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The home features an enormous patio with an elliptical opening designed to accentuate the view. The old-looking barn in the distance even features an underground tunnel that serves as an entrance into the home.

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continuing with the backward uploading of photos from my european travels, these are from a trip to prague. the city is just as pretty as you’d imagine, but jammed with tourists (even in late november – the place must be positively bursting at the seams in summer). it’s always best to wander away from the crowds, and hopefully you’ll find yourself in some tiny street with no one else around. see more at my flickr.

21 bathrooms

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this home designed for a ‘malaysian power family’ has nine bedrooms, two family rooms, a family kitchen and a private dining area, a family library, a game room, a study, a public reception area, a formal dining room, a ballroom, chapel, 21 bathrooms, a swimming pool, two guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking. the ballroom has a round chandelier of 13,000 custom-designed undulating petals of unglazed cast porcelain biscuit. top notch – via coolhunter

shooop

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i do feel like 99% of the structures on these archi blogs are pretty samey (wood, glass, sharp edges – give me a victorian anyday, right?) – but this is pretty coooool

stellenbosch before & after

stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is well know for its beautiful historic buildings (ranging from the cape dutch through to the victorian town houses). what i find unbelievable is how many of them were torn down in the sixties & seventies to build flats, office blocks and the like. here’s a small retrospective of some of the bad (and some not so bad) before and afters.