Mind Blowing floating movie-theater in Yao Noi, Thailand

 
Wealthy people can easily afford to own private home theaters, but that’s not the ultimate when it comes to movie theaters. The world is full of outdoor screens and entertainment systems, but none equals this marvelous floating movie-theater – temporary auditorium-raft – in the Andaman Sea, on the private island of Yao Noi, Thailand. 
 
The project was designed by the fable architect Ole Scheeren, closely working with the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation. The screen is actually posed in front of limestone protrusions rising from the bottom of the Andaman Sea, with a gathering of rafts assisting it. The whole contraption was named the Archipelago Cinema.
 
 
The spectators hover above the sea, focusing on the moving images across the water displayed on the huge screen. The experience is truly unique. The idea behind this project was to appear like the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival comes from a world totally different from ours. The movie-enthusiasts, which impatiently rushed to come here, from all over the world, have experienced a memorable event, with one of a kind cinematic techniques, on a superb shoreline.
 
 
The Thai festival is the work of Chomwan Weeraworawit, the owner of Six Senses Yao Noi. He has brought all sorts of designers, artists, actors and writers, from all over the Globe, to collaborate in realizing this unique proof of true cinematic. The event lasted for 4 days, featuring, besides movie-watching and auditions, discussions, exquisite dining and lounge, the whole place having worked like a resort of its own.
 
 
Tom Sachs has held a 101 workshop with the participants. The American artist from New York has talked about the compulsoriness of personal planning, as he calls it the “things to do” list. He’s also played studio films. The event was also a great occasion to watch a unique batik dying lesson presented by the fabled designer Waris Ahlumwalia.
 
 
Anyways, the list of events that had taken place during the Festival is quite long and memorable. The techniques used to build the stage and to lay out the cinema are quite original and interesting. The producers have employed rafts used by local fishermen to farm lobsters and tying wooden frames together with rubber straps to create blocks, encased in mosquito nets.
 
 
The ecological part of the project hadn’t been put aside, recycled woods and materials having been used, while the rafts themselves can be reused. The items are to be given back to the local inhabitants after the festival has ended.
 
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4 Incredible Hanging Hotel Pools

Some hotel pools are more than a place to take a dip. They are designed to make a dramatic impression and heighten the sensations you experience when you swim. The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands hotel is a great example.

The Skypark pool atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel, in Singapore, is one of the most magnificent pools on earth. The so called “infinity-pool” perched 200 meter above the ground atop three skyscrapers offers a mind-blowing view of the city’s skyline. These days high altitude pools are popping up on top of skyscrapers from New York to Bali to Sydney. As infinity-pools started becoming increasingly common, designers have had to come up with something new to up the ante. Recently, cantilevered pool tanks with see-through sides and flooring have started to gain international attention.

InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai

At the InterContinental Festival City Hotel in Dubai, a transparent plexiglass section extends beyond the edge of the hotel building, overlooking the Dubai Skyline. The pool has a curved transparent bottom and people on the street are able to lookup and see swimmers overhead. Make sure your are wearing your finest swimwear.

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Hilton Hotel, Auckland

The pool at Hilton Hotel in Auckland has a similar design, except it has a solid bottom. The swimming pool is suspended between the two buildings that make up this dramatic hotel. There is also a viewing gallery underneath the pool so hotel guests can check out the action from below.

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Joule Hotel, Dallas

The hanging pool on the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas, extends eight feet out and over the side of the building at the tenth-floor. The pool has a plexiglass wall at the end overlooking the street, so not only can swimmers look down at the city below but pedestrians can look up at the swimmers.

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Adelphi hotel, Melbourne

The rooftop pool at Adelphi hotel in Melbourne, Australia, has a glass bottom and cantilevers over Flinders Lane from 9 storeys up. The 25 metre, heated salt water pool offers a unique view of the streetscape below through the clear Perspex pool floor.

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Navagio Beach, the Most Beautiful Beach of Greece

Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck, is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island and one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece. Navagio Beach is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach or just simply “The Shipwreck” because it is home to the wreck of a ship called Panagiotis that is believed to have been a smugglers ship. The presence of alleged smugglers ship gave Navagio Beach yet another nick name – Smugglers Cove.

This small and isolated, yet strikingly beautiful sandy cove is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos Island, near the Anafotiria village, quite opposite of island’s capital Zakynthos. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat, but you can see it from above if you stand on the high side of the cliffs that overlook it.

Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. Then sometime in 1981, the Greek authorities were tipped that a freightliner in the waters around Zakynthos Island is smuggling contraband which included cigarettes, wine and women, and a chase began. Stormy weather and bad visibility resulted in the ship running aground right on Navagio Beach. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.

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Abandoned Bunkers in Albania

If there ever is a nuclear holocaust, Albania is the country you would want to be in. Dotting the landscape across the country like odd shaped mushrooms are bunkers – hundreds and thousands of them along the hillside, between mountain passes and by the side of city streets. They persist as a symbol of the paranoid imagination of Albania’s communist ruler for 40 years, Enver Hoxha.

Albania’s Communist dictator Enver Hoxha was in a constant fear of foreign invasion. During his forty-year rule between 1945 and 1985 he built an extraordinary 750,000 bunkers fearing nuclear war. In a country that’s just 28,700 square kilometers in size, that’s an average of 24 bunkers per square kilometer. At that time there was one for every four Albanians.

When the prototype bunker was finished in the 1950s Hoxha asked the chief engineer how confident he was that it could withstand a full assault from a tank. The engineer answered, “Very confident”. The Communist Party supremo then insisted that the engineer stand inside his creation while it was bombarded by a tank. The shell-shocked engineer emerged unscathed and Hoxha ordered thousands of these built.

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The project was a massive undertaking. Building the structures required three times as much concrete as was used to create France’s Maginot Line, and cost twice as much. The cost of constructing them crippled Albania’s development, diverting resources away from more pressing needs such as dealing with the country’s housing shortage and poor roads.

Following the death of Enver Hoxha the bunkers were abandoned, but their solidity made them difficult to get rid of. Most are now derelict, though some have been reused for a variety of purposes including residential accommodation, cafés, storehouses and shelters for animals. A few briefly saw use in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s but their most common use now is said to be as a convenient place for young Albanians to lose their virginity.

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Triple Frontier: The Tri-Border Between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

The Triple Frontier is the tri-border region where the borders of 3 countries meet: Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. While there are many triple borders in the world, this in particular is formed naturally by the convergence of two rivers – the Parana River and the Iguazu River.

The Triple Frontier is an important tourist area, within the touristic subregion of the Región de las Aguas Grandes. Visitors can see the Tancredo Neves International bridge, which connects the Argentine city of Puerto Iguazú and its Brazilian neighbor, Foz do Iguaçu. Over the La Amistad International Bridge that crosses the Parana river, you can get from Foz to Ciudad del Este. At the convergence of the borders, each of the three bordering countries has erected an obelisk, painted in the national colors of the country in which it is located. All three countries can be seen from each of the obelisks.

Of the 3 monuments, the most accessible is the Argentine side, because this landmark is very close to the urban area of Puerto Iguazu, less than 2 km from the center. The Landmark itself is a pyramid painted with the Argentine flag colors (sky-blue and white), and dated 1903 (year of the border treaty with Brazil). Further away we can see some poles with the flags of the 3 countries, a few plates badges and a small monument of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands). Close by the monument are gift shops selling local products and souvenirs.

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