La Belle Geode

La Geode is a fascinating structure in Paris' Cite des Sciences. It's a 36 meter diameter IMAX movie theater built in 1985 and has the only 12.1 surround sound system in the world (can't say I noticed). More impressive are the ~6,500 triangles that coat the sphere: they are placed in groups of 4 with a tolerance of within 1/10 millimeter. No triangles actually touch each other to allow for expansion due to temperature variations. Best of all? The reflections!

Clash of Exterior Designs: Past and Future

Though a little shocking at first, I think the juxtaposition of modern and traditional facades works pretty well in these two houses from Sion, Switzerland.

I assume that a glass (?) facade might have been a cheaper option than a full-on renovation. Wonder what the neighbors think of it? I do like the color coordinated fire hydrant in the lower left corner. Nice touch :-)