Exploring the Wonders: A Journey to Mysterious and Amazing Places

By Sarah Norman | May 2, 2024

A Spectacular On the Water Stage Built for the 2002 Bregenz Performing Arts Festival in Austria

If the human imagination can dream it, architects and builders can construct it! From the humble to the extravagant, there is no limit to the uniqueness and creativity of buildings found around the world. In this collection of photographs, we explore some of the coolest, strangest, and most spectacular architecture in the world.

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They’re so extra! The Bregenz Festival “Opera on the Lake”, which began in Austria in 1946, has earned a reputation for building some of the most spectacular and elaborate stages ever constructed…and they float on Lake Constance. This photograph shows the set for Guiseppe Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” which was performed for crowds of 6,800 people a night during the 2002 theatrical season. The Bregenz Festival has performed many of the world’s best loved operas, all on huge, over-the-top stage sets. As you can imagine, there are challenges to constructing stage sets of this size and complexity…and outdoors ON WATER…yet the festival continues to outdo itself year after year. 

The Central Social Institution in Prague is Home to the World's Largest Vertical Letter File 

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This was the first search engine! The Central Social Institution of Prague housed the world’s largest collection of files and documents. To accommodate this must information, the offices were built with floor to ceiling file drawers, ten feet long and covering more than 4000 square feet of space. In fact, there are more than 3000 drawers. To be able to more quickly locate and extract files, electrical operator desks were added. A person only needed to sit in the desk and use a hand control to zoom to the correct drawer. Even the drawers were designed to open and close electrically, as this photo from 1937 shows.