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When you were a kid, you ran around the yard, played with the ball, chased your friends, and you were everywhere. But sometimes when you wanted to be alone, just playing with your toys somewhere above others, in the tree, or wanted to be with your close friends, and you really did wish you had an amazing tree house. The tree house that was not the same like everybody else had. I always liked to read a book “Magic Tree House” by Mary Pope Osborne when I was a little girl, and I really wanted to have a tree house in the tree in our yard. The tree house can be a magical hideaway, fort, or a play destination for almost any child, as well as any project for any adult.
Amazing Tree HousesThere is still a great wish to accomplish a childhood’s dream. The tree houses can be really amazing and fairytale-like. They seem so easy and fast to build, but you definitelywill need great help from your friends and those who do know how to make one for you. Every time when I see a unique, different, and incredibly-looking tree house, I like to share it, showing others where to get inspiration from in order to build their own. Here are some photographs of amazingly-looking tree houses around the world to get inspired by. Isn’t it interesting to visit your friend in your neighborhood just by crossing a bridge? I would definitely stay in this incredible tree house and enjoyed the night forest sounds and fresh air. Wow, are you sure this is a tree house?! Yes, it definitely, is! It is so great and enjoyable to watch a cherry blossom. Square? Isn’t it unique?! It seems like the termites’ home.
How great can it be to be surrounded by the green wall with its gorgeous flowers, to smell their fragrance, to hear the bees buzz, to see pretty butterflies with their beautiful wings, and all this makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable time. Green wall will make your room or yard look even better than it is now. The look of a very green fence around your house is the best thing you could ever have. Green Wall as Joy
A Green WallA green wall is a wall, either a free-standing or an integrated part of a building that is particularly or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or organic growing medium. The concept of green wall dates back to 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The modern green wall with integrated hydroponics was invented by Stanley Hart White at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1931-38. A green wall is either a hedge that is entirely composed of plants, such as shrubs, or a wall that is partially or completely covered by plants. Green wall is a key component of living architecture and it will become increasingly important fixtures in our cities in years to come. The technologies provide a good range of options for designers who are interested in using the building envelope to accomplish multiple objectives and to provide new free-standing design features on the exterior and interior of buildings.
Types of Green WallThere are two main categories of green walls: green facades and living walls. Green facades are made up of climbing plants either growing directly on a wall or specially designed supporting structures. The plant shoot system grows up the side of the building while being rooted in the ground. With a living wall the modular panels are often made of stainless steel containers, geotextiles, irrigation systems, a growing medium and vegetation.
Functions of Green WallThe plants reduce overall temperatures of the building, which in turn reduces energy consumption. They may also be the means for water reuse. The plants may purify slightly polluted water by absorbing the dissolved nutrients. Bacteria mineralize the organic components making them available to the plants. Green walls are suitable for cities, as they allow good use of available vertical surface areas. They could also function for urban agriculture or urban gardening. They may be built as works of art and for their beauty. They are sometimes built indoors to help cure sick building syndrome.
Advantages of Green WallHaving created a green wall you will get the benefits in increasing the life span of the waterproofing membrane, cooling exterior and interior, reducing heat off the building, reducing toxins in the air, adding oxygen to the air, adding to the aesthetic value of the property, reducing traffic noise, giving shade, and designing and engineering for any façade. Another significant advantage is the increase infiltration and storage of rainwater through their root systems. They can be complete ecosystems or simpler configurations of plants that thrive and help to decontaminate urban environments. Many green walls are built indoors, but they can also be brought outdoors, such as on the exterior walls of buildings.
Three Types of Growth MediaThere are three types of growth media used in green walls: lose media, mat media and structural media.
Loose MediaLoose medium wall tend to be “soil-on-a-shelf” or “soil-in-a-bag” type systems. Loose medium systems have their soil packed into a shelf or bag, which are then installed onto the wall. These systems require their media to be replaced at least once a year on exteriors and approximately every two years on interiors. Most importantly, because these systems can easily have their medium blown away by wind-driven rain of heavy winds, these should not be used in applications over 8 feet high.
