Sketch (London/ U.K.)

Sketch Restaurant London

In a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London there's a wonderfully surreal place called "Sketch". It has an art-gallery and several hip restaurants and cool bars under one roof: The Lecture Room & Library, the Gallery, the Glade, the Parlour, and the East Bar.
Opened in 2002 by legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz is has become a destination for art, music, fabulous food and decadent drinks. Apart from award winning food, the place is also a visual feast that is ever changing like a sketch...

Sketch Restaurant London

Sketch Restaurant London

Les Ecotagnes Treehouse (Haute-Savoie/ France)



Additional to its chalet, Les Ecotagnes also has 2 separate tree houses perched 9 metres off the floor and secured to the surrounding pine trees.
Both cabins are acessable via a walkway, have double beds and their own wood stove to keep you warm through the winter nights. There is a decked area in front of each of the cabins where tables and chairs are provided allowing you to have breakfast, dinner or just chill.

The Tower of Peretti (Tuscany/ Italy)



This magnificent fantasy-like fireplace was cast after one of the giant's heads in the Baroque 16th-century Bomarzo gardens. It belongs to the Tower of Peretti. Originally it was built by Spanish invaders as a watchtower & military lookout on the steep and craggy cliffs of Southern Tuscany in the 16th-century.
At the time when these photos were taken it was (and probably still is) the holiday retreat of jewelry designer Elsa Peretti who hired Milanese architect Renzo Mongiardino to turn the awkward and spartan interiors with their thick stone walls, cell-like rooms and cracks for windows into welcoming spaces and to create the illusion of living in a three-dimensional fairy tale tower.

The Fin (Waiheke Island/ New Zealand)



Designed and built by award-winning designer Chris Tate 'The Fin' is perfect for those who appreciate cool aesthetics and a really convenient lock-up and leave weekender.
The unique Waiheke Island pad is now on the market.

"The cathedral-like glass front entrance will inspire you and tempt you inside the cool white, modern interior. It's not a bach in any conventional sense it's more like the experience of living within a work of art. There is a mezzanine bedroom with stunning views through the native bush and an open plan kitchen and dining area leading out to a large deck that is perfect for entertaining guests. Close by, the spa pool is set amongst the native bush and is the ultimate way to relax with a glass in hand of one of the lovely local wines at the end of the day. The location is outstanding, being less than three minutes drive to beautiful Palm Beach, a short stroll to Ostend village and the market on Saturday and the local supermarket as well."

Chicken Church "Gereja Ayam" (Magelang, Java/ Indonesia)



This building in the jungle of central Java is known as 'Gereja Ayam' - or Chicken Church, however according to its creator - Daniel Alamsjah, 67 - it's supposed to be the shape of a dove. He built the structure in 1990 after he had a vision from God to build a 'prayer house' atop a hill. It shut its doors in 2000 because the construction costs were too high, but that doesn't stop hundreds of curious travelers and worshipers from many different religions to travel to Indonesia to see it every year.
Visitors need to take caution once they are inside because the abandoned building is very unstable. The local villages that helped Alamsjah build the Chicken Church now benefit from the increased tourism it has created by charging for parking nearby etc.
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