Bern Journal: Swiss Alpine Museum’s unique North Korean mountains exhibit.

by Ron Bernthal Two years ago a film team from the Swiss Alpine Museum, in Bern, Switzerland, toured the mountainous Korean peninsula during the brief thaw in relations between the two Koreas (2018/19). The micro-stories captured on film and in … Continue reading

Floating saunas are one of Norway’s “hottest” trends.

by Ron Bernthal One of the hottest trends in Norway in recent years, architecturally savvy floating saunas offer an unbeatable combination of a hot sauna experience and a more than refreshing dip in a chilly Norwegian lake or fjord. In Norway you … Continue reading

Southbank Journal: US$1.5 billion mixed-use tower with a “green spine” proposed for Melbourne riverside neighborhood.

By Ron Bernthal An Australia developer, Beulah International, has selected the Amsterdam-based UNStudio’s design proposal for a mixed-use tower in the Southbank area of Melbourne. The Australian firm Cox Architecture, is working with UNStudio on the project. Southbank, a busy … Continue reading

Lindesnes Journal: Europe’s first underwater restaurant attracts visitors to southern Norway.

By Ron Bernthal Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where cold winter winds and ethereal summer breezes blow over rocky beaches, an underwater restaurant, the first in Europe, is situated at a unique geographical confluence, where thousands … Continue reading

Køge Journal: A harborside eatery built with Danish practicality and simplicity.

by Ron Bernthal Designed for possible disassembly, the Braunstein Pakhuset (Warehouse) opened in 2020 and will eventually, after Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted, welcome thousands of annual visitors who have been visiting the popular Braunstein Bryggeriet and Destilleriet (micro-brewery and … Continue reading

Toulouse Journal: New Exhibition and Convention Center built in city’s ‘innovation zone”

by Ron Bernthal MEETT, Toulouse’s new Exhibition and Convention Centre, is located in the innovation zone north of Toulouse. The project’s design firm, OMA, founded in the Netherlands, led by partners Chris van Duijn, Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas, … Continue reading

Daxing Journal: Once famous for its watermelon festival, now for the world’s largest airport terminal.

by Ron Bernthal In January, 2013, the Government of China announced the long-awaited approval for the construction of a new international airport that would reduce congestion at Beijing Capital International Airport, which is presently the second busiest airport in the … Continue reading

European Night Trains Increase Services

By Ron Bernthal In 2005 Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) began dismantling its overnight sleeper network, and German Railways (DB) did the same in 2015.  On some routes, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) took over the service with their own equipment. Most … Continue reading

Berlin Journal: Design-Savvy New Building Opens in Former East Berlin

By Ron Bernthal The reunification of Germany in 1989 was a late bow to the “undeviating” Axel Springer, who always believed in it. In 1991, six years after Springer’s death, the German politician Peter Glotz admitted in the Bundestag (German parliament) … Continue reading

Arouca Journal: Soaring New Footbridge Opens Over Portuguese River

By Ron Bernthal Authorities in Portugal will shortly open an adrenaline raising suspension bridge in Arouca, just outside Porto, the country’s second largest city. The bridge, called 516 Arouca, is expected to open in late October, 2020, and will become the latest … Continue reading