Mat MediaMat type systems tend to be either coir fiber or felt mats. Mat media are quite thin, even in multiple layers and as such cannot support vibrant root systems of mature plants for more than three to five years before the roots overtake the mat and water is not able to wick through the mats. The method of reparation of these systems is to replace large sections of the system at a time by cutting the mat out of the wall and replacing it with new mat. This process compromises the root structures of the neighboring plants on the wall and often kills many surrounding plants in the reparation process. Mat media are better suited for small installations no more than eight feet in height where repairs are easily completed.
Structural MediaStructural media are growth medium “blocks” that are not loose, nor mats, but incorporate the best features of both into a block that can be manufactured into various sizes, shapes and thicknesses. These media have the advantage that they do not break down for 10 to 15 years, can be made to have a higher or lower water holding capacity depending on the plant selection for the wall. Depending on the installation, they do tend to be more expensive to install, but lower cost in maintain.
Constituent FloraSome popular plants include:
The swimming pool you have in your yard is a place where you relax, swim, and get pleasure of refreshing water, especially, in a hot sunny day, but to think of it as a place of enjoyment can be even better, if you decided to give your pool a much brighter and inviting appearance and create the best swimming pool then glass mosaic tiles can be a very nice option for swimming pool. Glass mosaic tiles installed in a swimming pool are growing in popularity due to their flexibility and functional qualities. They will not warp or fade and require much less maintenance than previously common ceramic or porcelain tiles. Glass tiles also reflect light in such a way that makes them appear iridescent and sparkling.
Glass Mosaic TilesMosaic Symbol Glass tiles are pieces of glass formed into consistent shapes. Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in cathedral. Small pieces, mostly roughly square, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, are used to create a pattern or picture.
Fascinating Images and PatternsIf you cover a pool’s bottom and walls by these tiles you can create fascinating patterns. You can either be creative to make your own images, or buy glass tiles with already drawn images. You can enrich the bottom by a very big turtle, dolphin, by oriental ornaments and by many other original pictures. If you have a swimming pool for the children, you may want to decorate it with the cartoon characters that can really ideally fit for kids.
Sea Themed Mosaic Images
DolphinsA Friendly Dolphin You would love to see this image on the wall of your swimming pool, imagining it is swimming along with you under the water.
SharksCome, I Will Get You This can be scary and at the same time funny and attractive to see yourself next to such aggressive animal.
FishAction of Marlins and Flying Fish Would you like to swim with the marlins and flying fish around your swimming pool? I would and with great pleasure.
Character Mosaic ImagesMermaid Come Around! I would get a great impression on swimming along with this mythical character in the swimming pool.
Flora Mosaic ImagesEnjoy the Sunlight Among the Flowers What a great pleasure to be surrounded by these gorgeous flowers and feel the warmth of the sun. Blue Flowers Get splashed into this flower themed swimming pool in blues! Palm Trees Are you on the seashore or in the swimming pool? It can be very creative and absorbing to think of the images for the pool.
Abstract Mosaic ImagesNon-Objective Art Just even some polka dotted pattern can be a decorative theme for the swimming pool. Non-Objective Art Get some swirls on the bottom of your swimming pool to create an effect of moving water.
Unemori architects is probably one of the architects who care about the people down the middle. Architects who create or design a luxurious houses or large buildings may have been very much but the architects are willing to take a small value of the project is very rare, maybe they thought it was just a waste of their time alone, but Unemori Architects will prove that it is not absolutely true. They recently completed a project of The Small House, which is a project to build a house that could be occupied by a small family but the only available land area of four by four meters. This project may have never imagined how it might build a house with only the area of land but Unemori Architects will prove that is capable of doing. Small House by Unemori Architects
