Posts Tagged Architecture
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)
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
China 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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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.