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Lionel Buckett's spectacular Clifftop Cave

Lionel Buckett squats barefoot on the stone outcropping that forms a natural verandah to his latest extraordinary creation. Weathered and weary with a shock of curly orange hair, he's looking out across a magnificent, pristine valley in Australia's Blue Mountains range, a view that probably hasn't changed in thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years. "It's an interesting thing with passive solar design," he muses, "that a cave facing north is probably the first passive solar building that humans ever lived in."Read More

Bicycles

Mega Underground Bike Park is for cyclists who are deeply into riding

When winter arrives in much of the world, cyclists such as BMXers and freestyle mountain bikers are limited to riding in warehouse-style indoor bike parks. These places can be fun, but they're still ... you know, in a building. Such is not the case, however, with the just-opened Mega Underground Bike Park. Claimed to be the largest indoor bike park in the world, it's situated 10 stories (100 ft/30.5 m) underground in a disused limestone mining cavern.Read More

Holiday Destinations

Cable car planned for world's largest cave

A Vietnamese resort company has been granted approval to begin surveys to build a 10.6 kilometer (6.6 mi) long cable car in the world’s largest cave, the UNESCO-listed Son Doong in north-central Quang Binh province in Vietnam. If completed it would make it the longest cable car ride in the world, ahead of Tianmen Shan in China. Read More

Swiss carpark is the modern day "Batcave"

Switzerland's Peter Kunz Architektur is responsible for the creation of this modern day “Batcave” located in Herdern, Switzerland. The private garage studio has been constructed into the hillside and features five giant concrete cubes that jut out of the surrounding, apparently untouched, landscape. The concrete cubes are furnished with a single glass panel, creating a dramatic outlook onto the adjacent valley. Read More

Holiday Destinations

The world's deepest subterranean hotel room

Deep within the dark tunnels and cavity shafts of an old Swedish silver mine, guests can sleep in the world's deepest hotel suite. The Sala Silvermine is located in Sala (120 km/75 miles from Stockholm) and is believed to date back to the Middle Ages. For a long period of time the mine was Sweden's largest source of silver, and is now home to an underground hotel room, dining experience, museum, live theater and numerous exploration activities. Read More

Architecture

Underground atomic shelter transformed into an internet provider's HQ

Set thirty meters (100 feet) underground, deep within the bedrock and in what was once used as a Swedish atomic bomb shelter, lies this high security internet center. What sounds like the perfect hideout for a CIA facility or a film set for the next Jason Bourne film, is actually the HQ for the Swedish internet server provider, Bahnhof. Named "Pionen, White Mountain," the internet service facility is centrally located in Stockholm, directly below the Sofia Church, where the cave-like formation houses server halls and offices.Read More

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