Unique Design and Interesting “The Small House”Japanese studio Unemori Architects has designed the Small House project. This tiny 13 x 13 feet, four stories, contemporary home sits on a 366 square foot lot in Tokyo, Japan. The Small House by Unemori Architects:“The small house which the married couple and their child live stand at the densely populated area in Tokyo. Though the neighboring houses are very close, I aimed to design the house which exceeds the physical narrowness living at the city. I laid out the 4m×4m building that as small as I can at the center of site area 34m2 and made some space for flowing of light and wind around it. And by making the space, it’s possible to avoid setback regulation and it has the 9m high volume like a tower. The inside is simple structure what is separated by the 4 floor boards and is joined by spiral stairway. Especially, by making some extremely thin floor boards (thickness 70mm) , the up and down floor boards got close and connected the whole space of the house without a break. The space of around the house is useful to let light and wind in. The wall of the rooms borders the outside, so I put windows in the best position that harmonizing with its surroundings. And the window is so big against the small room, every time the window opens or closes, the inside view dramatically changes. Especially, at the second and third floor there is a large hinged door each room, if it is opened, the inside of the room is enveloped in light and wind as if you are outside. By making the thin floor boards for connecting with their life and making the large windows that are opened toward the city, I aimed to exceed the segmentation, for example the up stair and the down stair, the inside and the outside, a building and the town, etc. to broaden the whole image of a house. [gallery ids="14811,14812,14813,14814,14815,14816,14817,14818,14819,14820,14821,14822"]
Art can really have a beat of your mood and actions. Especially, if you are in an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s east Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses every day, discarded objects to create a two-block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 27th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives. Tyree Guyton's Neoghborhoood Project
Meet Tyree GuytonTyree Guyton is an artist from Detroit, Michigan, born on August 24, 1955. He is married to Jenenne Whitfield and lives within Detroit city limits. Before becoming an artist, Guyton worked as a firefighter and an autoworker and served in the U. S. Army. Guyton studied art at Marygrove College, Wayne State University, and the Center for Creative Studies. Guyton counts his grandfather, Sam Mackey, and Detroit artist Charles McGee as his greatest influences. Since creating the Heidelberg project with his grandfather in 1986, Guyton has received international recognition as an artist, educator, and community leader. Although he is an honorary director on the Heidelberg project board of directors, in recent years he has concentrated his efforts on his art exhibitions as well as on lecturing and teaching. In 2007, Guyton accepted a position teaching an honors program at the Wayne State University. Tyree Guyton's work has been installed and displayed across the world. Including a feature in 1999 by the United States Department of States in the Art, in Embassies Program with an exhibition in the American Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Permanent installations of his work have been established in Sydney, Australia, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and in Mount Vernon, New York. In 1999, Tyree Guyton was the subject of an HBO Films documentary, "Come unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton". This film won numerous honors, including an Emmy Award for editing in 2000 and honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival for director Nicole Cattell.
Be a Part of the Official Unofficial Detroit AnthemHeidelberg Project Are you headed to Heidelberg Street? Stop into the Number House for questions, souvenirs, and smiling faces! Artist, Tyree Guyton has used art to breathe new life into the run down, impoverished Detroit community of McDougall-Hunt. Since 1986, he began transforming vacant houses with recycled materials, found objects and paint. Other artists and community members have since joined in, making this neighborhood look like one big, crazy art installation. Videos on the HP Website take you beyond the colorful chaos, to look at the transformative power of art. Inspiring. [gallery ids="14919,14920,14921,14922,14923,14924,14925,14926,14927,14928,14929,14930"]
I was amazed and interested in works of Leandro Erlich. His works are very unique and different from what we used to see every day in our life. He makes us think differently and look at the surrounding us things differently, like being in a different world. He seems he lives his own world of sensation and perception. In this post, you will see one of his outdoor works which is Surreal Floating Room Sculptures.
Surreal Floating Room SculpturesLike a scene from a fantasy movie, a dilapidated room that appears to have been literally ripped out of building remains suspended in midair above Nantes, France. Its walls were torn apart, revealing bricks below the plaster, and wood floors reveal the joists inside. The floating room is accessible via a ladder. The gravity defying surreal installation is the work of Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich. The large-scale piece, called “Monte-meubles – L’ultime déménagement” (literally - The Furniture Lift – The Ultimate Moving Out), was created for the biannual Le Voyage a Nantes, an art festival which turns the entire French city into an art gallery. Erlich’s piece is held up over 30 feet high by the mock ladder that appeared to lean against one of the typically French-styled windows. Although it can clearly see that the ladder is the only thing supporting the sculpture, the room appears to float on its own accord.
