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Posted on October 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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10 Incredible Examples of Architecture Reclaimed by Nature

By Nick Mafi, Architectural Digest

No matter the structure, architecture, at times, seems to take on a force more powerful than nature. But it’s an illusion. As imposing as brick, iron, and steel appear to be, construction materials often struggle to contain the forces of nature. History has shown that, over the years, even the grandest architectural structures will eventually be reclaimed by the powers of vegetation. And sometimes, the result of this process is quite breathtaking. Here, AD surveys ten of the most striking examples of nature clinging to, and at times engulfing, the architecture in its path. If nothing else, you may never look at a field of green in the same way again.

Green Village In Zhoushan
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This abandoned seaside town on Shengshan Island, located due east of Taizhou in the East China Sea, has been been slowly overtaken by verdant vines. The island once housed a colony of fisherman, who have since moved back to live on mainland China, leaving the town empty and ripe to be overtaken by the greenery.
At one point intended to be the Disneyland of Japan, Nara Dreamland was initially opened in 1961. Yet, after Tokyo Disneyland was opened in 1983, Nara Dreamland became an afterthought for visitors. The park closed in 2006, and became overrun with greenery. In 2016, the entire complex was finally demolished.
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At one point intended to be the Disneyland of Japan, Nara Dreamland was initially opened in 1961. Yet, after Tokyo Disneyland was opened in 1983, Nara Dreamland became an afterthought for visitors. The park closed in 2006, and became overrun with greenery. In 2016, the entire complex was finally demolished.
Along the southwest coast of Italy, near the island of Capri, is the historic valley of Vallone dei Mulini. The topography was created from a volcanic eruption some 35,000 years ago, and deep within it, a derelict 19-century mill that has been overrun by vegetation.
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Along the southwest coast of Italy, near the island of Capri, is the historic valley of Vallone dei Mulini. The topography was created from a volcanic eruption some 35,000 years ago, and deep within it, a derelict 19-century mill that has been overrun by vegetation.
Deep in the jungle of northern Cambodia is Angkor Wat. Covering nearly 400 acres, the temple complex was the capital of the Khmer Empire, whose rule ended in the 15th century. Since that time, the jungle has crept back around and oftentimes on top of the former shrines. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site brings in over two million tourists each year.
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Deep in the jungle of northern Cambodia is Angkor Wat. Covering nearly 400 acres, the temple complex was the capital of the Khmer Empire, whose rule ended in the 15th century. Since that time, the jungle has crept back around and oftentimes on top of the former shrines. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site brings in over two million tourists each year.
Located roughly 90 miles east of Florence, Italy, is the Parco Sasso Simone e Simoncello, a regional park that contains this clock tower, which is covered in lush foliage.
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Located roughly 90 miles east of Florence, Italy, is the Parco Sasso Simone e Simoncello, a regional park that contains this clock tower, which is covered in lush foliage.
An abandoned villa in Alentejo, Portugal, a town that is about 160 miles northwest of Lisbon.
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An abandoned villa in Alentejo, Portugal, a town that is about 160 miles northwest of Lisbon.
The Tunnel of Love—a railroad that links Klevan, Ukraine, to nearby Orzhov—has become a popular destination for couples to walk along. The overgrown tracks, which run a little more than three miles, are shaded in beautiful greenery from the surrounding forest.
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The Tunnel of Love—a railroad that links Klevan, Ukraine, to nearby Orzhov—has become a popular destination for couples to walk along. The overgrown tracks, which run a little more than three miles, are shaded in beautiful greenery from the surrounding forest.
Located near the southern tip of Japan is the Kawaminami Shipyard. Built next to Imari Harbour, the structure was once a glass factory and was later converted into a dockyard. It has been abandoned for decades.
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Located near the southern tip of Japan is the Kawaminami Shipyard. Built next to Imari Harbour, the structure was once a glass factory and was later converted into a dockyard. It has been abandoned for decades.
Built in the 16th century, Torrione della Coscia is an eye-catching watchtower that sits along the shores of Liguria, Italy.
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Built in the 16th century, Torrione della Coscia is an eye-catching watchtower that sits along the shores of Liguria, Italy.
The railroad tracks in Taiwan’s Taipingshan National Forest rise over 1,240 feet above sea level. The trails were once used to transport logs.
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The railroad tracks in Taiwan’s Taipingshan National Forest rise over 1,240 feet above sea level. The trails were once used to transport logs.
Posted on October 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm
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2970 NW Circle A | Move-in Ready


2970 NW Circle A Drive is move-in ready. The bathrooms have been tastefully updated with Ann Sacks tile, heated floors, built-ins and a sauna (in the master). For more information on this residence click here. 

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm
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720 NW Warrenton Terrace | NW Portland Sophisticate

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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Urban Vibe | The Eliot #1705

Enjoy downtown Portland’s cultural hub at the Eliot Tower. Just steps from the Portland Art Museum, Canoe Home Design, restaurants and shops, the next hot spot is never too far away. The walkability and ease of transit is just outside the Eliot’s doorstep with the Portland Streetcar and MAX Light Rail to deliver you just down the way to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

 

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm
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1800 SW Elizabeth | $950,000

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm
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Design Spotlight: Wallpaper

Fearful of commitment? My listing features bold wallpaper in the main floor powder room. It is a stylish design choice to enhance spaces both small and large. For more information on this residence click here.

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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Fall Means Back to School


With school back in session, having quiet spaces for homework and studying to ensue is important. My listing in Hartung Farms and NW Portland have the perfect rooms for productivity. For more information click here.

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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Get Inspired this Sunday…

… at Ainsworth Elementary School’s 4th Annual Garden Tour. From 11AM-4PM take a look at some of the Westside’s most extraordinary properties. For tickets and more information click here. 

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 10:56 pm
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Does a Building’s Age Affect It’s Rent?

Just as a spate of new housing units comes to market in New York City — the newborn sheen and amenities accompanied by premium rents — a study by the website RentHop offers a look at the relationship between a building’s age and the rents charged.

Among newer buildings, it found, rents decreased as a building’s age increased. The drop was particularly obvious in Battery Park City, where the median-age building was constructed in 1998.

Citywide, however, the median age of buildings is about 90 years, and in most older neighborhoods there was a more complicated relationship between the age of a building and the rent.

Location, not surprisingly, often mattered more. And buildings with historic merit were also sometimes more expensive than newer buildings nearby, as were older buildings with elevators.

Focusing on one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan, in buildings with elevators, RentHop produced a list of neighborhoods in which the greatest age-related discounts can be found.

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm
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