Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho)

Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho)

Ethan Schlussler always had a childhood dream of building himself a treehouse bedroom. When he was 18 he sketched a few plans but college got in the way and so it was 5 years until he returned to his childhood home.
“A lot of people have dreams; then they get a job and have a family. And then they get to be 40 or 50 and suddenly realize all their dreams just fell by the wayside. I didn’t want that to happen to me,” he recalls. “Twenty years from now, I didn’t want to be like, Why didn’t I ever build a treehouse when I had the chance? I realized I had the time and the energy and the resources. So I just decided right there: OK, I’m gonna do this.”

Instead of bolting the structure to the tree he invented a clamping system — a series of 2-by-4s arranged vertically around the trunk and held in place by a metal cable.
To access the treehouse, a bicycle elevator was put in place to ride up vertically into the sky.

Backyard Treehouse (Sandpoint/ Idaho)

Snail House (Sofia/ Bulgaria)

Snail House Bulgaria

In the Bulgarian capital of Sofia theres a rather unusual house in the district of Simeonovo. The 5 storey tall Snail House was designed by local architect Simeon Simeonov and painted all colours of the rainbow. On the snails back there's even a ladybug and a butterfly crawling around. It took around 10 years to complete and was opened to the public in 2009.

Rainbow Panorama Walkway (Arhus/ Denmark)

Rainbow Walkway Denmark

In Denmark Olafur Eliasson has created a permanent installation that gives a rainbow-tinted 360 view of the city of Arhus. "Your Rainbow Panorama" is situated on top of the ARoS Museum of Art and measure 150 meters around.

The Initiation Wells of Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra/ Portugal)

The Initiation Wells of Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra/ Portugal)

Quinta da Regaleira is an estate inside a World Heritage protected landscapenear near Sintra, Portugal. The castle itself is a popular tourist attraction but there's more to it beneath the ground.
Two wells spiral deep into the earth like inverted towers. The wells were never used, nor intended for water collection, but for secretive initiation rites. The larger one contains a 27-meter spiral staircase with several small landings. The spacing of these landings, combined with the number of steps in the stairs, are linked to Tarot mysticism. The smaller well contains straight stairs that connect a series of ring-shaped floors to one another.
In addition to the wells there's also various caves, grottoes, tunnels and other monuments located around the castle park.

Nyaung Ohak & Shwe Inn Thein (Indein/ Myanmar)

Nyaung Ohak & Shwe Inn Thein (Indein/ Myanmar)

Inside Myanmar’s jungles, lies the small village of Indein. It is reachable only by boat through the long & narrow Inn Thein creek and only in the rainy season and winter as the water is too shallow during summer.
Behind the village there's hundreds of ancient overgrown pagodas, most of them crumbling into ruin - a few of them restored. They are decorated with ornate stucco carvings of mythical animals, deva (celestial beings) and chinthe (mythical lions). Some have images of the Buddha.
There are two sets of pagodas around Indein — Nyaung Ohak and on top of a hill there's Shwe Inn Thein. Most of the pagodas there were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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