21 fascinating house styles around the world

When you think of impressive architecture, it’s easy to think of striking skyscrapers or beautiful, historical buildings – but what about the humble house?

RubberBond’s creative team has created an interesting infographic showcasing some of the most fascinating house styles around the world, revealing how environments influence the way homes are designed and built.  

The infographic explores five different continents and points out their most outstanding house designs, such as the British Roundhouse, the A-frame (USA), and Japan’s Minka. 

Take a look at these fascinating styles here and tell us in which ones you would love to live.

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A village reclaimed by nature

A ‘lost’ fishing village on the eastern coast of China has been given a new, beautiful lease of life – it’s been reclaimed by nature.

Houtou Wan Village, in the Zhoushan Archipelago, was still occupied and thriving in the Fifties, but due to urbanisation, its population began to leave.

Now, with just a few residents left in the village, nature has started swallow bricks and paths, covering entire buildings with verdant green leaves and twisting brown branches.

The village has now been completely transformed into an almost silent, magical environment, haunting and undisturbed by humanity.

Discover this unique village here and tell us if you would like to visit it.

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Windows of the World

A Portuguese photographer has decided to focus his latest work on the surprising variety of windows around the globe.

André Vicente Goncalves compiled thousands of pictures of windows in different regions of the world and created a series called Windows of the World.

By grouping individual photos into larger frames, he emphasises the diversity of shapes, colours, and structures that windows come in.

Goncalves says: “I always had a curiosity about windows; like the structure of houses, they change from region to region, and it’s a big evolution from the earliest windows that were only a hole in the wall.”

Discover Windows of the World here and tell us what you think of the project.

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Wrinkles of the City

A French artist has installed giant street portraits in the city of Istanbul, showcasing the characterful features of older Istanbulites.

JR has just finished his latest impressive project, as part of his ‘Wrinkles of the City’ series, on fifteen buildings throughout the Turkish metropolis.

The artist, who is known for his amazing street portraits across the world, explains “the ‘Wrinkles of the City’ project paints a picture of the Twentieth Century by exploring the lives of those who witnessed their cities becoming scarred by the course of history, economic growth and sociocultural changes”.

Discover the different ‘Wrinkles of the City’ installations on this handy map and take a look at JR’s Instagram here.

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The Brutalist Playground

This summer, RIBA’s The Brutalist Playground will be open to the public as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Designed as both a sculpture and an architectural installation, this immersive work of art is part of a new commission by the Turner Prize, architecture collective Assemble, and artist Simon Terrill.

The artists are inspired by the post-war playgrounds that now lie abandoned in parts of London like Pimlico and Paddington, images of which will be projected onto The Brutalist Playground’s concrete walls.

Assemble said: “the challenge of reconstructing elements of now forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past”.

Learn more about this exciting event here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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The world’s first multi-storey skatepark

If you’re a keen BMX rider or skateboarder, then Folkestone could be your new destination with a multi-storey skatepark in the works.

The design, commissioned by Roger De Haan and devised by Guy Hollaway, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Over six levels, the skatepark would incorporate undulating concrete floors for bikes and boards, an eleven metre high climbing wall, a basement boxing ring, and even a rooftop terrace.

Hollaway claims the plans could put the seaside town ‘on the map’ and encourage young people to remain in Folkestone.

Take a closer look at the design here and tell us if you’ll be making a trip to a world-first.

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10 years of YouTube ads

YouTube has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a look back at the greatest ads on the platform.

Users could vote for their favourite video from the twenty most watched ads of all time; the top five include ‘The Epic Split feat. Van Damme’, Always’ viral #LikeAGirl campaign, and the Dove Real Beauty Sketches.

YouTube also reminisced over its community highlights, releasing a nostalgic video per day as part of ‘From A-Z: A letter a day throughout May’, which it described as a ‘look back at some of the most memorable moments, from the silly to the profound’.

Watch #LikeAGirl below and play YouTube’s commemorative quiz here.

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