World’s most impractical buildings?

FT writers suggest nine examples of inhuman architecture — and have your say with our poll

Georg Huf
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Huf Haus chief on life without walls

The director of the German prefab homebuilder is an evangelist for open-plan, green living


Aerial view of Ninfa, south of Rome ©Antonio Vaccarini
A visit to the Italian garden uncovers ancient Roman myths about floating green islands moved by the stamping of feet
– Robin Lane Fox
Light trails from traffic are seen as they pass around the Old Street roundabout, in the area known as London's Tech City, in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
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Is London’s ‘Tech City’ overpriced?

New homes around Silicon Roundabout and Old Street are selling fast but at prices that may deter the area’s workers

The Berkshires, western Massachusetts
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Fall for New England’s Berkshires

The rural area of western Massachusetts is a fine autumnal sight, which makes it even more appealing to overseas buyers

Peony, ‘Paeonia’ species

Out of this world: plants close-up

A new book by Teri Dunn Chace and photographer Robert Llewellyn reveals the hidden alien-like formations of seeds and pods

Santa Monica beach, California
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Santa Monica: high demand, low supply

Buyers are flocking to the Californian beachfront city, but growing interest is highlighting the lack of stock

The view from Buda Castle of the Danube and the parliament building
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Budapest: buyers in dash for the Danube

A buoyant market is attracting foreign interest in the Hungarian capital as a place both to invest and live in

Hair salon featuring bamboo in Bangkok, Thailand, designed by NKDW

Bamboo shoots into the design spotlight

Often overlooked as a cheap, low-grade material, more designers are making use of the plant’s natural qualities

Timothy Garland in his garage workshop at his Lincoln home
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Furniture restorer uncovers lost stories

Timothy Garland’s first client was a friend of his father who had spilled a bottle of nail varnish over a Georgian card table

Moussa Ag Assarid in the French city of Angers, wearing Tuareg garb, although not his traditional ‘cheche’
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Desert nomad finds his oasis in France

Tuareg tribesman Moussa Ag Assarid left the Sahara for the French city of Angers and wrote a book about his adventures