Abandoned & rescued Folk-style Cottage (near Chukhloma/ Russia)

This house shares a similar history with the nearby wooden Astashovo mansion.

Before it became abandoned and forgotten Pogorelovo used to be a lively village in Russia's Kostroma region. Local farmers did hunting and seasonal work, others made quite a bit of money in St. Petersburg, such as Ivan Polyashov, one of the richest men in the village.
At the crown of his career he did repair work at the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and received the status of honorary citizen. In 1903, the widower returned to his native village, married a new wife 20 years younger and built this marvellous country cottage as well as a few other buildings seeing as he was one of the largest landowners in the area.

But the fate of the house after the revolution is the same as lots of others in the Kostroma region especially (but all over Russia really): The house was requisitioned in 1918 and used as the village council as well as housing other farming families so Ivan Polyashov had to move into one of the rooms on the first floor. He died in 1935 and so didn't expierience the family's dispossession and repression. His children ended up in Siberia, where his great-grandson still lives today.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel (Arosa/ Switzerland)

The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a multi-award winning luxury hotel high in the snow-capped Graubünden Mountains. The Bergoase (mountain oasis) spa facility by Swiss star architect Mario Botta is a distinctive feature of the hotel as well as it's own private railway.

51 Rue Jean Bellegambe (Douai/ France)

Architect Albert Pèpe created the exuberant and asymmetric Art Nouveau shop front of this house at 51 Rue Jean Bellegambe in 1904, though the building itself dates back to the 19th century.
In 1972 it was put under historical monument protection and is privately owned today.

Cano's Castle (Antonito/ Colorado)

The shiny towers of Cano's Castle stand out amidst an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. It is decorated with scrap metal such as cut-apart & inside out beer cans, wire, hubcaps, grills, screen doors and other junk like bicycle reflectors for colour.
It is the ongoing creation of Cano - originally called Dominic Espinosa, who started it in the 80s. When asked about the creation he responds: "God built it". There are reports that Cano invented his name because of all of the beer cans, but he said it's pronounced CAH-no and that it's "an Indian name, like, 'reborn.'"

Despite the roomy castle he actually lives in a trailer across the street and Jesus can have the castle to himself. Cano lives off of the land, with a well-tended garden and a pen of goats, geese, and sheep. He enjoys it when visitors stop by to see his creation. If you would like to see Cano's Castle, it's located at East 10th Avenue and State Street in Antonito.

Shell Villa (Kitasaku/ Japan)

The ultra modern design of the Shell Villa is the work of Japanese firm ARTechnic Architects. Curved concrete slopes around tall fir trees and while it's not a part of nature it was designed to coexist in harmony within it.
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