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Top 5 Most Stunning Buildings of the World

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The Graz Art Museum, designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier in 2003, is a must see for those who can really understand the latest tendencies in contemporary art. The huge “nozzles” sticking out from the roof are in fact solar panels which enable the building to generate its own energy and make it environment-friendly.

Thanks to the weird architecture and unique computerized lightning system which illuminates the building from beneath the transparent acrylic panels of the roof , the Museum reminds some supernatural creature and is sometimes even called a ‘friendly alien’. Being one of the world’s greatest exhibition venues, this highly functional and technical building meets all the requirements the most demanding modern art owners could only think of.

2. The Haines Shoe House

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The Haines Shoe House, designed by Mahlon Haines in 1948, is an example of the dramatic roadside advertising which was quite popular in the early 20th century. Mahlon Haines was a shoe salesman and the House is a copy of his best selling model – high topped work shoe. Haines never sold footwear from the Shoe, neither did he live there himself. Instead he invited people to celebrate anniversaries or sometimes even live there for a couple of days.

The advertising power of the House proved to be so strong that Haines never demanded any pay for living in it as the amount of shoes bought by the amazed visitors was tremendous and covered all the construction expenses. The Shoe House is still open to the public, so if you want to feel like a dwarf stuck in a huge cosy boot you should remember the address.

3. The Crooked House

Sopot, Poland

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The Crooked House, designed by architects Szotynscy and Zaleski in 2004, is now home to the shopping center and definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions of Poland. Once you visit the place, a picture of you in front of the Crooked House is a must have, otherwise what’s the reason coming here?

4. The Guggnheim Museum

Bilbao, Spain

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The Guggenheim Museum, also known as the Palace of Fish Scales, is a real feast for the eyes from both inside and outside. Opened in 1997, it totally changed modern vue of contemporary art and architecture in particular.

The idea of building the museum in the first place was the attempt to revitilize the economy of the city of Bilbao – and the attempt was more than just successful. The museum able to host the greatest exhibitions of world’s contemporary art, and which is itself a piece of amazing modern architecture, annually attracts millions of tourists from around the globe which made it possible to cover the building expenses in the first few years.The museum now contains contemporary artworks alongside with more traditional exhibitions such as paintings by artists of the second part of the 20th century.

5. 30 St Mary Axe

London, UK

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30 St Mary Axe, the skyscraper in the financial district of London, is more widely known as The Gherkin due to its unusual form. The building was erected in 2003 on the site of the former Baltic Exchange which had been almost completely destroyed by the bomb explosion 10 years earlier.

Though it has become one of the symbols of modern London and is a must see for every tourist alongside with Buckingham Palce and Trafalgar Square, it is not open to the public, so unless you have some business inside the building you can enjoy its beauty and grandeur only from a certain distance. Andf if you want to make some really good pictures in front of The Gherkin, make sure you come here on Sunday, otherwise you will meet thousands of office workers here who will make it quite difficult to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

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Alexander Zverev World number one to win ATP Finals in London

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Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career.




Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

Third seed Zverev broke Djokovic for a 5-4 lead in the first set and then served three big aces to take the set.

Zverev, 21, continued to dominate in the second set and sealed a memorable victory as Djokovic faltered.

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“I’m unbelievable happy, obviously it is the biggest title I have ever won,” said Zverev, who also took home around £2m in prize money.

Zverev lost to the Serb in straight sets in the round-robin stage but, after beating Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals, produced a more confident performance to stop Djokovic equalling Federer’s haul of end-of-season titles.

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Zverev missed his first championship point before hitting a sensational backhand down the line for victory, falling to the court in a mixture of disbelief and celebration as Djokovic jumped over the net to congratulate him.

“You definitely played much better than you did the group stage,” Djokovic told Zverev with a laugh. “You deserved to win.”

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Nigeria Musician Ayefele reacts to Oyo govt reconstruction of Music House

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Popular gospel musician and Chairman of Fresh 105.9 FM, Ibadan, Mr. Yinka Ayefele, has reacted to the reconstruction of the Music House, which houses the radio station by the Oyo State Government.



 The building was partially demolished by the agent of the state for allegedly violating building plans in the state.It was however gathered that the state government under the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has began the reconstruction of the building located along the Challenge-Toll Gate Express Way, Ibadan.

From a visitation to the site by newsmen, it was observed that some of the building materials used for the reconstruction such as sand, gravels among others are still at the front of the building to finish the work.

But, Ayefele while reacting showered encomiums on Ajimobi for fulfilling his promise to assist in rebuilding his partially demolished Music House.

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In a statement personally signed and made available to newsmen by Ayefele, he said the Governor had the choice to ask him to go and rebuild the Music House but he was magnanimous and compassionate to have promised to rebuild the affected areas.He said, “It is not common to find government doing that, anything near that is to allow you to rebuild it yourself but here the Governor promised and he has fulfilled his promise.

“Let me use this opportunity to register my heart-felt gratitude and sincere appreciation to my Governor, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi for his prompt positive response to our plight.

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“It is not our right but the Governor only showed us mercy by offering to help us to rebuild the Music House. He, has, through this magnanimity help us to right our wrong and we’ll be eternally grateful to him.

“I was surprised to see some engineers reportedly from the governor’s office some weeks ago on the instruction of the state government to start work on the Music House.

“I had thought it would be the usual promise but our dear governor proved us wrong and with this development he has demonstrated the qualities only found in true and exceptional leaders”.

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