Incredible Ottoman-era bird palaces reveal how Turkish people pampered wild birds

October 11, 2017 by  
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Forget the simple birdhouse perched on a tree branch, avian houseguests in the Ottoman era were treated like kings thanks to the practice of affixing elaborate bird palaces onto local buildings. Although the mini bird homes were intricately crafted in order to provide shelter to the local winged population , they were also thought to bring good luck to the host households. The practice of building ornate birdhouses onto buildings was an important practice of Ottoman architecture in Turkey. The structures were often found on mosques, bridges, libraries, schools, and even public fountains. Rather than the simple, functional birdhouses that we see today, these mini palaces were often multiple stories and covered in ornate exteriors, typically resembling miniaturepalaces. Related: Artist creates thousands of urban birdhouses out of recycled scrap wood It was common belief that the bird homes brought good luck to those who built them and as such, they were treated with meticulous care. Locals would often have their own names for the structures, lovingly referring to them as (bird pavilions), “güvercinlik” (dovecots) and “serçe saray” (sparrow palace). + Insanbulium Via This is Colossal Photography by Caner Cangül via Instanbulium

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Gandiablasco’s Wigwams are homey spaces that let you relax outdoors in style

October 11, 2016 by  
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The wigwam-shaped design is keeps the essence of the original tipi concept and marries it with contemporary materials and finishes. It is made from aluminium and plastic sheets that can be customized in a variety of textures and colors. Its interior can fit a mini-mattress and polyurethane foam cushions covered with waterproof fabric. Wigwam looks like an oasis where people can lie back and relax. Related: Grove by SIXINCH lets you work, study and play outdoors with solar power-equipped furniture The company creates a variety of other designs as well. The Modular Al Fresco sofa follows the same structural and material logic as Wigwam, and accommodates three people in flexible configurations. Pergola , on the other hand, was designed for a larger group of people. This covered sofa references the classic outdoor pergola, with the seat and back covered with designer cushions and mini-mattresses in waterproof fabric covers. Cristal Box is a system of outdoor pergolas inspired by seventeenth-century winter gardens and combines materials made of vegetable fiber and plastic and galvanized sheeting . All the outdoor structures were designed by José A. Gandia-Blasco for GANDIABLASCO. + GANDIABLASCO

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