This week’s crazy building is Mussolini’s Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
This building is known as the Palazzo Braschi, a large palace in Rome. While today it looks like a perfectly normal building, it was once the terrifying headquarters of Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist party.
Back in 1930, the building’s facade was adorned with a scowling face and the word “SI” (“YES” in English) repeated over and over again. The whole propagandistic design was presumably meant to strike fear into any potential enemies and demand uncompromising loyalty.
It does make you wonder though: If they constructed a building that villainous, surely they realized they were the bad guys?
This week’s crazy building is the St. Francesc Convent in Santpedor, Spain.
This incredible mixture of old and new began way back in the early 1700s. Franciscan friars built this convent in a small Catalan town, but it was pillaged in 1835.
The church remained standing in complete ruin until 2000, when a new project aimed to turn it into an auditorium. The old stone walls were renovated, and a new design was added without tearing down the historical site.
The modern designers added fanciful, angular glass facades that stick directly out of the ancient brick and mortar. This redesign added natural light and created a stark contrast between old and new.
Today, visitors can appreciate the beauty of a 300-year-old convent while marveling at the advances in architecture we have made over the past few centuries.
Maybe a few hundred years down the line, another generation of builders can make some hyper-futuristic addition of their own!
This week’s crazy building is the Robot Building in Bangkok, Thailand.
When the Bank of Asia asked architect Sumet Jumsai to create a building that shows banking has been modernized and computerized, Jumsai took them literally.
Inspired by his son’s toy robot, built a robot of his own—only this one was 20 stories tall! The Robot Building sports a boxy exterior, antennas and even a pair of eyes. The robot’s antennas actually function as lightning rods and for communications.
The stepped design contributes to the robot’s look, and has the extra benefit of complying with regulations requiring buildings to be set back farther and farther from the property lines the higher they go.
While the building looks very much like a product of the 1980s, it’s still an icon of architectural modernism. In fact, it was named one of the 50 seminal buildings of the past century by LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art—not bad for a building inspired by a child’s plaything!
This week’s crazy building is Sulamani Temple in Bagan, Myanmar.
This remarkable Buddhist temple was built by the Burmese king Narapatisithu in 1183, over 830 years ago.
It rises high above the many pagodas surrounding it, making it one of the most-visited attractions in the region. Tourists soar above the landscape in hot air balloons to take in the breathtaking views.
Parts of the structure were damaged following a 1975 earthquake, but it has thankfully been restored to its original state.
The name “Sulamani” literally means “crowning jewel,” and this temple truly is a gem!
This week’s crazy building is the Market Hall in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Designed by legendary architecture firm MVRDV, it was completed in 2014 at a cost of $200 million.
As the name suggests, this ridiculous building contains a huge market running down the center with a lattice of glass windows at either end. All along the walls and ceiling is an immense digital mural that ranks as one of the largest pieces of art ever made. Called Horn of Plenty, the 118,000 square foot mural depicts a colorful scene filled with plants and animals.
The other thing that makes this building amazing is its 228 apartments. They make up the walls and even the ceiling of the market, forming a vast horseshoe shape around it. It also boasts a 4-story underground parking garage, the city’s largest with room for over 1,200 cars.
And just to top it off, Market Hall was opened by the Queen of the Netherlands. That’s how you know it’s a big deal!
This week’s crazy building is the Wavy Border Checkpoint in Sarpi, Georgia.
This surreal building was built on the coast of the Black Sea on the border of Turkey and Georgia.
This undulating structure contains a cafeteria, a conference room and staff rooms. The top floor serves as a viewing platform, which allows officials to watch the border along the shoreline as well as the sea.
The building was designed not just for the purpose of security, but also to welcome visitors into the country.
If this checkpoint’s style is any indication, though tourists should expect Georgia to be something out of a science fiction movie—or a really strange dream.
This week’s crazy building is Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
While its retro-futuristic design looks like something out of the ’60s, this museum, nicknamed the MAC, was actually completed in 1996.
This strange-looking museum looks like an upside-down flying saucer. The main section of the building, the “cupola”, is three stories tall and 50 meters in diameter.
The swirling elevated walkways make visitors feel like they’re in a truly special place. Below the museum is a massive reflecting pool that adds to the surreal effect.
Suffice to say, if life forms from another planet landed next door, they’d wonder who beat them to it!
This week’s crazy building is the Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England.
Located by a picturesque lake on the English country side, the Balancing Barn gets its name the peculiar way in which it’s situated. Legendary architecture firm MVRDV designed the building with a massive cantilever: half of its length juts out off the hillside and hangs over the lawn below. That’s 49 feet of its 98-foot length!
The precarious positioning isn’t the only unusual thing about this structure. The holiday home is covered in an ultra-shiny metal cladding that stands out boldly from the surrounding greenery.
It also has a whimsical-looking swing attached to the bottom of the protruding end. It gives onlookers the uneasy feeling that anyone swinging could be the literal tipping point that brings the whole building tumbling down.
I’m sure the architects know what they’re doing. But if I lived here for any length of time, I’d be tempted to weigh down the grounded side of the home with all of my heavier belongings!
This week’s crazy building is the Ribbon Chapel in Hiroshima, Japan.
One glance at this beautiful building should be enough to understand why it’s called the Ribbon Chapel. Two spiral staircases gracefully intertwine and encircle the perimeter of the church before finally connecting at the top.
The result looks something like a pair of streamers in motion. The glass facade lets in plenty of natural light, making the inside as beautiful as the outside.
It’s also a popular spot for weddings, with most of the ceremony taking place inside. Then the bride and groom ascend the staircases and recite their vows on the rooftop balcony. Finally, once wedded, they descend one of the staircases together, their union complete.
…No, I’m not tearing up. I just had something in my eye!
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When somebody buys a home, they almost always have an inspection done by a professional. Sometimes, the inspection period is when the buyer’s bubble bursts; they find a great home, but the inspector finds major defects that make buying the home not worth it. More often than not, however, after the home inspector does their job and identifies every imperfection, the sale still moves forward.
It’s important to realize that a resale home is not brand new. No home is going to be perfect, so it’s important to go into the buying process with the expectation that the inspector is going to find issues with the property.
Once the inspection is done and problems are found, the buyer gets a certain period of time to negotiate repairs or credits. If you feel you’re paying a high price for the home, you might want to ensure the seller takes care of all the problems before agreeing on a deal. If you’re getting the home for a pretty good price, you may be more flexible about how to deal with things found in the inspection.
When we’re representing the buyer, we try to negotiate a fair deal for them so that they’re not buying a troubled home. On the flipside, when we represent a seller, we fight to keep any expense to a minimum. It really depends on what you’re looking to get out of the real estate transaction.
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