The Oslo Opera House looks like it would be great for sledding! Interestingly, this structure was designed to engage people from the public who are not necessarily opera enthusiasts. Its location in the waterfront area of downtown Oslo, Norway is a natural tourist destination. The ability to walk up the sloping sides to the roof
MahaNakhon or “great metropolis” is located in Bangkok, Thailand. It is 1,030 feet tall and contains 77 stories. The unusual design, by internationally renowned architect Ole Scheeren was created to blend the inner life of the building with the rest of the city. Another goal was to portray an irregular mountain landscape in a modern
Located in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest free-standing building in the world. It recently set another world record on New Year’s Eve 2017 for the largest laser light and sound show on a single structure. Standing at 2,716.5 feet tall (imagine 7.5 football fields placed end to end!) it contains 31,400 metric
The scene is an open-cut coal mine in Schöningen, Germany, the time is 1994. A discovery is made that totally changes the way scientists view our ancestors. Three spears were found. Radiocarbon dating confirmed them to be approximately 300,000 years old, making them the oldest hunting tools in the world. Before this discovery, it was
The Zaandam, located in the Netherlands, is a combination of about 70 different buildings — all in one. The 11-story hotel contains 160 rooms and is in the city center of Zaandam. Designed by Wilfried van Winden, he drew inspiration from the traditional green wooden houses in the area. The style is one original to
If you have seen the Lord of The Rings movies or read the books you are no doubt familiar with Hobbiton. Originally built in 1999 and later rebuilt in 2009, the Hobbit village is now a permanent attraction in Matamata, New Zealand. Visitors can tour the grounds, Hobbit holes, and even relax at the Green
Would you live in a house made from plastic bottles? Plastic Bottle Village on Colón Island in Panama would like to see more and more people doing so. Robert Bezeau, owner / creator, developed a new method of utilizing plastic bottles to create the walls of residences. He reasons that if a person consumes 15
Located in Metz, France, the Centre Pompidou-Metz seems even more unusual in the context of the surrounding historical structures. Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, the inspiration actually came from a Chinese hat! Ban wanted to create a space that would seamlessly integrate into the city as well as being effective for displaying works of art.