Posts Tagged ‘ Floating ’

The Mid-Lake Skate Ramp.


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Professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist has taken his skateboard on water to skate on the Floating Skate Ramp in Lake Tahoe, California. This is a unique piece of engineering made by skilful Jerry Blohm and Jeff King especially for Bob Burnquist. The 7,300 lbs skate ramp was built at 45-degree in 300 man hours featuring 1250 screws. The ramp is 36 feet long and 8 feet tall accompanied by 5 feet tall secondary ramp. Each wood panel was tainted with different color and polished to create horizontal stripes. No need to worry about the landing if you mess up a trick and go over the ramp. This floating ramp was actually built for Dream Big California Tourism Campaign.  Check it out.

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Jet Capsule


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Production has begun on Italian boat company jet capsule‘s latest invention, a private 5 person and nine person taxi version. After the initial concept presentation five years ago, the unusual form was finally unveiled at the 2013 monaco show, where the design team sought to create a floating transportation device that was different from all others on the market. The innovation, which is 7,5 meters long and 3,5 meters wide is a fully customizable product that allows several configurations, including one with transformable sofas, a boat taxi with large seats and a luxury version with integrated comfort features. Several other versions are currently under development for ambulance and emergency purposes. The current capsule model has a built-in hydro-jet system that can be equipped with one or two engines, but the team are also working on the first electrically powered design to be presented in june 2014. All the jets come with an international sail certification and can navigate and operate in any country/region, and waves of up to 4 meters.

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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Arctia Shipping’s Floating HQ


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Finnish icebreaker company Arctia Shipping have unveiled their brand new floating headquarters located in the Helsinki harbor. Designed by K2S Architects, the 10,000 sq ft space mimics the icebreakingships their business revolves around, using a cold and stark exterior with a warm wooden interior. According to the architects, the decision to have a floating office was based on Arctia’s need to have their team as close to its ships as possible. It also allowed the KS2 to work from a blank canvas without the need to clear land or impact the surrounding landscape. Speaking to Gizmag, K2S architect Mikko Summanen said: “There was not enough space on ground and this solution also allows the company to move the office building into another location if necessary. The whole structure was built in the dock yards in controlled climate conditions, which is a great benefit in a Nordic climate.”

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Dreamscape by Yasuaki Onishi


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Using a combination of tree branches, hot glue, and urea, Osaka-based artist Yasuaki Onishi created a stunning installation at the Kyoto Art Center as part of his two-person exhibition “Dreamscape” with Yuko Matsuzawa. Crystalized urea appears on thin glue lines and draping down from the tree branches, creating a dense “frozen forest” that stands in stark contrast to its surroundings. The installation piece is a move in a new direction for Onishi, who usually uses hot black glue and plastic sheeting to create airy, floating volumes.

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Volcom’s Floating Mini Ramp


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French skate, surf, and snow culture magazine Desillusion have unveiled some behind-the-scenes photographs from the making of Volcom’s latest advertisement. The incredible floating mini ramp was built by Volcom for their upcoming full length movie “True To This”, which aims to capture the “energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms” and will feature skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.

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Nike SB Build Floating Skatepark in NYC


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A shipment of skateboarding history has arrived in New York City. As part of the Go Skateboarding Day, Nike SB have created a floating skatepark on a barge just off New York City. The park pays homage to some of the city’s most legendary spots with replica banks, ledges, and stair sets from places like Brooklyn Banks, OG Seaport benches, and Pyramid Ledges. Unfortunately for NYC skaters, the park will only be around for two days from 22 – 23 June, 2013.

Floating Photography


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Bence Bakonyi took some amazing pictures with the help of Kira Koroknai for the eerie Floating.  Pushing these limits of photography helped them to create a certain tension between the actual space (the set), and the subject photographed (people).

