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Globe Trotting: Hungarian Loft Apartment Has a Pair of Glowing Stairways

Photo by Norbert Juhász via Arch Daily A couple in Budapest, Hungary now have a striking studio apartment with his-and-hers staircases leading up to their lofted bedroom. Designed by the local firm Batlab, the minimalist apartment is done up entirely...

Globe Trotting: Aw, Fun! This Home's Exterior Looks Like Abstracted Birch Bark

Photos via Arch Daily This Lithuanian home's exterior cladding looks like abstracted birch bark. Or like blue camouflage stretched out into long horizontal panels. Fun, right?

Globe Trotting: For $2.96M, Live Like a True Parisian Intellectual

Photo via Christie's via MessyNessyChic Located in Paris's famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, where creative geniuses like Picasso, Manet, Balzac and Delacroix once lived and congregated to make sense of the world, this aristocratic two-bedroom apartment definitely has a Bohemian soul. Just...

Globe Trotting: Silo-Like Okazaki House is a Kooky Take on the Mod Standard

Photos by Kentaro Kurihara via Arch Daily With its conical head, cylindrical body, and face of oddly-shaped windows, this house in Okazaki, Japan is reminiscent of that super cool home converted from a prairie silo in Montana. But in reality,...

Why has the public profile of chess declined?

Does anybody still care about chess?By David EdmondsBBC27 November 2014 Last updated at 20:48 ETIn the summer of 1972, newspaper editors were not short of headlines.Henry Kissinger was trotting around the globe as the US sought to extricate...Show More Summary

Globe Trotting: Charming Paris Mansion Boasts A+ Wallpaper, Indoor Pool

On the ground floors of this 4,630-square-foot private mansion in Paris, potential buyers will discover beautiful wallpaper, unpretentious antiques, and charming, rounded windows. In all, elegance and ease, without (for better or...

Globe Trotting: For $2M, California Midcentury Modernism ... in Britain

Photos via The Modern House Built in the late 1960s by British architects Peter Foggo and David Thomas, this secluded one-story house in England looks like a long-lost brother of California's famous "case study houses," glassy, rectilinear abodes designed by...

Globe Trotting: Hugh Grant Once Lived in this Blingy London Penthouse

This London penthouse with a wraparound roof deck belonged to Hugh Grant between 2002 and 2003, otherwise known as the Love Actually era, and offers a chandelier in nearly every room, including the kitchen and foyer. Naturally for a...

Globe Trotting: $22M Buys a Philippe Starck-Designed Beach Villa in Thailand

Photos via Luxury Villas and Homes via WSJ Located at the tip of the Yamu Peninsula in Phuket, Thailand, this massive beachfront villa is a collaboration between French design ace Philippe Starck and luxury hotel specialist Jean-Michel Gathy. Blending contemporary...

Globe Trotting: England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate...

England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate author Jane Austen found inspiration for Pemberley, the fantastic estate of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is now on the market for $11.1M. It's twice as large as Buckingham Palace, houses the same number...

Globe Trotting: England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate...

England's Wentworth Woodhouse, the massive estate where author Jane Austen found inspiration for Pemberley, the fantastic estate of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is now on the market for $11.1 million. It's twice as large as Buckingham Palace, houses the...

Globe Trotting: Ivy-Covered 1530 Estate in London Gets Points for Wallpaper

This delightful 16th-century Tudor mansion north of London is currently owned by the film and television composer who scored the cult film Dr. Strangelove. Fittingly, the recently-listed £3.995M ($6.366M) ivy-covered estate is...

Globe Trotting: Tour a Japanese Home Cool Enough to Save the Cubicle

We may be pretty much over the very open workspaces that came after the cubicle, but few would call for their return (despite their very well-meaning roots). Of course, leave it to cutting-edge Japanese architects to take the form.....

Globe Trotting: Tadao Ando is Now Mixing Concrete and Thatched Roofs

Photo by Fernanda Romandia via Wallpaper The Mexican-born painter Bosco Sodi spent years petitioning the minimalist Japanese starchitect Tadao Ando, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1995, to design an art studio for him. He sent him a series of...

Globe Trotting: St. Lucia's Lovingly Preserved Great House Dates Back to 1895

Photo via Crosby Doe Associates High up on a hill in St. Lucia's capital city of Castries, the stately Belmont House doesn't have the "luxury resort"-type amenities (read: infinity pools and 13,000-square-foot yoga studios) found in certain celebrity Caribbean outposts,...

Globe Trotting: Sunken Floors Hide This Concrete Dwelling from the World

Photo by Koji Fujii via Design Boom Upon closer inspection, this seemingly simple three-story concrete home by Japan's Takeshi Hosaka Architects reveals a delightfully expectation-thwarting design. But maybe "reveals" is the wrong word. By placing the floors of the home...

Globe Trotting: Porous Puerto Rican Hotel Believes It's a Coral Reef

From afar, it's hard to tell what El Blok, the reinforced concrete marvel of a Tropical Modernist hotel, really is. Could it be a very sexy car park? Or perhaps it's an office building for a corporation run by...

Globe Trotting: Pirates Once Raided This Impossibly Idyllic Swedish Manor

An avenue lined with apple trees. Grazing horses. A 12th-century church right next door. It is hard to believe that this $3.46M yellow manor just outside of Stockholm, Sweden, was once the...

Globe Trotting: This Concrete Cabin Cleverly Masquerades as a Wooden One

Photo by Daniela Mac Adden via Dezeen The boilerplate complaint that arises most often in discussions of concrete-heavy buildings is how out of context they tend to look, in seemingly every context save that of the Soviet apartment block. To...

Globe Trotting: Tourists are Terrified of the Eiffel Tower's New Glass Floor

Photos via Getty Images This week, Paris' iconic 1,063-foot iron-lattice tower unveiled four viewing sections with see-through glass floors. The new floors, only on the first level for now, are part of a...

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