Catch up with highlights from our digital travels this week…
Stay the night in Dracula’s Transylvanian castle
This Halloween, Airbnb is offering two lucky souls a respite from the American political horrorshow with an all-expenses-paid trip to Dracula’s homeland. The competition winners will be given freedom to roam the 57-room Bran Castle, said to have inspired Dracula author Bram Stoker, as well as a ‘blood-enriching’ dinner and velvet-lined coffins to sleep in. One caveat, reports Paper – no garlic or garlic-scented items allowed.
Trump’s new hotel brand drops his name
What’s in a name? Well, if the name is Trump, it’s declining bookings. Amid reports that they were down 58 percent at his hotels, The Trump Organization’s latest venture has decided to ditch the moniker of the aspiring president and dub itself Scion. 6sqft has the details.
Reinventing the ‘farmhouse’
In an increasingly urbanized society, have we lost a sense of the connection between our lives and the agriculture that sustains them? Marcelo Ertorteguy’s ingenious series presents designs for houses that unite the two, where farming is as innocuous a part of daily life as shooting basketball hoops or swinging in a hammock. See more via Designboom.
Dubai reaches ever higher
Dubai’s desire to have the ‘world’s biggest’ everything continues. This week, reports Business Insider, ground was broken on yet another supertall skyscraper. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, with a projected cost of $1bn and a proposed height of 3,045-ft, The Tower will become the tallest in the world, beating the current record-holder by 328 feet. And which skyscraper will be shoved into second place? Dubai’s own Burj Khalifa of course. But it could all be in vain – the Jeddah Tower rising in Saudi Arabia is expected to be the first to reach the one kilometre mark, or 3,281 ft.
A secret chapel on a hillside
From afar, this structure in Valleacerón, Spain resembles an oversized piece of origami that’s been left on a hill. Up close, however, and it is revealed to be a very beautiful chapel. Built by architecture firm S.M.A.O using only golden concrete, its interior is lit exclusively by natural light and a single central onyx lamp. Ignant takes us on a pilgrimage.