Posts Tagged Architecture

Weekender: World’s Highest Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bridge

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bridge

The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon skywalk will stand at 980 feet tall and will connect two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie National Park. Architects plan to make it 1,410 feet long (about .27 miles), so it will be no small feat to walk across.

The National Park, which served as inspiration for the backdrop of the movie Avatar, has breathtaking views of more than 3,000 sandstone pillars and other amazing natural formations.

This bridge is set to open in July. But in the event you want to be frightened before then, here are some other scary bridges from around the world

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Weekender: Rabbit Ear Cabin

Rabbit Ear is a home in northeast New Mexico built by the students of Design Build. It mixes construction techniques from around the world with Navajo social traditions. For instance, the extra thick straw bale construction has its origins in Africa and the American Midwest, but is now a staple in energy sensitive Southwest building. The burnt exterior siding is a Japanese technique of preserving wood without added chemicals or paint. In respect for the Navajo owners, the primary entrance faces east and the views of sacred rocks were maintained with strategically placed windows. (see more photos here)

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Weekender: Volcanic House

This organic piece of architecture is carved out of rocks created by the volcanic ash from Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan in Turkey. These is actually just some of the many volcano houses in Turkey. During the 7th century, hollowed rocks initially served as homes and chapels for early Christians

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Weekender: Russia’s Flying House

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Russian designers have presented a visual concept of a state-of-the-art house which they claim will be capable of flying.

A visual concept of a sophisticated new home which will be capable of floating through the air has been showcased by Russian designers, who claim that the house can also be used as a summer cottage and a small airship, media reports said.

The Freedom house, which has first and foremost been designed for so-called citizens of the world, can be installed almost anywhere on our planet — in the woods, at sea, on the coast, in the mountains, and in an urban area, according to Dmitry Ulitin and Anstasiya Taratuta of the design studio Artzona.ru.

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57-Storey Skyscraper in 19 Days

indexChina impresses with having many biggest, fastest, longest…  all the superlative feats you can imagine. It is the country with the largest population. It not an overstatement to say that China is probably the oldest continuous civilization on earth. The world’s longest bridge, opened in June 2011 spans 165 kilometers. That is the is the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, along which the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway runs. Financially, China has amassed the largest foreign reserves in s short few decades. On the negative side, there are many to name too. Infamously, it has the most polluted cities in the world.
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Weekender: Boulder House

Found in the mountains in Fafe, of northern Portugal, Casa do Ponedo (‘House of Stone’) is a rustic masterpiece of a house that has been called a modern day ‘Flintstones’ house. Constructed with four giant slabs of boulders, it may seem archaic from the outside, but it is fully functional, boasting all of the amenities common with current residential dwellings, featuring a fireplace and swimming pool. Another added bonus to Casa do Ponedo is the spectacular views it offers over the entire range of the Fafe mountains and throughout the hillside. Built in the 1970s, it can be admired from the outside only.

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Weekender: Archiblox prefab home

Archiblox says the house is the “world’s first carbon positive prefabricated house,” by which it means the first prefab house to be energy positive. It has to be said that Gizmag has covered other houses whose designers might dispute that claim, such as the Odooproject and more recently, the P.A.T.H. range. Nonetheless, the sustainability credentials of the Archi+ appear to have been considered down to the last detail.

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