Every year, Bill and Lily Petro open up their home to visitors from all over to celebrate the holidays. Their sprawling holiday village and model railroad display is an incredible sight to behold. It features model railroads, an amusement park, a Boston corner, mini European towns, and more! This year, the couple is inviting you to take a step into their magical holiday village in Garden Grove.
The Petro’s had been collecting and setting up the displays since they moved into their house in 2000. But it was only in 2009 when they decided to open it up to visitors. Since then, they have been amazed by the number of people who come out each year. In 2018 alone, approximately 500 people flocked to see their holiday village!
The display consists of 11 rooms that are spread out across two stories of the house. Each room has its own theme, making it feel like you’re visiting different parts of the world. One room is set up as a European town with tiny houses made from cardboard boxes and Popsicle sticks; another room is filled with miniature amusement park rides; yet another looks like a little town square with a Christmas tree and Santa figurines greeting passersby; and one room even has a small-scale version of billiards and pool tables!
The Petro’s holiday village also includes model railroads that run throughout the house on tracks suspended from the ceiling. The trains are operated by remote control, allowing visitors to watch them travel between different parts of the village and through tunnels lit up by blue lights!
If you want to get into the holiday spirit this season, why not head down to Garden Grove? You could marvel at Bill and Lily Petro’s spectacular holiday village—a wonderland filled with miniature versions of amusement parks rides, European towns, train tracks suspended from the ceiling—all lit up by twinkling blue lights! It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience for both young and old alike! So don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity—come join Bill and Lily Petro in celebrating this festive season at their magical holiday village in Garden Grove!
This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights visionary homes by the ArchDaily community. From a prefabricated house to supporting Ukraine war victims, a modular multi-story house highlighted during the Dutch Design Week, and a villa “shaped” by the Dubai coastline wind flow, this round-up of unbuilt projects showcases how architects move forward from the conventional residence concept to project alternative habitational standards in responding to harsh environments, nature, and technology. Let’s take a look at some of these incredible designs!
Prefabricated House in Ukraine
This prefabricated house was designed to help support victims of the war in Ukraine. The house is composed of two modules that can be easily assembled on site without any special tools or extra construction materials. It features a shed roof with gable ends and an open front porch, allowing for plenty of natural light and ventilation. Additionally, it has an insulated floor and walls made out of light steel frame construction and equipped with high-performance insulation materials. With its simple construction techniques, this prefabricated house provides comfortable living conditions for those affected by conflict in Ukraine.
Modular Multi-Story House
This modular multi-story house was featured during the Dutch Design Week. It is constructed from recycled wood offcuts and has a unique form that emphasizes its connection to nature. The interior layout is split into two levels; upstairs there are two bedrooms and one bathroom while downstairs there is an open plan kitchen/living/dining area plus additional space for storage, laundry facilities, as well as direct access to the garden. The structure also includes large windows which provide plenty of natural light as well as views over the garden below.
Villa Shaped by Dubai Coastline Wind Flow
Designed to blend seamlessly into its environment while providing residents with stunning views over Dubai’s coastline, this villa takes advantage of strong wind flows along the coastline using carefully designed openings in its walls that provide cooling breezes throughout the building. The exterior walls feature triangular cutouts which add visual interest while still allowing for plenty of natural light inside. Inside is an open plan design featuring several different seating areas as well as two distinct outdoor spaces ideal for entertaining guests or relaxing after a long day outside in Dubai’s scorching heat!
These three visionary unbuilt architecture projects show just how far architects are pushing boundaries when it comes to designing homes that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing while responding to harsh environments or limited resources such as materials or energy sources. From prefabricated houses that can be quickly assembled on site without any special tools or extra construction materials to villas shaped by wind flow along coastlines, these projects showcase how architects are using creative solutions to create beautiful living spaces that meet our needs while still respecting nature’s resources.
For more information on unbuilt architecture projects around world or if you’re looking for inspiration for your next home design project head over to ArchDaily! There you’ll find all sorts of inspirational ideas from top architects around the world!