August 13, 2013 |
A strange and elaborate stone villa perched atop an apartment building in Beijing has caught the attention of authorities there who have ordered the structure be torn down. Dubbed "the most outrageous illegal structure" by local media, the sprawling fortress resembles the top portion of a mountain peak, complete with trees, shrubbery and piles of rocks, that just happens to be fused onto the roof of a 26-story apartment complex. It has been seized upon by the Chinese public and media as yet another example of the willingness of the country's uber-wealthy to flout rules and usually get away with it. The owner, a businessman in the traditional Chinese medicine industry, spent six years building the 8,600-square-foot villa despite complaints by neighbors who said it was causing problems with the building's pipe system and structural integrity, according to the Associated Press.
August 7, 2013 |
Dustin House and co-workers spent a recent morning in a massive hole in downtown Los Angeles where the 73-story Wilshire Grand Hotel will soon rise to become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. As one of the superintendents for the $1-billion project, House - wearing his hard hat, protective sunglasses and work boots - oversees the workers pulling the last bit of concrete from the old Wilshire Grand site, which is in the final stages of demolition this month. But later this year the big job begins as crews start pouring the concrete foundation and working their way up, floor by floor.
July 18, 2013 |
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
July 11, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian authorities said Thursday they are holding two Muslim Brotherhood members suspected in the killing last week of an Alexandria teenager, who was thrown from a rooftop during clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Security officials said the men had confessed to throwing Hamada Badr, 17, off a six-story building, according to Egyptian state media. Muslim Brotherhood officials in Alexandria have denied that their members took part in the attack.
June 12, 2013 |
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
May 14, 2013 |
Rihanna tour guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has bought a home in the Hollywood Hills for $2.15 million. The contemporary features a rooftop swimming pool, spa and cabana with 360-degree views that take in the Hollywood sign. There are high ceilings, a bar, a sauna, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,255 square feet of living space. Grandest pool around? Malibu has it The Portuguese guitarist singer-songwriter and producer, 46, gained notice with the hard rock band Extreme, which had the early '90s hits “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted.” He went on to found numerous bands and has a line of guitars.