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Posts Tagged ‘ House ’

That Tube Life.


There are various iterations of how urban dwellers will live in times to come, and of course, this is edged on by sci-fi films and various other architectural cityscape concepts. Above all, the vision of the future whether it be utopian or dystopian in your eyes is seemingly micro. One example of this is the OPod Tube Housing by Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture.

The OPod Tube Housing is low-cost, stackable micro-homes manufactured from concrete pipes. These pipes would be slotted in between building gaps rather similar to a game of Tetris. These concrete pipes are of course that of water pipes, transformed into a gorgeous 9.29 square meter home.

“OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems,” James Law said, envisioning that these adorable homes be aimed at “young people who can’t afford private housing.” Albeit this ‘apartment’ is somewhat of an underground water pipe at heart, it’s hard to knock the fun-loving industrial interior. Compiling everything a young city-dweller needs, the OPod Tubes comes complete with a fold out bed, shower, toilet, fridge, microwave, cooker, microwave, and more neat add-ons.

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Need A Spiritual Complex? Try The Windhover.


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The Windhover Contemplative Center is a spiritual retreat on the Stanford campus to promote and inspire personal renewal. Using Nathan Oliveira’s meditative Windhover Series as a vehicle, the chapel-like center provides a refuge from the intensity of daily life and a space for quiet reflection for the Stanford community. The extended progression through a long, private garden to the building’s entry allows visitors to shed the outside world before entering the sanctuary. Within, the space opens fully to the oak glade beyond while louvered skylights wash the 15 to 30 foot long paintings with natural light, unifying art, architecture and landscape. Rammed earth walls, wood surfaces, and water further heighten the visitor’s sensory experience acoustically, tactily, olifactorily, as well as visually.

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California’s ‘Oak Pass’ House.


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Build a massive house made of concrete in the middle of a grove of 130 beautiful protected old oak trees and you have an ugly disaster in your hands.  This scenario sounds likely but it was elegantly avoided in the Oak Pass Main House that Walker Workshop designed for a private client in Beverly Hills, California.  The house sits on a 3.5-acre site at the rim of a canyon, which is why the fantastic views were the main consideration of the house plan.

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The ornate oak trees provide a contrast for the hard edges of the low-lying house – a delicate balance not easily achieved.  The use of glass allows for views and vistas over and through the house and makes the mass of the house seem much smaller than it is.  Structural concrete is the main building material as it lets large spans of space to flow into each other without columns or supports.  All of this leads to a calm harmony between the site and the elegant minimalist house.

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The 8,000 square-foot (743 sq.m.) single-family residence includes four bedrooms on the lower level beneath the green grassy roof, two kitchens, a dining room, a living room, an office, a 900-bottle wine room, an exercise room, a media room, four bathrooms and a powder room, a foyer and an art gallery courtyard plus a garage.  This large residence is on the same property with the much written-about Oak Pass Guest House that Walker Workshop completed in 2013.

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Solar-Powered Ecocapsule Allows You to Live Off the Grid Anywhere in the World


Slovakia’s  Architects recently revealed several exciting details about the Ecocapsule that will give you the opportunity to live anywhere in the world. Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that operates off-grid by using sustainable technology such as solar power, rainwater collection and filtration, and wind power. In addition to this environmentally friendly aspect, the structure allows for worldwide flexibility and portability, since it can be easily transported and used as an independent research station, a tourist lodge, an emergency house, or even as a humanitarian-action unit.

Despite measuring only 14.6 feet in length, 7.9 feet in width, and 8.2 feet in height, the Ecocapsule can comfortably fit two adults and provide the same luxuries as a hotel room. A built-in kitchenette, running water, a flushing toilet, and a hot shower are now comforts that can be taken into the wilderness. For those that want to use this egg-shaped structure for scientific research, there is plenty of storage space for equipment and any necessary technology. When transporting this capsule, no special preparations are needed, since it can be shipped, airlifted, or even pulled by an animal.  

 

On May 28th, the Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna and more details will be released then. By the end of this year, this innovative structure will be made available for purchase. 

The Netflix Workout Guide.


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When writer Jessica Catcher put out her TV show workout guide via Mashable.com, we felt fit to add just a little bit to it.  Watching TV doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a couch potato.  If one were to simply watch their favorite shows, and do some workout exercises while the shows were on, in theory the more TV you watch, the more of a workout you’d get.  Check out our improved list of Netflix shows that could give you some of the best workouts by just following a few simple rules.  Much like a drinking game, when something specific happens, you have a few actions to do… the more you watch, the better workout you get.

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1. House

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  • Do 10 crunches every time they mention the diagnosis Lupus.
  • Do 5 pushups every time House takes a Vicodin.
  • Do 10 jumping jacks every time a diagnosis is wrong.

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2. Arrested Development

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  • When they dance like a chicken, you dance like a chicken.
  • Do 5 pushups every time G.O.B. makes a “huge mistake.”
  • Do 5 crunches every time Tobias uses a double entendre without realizing it.

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3. FireFly

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  • Do a pushup every time someone says “shiny.”
  • Do 5 crunches every time they speak Chinese.
  • Do 5 lunges every time Book quotes the Bible.

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4. The Walking Dead

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  • Touch your toes every time Rick says “stuff” or “things.”
  • Do 5 lunges every time Carl disobeys his dad.
  • Do 5 pushups every time Michonne makes a stink face.

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5. Game Of Thrones

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  • Do 5 jumping jacks every time a main character dies.
  • Do 5 situps every time you see boobs.
  • Do 5 lunges every time they mention that winter is coming.

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6. Mad Men

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  • Do 5 calf-raises whenever Don says something profound.
  • Do a pushup every time they drink alcohol.
  • Do a situp every time they smoke a cigarette.

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7. Dr. Who

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  • When they run, you run (in place, or on a treadmill if you have one).
  • Do 5 chair-dips every time the Doctor lands in the wrong time.
  • Do 5 crunches every time the Doctor mentions bananas.

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8. The X-Files

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  • Do a pushup every time Scully rolls her eyes at Mulder’s alien accusations.
  • Do 5 crunches every time they get called into Skinner’s office.
  • Do 5 calf-raises every time Scully has to do an autopsy.

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9.  The Office

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  • Do a jumping jack every time Michael says something inappropriate.
  • Do 5 lunges every time Pam and Jim prank Dwight
  • Do 5 pushups every time Dwight takes something too seriously.

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10. Breaking Bad

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  • Do a situp every time Jesse says “bitch.”
  • Do 5 jumping jacks every time Walt tells his wife a flimsy lie.
  • Do 5 chair-dips every time Walt Jr. mentions breakfast.

 

Chongwe River House


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Chongwe River House is a stunning holiday home located in Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia, and overlooking the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers. The villa has 4 bedrooms, and a stay can include guides, canoes, a boat, and armed scout and private vehicles for exploring its wild surroundings. Sitting on the deck, under a huge winterthorn tree and next to the large pool, your view across the Zambezi escarpment is magnificent. In the foreground the Chongwe River, a magnet to wildlife, passes by.

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Contemporary House Maza In Mexico


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The contemporary dwelling was completed back in 2012, and features 5,263 square feet of living space. The home is situated in a natural setting surrounding the Lake of Valle de Bravo, and blends nicely thanks to the lush vegetation running all throughout the home’s facade. In fact it’s almost difficult to tell where the outside ends, and the inside begins due largely in part to the massive floor to ceiling windows and doors that open the interior up completely to the outside elements. The residence has been equipped with a multi-car garage in the basement, and a tour through the house reveals individual spaces designed as scenes – providing a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.

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