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Artist Recreates Demolished Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in Full Color

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From Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright's structures are some of the most iconic of the past century. But a few of his buildings never had the chance to earn widespread admiration because they were demolished before color photography went mainstream. Now, Dezeen reports that architect David Romero is using his computer to restore these lost designs to their original states.

The two buildings Romero chose to recreate—the Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, New York and the Rose Pauson House in Phoenix, Arizona—were mostly documented in black-and-white images. The Pauson house burnt down a year after it was built in 1942, and the Larkin building was destroyed in 1950 to make room for a truck stop that was never completed. An ardent admirer of Wright’s work, Romero chose to put these two pieces at the center of his "Hooked on the Past" project.

Using 3D-modeling programs and Photoshop to add the finishing details, the Spanish architect was able to create photorealistic visualizations of the buildings' exteriors and interiors. The Buffalo office building has been rendered with red brick and pink-tinted mortar, a design detail that was just recently uncovered. For the Phoenix residence, he had a few rare color images to work from, but they had faded over time. You can take a visual tour of the sites in all their former glory below.

[h/t Dezeen]

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You Can Now Shop for Tiny Houses on Amazon
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Whether you’re in the market for board games, boxed wine, or pickup trucks, you can likely find what you’re looking for on Amazon. Now, the web retailer’s catalogue of 400,000,000 items includes actual homes. As Curbed reports, Amazon will deliver a tiny house made from a shipping container to your current place of residence.

The pint-sized dwelling is made by the modular home builder MODS International, and is selling for $36,000 (plus $3754 for shipping, even for Prime members). The container is prefabricated and move-in ready, with a bedroom, shower, toilet, sink, kitchenette, and living area built into the 320-square-foot space. The tiny house also includes heating and air conditioning, making it a good fit for any climate. And though the abode does have places to hook up sewage, water, and electrical work, you'll have to do a little work before switching on a light or flushing the toilet.

Becoming a homeowner without the six-digit price tag may sound like a deal, but the MODS International home costs slightly more than the average tiny house. It’s not hard for minimalists to find a place for about $25,000, and people willing to build a home themselves can do so without spending more than $10,000. But it's hard to put a price on the convenience of browsing and buying homes online in your pajamas.

[h/t Curbed]

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For the First Time in 40 Years, Rome's Colosseum Will Open Its Top Floor to the Public
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The Colosseum’s nosebleed seats likely didn’t provide plebeians with great views of gladiatorial contests and other garish spectacles. But starting in November, they’ll give modern-day tourists a bird's-eye look at one of the world’s most famous ancient wonders, according to The Telegraph.

The tiered amphitheater’s fifth and final level will be opened up to visitors for the first time in several decades, following a multi-year effort to clean, strengthen, and restore the crumbling attraction. Tour guides will lead groups of up to 25 people to the stadium’s far-flung reaches, and through a connecting corridor that’s never been opened to the public. (It contains the vestiges of six Roman toilets, according to The Local.) At the summit, which hovers around 130 feet above the gladiator pit below, tourists will get a rare glimpse at the stadium’s sloping galleries, and of the nearby Forum and Palatine Hill.

In ancient Rome, the Colosseum’s best seats were marble benches that lined the amphitheater’s bottom level. These were reserved for senators, emperors, and other important parties. Imperial functionaries occupied the second level, followed by middle-class spectators, who sat behind them. Traders, merchants, and shopkeepers enjoyed the show from the fourth row, and the very top reaches were left to commoners, who had to clamber over steep stairs and through dark tunnels to reach their sky-high perches.

Beginning November 1, 2017, visitors will be able to book guided trips to the Colosseum’s top levels. Reservations are required, and the tour will cost around $11, on top of the normal $14 admission cost. (Gladiator fights, thankfully, are not included.)

[h/t The Telegraph]

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