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HANDMADE HOBBIT HOMES

In Pembrokeshire, Wales, handmade houses have been popping up around the county. These wee homes, made of natural, locally sourced materials and scavenged bits from the surrounding countryside, embody low-impact living. The inhabitants who built these houses grow and cultivate the vast majority of what they consume. Simon and Jasmine Dale have been living in their very own hobbit-sized house since 2003. Now they’re helping others build similar homes in the Lammas community—the country’s first eco-village. Needless to say, the Bagginses would approve.

WIMBLEDON’S HIDDEN TECHNOLOGY

From July 1st to 14th the favourite racket sport suddenly re-emerges as a fashionable and engaging spectacle. It’s the oldest tennis tournament in the world and considered by many as the most prestigious. Not much has changed since its debut in 1877; same location, surface and donned classic whites. However, invisible to the viewer is 140 years of technology capturing every movement on the court yet providing the original experience of tennis in english garden.

LOST IN DHAKA

Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, in southern Asia. A fast-growing modern metropolis with an area of only 306 sqkm and a population of 9 million. Set beside the Buriganga River, it’s at the center of national government, trade and culture. The 17th-century old city was the Mughal capital of Bengal, and many palaces and mosques remain. Enjoy the beautiful impressions of this crowded city.

BERTHA BENZ’S TEST DRIVE

In a time when “car” was not even a word yet, and people relied on horses to pull their wagons, one woman challenged the status quo. To prove to the world and her timid husband that his invention was the future of mobility, Bertha Benz went on the first long-distance journey with an automobile. She faced all kinds of challenges but stopped at nothing. In doing so, she brought the Benz Patent-Motorwagen worldwide attention and got the company its first sales.The rest, as they say, is history. To learn more about the courageous Bertha Benz click HERE.

CURIOUS HOUSEBOATS

 

In West Sussex, England, a small community has formed around a colony of curious houseboats. Using spare parts from old buses, missiles and planes, each boat has its own unique look and feel. Among the residents of the community is Hamish McKenzie. An imaginative houseboat renovator, he’s incorporated his colourful and creative personality to create a truly spectacular home. From a microwave as a mailbox to the nose of a jumbo jet as a window, Hamish infuses glorious new life into discarded objects.

Erickson’s Steel House

Eppich House II: A stunning iconic Canadian masterpiece designed by Arthur Erickson that he called his ‘Most Complete Work.’ A one-of-a-kind steel and glass home which was custom built by the owners with every detail created to perfection. An absolutely breathtaking property which has been featured around the globe in magazines and film transcending from a visual and natural experience that is tranquil and refined in every way. This totally private 1.18 acre sun drenched oasis with a flowing creek and approx. 6,000 sqft of living space includes gorgeous carriage house and is simply irreplaceable. The details are extraordinary including all furnishings designed by Erickson and his team. A Canadian Landmark in West Vancouver and recently listed for $16.8 million.