Prague, Czech Republic

The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

The history of occult science is turned into a creepshow at this sensational Prague attraction
22 Dec 2014
Stockholm, Sweden

Colour by Numbers

This Stockholm light tower can be controlled by anyone with a smartphone
22 Dec 2014
Tarapac√°, Chile

Atacama Giant

The single largest geoglyph in the world is a tall desert god used for predicting the weather
22 Dec 2014
Hamburg, Germany

St. Nicholas' Church

Once the tallest building in the world, this abandoned church is now a monument to the destruction of WWII
22 Dec 2014
Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pentre Ifan

The Stonehenge of Wales is one of the grandest neolithic dolmens still in existence
22 Dec 2014
Milan, Italy

Bosco Verticale

Two very green residential towers cleaning the air in one of Europe's most polluted cities
19 Dec 2014


Bosco Verticale Wins International Highrise Award

by oriana leckert / 20 Dec 2014

article-imagephotograph by Alessio Mesiano/Flickr

Barely a month after opening, Milan's Bosco Verticale has won the 2014 International Highrise Award, a biannual prize given by the City of Frankfurt and Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The jury called the towers "a striking example of a symbiosis of architecture and nature,” and jury president Christoph Ingenhoven added that the project is “an expression of the human need for contact with nature."

The towers were originally proposed in 2011 by architect Stefano Boeri as part of his BioMilano: six ideas for a bio-diverse metropolis. Bosco Verticale, which means "vertical forest," comprises two 27-story luxury high-rise residential towers teeming with cantilevered balconies and planted with almost 900 trees and more than 2,000 shrubs and bushes. His firm describes the towers as "a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity."


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