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The Igloo Village At Hotel Kakslauttanen

Igloo Village Aurora Borealis

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The Aurora Borealis is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and tourists have long traveled from near and far to take in the epic beauty of these northern lights. The excitement is sometimes tempered, however, by the fact that the best time to witness the phenomena is in the dead of winter, and in locations that are known for extreme cold!

Hotel Kakslauttanen, located in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, has found a creative and visually unique solution to the problem: glass igloos. The lack of trees or streetlights produces the perfect combination for viewing the northern lights within the Arctic Circle. The hotel has built 20 glass igloos within the park, with each just large enough to accommodate two people.

Igloo Village Exterior Snow

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Googie Architecture, An Art Form Worth Saving

Googie Architecture Stardust

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It was almost utopian: an architectural form with a vocabulary all its own, including its moniker—Googie. Named after the Los Angeles coffee shop, Googies, and designed by architect John Lautner in the late 1940s, the style expressed society’s burgeoning fascination with space flight as well as its recent understanding of the Atomic Age and its power.

Unfortunately for us architecture buffs, many of the Googie-style buildings have been demolished over the years, including its namesake coffeehouse, which succumbed to new development in 1989.

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Phillip K Smith’s Mesmerizing Lucid Stead

From the author: “Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.”

Micro Apartments, New York’s Major Design Trend

Smallest Apartments

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New York City is famous for its large population of people who live in tiny, borderline microscopic apartments. How small, you ask? Try 78 square feet, which is the size of an apartment occupied by a man named Luke, who submitted his ultra-small abode into a contest hosted by apartmenttherapy.com. Needless to say, he won the contest. Before Luke spoke up, the smallest New York apartment on record was occupied by Felice Cohen, who boasted a 90 square foot living space.

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