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Octopus Shaped Cirrata Lamp


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Unusually-shaped sea creature Cirrata, a suborder of octopuses, was a source of inspiration for designer Markus Johansson. His glowing, delicately formed lamp is meant to light up the “darkness of the ocean.” The tentacle-like base creates the illusion that the fixture is floating across the surface it sits on, or the ocean floor where the idea was born. Who would have thought this lamp was made from Corian, that solid surface material most often used for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

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Nimba LED Suspension Light by Antoni Arola


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A delicate, floating circle of light, the Nimba 90 LED Suspension Light combines simplicity with advanced technology and high-efficiency. A stainless steel ring is illuminated by a series of LEDs, softened by a white inner diffuser. Suspended from a satin nickel canopy by subtle, nearly invisible cable, the Nimba seems to levitate just below the ceiling.

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A Solar Floating Resort.


Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante has come up with a conceptual floating luxury hotel suite he claims could be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls.  Puzzolante suggests his “Solar Floating Resort” could be navigated along exotic coast lines, while its six resident passengers observe marine wildlife thanks to its underwater “observation bulb”.

The Audi Shark.



2009 World Auto Design Contest Winner; The “Audi Shark”.  Shark would have been the perfect car of the future. That’s why Shark has been designed in the future of technology without leaving today’s conditions.  Shark shows difference from today’s cars in terms of its own design and technology. It carries the qualifications of today’s technology and at the same time it takes the attention about its structure of plane and motorcycle like details.

Speed which all sports cars have quite affects the design of Shark. This effect is seen first on auto’s outside part. Shark has no vehicle unlike other classical cars. While this qualification increases the quality of drive, speed and control, it diminishes the risk of accident on the road. With Shark people can feel the flying, excitement and comfort. Outside the car what attracts people is the system of paddles. These paddles are designed by the effect of a shark and it provides the car to speed up with a balance and control and complete the concept of the car.

Shark’s fore and back head lights are designed like big cylinder to fit the design of Audi. The last difference of Shark is seen with the design of seats. These seats that are like motorcycle seat and thought for maximum comfort of the drivers. Shark’s out design details and the design of the seats satisfy the driver who like speed.  Can be seen as the car of the future with its own technology and different details. That’ s why Shark is a auto which reflects both today and future.

A House On The Water.


Le 2 Workshop, Jedrzej Lewandowski and Lukasz Skirzynski of ‘Formodesign’ recently presented their proposal for a ‘House on the Water’. The extraordinary design of the self-sufficient two family house was a result of research on yacht architecture. “The core is made of concrete and combined with steel cantilever structures. The foundation for the house is a concrete counterweight foot stabilized with the sea bed pile system”.

Here some explanations of the architects:

“The white look is achieved by the use of Corian. The floating deck, which rises with the water level thanks to the railing installed in the core structure, leads to the stairway. The top deck is available for the residents as well.

Eco-friendly features like the water desalination, energy accumulation, ventilation methods, water recycling, heat and energy consumption, tidal and solar energy systems are all there. The ‘House on the Water’ was designed to be sustainable. It is not only the installations, but it’s form and sun orientation. Vertical lines on the facade are the rails for computer driven shading system.”

The Levitating Girl.


Natsumi Hayashi is a sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits… of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, “jumps” into place. What I love most about her shots is that they don’t feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life.


When Natsumi was asked by interviewer Alice how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, she told a funny story. “One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like ‘Is the girl mentally ill’ and ‘Do we need to call the police?’  So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, ‘I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party’s slide show.’ Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like ‘Oh dear!’ and ‘Congratulations!’ and even ‘Keep jumping!’  Then, I took one of the best levitation shots of the entire series.”

Iceberg Cottage.


Observing the structure of icebergs, austrian architect Daniel Anderson has created a floating summer cottage design for Alands Hotel. The minimalist exterior is an attempt to remain unintrusive to the wild surroundings. The 60m2 structure is partially submerged in the water with its roof top offering surfaces in which to lie and take in the scenery. Large windows seek to give a spacious feeling to the interior rooms and views of the surrounding panorama. The project is currently in the concept phase.