Posts Tagged ‘ Architect ’

Aqua Amazon Luxury Boutique Hotel Boat


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Check out the Aqua Expedition steam, you will enjoy a chic boutique hotel that floats on Amazon. Yes, most people love nature but not all of us can abandon the comfort offered by large five-star hotels. But now there is Aqua Amazon Luxury Boutique Hotel Boat. This hotel-ship offers 12 luxury suits with lovely views from each one. The hotel accommodates up to 32 guests along with all the staff. 147-feet vessel was designed by well-known Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Hotel was made from a simple boat. Jordi Puig also added to the project recreational room, hot tub on the open deck , a gym for daily exercise and fitness, and of course, a gourmet restaurant. Restaurant has its own captain – famous chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

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Sustainable Pine Tree Shaped Houses


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Architect Konrad Wójcik has taken the treehouse concept out of the actual tree and put it right next to them. These sustainable tree-shaped houses could be going up in a forest near you soon, as the futuristic design and environmentally friendly specs have caught the attention of more than a few potential buyers. With an array of solar panels, a heat pump bringing in energy from the ground, and a bio-digester to recycle human waste, the goal is true sustainability. There’s no cement or steel used on any of the four floors, just a lightweight but strong wooden frame. Four people can chill here with ease, and the plan would be to have all of the houses within walking distance of public transportation.

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Villa Amanzi Residence In Phuket Thailand


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Designed by Original Vision, Villa Amanzi is somehow nestled amidst jagged rocks on a steep incline. Sleek lines and wide open spaces dominate over the three levels of luxury, with three bedrooms (and their bathrooms) each having perfect ocean views. The interior offers 8,600 square feet of space, while the entire property stretches out over 2,644 square meters.

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Matthew Perrys Malibu Beach House


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Views of the Pacific abound, as the home’s interiors include wooden beams, large glass windows that radiate a sophisticated kind of laid back chill that only $12 million can buy. Maybe it’s the open floor living plan? Maybe it’s the fact that you can fling your table scraps into the ocean? Either way, the view is worth it alone.

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Sustainable Floating House Concept


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Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment. This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials. The residence is quite spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room kitchen, and terrace. The home also features luxury finishes throughout, and with the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption.

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Foxhead Global Headquarters


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The leaders of the motocross apparel company, Fox Head, Inc. approached a company in November 2011, with the goal of relocating their headquarters from Morgan Hill, in Northern California, to Irvine, California. They wanted a space that would inspire their staff and encouraged CWa to challenge preconceptions about how an office space can work and how this warehouse shell could become a cutting edge creative house. The industrial warehouse on Armstrong Avenue in Irvine offered an opportunity of consolidating the company in one open, creative environment. The design solution for the 82,000 sq. ft. space evolved from the desire to create a functional yet playful environment that befits the Fox image. Equally significant was the company’s desire for an open, flexible and collaborative work environment for its employees.
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Traditional urban planning concepts were utilized to provide the architectural frame to foster a community centered around place, interaction and innovation. A Main Street concept, individual task-oriented neighborhoods, park-like landscape elements and circulation-oriented ‘facades’ were each enlisted to create a community unique to the company’s culture. On the exterior, a sculptural addition was proposed to accommodate Fox’s main entrance and provide an identifying landmark. Existing and new infrastructure are exposed and coordinated to enhance the architecture, while the warm palette of reds, oranges and yellows reference the original brand colors of Moto-X Fox while differentiating the ‘monuments’ in the city from the muted background. The resulting ‘city’ is a reflection of the company’s character: an open and creative workplace that fosters interaction between varied groups of specialists.
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100 Colors Exhibition – Japan


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With our fascination with both minimalism and color, we’ve kept an eye on Emmanuelle Moureaux, the French-born and Tokyo-based architect famous for her use of candy-hued colors in many of her projects. For many years, Moreaux has explored the use of color and the use of the traditional Japanese paper screens as dividers. Many of her projects in retail, hospitality and public spaces express some combination of the two, using colorful screens as dividers and using color as a space maker.

