Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Utopia in pink
When Ricardo Bofill built the residential complex La Muralla Roja on the Costa Blanca in 1973, his modest aim was to “renew or even revolutionize ways of life with the help of new building forms.” One apartment in this surrealist gem is for rent.
The ravages of time? A portal to another dimension? No – just the incredible work of street artist 1010, who is famed for his clever optical illusions on buildings that make flat surfaces look like cavernous holes.
Until they were banned in the 19th century, monks from the Buddhist Fuke sect wandered the streets of Japan playing gentle melodies on flutes and begging for alms. The sect died out 150 years ago, but their traditions are recreated for special occasions.
Mary Shelley’s novel about a man-made creature was published in 1818 and spawned countless stage and film adaptations. Renowned Gothic scholar Sir Christopher Frayling documents the evolution of this phenomenon in his new book.