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It’s hard for a home to stand out among Norway’s scenic wildlands, but one Oslo-based architecture firm has found success where many others have failed. The Mountaintop Cottage by Arkitektvaerelset is a thought-provoking cabin built within the constraints of the country’s strict housing guidelines — and amidst such a challenging opponent, the dwelling has emerged more beautiful than ever.

The cottage is located some 1,125-meters above sea level, adorning a secluded mountaintop that faces staunch weather and violent winds, causing designs and materials to be confined within a set of unrelenting regulations. While Arkitektvaerelset had a daunting project set before them, the talented architects created the serene structure with a beautiful wood facade, adorned by a 22-27 degree slanted ore pine roof. A mesmerizing collection of angular lines and proportionate panels mark the exterior of the home’s porch area, while panoramic divider windows dress the space in warm, natural light. The dwelling can accommodate up to 12 people, with an additional “attic” area that can house up to eight more — all thanks to a master bedroom, bathroom, and sauna that transition seamlessly between a space for rest and a guest sleeping area.

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In the wild and mountainous regions of western Mongolia lives a small group of Kazakh nomads who keep a millenary tradition alive. They are hunters who, helped by eagles, catch various types of prey, including foxes, wolves and hares. Here the hunt is not a squalid "sport" for leisure, but a source of livelihood.

By now there are only a few, around 300, and almost all are men, known as "burkitshi", except for a dozen women, including Zamanbol, whom the photographer Leo Thomas met in the Altai region here to immortalize this guardian people of ancient traditions, on the borders of civilization.

Nomads, they live mainly on sheep-farming, only a few remain and do not need comfort. Just the essentials. Even when winter temperatures reach 40 degrees below zero.

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When it comes to movie cars, none are quite as legendary as the absolutely stunning Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. But what made that vehicle truly stand out was its array of neat hidden features — like its rotating license plate and tire-shredding blades — all of which were unavailable on the car’s road-going counterparts. Now that’s going to change, however, as Aston Martin has teamed up with EON Productions to create an ultra-limited continuation series of that very car, spy gadgets and all.

We’re not entirely sure if they really plan to include an ejector seat and the hideaway machine guns, but we do know the brand consulted directly with Oscar-winning special effects wizard, Chris Corbould — a man who worked on a total of 14 of the James Bond films throughout his career. That also means every detail on this bad boy should be perfect, down to its Silver Birch paint job. The one downside: this particular edition will not be street legal (but, honestly, who cares?). Only 28 of these vehicles will ever be made and, of those, only 25 will be sold to the public for a grand total of $3.5 million each.

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