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#FFF Fun Fact Friday

Here are the new lesser-known facts that will rock your world! No no, be calm. Just interesting facts -and maybe some gossips- about architecture and design. You can keep learning some inspiring stuff during your coffee break and then make a little bit show off with them in your conversations. Now, if you've grabbed your coffee...

  • Did you know? Maxxi Museum and Liverpool Museum are clones.

There is no statement that it was intentional but The Liverpool Museum resembles, more than a little bit, the award-winning design of the Maxxi Museum in Rome, which spent over a decade in development and construction. Designed by Dutch architects 3XN, the Liverpool Museum is the largest National Museum to be built in the UK in over 100 years and sits on a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Mersey River.

  • Did you know? The World’s Largest Archeological Museum opening is due in summer 2022.

The grand plan of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has been in progress for almost two decades, and will finally come to fruition next year. The first murmurings of the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum began in 1992. The building design was decided via a competition in 2002 and finally began construction in March 2012. Since then, work has been underway non-stop to prepare for the official opening of the museum, which was pushed back due to the pandemic.

Sited on a plot of land covering about 48,000 square meters, the GEM will be the largest archaeological museum in the world after its inauguration. Many artifacts, including the complete Tutankhamun collection, will be displayed to the public for the first time in history. 

  • Did you know? The World’s first digital NFT house sells for $515k.

Architecture is facing major changes as an industry after Covid. That changing transaction made room for something called: NFT architecture. That means that The Mars House wasn’t sold as 3D images only, or a project presentation. It was sold as a form of art that’s free from the barriers set by the material world. Architects need a piece of land in order to build, NFTs gave architects another plot, except this time it’s digital. 

The Mars House is designed by artist Krista Kim. And whether or not this house will be transposed in a physical environment someday; it was sold as an NFT for $500,000.

  • Did you know? There is an Egg-Shaped Cybertecture Building in India.

The Cybertecture building’s ideology was to personify the world in terms of the planet being a vessel which is self-sustaining comprising of an ecosystem permitting the life existence, its growth and subsequent evolution. Coinciding with our planet, the building comprises of a sustainable ecosystem evolving from intelligence in architecture, providing a dynamic user interface in the physical world complimenting it with comfortable access to the virtual spaces. 

The structure of the Cybertecture egg uses a diagrid exoskeleton, due to which it becomes a stiff structural system providing large floor plates without any columns, resulting in the reduction of construction material usage to approximately 15% in comparison to usual buildings. It can be proudly said that egg is a breakthrough egg.

  • Did you know who has the most expensive home of all time? 

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda, spent $63 million over seven years to build their Medina, Washington, mega-complex. It’s called Xanadu 2.0 — that’s a “Citizen Kane” reference — and if it was sold today, the property is now worth an estimated $145 million. 

Quick bonus facts:

  • He purchased the lot for $2 million in 1988. 
  • He reportedly pays around $1 million in property taxes each year.
  • You can change the artwork on the walls with just the touch of a button. 
  • The pool also has its own underwater music system.
  • There’s a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling.
  • His library is home to the Codex Leicester, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript that Gates bought at auction for $30.8 million in 1994.
  • Someone once paid $35,000 just to tour it.

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