Meet Leandro ErlichLeandro Erlich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973. An architect of the uncertain, Erlich creates spaces with fluid and unstable boundaries. Before one tries to make sense of his sculptures and installations, one senses the uncanny. A single change (up is down, inside is out) can be enough to upset the seemingly normal situation, collapsing and exposing our reality as counterfeit. Through this transgression of limits, the artist undermines certain absolutes and the institutions that reinforce them. Internationally known for his captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston. Resembling a theatre set, the detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – recalling those that once stood on the street – lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically. Erlich’s works are included in several private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate Modern, London; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; MACRO, Rome; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris. Erlich lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Do you like Halloween? Do you celebrate this holiday? Do you have fun carving pumpkins? Nevertheless, have you ever drawn on the pumpkins and lit then afterwards? Then you can see and be amazed by the works of artist who have drawn and carved different incredibly awesome pictures on the pumpkins and they have created a great display at the Rodger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jack-O-LanternA jack-o-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet, associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-0-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, the top is cut off to form a lid, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out of the pumpkin's rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid is closed. This is traditionally a flame or electric candle, though pumpkin lights featuring various colors and flickering effects are also marketed specifically for this purpose. It is common to see jack-o'-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations during Halloween.
Rodger Williams Park Zoo PumpkinsThis is a series of unbelievably impressive carved pumpkins on display as part of the Jack-O-Lanterns at the Rodger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. The Spectacular features over 5,000 carved pumpkins, but apparently only 100 or so are this impressive. You may join your family and friends in this amazing experience, a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the beautiful wetland trail. Well, the pumpkins are carved into veritable works of art, and presented in themed scenes with music. [gallery ids="15272,15277,15276,15271,15275,15270,15274,15273,15269,15268,15266,15267,15265,15264,15263,15262,15261,15260,15259,15258"]
Spain is a beautiful place, which you will want to visit and see its architecture. This country is considered as having a serious number of visionary architects. In the modernist era, the architectural expansion has started with the creation of the European Union, which facilitates the investment of large amounts of money in development projects, thus creating a developing market for the young architects to improve their qualities. Spanish architecture cannot be defined by a certain style, instead we can say that the architecture in Spain can be defined by quality and beauty, the traditional one for sure and, lately, the modern architecture. Here you will see some buildings in Spain of various types, which are part of the modern architectural trend that defines Spain.
Spanish ArchitectureMaybe Spain has never been known for its modern architecture, but this situation has changed radically over the past twenty years. Cities like Valencia and Bilbao have placed themselves at the forefront of modern architecture in Europe thanks to innovative projects that dazzle the visitor.
City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia)This huge cultural and entertainment complex, devised by the wonderful Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and inspired by Futuroscope Park in Potiers (France), has become a real tourist attraction in Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences is composed of seven impressive buildings spread over more than 350,000 sq. m. From the architectural point of view, the most emblematic buildings are the Palace of Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia Opera House), the Science Museum Principe Felipe (wonderful Museum dedicated to technology and science) and L´Hemisferic (IMAX Theater).
Four Towers Business Area (Madrid)In the last twenty years, Madrid has gained progressively economic importance to the point that the city has become one of the largest business centers in Europe. The best example of this development is the construction of this modern business complex, which was inaugurated in 2009. Cuatro Torres Business Area is comprised of four wonderful skyscrapers that have dramatically changed the skyline of Madrid: Crystal Tower, Architect: Cesar Pelli / 249 meters. PwC Tower Architects: Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Alvarez-Sala Walter / 236 meters. Space Tower Architect: Henry N. Cobb / 230 meters. Torre Caja Madrid Architect: Norman Foster / 250 meters. This great building is the third highest in the European Union, only surpassed by the Shard London Bridge (London) and Messeturm (Frankfurt).
Torre Agbar (Barcelona)This wonderful intelligent building was inaugurated in 2005 by the King of Spain as a symbol of the twenty-first century. When the sun goes down in Barcelona, Agbar Tower illuminates the city with more than 4,500 luminous devices that can operate independently using LED technology and enable the generation of images on the outside of the tower. Agbar Tower (145 meters) was built using cement, steel and glass by French architect Jean Nouvel, who studied architecture and design at the School of Fine Arts in Paris.
Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)The construction of Guggenheim Museum marked a turning point in modern architecture in Spain. This Museum, built over an old pier at the Port of Bilbao, allowed the city to enter the twenty-first century and attracted international attention. Its architect, Frank O. Gehry, created a universe of straight lines, curves, titanium plates and stone spectacular. The construction of the building was so extremely complicated that Frank O. Gehry needed to make use of sophisticated software, which is commonly used in the aerospace industry.
