This stainless steel hut in the Alps looks like a Bond villain headquarters

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 September 2015

You’re not the only one thinking the Refuge du Goûter looks like a James Bond villain headquarters. With its shiny metal sides and remote location (3,835m above sea level), this mountain lodge was commissioned by the French Alpine Club and designed by the Swiss architect Hervé Dessimoz. And this is where thousands of climbers spend the night while making the final ascent to the summit of Europe’s highest peak.

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Yes, a fairytale setting of a forest awaits you in Belgium

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Photography on Friday 13 June 2014

There is a magical looking forest called Hallerbos located in the south of Brussels, Belgium. The forest floor is infested with bluebells and their blooms burst forth in spring, coating the forest’s floor with a purplish-blue, fairy-like carpet. Besotted with them, photographer Kilian Schönberger went deep into the woods to capture this pretty fairy tale […]

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SONS: a museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear

Michael Amter Contributor

By Michael Amter in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 August 2013

Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.

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Handmade Belgian chocolate anus? Erm, fancy

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 29 July 2013

So this is Edible Anus, which apparently has been around since 2004 and claims to be ‘the anus that made Britain great’ and ‘changing the world, one crack at a time’. A limited edition crystal glass anus edition is available for sale on its website, too. Classy.

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Crowds gather in Brussels to smell the world’s stinkiest flower

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 11 July 2013

The national botanical garden in Brussels, Belgium is home to the Titan Arum, better known as the corpse flower. This rare 8-foot-tall plant has only flowered three times since 2008, and it only blooms for three days. What’s even more interesting than its rarity is its smell, which strongly resembles the stench of a decomposing […]

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Water tower converted into stunning apartment building in Antwerp

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Thursday 11 April 2013

I love this super modern apartment building in Antwerp. Known as Woning Moereels, the building was converted from an outdated water tower by the Belgian architect, Jo Crepain. The structure is semi-translucent and literally glows. The building is like a monumental lantern to the rest of the landscape. I would love to live in something like this.

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Foals perform their single My Number live at Studio Brussel in Belgium

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Tuesday 9 April 2013

Foals recently dropped by Studio Brussel in Belgium, where they performed a mellow version of their second single My Number. The band is currently embarking on a world tour in support of their third studio album, Holy Fire, released in February.

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Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has designed the strangest church we’ve seen

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Monday 11 March 2013

This church by architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh appears to be completely transparent. When the light hits it at just the right angel, the Belgian church  seems to be glowing and completely other-worldly. It is constructed using  over 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, meaning that contrary to it’s appearance, the structure is extremely solid. The […]

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This hotel in Belgium will pop up in random locales

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 12 February 2013

Haha, only in Belgium will you find the Sleeping Around hotel with, well, not a roving eye, but is roving nevertheless. Made from recycled shipping containers, the four-room hotel constantly pops up at new locations, aided by cranes that lift them onto a truck bed and transport them to the next ground of call. The […]

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Ghent Light Festival’s installation features 55,000 LED lights

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 18 January 2013

As part of the recent Ghent Light Festival – held in Belgium for four days – a cathedral-like light installation was erected. Containing 55,000 LED lights, the wooden structure stood grandly at 28m and was reminiscent of Roman and Renaissance architecture. We think it fit the theme of happiness perfectly and it was even eco-friendly […]

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Beautiful choral music by the Scala and Kolacny Choir

Caitlin Sullivan Reader Find

By Caitlin Sullivan in New Music on Thursday 1 November 2012

I first heard this Belgian choir on the TV show, Sons of Anarchy: their haunting harmonies backed a tragic scene is Season Three’s Ireland-based tale. A few YouTube searches later, I was hooked. Their covers of favorites like Radiohead’s Creep are bested by their originals. I don’t spend much time listening to choirs, but they’ve […]

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Street art found in a Belgium ghost town

Alina Filipoiu Reader Find

By Alina Filipoiu in New Art on Wednesday 22 August 2012

I’ve always liked street art because it has a lot of power over people and the city. Since I spend most of the day browsing, I discovered Doel, a ghost-town in Belgium. It’s a graffiti heaven where squatters have found paradise. If you take your time and look at all the houses, you would think it’s a cartoon town. The place is in a continuous transformation, where deserted houses become pieces of a major art project.

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VIDEO: Push the red button and wait for action

Olivier Piedboeuf Reader Find

By Olivier Piedboeuf in Video on Wednesday 16 May 2012

With over 34 million views on YouTube in less than a month, this video has become a huge success. To launch the high quality TV channel, TNT, in Belgium, they placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text «Push to add drama» invited […]

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Photos of Impossible Architecture by Filip Dujardin

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Friday 3 February 2012

Filip Dujardin is fine art and architectural photographer based in Belgium. Dujardin’s Fictions is a series of fictional structures created using a digital collaging technique from photographs of real buildings in and around Ghent, Belgium. Some of his architectural creations are structurally impossible or implausible. Some of the most intriguing buildings seem perfectly ordinary at first glance, revealing their fictional nature as the viewer registers missing or incongruous details.

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‘Glacier Caves’ photos taken inside a plastic bag

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Tuesday 31 January 2012

François Delfosse is an architect located in Belgium. This series of photographs, Antarctica – Glaciers & Caverns, are ‘viewed from the inside of a plastic bag’.

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