team will climb aboard the …

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Creative Candleholder Turns Melted Wax into New Candle

<i>Rekindle Candle</i> is an ingenious product developed by designer Benjamin Shine that doubles as a candlestick holder and maker. The simple design, which greatly increases the reusability of the candle, works as both a pedestal for the illuminating stick and a sort of basin to collect the liquefied …

Design

Edouard François Designs Mixed-Use "Gardens of Anfa" for Casablanca

<b>Maison Edouard François</b> has masterplanned a new mixed-use neighborhood for the Moroccan city Casablanca: “The Gardens of Anfa.” Scheduled for …

Design

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Villa F, Greece

Villa F by the Hornung & Jacobi Architecture firm is located in the beautiful coastal region of Rhodes, Greece. It is a spectacular holiday home …

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Мигинго - крохотный африканский остров, который кормит рыбой Евросоюз

Мигинго - крохотный рыболовецкий остров в Африке<p><b>Мигинго</b> – крошечный африканский остров, расположенный в акватории крупнейшего тропического озера …

На грани возможности: самые яркие фотографии, посвященные активному образу жизни

Фотографии на грани возможности<p>Все люди живут по-разному. Кому-то нет ничего милее мягкого дивана и работающего телевизора. А кто-то не может прожить …

Впечатляющие фотографии извержения вулкана Cordon Caulle (Чили)

Извержение вулкана Cordon Caulle, Чили<p><b>Франциско Негрони (Francisco Negroni)</b> – автор захватывающей серии фотографий об <b>извержении вулкана Cordon …

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Wild at heart: best animal adventures

Set your pulse racing with the wildest animal adventures around the world. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Get close to giant pandas near Xi'an, China<p>Pandas by Chi King. CC BY 2.0.<p>These black-and-white beauties are battling extinction but you can help them out – …

National Parks

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

World's Tallest Vertical Garden Is Growing In Sri Lanka

The high-rise apartment building is a fusion between a skyscraper and a forest.<p>Sri Lanka will literally have roses in the air next year, as architecture firm Milroy Perera and Maga Engineering are collaborating to build a 46-floor, high-rise building that will be outfitted with the world's tallest …

Black and White Photography of India

Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner brought from his many trips all around the world, a series of Indian landscapes’ photos in black and white. The …

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