Forgotten Military Facilities

I remember I read somewhere a very interesting quote by Bertrand Russell. I think it goes like this: “War does not determine who is right, only who is left“. And also what is left. Abandoned war installations, military bases above or under the ground, old hospitals can be considered the perfect eyeglass for the not necessarily sad past, but for an interesting and captivating world – fighting techniques, war medical practices, use of buildings, weapons.

Some facilities are no more than simple structures, but still able to say a lot about people of that time and their beliefs, condition and possibilities. Others are real wonders, architectural masterpieces… Let’s take a tour around the world. 🙂

Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, United Kingdom

Built by Messrs Martin Wells and Co. with costs of about £45,758

Compiled & Copyright ©Martin Edwards 2009,  Source: Roll of honour

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Underground Living – Hidden Homes

The famous underground houses, unbelievable?!?! Wild? A bit strange? If we stop to think for a second, people have been living under the ground since the beginning of time. All history books speak about cavemen. And many well known people expressed their opinion about underground homes – kind of primitive form of living. The 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a very brutal image of these people and of the human being far away from civilization and called this kind of living “poor, nasty, brutish and short”.

But in time, the situation changed. Underground houses are placed nowadays right in the middle of the civilization and they tend to be extremely out-of-the-common, but in an interesting and luxurious way.

Cave-house in shape of a human face, Bomarzo, Italy, 16th c, Picture source: Learning from Architecture

After thousands and thousands of years things have changed a little… 😉
Today’s earth shelter dwellings are a more friendly and elegant return to nature: comfortable and eco. I wonder what Thomas Hobbes would say about these….

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Burj Khalifa – Tallest Building in the World



Grand opening! The tallest skyscraper has been unveiled to the world… After years of construction the well known Burj Dubai now called Burj Khalifa has been completed leaving far behind Taipei 101.

Burj Khalifa | World’s Tallest Structure | DUBAI | 828m | 2716.5ft | 162 floors

Use: Mixed (hotel, restaurants and offices)
Architect: SOM
Developer: Emaar

Burj Dubai Opening

I personally find it AMAZING!!! If a few years ago the entire area was a building site, now everything is sparkling and breaking records. From project to reality….
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Weird & Unusual Hotels – Photography Contest



One of the most popular and read posts on Weirdomatic is the post about the eleven amazing hotels. A few days ago, I stumbled upon a great book for travellers that reminded me of it: “Bed in a Tree”. Chosen from a great variety of DK Travel Guides, it features all kind of weird, unusual and wacky hotels to visit and enjoy. So… I thought of a contest.. If you have some beautiful pictures of weird and amazing places you have visited or things you have seen, this book could be yours.

Bed in a Tree Book


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