Sydney’s Newest Building Isn’t Just Going Green. It’s Literally Green.

Cities the world over are realizing that, with all the recent development, they might be running out of room. There’s barely room for buildings, people and plants. Green spaces are vital for cleaning the air, cooling the city and keeping the residents sane. It’s extremely difficult to create green space in a packed urban area.

In Sydney, Australia, architect Jean Nouvel wanted to create this elusive green space. However, he wanted to do it in a way that worked with the modern city’s existing profile–a compromise, of sorts. What he came up with was One Central Park, a dual-tower apartment and retail complex that rises 116 meters. The towers are 16 and 33 stories, and feature four floors of retail space and 563 apartments above.

The building with its two units and reflector.

The building’s greenery takes a cue from the nearby parkland.

The vegetation grows freely all over the building, like an urban forest.

The buildings is also wrapped in a series of gardens that house a variety of vegetation. Vertical planters and vines climb the panels along the sides of the buildings. In the residential decks, trees and plants grow in miniature gardens. What might otherwise be a sterile-looking high rise has a lush, verdant look.

Each unit gets its own bit of greenery, so even city-dwellers can enjoy a bit of nature. For the apartments that might not get enough sun to sustain their gardens, the reflector shines light on shaded areas. At night, it lights up, but there’s no word yet about how the residents like that.

The reflector allows sunlight to reach plants in shady places.

Each unit gets access to some greenery

The building as seen from above, looking notably green.

In addition to looking nice and breaking up the monotony of the urban setting, city greenery also provides a way to clean and filter the air. It also cuts down on the phenomenon of heat islands, which collect heat from the sun and trap it, raising the temperature of the city and, on a macro scale, the planet. 

Via designboom|images courtesy of Frasers Property and Sekkisui House

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These Diagrams Are Everything You Need To Decorate Your Home

Interior design cheat sheets FTW.

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1. Types of Doors

From Northerm.

3. Kinds of Moulding

From DIY Advice.

4. Tile Patterns

From Centura.

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7. Yardage for Stool Upholstery

From Knol.

8. Yardage for Sofa Upholstery

From Knol.

9. Yardage for Chair Upholstery

From Knol.

10. Seating Capacities for Dining Tables

From Cottage Home Furniture.

13. Common Furniture Sizes

From Decoratour.

14. Common Dimensions

From Decoratour.

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15. Indoor Plant Guide

16. Mantel Decor Diagram

From Honey and Fitz.

17. Pillow Style Inspiration

From Matouk.

18. Bed Styling Diagram

See the full diagram at Matouk.

20. How to Hang Curtains

To make your ceilings look taller! From Home Goods.

21. Window Covering Styles

From HG Expo.

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23. Gallery Wall Layout Ideas

Original in Polish.

24. Hanging Style Diagnostic

From The Art Mint.

26. Bedroom Rug Size Guide

From Burlap and Lace.

27. Dining Room Rug Size Guide

From Burlap and Lace.

28. Living Room Rug Size Guide

From Burlap and Lace.

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30. House Paint Color Matching Guide

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From Better Homes and Gardens.

31. Color Undertone Guide

From Live Love DIY.

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33. Lampshade Types & How To Measure

From Shades of Light.

34. Lightswitch Styles

From Modern Switch.

35. Types of Lightbulbs

See the full explanation of which ones to use where at Lightopedia.

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25 European Castles That Will Make You Hate Your Apartment. Great… Thanks Europe.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle if they had the chance? The old kings and queens of Europe had it right when they built these. Not only are they luxurious, but they’re also super good at repelling invading armies and also probably Jehovah Witnesses. Here are 25 of the best ones for you to fantasize over while you sweat it out in your apartment, hoping that extra lock you installed will keep the invading barbarians out for a few more days.

1.) Lichtenstein Castle, Germany. Since 1200 this magnificent castle has over looked the Echaz Valley in southern Germany. Although it was destroyed twice, it was rebuilt each time.

2.) Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy. The Roman Emperor Hadrian build this castle originally in 123 AD as a mausoleum. It stayed that way until the 14th century when the Catholic Church turned it into a grand fortress.

3.) Château de Chillon, Switzerland. Situated on the shore of Lake Geneva, parts of this castle date back to as far as 1005.

4.) Swallow’s Nest Palace, Crimea, Ukraine. Although it looks older this castle was actually built for an oil tycoon in 1911. It over looks the Black Sea.

