In its resting position, the Merchant Square footbridge is quite ordinary—a silver steel bridge upon which pedestrians can cross the Grand Union Canal. Yet in motion, the bridge transforms into something else entirely: the steel walkway opens accordion-style, morphing into a five-pronged sculpture that spreads open as easily as butter. Check out the moving footbridge in this incredible GIF:
Certain places on Earth are best left alone. Whether they have been made by nature or by man, these locales can scare the hell out of you. This, bizarrely, is what makes…
J.R.R Tolkien, architect of all things fantastical, describes a hobbit home as follows: ”In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” And as these photos show, Tolkien fans have taken his description to heart, recreating their own homes to emulate the simple and cozy digs of one of history’s most beloved set of fictional characters.
One lifelong “Hobbit” fan who wanted to channel that love into physical reality ended up hiring Peter Archer, an architect who constructed his own take on the Hobbit lifestyle for his client in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Archer had no prior knowledge of Tolkien’s works before starting on this project, which his client uses as a museum for his J.R.R. Tolkien collection – one that has taken him over 30 years to amass.
When most people think of pyramids, their minds instantly go to Egypt. After all, all of the most famous pyramids are located there. However, Egypt does not corner the market completely. These ancient structures have been built all over the world and there are some astonishing examples that can be found in Asia, America and even Europe.
Amazing Pyramids: Nubian Pyramids
For starters, we aren’t traveling very far from Egypt. In fact, we are just visiting its southern neighbor, Sudan. Back when this region was known as Nubia, it was ruled over by the Kingdom of Kush. While the Kushite Kingdoms ruled, they centered their capital in three different locations: Kerma, Napata and Meroe. They’ve also built pyramids in each area.
Looking at the seemingly spacious interior of this unique home located on a flat of land just outside Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, it’s difficult to imagine that in its former life, the cozy abode was a 75 year old water tower. The guy behind the switch is Bham Design Studio’s own Mauro Brigham. What was once a Nazi watchtower has been completely renovated; concrete columns repaired, brick joints removed, and windows enlarged. It is now a picture perfect, high tech modern living space that boasts all the amenities of a typical house, featuring many of the best finishes money can buy.