This bubble hotel gives you front-row seats of Icelands northern lights

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If you’ve ever dreamed of watching the northern lights from the comfort of your bed, here’s a chance to turn your dreams into reality. To the delight of stargazers and nature lovers, the 5 Million Star Hotel installed eight unique bubbles in a hidden Icelandic forest, with each bubble offering perfect and private outdoor views. Equipped with heating and a comfortable bed, these transparent bubbles give guests magical front-row seats to the dancing northern lights. Founded in November 2015 by Robert Robertsson, the 5 Million Star Hotel was created to fulfill childhood dreams of sleeping beneath the aurora borealis. Tucked away on private farmland, the location is only disclosed to those who make reservations in order to preserve guest privacy. The eight inflatable bubbles—only five are currently open for booking—are named after different women in the owners’ family and are available in two styles: fully transparent igloo -shaped bubbles and partially transparent spherical bubbles. Built with sturdy translucent plastic, each bubble comes with a double bed, nightstand, space heater, outlet, and a lamp. The bubbles are inflated with a constantly running noiseless ventilation system. Air blowers keep the bubble warm and toasty all winter long. Related: Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen The bubble rooms that are currently available fit two adults but the spherical versions can accommodate an extra child for those traveling as a family. The bathroom, showers, and kitchen are located in a timber-clad shared facility. The price for a night’s stay at the bubble hotel starts at ISK 28,900 (approximately USD $295). Want to maximize your chances of catching a glimpse of the northern lights? Try booking a night between September and March. + Buubble | Five Million Star Hotel Via Travel and Leisure Images via Buubble

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Shigeru Ban Architects unveil plans for the worlds tallest hybrid timber building

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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban just unveiled plans for the world’s tallest timber hybrid high-rise, the Terrace House . Slated for Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood, the angular structure will have multiple tiers of abundant greenery rising up through a latticework frame made out of locally-sourced timber . According to the design description, “meticulously engineered timber” will be used to create the building’s latticework frame , which will be interspersed with an abundance of greenery rising up from the ground floor. The proposed design will create not only the world’s largest timber hybrid structure, but will be a luminous icon for Vancouver’s growing cityscape. Ban’s proposed design will hold court right next to the city’s famed Evergreen Building , designed by late architect Arthur Erickson . Related: Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability The stunning project, which will be led by Vancouver-based developer PortLiving , was carefully crafted by Ban to stand out for its cutting-edge design without taking away from the existing architecture, “We have brought together the best of the best – a team of true experts in creative collaboration, working together for the first time ever on a single project. The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction,” said Macario Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving. “Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces. It only made sense to bring on Cornelia Oberlander to continue her vision and create continuity between the Evergreen Building by Arthur Erickson and Terrace House by Shigeru Ban.” Although Ban’s design is sure to be a stellar icon of timber architecture , it won’t be the city’s only wooden wonder; the world’s current tallest timber building, Brock Commons , was completed in Vancouver just last year. + Terrace House + Shigeru Ban Architects Via Archdaily Images via PortLiving

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