The decks [at the Empire State Building] attract four million visitors a year and generated $60 million in profits in 2010, while the owners made little if any money on the office space’ / The Coachbuilder’s Encyclopedia, including a section on mystery cars and virtual cars. See also Coachbuilt.com, which focuses on the USA (via MeFi).
Imagine there’s no people: resources for being the last person on earth / Wary Meyers Decorative Arts / the House on Chicken Feet, looking at fairy tales through architecture. Related, the art of Russian folklore. More work by Ivan Bilbin at Live at the Pyreplex. See also the decidedly Grimm work of Terunobu Fujimori.
Photographs by Helen Jones-Florio / illustration portfolios at Eat Sleep Draw / Everyday I Show, classic photography (occasionally nsfw) / On Shadow, a blog about photography / Coalesce, a tumblr (occasionally nsfw) / bleb, a weblog / Derelict Places, a forum about exploration / Moral Exhibitionism and the Maison de Verre: ‘The MdV is a deeply contradictory house. It features modern materials assembled in the tradition of old-world craftsmanship, negotiating a way between the standardization of the German Werkbund and Le Corbusier, and the retrograde crafts tradition on display at the 1925 Paris Exposition.’
One of the most remarkable things about the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel is how enormously tall it is without resorting to the slender proportions of a conventional ‘megatall’ tower. As can be seen in this diagram over at an Archdaily dissection of the current status of the world’s tallest towers, the MRCTH is a shade under 2,000 feet tall, yet arranged alongside a cluster of 800+ feet subsidiary towers – all of which surpass the tallest building in London (bar the Shard). The end result is unlike any conventional skyscraper or megastructure, being more reminiscent of a citadel or castle. It would make a great piece of Lego Architecture. According to wikipedia, the crescent at the summit apparently contains an observatory – check the small black windows along the bottom edge.