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Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

For $188 Million, You Could Live in This Bel Air Mansion Fully Stocked With Wine, Candy, and Luxury Cars

Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

If you're going to shell out $188 million for a new house in one of the ritziest areas of the U.S., you might as well get a few luxury cars out of the deal. At least, that seems to be the rationale behind this insane mansion in Bel Air, a 38,000-square-foot palace with interiors that will stun you—just maybe not in the way that most mansions of this caliber might.

Spotted by Business Insider, the fully furnished home at 924 Bel Air Road first went on the market in January 2017 for $250 million, then one of the highest prices on the U.S. housing market. The property was built on spec by luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, whose company, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2017, "caters to billionaires who pay tens of millions for his move-in-ready homes stocked with countless amenities and hand-picked designer wares."

A bright white dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out upon Los Angeles
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

This eye-boggling mansion—literally named "Billionaire"—is no exception. It comes with a decommissioned helicopter used in the show Airwolf perched next to the swimming pool, decorative chrome-plated guns, a Champagne-bottle pinball machine, a lounge area that has enough sofas and chairs to host a whole nightclub, a 40-person movie screening room, a four-lane bowling alley, two fully stocked wine cellars, a game room that comes loaded with enough candy to rival an M&M store, a spa room that comes equipped with its own massage tables, and a personal gym. Ah yes, and the "auto gallery" filled with $30 million in luxury cars.

As for the actual accommodations, the four-story house also has two master suites, 10 "oversized VIP guest suites," 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, and five bars. The real estate listing notes that it also has a "seven-person full-time staff," though it doesn't mention if their salaries are included in the price tag.

It's truly a sight to behold. See the listing from real estate firm Hilton & Hyland here.

A game room with custom foosball tables and a wall filled with candy dispensers
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A lounge filled with white leather chairs with a full bar and large TV screen
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

An office desk looks out on a helicopter sitting on the lawn at night.
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A mansion property with four levels and a pool, lit up at night
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

[h/t Business Insider]

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Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Silja Lena Løken / Statens vegvesen
Norway Opens Another Spectacular Roadside Bathroom
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Silja Lena Løken / Statens vegvesen
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Silja Lena Løken / Statens vegvesen

Norway’s National Tourist Routes will change how you think about rest stops. As part of a decades-long program, the Norwegian government has been hiring architects and designers to create beautiful roadside lookouts, bathrooms, and other amenities for travelers along 18 scenic highways throughout the country. One of the latest of the projects unveiled, spotted by Dezeen, is a glitzy restroom located on the Arctic island of Andøya in northern Norway.

The facility, designed by the Oslo-based Morfeus Arkitekter, is located near a rock formation called Bukkekjerka, once used as a sacrificial site by the indigenous Sami people. The angular concrete and steel structure is designed to fit in with the jagged mountains that surround it.

The mirrored exterior wall of the bathroom serves a dual purpose. On the one hand, it reflects the scenery around the building, helping it blend into the landscape. But it also has a hidden feature. It’s a one-way mirror, allowing those inside the restroom to have a private view out over the ocean or back into the mountains while they pee.

The newly landscaped rest area near the bathroom will serve as an event space in the future. The Bukkekjerka site is already home to an annual open-air church service, and with the new construction, the space will also be used for weddings and other events. Because this is the Arctic Circle, though, the restroom is only open in the late spring and summer, closing from October to May. Check it out in the photos below.

A bathroom nestled in a hilly landscape
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Hugo Fagermo / Statens vegvesen

The mirrored facade of a rest stop reflects concrete steps leading down a pathway.
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Hugo Fagermo / Statens vegvesen

A person stands outside the bathroom's reflective wall.
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Hugo Fagermo / Statens vegvesen

A wide view of a rest stop at the base of a coastal mountain
Morfeus Arkitekter. Photo: Trine Kanter Zerwekh / Statens vegvesen

[h/t Dezeen]

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Snøhetta
Norway's New Hotel in the Arctic Circle Will Produce More Energy Than It Uses
Snøhetta
Snøhetta

A new hotel coming to Norway’s section of the Arctic Circle will be more than just a place to stay for a stunning fjord view. The Svart hotel, which is being billed as the world’s first "energy-positive" hotel, is designed to “set a new standard in sustainable travel,” according to Robb Report.

Built by a tourism company called Arctic Adventure Norway and designed by Snøhetta, an international architecture firm headquartered in Oslo, it’s one of the first buildings created according to the standards of Powerhouse, a coalition of firms (including Snøhetta) devoted to putting up buildings that will produce more power over the course of 60 years than they take to build, run, and eventually demolish. It will be located on a fjord at the base of Svartisen, one of the largest glaciers on Norway’s mainland and part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park.

A hotel stretches out above the water of a fjord.
Snøhetta

The design of the hotel is geared toward making the facility as energy-efficient as possible. The architects mapped how the Sun shines through the mountains throughout the year to come up with the circular structure. When the Sun is high in the winter, the terraces outside the rooms provide shadows that reduce the need for air conditioning, while the windows are angled to catch the low winter Sun, keeping the building warm during cold Arctic winters. In total, it is expected to use 85 percent less energy than a traditional hotel.

The sun reflects off the roof of a hotel at the base of a glacier on a sunny day.
Snøhetta

Svart will also produce its own energy through rooftop solar panels, though it won’t have excess energy on hand year-round. Since it’s located in the Arctic Circle, the hotel will have an abundance of sunlight during the summer, at which point it will sell its excess energy to the local electricity grid. In the winter, when it’s too dark for solar energy production, the hotel will buy energy back from the grid. Over the course of the year, it will still produce more energy than it uses, and over time, it will eventually produce enough excess energy to offset the energy that was used to build the structure (including the creation of the building materials).

“Building in such a precious environment comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural beauty and the fauna and flora of the site,” Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen explains in the firm’s description of the design. “Building an energy-positive and low-impact hotel is an essential factor to create a sustainable tourist destination respecting the unique features” of the area.

Svart is set to open in 2021.

[h/t Robb Report]

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