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When purchasing watches, no one is questioned with how to wear watches, actually. This appears to be logical and rational. Nevertheless, the simplest things happen to be complicated sometimes. Everything is made from details and details sometimes mean far more than the whole. People who really wander how to wear watches properly exist and they are really concerned in this issue.


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Amazing Home Design Ideas: Weird and Inspiring Architecture

Thursday, 21 October 2010

amazing home design ideasArchitectural designs are called the chronicle of the achievements of humankind for a reason. They show the past, reflect the present, and anticipate the future. Every epoch is forever captured in its architectural designs. Studying history, you can follow the evolution of architectural styles and correlate them with the changes in society.

Twentieth century architecture is distinguished by the exceptional pretentiousness, flamboyancy and eccentricity of style which transpired in the eerie designs of Antonio Gaudi, a recognized architectural genius of the last century. His works today are regarded as masterpieces. Take, for instance, Park Guell, which is not just a municipal park in Barcelona, but a world-famous garden complex and a part of UNESCO heritage program. Park Guell is skillfully designed and composed to bring peace and calm that one would expect of park. The buildings flanking the entrance, though very original and remarkable with fantastically shaped roofs with unusual pinnacles, fit in well with the use of the park as pleasure gardens and seem relatively inconspicuous in the landscape considering the flamboyant design of other buildings by Gaudi. The focal point of Park Guell is the main terrace surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent (about 200 meters long) which enables people sitting on the bench to converse privately, although the square is large. Roadway in the Park resembles the pine trees of the area. In order to fit in, the road and walkway structures between the terraces were built with stones quarries within the park. The large cross at the Park's high point offers the most complete view of Barcelona. Every day Park Guell attracts hundreds of tourists from around the world.

Other world-known architectural structures designed by Gaudi include Palau Güell, La Pedrera, and Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church which begun in 1882 and contentiously scheduled for a 2026 completion. Considered Gaudi's masterwork, the structure features countless ornate enclaves, as well as eighteen skyscraping towers. Statues and subtle touches abound, making it a small-scale feast as well as a massive landmark. Gaudi's vision pervades the aesthetic of Barcelona, with dashes of his idiosyncratic look appearing throughout. Bold and innovative ideas of Gaudi were quickly picked up by his followers around the world, and shortly afterwards his influences were observed in every country and every city.

For instance, the world-famous Dubai resort is often ranked among the cities boasting the most eccentric and futuristic architectural designs. No wonder, as many Dubai hotels and resorts are designed specifically to attract visitors. Eye popping images and unthought-of intelligence behind the building structures are better seen to be believed. Dubai Death star is a design by Rem Koohaas for the RAK convention and exhibition center takes its inspiration from «death star» in the Star Wars epic. A 44-storey circular structure will land on the new artificial island. It's a bizarre and imaginative design, and its perception depends on everybody's viewpoint.  To date, the city already has several structures that look like architectural marvels, including Emaar Towers, and Burj al Arab.

Present-day architectural trends feature innovative engineering ideas, as buildings are not only visually striking, but carefully laid out and highly functional. Speaking of functional and beautiful, Slovenia architects designed the Lace Apartment 5-storey building, which reinstates a three-dimensional lace embracing the volume of the structure. The lace is transformed into functional architectural elements such as projecting roofs, pergolas, dividing walls between apartment terraces and balconies. This combination of facade elements function as constant temperature buffer zone to the main living and sleeping areas and protect against sudden weather changes and strong winds.

Another amazing design concept was created by the Toronto artist David Trautrimas. The project called Habitat Machines, which literally means «inhabited machines», features residential buildings resembling everyday objects.

If the creators of the playland at McDonalds and the leading Japanese architect had a love child, it would be the Reversible Destiny Lofts. The philosophy of the architect Shusaku Arakawa was similar to that of a kid: he believed that people shouldn't relax at home but instead be invigorated by their environment. Painted in eye-catching blue, pink, red, yellow and other bright colors, the 9-apartment building resembles the indoor playgrounds at fast-food restaurants. Inside, each apartment features a dining room with a grainy, surfaced floor, a sunken kitchen and a study with concave floor. Electric switches are located in unexpected places on the wall. A glass door to the veranda is so small you have to bend to crawl out. Moreover, there is no closet space; residents will have to find a way to live here, since the apartments offer only a few solutions. The apartments sold for USD 763,000 each.

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