Restaurant of 10,000 Bones (Guadalajara/ Mexico)



"Hueso" restaurant is located in the lafayette design district of Guadalajara, Mexico. It was designed by Ignacio Cadena in collaboration with chef and restauranteur Alfonso Cadena.
Hueso means ‘bone’ in Spanish and the restaurant’s decor is wholly dedicated to the concept, with each of the elements embodying the shapes and textures of skeletal forms.
Mounted on the walls are 10,000 cast aluminium bones and in lieu of a sign at the entrance, an aluminium bone hangs by the door.
The architectural ‘bones’ of the building (brick work, plaster and pipes) are also partially exposed and painted white. Hueso’s exterior features handmade tiles decorated with folk patterns that resemble craft and stitching.

Abandoned Overgrown Village (Shengshan Island/ China)



At the mouth of the Yangtze River, in the Shengsi Archipelago there's 394 islands, 18 of which are inhabitable.
The subtropical region attracts over 100,000 fishers every winter, but
because of this seasonality, this old fishing village on the island of Shengshan was abandoned when the fishers chose to live and work mainland where fresh catches could be more easily transported and sold. The abandoned village now is slowly being reclaimed by nature, swallowing up buildings and roads.

City of Mud Skyscrapers (Shibam /Yemen)



The desert city of Shibam is known for its high-rise multi-storey buildings formed of mud, sometimes being referred to as the “Manhattan of the Desert.”

The structures date back to the 16th century. After a big flood destroyed the unprotected settlements the new city was built on a hill. The sun-dried mud high-rises provided protection against the elements and an advantage for the city’s defense. Shibam’s location as the convergence point of Asia, Africa, and Europe made it an important stop for traders going through the spice routes. Over time, fresh layers of mud must be applied to the eroded walls to keep the edifices strong and stable.
Today, Shibam has 7,000 thriving residents and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.











Source:
http://whenonearth.net

Lærdal Tunnel (Sogn og Fjordane/ Norway)



Lærdal Tunnel is a 24.51-kilometre long road tunnel connecting connecting Oslo and Bergen. It is the longest road tunnel in the world succeeding the Swiss Gotthard Road Tunnel.
Its design takes into consideration the mental strain on drivers, so the tunnel is divided into four sections, separated by three large mountain caves at 6-kilometre intervals. While the main tunnel has white lights, the caves have blue lighting with yellow lights at the fringes to give an impression of sunrise. The caves are meant to break the routine, providing a refreshing view and allowing drivers to take a short rest. The caverns are also used as turn around points and for break areas to help lift claustrophobia during a 20-minute drive through the tunnel.

The Invisible Church (Borgloon/ Belgium)



Although officially called "Reading between the Lines" this work of art is often referred as "The See Through Church" or "The Invisible Church".
The walls, roof and the spire are constructed from layers of steel flats with gap between each layer, making an interesting visual effect that changes with the angle of the viewer.
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