Amazing Architecture for April 10, 2009

April 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

I continue to be amazed at the breadth of variety that the human race can come up with in building design. This is another of the “fun Friday” type of posts, enjoy!

Since I live in the Los Angeles area I will start off tonight with some beautiful examples of a structure near and dear to our auto loving hearts, the gas station.  Weburbanist (http://weburbanist.com/2009/04/08/architecture-to-go-10-great-gas-station-designs/) has collected a pictures of some truly different examples of this not so noble of buildings.

vintage-orbit-gas-station

Next we have a hous that my teenage son would love, one with a skatable interior! On Environmental Graffiti (http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/ramp-house-skatable-home-acrhivirus/9717) there is featured a skatable house.

Excerpt: “Skateboarders are a fanatical bunch, warriors on wheels who’ll ollie and grind whenever and wherever they can. Any urban space will do, but if it’s raining or there isn’t a skate park nearby, what’s a skater to do? Answer: live in the Ramp House, newly completed by Acrhivirus Architecture and Design. The Ramp House is exactly what it says it is: less a residence with a ramp than a seamless integration of half-pipe and homestead.

On Purpleslinky (http://www.purpleslinky.com/Trivia/Worlds-Most-Remarkable-Escalators.636895) is a story about the most amazing escalators.

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Yes those two vertical ramps at the top of the picture are escalators up to the top floors!

Lastly tonight we have the ultimate in green thril rides, a pedal powered roller coaster! The story is on Ecofriend (http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-tech-pedal-powered-rollercoaster-is-not-for-the-weak-hearted/) and sounds very tiring to me.

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