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Superyacht Designed by Architector Zaha Hadid


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London architect Zaha Hadid has designed a family of superyachts for German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss. Zaha created a concept for a 128-metre yacht, which informed the design of five smaller vessels engineered by Blohm+Voss. The upper structure of the design is formed from sinuous shapes connecting the different decks. This conceptual language has been pared down and applied to a series of 90-metre-long Unique Circle Yachts, refined so the vessels meet the technical specifications for ocean crossings. “As a dynamic object that moves in dynamic environments, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water,” said Hadid. “Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety.”

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Hong Yi Plays with her Food


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Almost every day for one month, Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi created a fun illustration made with food. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food and the only backdrop could be a white plate. With that in mind Yi set out to create landscapes, animals, homages to pop culture, and even a multi-frame telling of the three little pigs.

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Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura And NAP


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Weekend Home – San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico


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Guadalajara-based architectural practice, Agraz Arquitectos, have designed the SJC House project.  The luxury family property can be found on the edge of Lake Chapala, San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico.

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An Architect Gone Mad


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Without the use of a camera Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian sifts through a library of some 25,000 images from which he carefully selects the perfect elements to digitally assemble mysterious buildings born from the mind of an architect gone mad. While the architectural and organic pieces seem wildly random and out of place, Kazanjian brings just enough cohesion to each structure to suggest a fictional purpose or story that begs to be told.

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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort


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Chinese-based Sheraton hotel chain is planning an aggressive expansion in 2013, opening 30 new branches in the Asia-pacific area and four in Africa and the Middle East and 15 alone will open in China within the year. The “Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort” is perhaps the most striking of this endeavor, designed by Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects. It could be described as horseshoe shaped, or maybe as a partially submerged bold serif-faced ‘O’, or even possibly a dipped elongated donut, but no matter how you describe it, the newly opened Sheraton Hushou Hot Spring Resort is not your average looking hotel.

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Contemporary JPGN Residence, Brazil


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Brazilian architectural practice Danilo Matoso Macedo have completed the JPGN project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary property belongs to a young couple in Brasília, Brazil. This contemporary Brazilian property looks onto Lake Paranoá, with the monumental area of the city on the opposite bank. According to the architect: “The contemporary house was almost fully elevated on stilts at the edge of the height permitted by law, allowing the desired view over the roofs of the neighbours. The property belongs to a young couple without children, the basic programme (room, office, bedroom, kitchen and service area) was distributed only at the top level, facilitating rapid paths everyday, more frequent when children are small. The indoors were arranged to prioritise the vision of the landscape, now converted into a central motif of the project – reverence complemented by a ‘panoramic deck’ provisions freely on the cover slab.

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Clube Disco – Sao Paulo, Brazil


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The 12-year-old Clube Disco night club in São Paulo was reborn this fall. It now carries its past proudly yet offers a completely upgraded experience. Brazilian architect Guto Requena worked with architect Mauricio Arruda on this project. We like the retro custom-designed furniture that gives a nod to the 1970s Brazilian style and mixes nicely with the black-leather, exposed-pipes underground disco feel. And we like the tunnel that was re-envisioned by Brazilian artist Kleber Matheus.

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The HITGallery, Hong Kong


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The cool, clean, minimalist interior of the brand-new 100 square-meter retail store, the HITGallery, in the Times Square shopping center in Hong Kong. The elegantly retro store, designed by the talented Milan-based architect and designer, Fabio Novembre, is the first iteration of a new global multi-brand retail concept of the Pettoranello-based fashion house, Ittierre S.p.A. Ittierre holds the licenses, manufacturers and markets several brands, including Aquascutum, C’n’C Costume National, Galliano, GF Ferré, Fiorucci, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Pierre Balmain and Tommy Hilfiger Collection. The latest brand to sign with Ittierre is Jean Paul Gaultier, with his men’s collection launching in Fall/Winter 2013-14.

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The HITGallery boutiques, slated to open around the globe, features several, if not all, of the lines Ittiere represents. The next store in line will be the Milan flagship but in the meanwhile, Ittierre has just opened a 1,000-square-meter temporary store, IT’S 30 MANZONI, at Palazzo Scotti Gallarati in Milan’s luxury neighborhood. In a media release, Fabio Novembre is quoted as saying that The HITGallery stores capture the essence and spirit of Italy by, for example, taking inspiration from the surreal atmospheres of the artist Giorgio De Chirico.