Grand Hotel Bali (Benidorm)This building (inaugurated in 2002) is home to the Europe’s tallest hotel, the wonderful Gran Hotel Bali (186 meters). In addition, the building is considered as one of the most modern hotels in the world: practically an innovative automated computer system designed to improve the customer experience controls of the whole building. As one can imagine, the views of the Mediterranean Sea from the hotel rooms are incredible.
Caixa Forum MadridIn 2008 the old Mediodia Power Station was restored by Caixa Foundation to house an interesting multidisciplinary museum. The prestigious architectural firm Herzog and de Meuron maximized the space, creating multiple showrooms where fantastic temporary exhibitions take place. At the Museum entrance, visitors can admire the first vertical garden in Spain, which is composed of 15000 plants and more than 250 different species.
Bilbao UndergoundThe Bilbao underground, inaugurated in 1995, serves Bilbao and its metropolitan area, popularly known as the “Greater Bilbao” (one million inhabitants). The metro system in Bilbao, the fourth largest in Spain, has more than 43km of track and 40 stations. From the architectural point of view, the underground stations, designed by Norman Foster, are jewels of modern art and have become an icon of the city.
Marques de Riscal Winery BuildingMarques de Riscal Winery, one of the oldest in La Rioja, has been the real promoter of this wonderful project. The complex was designed by Frank O. Gehry and his team of architects, who designed the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao several years before. The ambitious project aims to convert this building into the City of Wine, which includes a Wine Research Center, Oenology Courses, Wine Therapy Treatments, Wine Museum and a fantastic Hotel.
Madrid-Barajas Airport (Terminal 4)The opening of Terminal 4 in 2006 was a giant step for the development of Madrid as major tourist and business destination. The figures of the new Terminal are amazing: 760.000 sq. m, capacity of 50 million passengers a year, two huge buildings separated by 5 km and connected through an underground train without driver, 1 metro line, commuter trains and more than 90 kilometers of conveyor belts. The architect of the Terminal 4 (Richard Rogers), who won the prestigious Stirling Prize thanks to this project, said he was inspired by the wonderful Mosque of Cordoba to design this modern building.
Hotel W BarcelonaThis avant-garde building, designed by Ricardo Bofill, housed a luxurious hotel managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The Hotel has 473 rooms, restaurants, bars, fitness center and spa and is designed with every comfort one can imagine. The whole project was budgeted at 280 million euros. The architect was inspired by the sailboats to design this amazing building, which is a reminder of the nautical history of the city.
Many apartment owners dream about having a beautiful balcony full of colorful blooming flowers. Balconies where you can see beautiful flowers and plants always arouse interest and sometimes even jealousy. But why just be jealous when you can grow the same flowers on your balcony?
How To Choose Flowers For Small Apartment BalconiesBalcony designing is interesting not only for home designers, but also for gardeners. What can be better than coming back home after work and enjoying a cup of tea on your balcony drowning in blooming and smelling flowers? In order to choose the flowers that can be planted on the balcony it is important to determine the direction of light. For balconies that get a lot of sunlight and face south choose different plants than for those balconies that are in shadow. Without any fear try planting any kind of garden flowers, they are less whimsical and the sun wouldn’t dry them out on a hot day. However, some potted plants are suitable for balconies too, one of my favorites - Geranium (pelargonium). Begonias are also suitable for balconies. Its leaves usually have bright beautiful color, that’s why begonias that are not blooming still look decorative and colorful. For the balconies facing south side, choose something like nasturtium, verbena, or cloves. If you want to plant vines then you should get curly beans or sweet peas. Stretch some thread or wire around vines so the plants could curl around them. On the balconies facing north and west side you can plant scented tobacco, tradescantia, ivy, cleave, myrtle, fuchsia, aralia, or tuberous begonia. Balconies facing east get the sunlight only in the morning. Choose balsams, sweet tobacco, marigold, or begonia tuber for those balconies. Your flowers can be planted in both pots and horizontal boxes. For abundant flowering, plants should be fed complex mineral fertilizers. And do not forget to immediately remove faded blossoms - then the bloom will last longer and be more plentiful.
Tomato, the delicious red fruit that can be used in many various recipes of course demands some extra attention from the gardeners because it can be quite problematic in growing. Tomatoes are not always red, they can be yellow, green and even purple, as there are over 7500 different species. Since the tomatoes are quite delicate in growing, we are going to share some simple tips on growing healthy tomatoes.