Posted by Eben M. Atwater

Floating Houses of IJburg

The Dutch have a close relationship with water, due in no small part to the fact that most of their land is close to sea level. So close, in fact, that a significant percentage of what they live on has been reclaimed from the sea. That fact hasn’t soured the Netherlands on the ocean that surrounds them; it has drawn them closer. It’s a natural progression, therefore, that the good people of Amsterdam wouldn’t balk when it comes to living on the water. That’s where one neighborhood in particular comes in to focus – The floating houses of IJburg.  House […]

Posted by Eben M. Atwater

United Tower, Bahrain – A New Twist.

The 21st Century has witnessed the construction of numerous unusual landmark buildings. Interesting and unique towers have constituted a fair percentage thereof, from Frank Gehry’s Eight Spruce Street in New York City, to the Robot Building in Bangkok, and the Kingdom Center in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia: The United Tower in Bahrain, is a new twist on the theme. The United Tower really does look strikingly like a brad point drill bit, right down to the razor crisp edges of the lands and smooth faced flutes. Rising from an octagonal base plate, the fifty story structure describes a perfect counter-clockwise twist, […]

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Kjeragbolten Boulder

The Kjeragbolten boulder is a huge rock wedged more than 1000 meters up between two cliff faces. The boulder is situated in the Kjerag mountain, in Norway. Rumours say that the rock got stuck there sometime during the last ice age. Today, it’s one of the most popular places to get your picture taken. Even though the boulder hangs more than a kilometer above the water below, and there’s no hand rail or safety net, people walk (in some cases, crawl) out onto the rock for a photo shoot. Evidently the rock’s surface is flat enough that walking out onto […]

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Snail House-Nautilus

What would you do if you have a lot of money? Buy a super car, or maybe yacht and a mansion? Well, Magali and Fernando Mayorga decided to use their money for building a house, but not one of the ordinary houses you see every day. Their house is called Nautilus and the name is not casual – the house has the shape of a giant mollusk, more precisely a snail. You can discover this house at Mexico City, built there by the architect Javier Senosiain. This is a great example of how the nature could be taken as a […]

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A mountain Hideaway Above an Apartment High-rise in the Heart of Beijing

There was a time when if you happen to live deep within the busy streets of Beijing and needed that mountain hideaway escape, you just may have been able to find one by heading up to the roof. No that’s not a typo and yes you did read that right. Zhang Lin, a university professor had built his very own mountain villa above a 26 story high-rise. It’s an impressive architectural feat that had become quite popular throughout Beijing and among sightseeing tourist from all over the world. (Photo Credit) Sadly, this amazing architectural mountain hideaway had a relatively short […]

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McCurdy’s Armor ,So Practical !

This new armor type is named after a soldier named Ryan McCurdy who died in 2006. This armor has gun ports and steel plated armor. It would be a great solution where the war is led under guerilla conditions, like Afghanistan and the Middle East. McCurdy’s Armor is a private contractor who makes armor that assembles like it was an erector set, and provides protection to the mobile military forces. We may consider it as something like a mobile bunker. The armor can assemble into a 6.5 ft high defence tower in approximately 10 min., and it requires no tools […]