Tree Sparrow House (Cornwall/ U.K)



Perched in an ash tree with sea & countryside views, this tree house accommodation offers a unique holiday adventure.
Sitting about 2m from the ground you access the main seating/kitchen area via a wooden staircase. The mezzanine level has a cozy double bed. It is fully insulated with double glazed windows and has heating for chillier nights.


House covered in Shells (Lingshan Island/ China)



Xiao Yongsheng, 58, a local resident on Lingshan Island of east China's Shandong province, spent 2 years decorating the outer walls and roof of his house with more than 1 million shells he collected. They come in all shapes and sizes with the largest weighing 4kg and the smallest one being only 3mm long.
“I used them for everything,” he explained. “For decoration, for roof tiles, as handles, and even crushed up to make mosaics. They are everywhere.” Xiao uses the house as a museum, displaying the history of the island and the daily life of local fishermen.

Mosaic Stairs (San Francisco/ California)



The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are one of San Francisco's hidden art gems located on Moraga Street between 15th & 16th Ave.
Apart from some amazing views of the city, you'll get to appreciate a beautiful mosaic running up 163 steps. Irish ceramist Aileen Barr and mosaic artist Colette Crutcher joined forces, working with over 300 community volunteers for over 2 1/2 years until they unveiled the project in August 2005.
The sweeping sea-to-sky design features over 2,000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass.

Stauran Art Café (Syltefjord/ Norway)



Stauran Café is a unique place at the very top of Norway, above the Arctic Circle. Trees can't really grow at this latitude so the buildings are handmade from Russian driftwood. You can even see shipworm's holes on some of the walls inside.
Apart from the café there's also little driftwood cabins for overnight stays, a camping area, barbequeue evenings, meditation and sauna. Crystal jewellery and intricate paintings on rock-slabs are available for purchase as souvenirs and personal guided tours with emphasis on geology, history and fishing are also offered.
They're open during the warmer season from May 15th - September 15th.

The Lotus Building (Wujin/ China)



Completed in 2013, the Lotus Building appears to be floating on an artificial lake in Wujin, China. It was designed by Australian architecture firm Studio505, who took inspiration from the lotus flower, and integrated its 3 stages of growth into the building's shape. From the new young bud, to the full ripe flower through to the opened bloom with a seed pod within it.
The city government commissioned it to serve as a public park and multi-use space with exhibition and conference rooms that are open to the public. The building extends two stories under water and visitors enter from below into a vaulted, cathedral-like interior space where a combination of colour and light create a bright and uplifting interior atmosphere.
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