5.) Predjama Castle, Slovenia. This castle was the home of Knight Erazem Lueger. Lueger led a rebellion against the emperor and almost survived. However during a siege of the castle, legend has it that a servant betrayed him to the enemy. The servant told them where the toilet was in the castle. The emperor’s forces then fired a single cannon ball when Lueger was on the toilet and killed him thus ending the siege.

6.) Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, England. Before the English and Scottish thrones combined, Lindisfarne defended an area of the country that was constantly under attack by the Scottish and Vikings.

7.) Lacave, France. During the Hundred Years’ War this castle was never breached despite frequent sieges.

8.) Château de Walzin, Belgium. The Walzin has fast running water on three sides, making it an easy place to defend.

9.) Château de Chambord, the Loire Valley, France. This castle was abandoned after the French Revolution until World War II. During the war it was used to protect priceless pieces of art from the Louvre and other French galleries.

10.) Burg Liechtenstein, Austria. The Ottoman Empire destroyed this amazing castle during their invasion of Austria in the 1500s. It was rebuilt in 1884.

11.) Château de la Rochepot, France. Beginning in the 13th century this castle has been a home to royalty. Sadly it was almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution.

12.) Reichsburg Cochem, Germany. This castle has served both German and French kings over the centuries. A fire gutted the structure in 1689. Luckily, a German businessman bought the property in 1868 and spent his fortune rebuilding and restoring the castle.

13.) Wasserschloss Glatt, Germany. This is one of the last moat castles in Germany.

14.) Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned this castle in 1869. It has served as the inspiration for many fairy tales including Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

15.) Hohenzollern Castle. At the top of Mount Hohenzollern in southern Germany sits this amazing castle.

16.) Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, France. The English managed to capture this castle several times before it was completely destroyed during the French Revolution. In the 1800s the castle was rebuild to its former glory.

17.) Mont Saint Michel , France. This island castle is only accessible during low tide. Its claim to fame is that it never fell to the English during the whole 116 years of the Hundred Years’ War.

18.) Oberhofen Castle, Lake Thun, Switzerland. While not necessarily built with defense in mind, this castle is one of the most beautiful in Europe.

19.) Hatley Castle, Colwood, British Columbia. This castle has a colorful history considering it’s not that old. First it was the home of a British industrialist, then it was a military college during the World Wars, and most recently its home to a university.

20.) Falkenstein Castle, Austria. Falkenstein sits on the southern slope of the Hohe Tauern mountain range. This is by far my favorite.

21.) Dunnottar Castle, Scotland. The strong walls of Dunnottar protected the Scottish Crown Jewels for years from the English. It also served as a North Sea shield against Viking and English attacks.

22.) Sigmaringen Castle, Germany. After World War II members of the French Vichy government (which was backed by Germany) fled here. They hope to protect themselves from reprisals for collaborating with Hitler.

23.) Stalker Castle, Scotland. This castle most famously appeared in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

24.) O’Brien’s Tower, County Clare, Ireland. Built in 1835. O’Brien’s Tower is outmatched by its environment. Just look at those cliffs. Wow.

O’Brien’s Tower from another angle.

25.) Old Sarum, England. This castle has been consistently inhabited since 3000 B.C. It is one of the oldest settlements in Europe. There at the center is fort from the Iron Age built by the Romans.

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These Two Guys Would’ve Been In Serious Trouble If They Got Caught. But It Was Totally Worth It.

For me, heights are a problem. I’m not alone, though. Acrophobia, the fear of heights, is the third most common phobia. Vadhim Mahora and Ritaliy Raskalov, though, are two men that don’t have that problem. In fact, they love heights. So much so, they broke a handful of laws just to climb to the top of the tallest skyscraper they could find.

Vadim and Ritaliy were traveling through China with one terrifying goal in mind…

They wanted to climb to the top of the Shanghai tower.

It is the 2nd tallest skyscraper in the WORLD.

Understandably, most people might think these guys are a little nuts.

They chose to attempt the climb during the Chinese New Year, when they knew security would be lax.

So, they broke in.

Then, the two climbed 120 stories on foot.

Once they reached the top of the building, they slept and waited for good weather.

As soon as the weather was clear, they climbed to the very top of the crane that was perched on top of the tower.

The views were absolutely stunning.

Are your palms sweating yet?

At that height, you would be able to feel and SEE the building swaying below you.

I might need to lie down for a while.

You have to give these guys credit. They broke a whole bunch of laws and traveled the world to do something that terrifies me so much, I’m sweating just typing this. Source: Vadim Mahora & Ritaliy Raskalov Share their feat with others, people need to see this awesomeness.

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