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Luxury Villa Costa d’en Blanes With Sea Views, Mallorca


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This beautiful home Villa Costa d’en Blanes is a contemporary property that comes with five bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms. The stunning home can be found on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. A very modern villa with excellent sea views enjoying absolute privacy in Costa d’en Blanes, Calvia.  The main floor, accessed via an illuminated panoramic glass elevator or staircase, comprises an open kitchen, spacious dining room, living area with fireplace, bathroom and the illuminated infinity swimming pool area and terrace.  Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the master en-suite and two sharing a further bathroom.  At ground level there is a separate apartment with individual outside access meanwhile the semi-basement has a gymnasium, storage room with the basement having garaging for up to four cars.

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The luxury Spanish home also comes with additional features such as underfloor heating and an interior and exterior audiovisual system.  The luxury home is in a very tranquil area with resident-only access.  The smart marina of Puerto Portals is just at the foot of the hill, a few minutes.

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Converse x Oscar Niemeyer Collection


American shoe company Converse has launched a new limited edition collection inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work. The 104-year-old modernist architect, whose iconic buildings include the Cathedral of Brasilia, reworked five classic styles for Converse, which also reached its 104th birthday this year. The trainers, which have a subdued palette of cream and white with dashes of red, are said to be inspired by Niemeyer’s famous quote about curves:

“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve – the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”

The footwear collection consists of the following sneakers: Chuck Taylor All Star Hi, Chuck Taylor All Star Oxford, Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot, Skid Grip Oxford and also the iconic Jack Purcell.

The Lake House…


Lake Tahoe, Nevada is among the most sought after destinations for dream homes. The beautiful  views of the large freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada make Tahoe the perfect get away destination.  There are quite a few waterfront properties lining the lake, few as breathtaking as ‘The Lake House’ designed by San Francisco based studio Mark Dziewulski Architect. Built nearly 6 years ago, the project was started in June 2006 and took until February 2010 to complete the extravagant home.

This monstrous home covers over 8,694 square feet of contemporary beauty that includes 5 floors, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, six level glass stairwell, and of course a glass elevator to make accessing your desired floor a breeze. If you are looking to pick this masterpiece up, this half acre lot in Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Nevada, USA is currently listed at $43 million.

Puerto Vallarta’s Fantasy Villa.


This wildly magnificent villa is located at the very tip of Punta Mita, the most northern point of Banderas Bay with views of the Pacific Ocean and across Banderas Bay to Puerto Vallarta with the Sierra Madre Mountains in the background. Casa El Destino, completed in 2008 by Mexico-based architecture firm Possenbacher Design, with interiors completed by California based design firm Barbara Page Interiors. This oceanfront home is a blend of contemporary and colonial Mexico, consisting of 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living featuring seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.  I’d just be down to relax in the living room with adjoining wet bar, dine in the dining room or enjoy the outdoor eating areas.  Girls can lounge under the grand Palapa, take a swim in the ocean front infinity pool, or enjoy a workout in the fully equipped gym.  All in all this villa comes out to a rate of $7,600-$11,000 per night.

The Korora House.


On a remote ridge stretching between the Hauraki Gulf and the breathtaking landscape of Waiheke Island sits the Korora House, Daniel Marshall Architect’s latest project. The New Zealand based firms’ driving approach to building the Korora House was to “work within the contour of the ridge, as an attempt to minimize the impact on the landscape.” The team was successful at their approach, co as each element of the house fits tightly within the curves of the rolling hills.  Marshall was extremely methodical when he incorporated local weather conditions into the design of the home. “The plan form of the house is spaced between two courtyards, which are bridged by a gabled roof stretched across the long axis. The courtyards provide the opportunity to shelter from either of the two dominant winds.”  Korora is built with materials of local interest, Marshall explains that “the materiality of the house draws on two architectural conditions of Waiheke, the masonry forms were inspired by the gun emplacements of Stoney Batter. The use of cedar and plywood reflect precarious weekenders of the island’s past. The combination of the home’s materials and it’s intricate built are what make the Korora House absolutely beautiful.