Tagged: architecture

The leaning buildings of Santos (9 pictures)

The city of Santos in Brazil has a very special problem. Under the 7 meters of sand on which a lot of the buildings were built in the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s, there is a 30-meter layer of very slippery clay. The buildings do not cope well with it.

Abandoned mental hospital in England (50 pictures)

Whittingham Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in the parish of Whittingham, near Preston, Lancashire, England. The hospital was founded in 1869 and grew to be the largest mental hospital in Britain, and pioneered the use of electroencephalograms(EEGs). During its time it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra, brass band, ballroom and butchers. It closed in 1995.

Famous architectural mistakes

Today’s infographic reminds us exactly why there is so much work and care put into the large structures we build, since a few careless miscalculations can spell disaster for the building’s surrounding population.

For example, the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas is one of many buildings in that famous city to have a unique shape or style, which isn’t an issue on its own. Unfortunately, the building’s curvature and reflective glass windows, when combined with the blistering Las Vegas sun, create spots of heat directly on the pool area hot enough to leave people with burns and melt objects.

The lesson here: architects must think of any and every possible issue a building may come across in its environment in order to ensure safety.

For more info on architectural missteps throughout history, have a look at the graphic.

Best place in the world to see the sunset – Santorini, Greece (18 pictures)

Santorini is a small Greek island in the middle, lower part of the Aegean Sea that offers one of the best sunsets in the world. People actually travel from all over the globe to wach the sunset each night from the famous “Captain’s House” at the top of the mountain which offers 360 degree views of everyone below. If you have a travel bucket list Santorini island shoudl be right up at the top.

Photos from Ariel Castro kidnapping house (15 pictures)

Ariel Castro accused of prison and torture for over a decade, three women at his home in Cleveland, was sentenced to life in prison without the right to apply for an exemption, and – what is symbolic – 1000 years in prison. During the hearings pictures of the house Castro were shown . They reveal the terrible conditions in which for many years these women have been kept.