Posts Tagged ‘ India ’

India’s First Playboy Model.


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Everybody has an opinion when it comes to beauty, some think of it only in a conventional way, others can see outside of the box, and see the beauty in any woman.  Much of the feedback from the readers of E! Online, where these photos were discovered was negative, but its hard for us to image anyone who couldn’t see the incredible Ms. Sherlyn Chopra as beautiful.  This gorgeous brunette is the first-ever Indian model to pose for the pages of Playboy and the magazine is just now releasing images from the sultry shoot.  The Bollywood actress was understandably thrilled to be given the opportunity to be featured in the iconic publication, and gushed about being a part of the magazine’s history.  “The experience of having shot for Playboy has been one of the most liberating ones that I’ve had so far.  I’m glad that Playboy has decided to release my pictorial [upon] the Independence Day of India. The timing could not have been more perfect.”  She said in a statement.  The 30-year-old revealed that she had taken photos for the magazine back in 2012, and shared pics of herself with Hugh Hefner on her social media accounts.  However, it isn’t until now that the public can finally see exactly what went down in the photo shoot.  Just wait for the full edition.

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The Stunning Courtyard House, Gujrat, India


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Ahmedabad-based (India) design practice Hiren Patel Architects have completed The Courtyard House project. Completed in 2012, the stunning property resides in Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. The Courtyard House was designed with a grid of 7’x7’. The house has been designed in such a way that all living spaces and passages face the  garden, which was also the main design concept, thus creating a central courtyard which holds the reflection pool making it a major design element. This also makes the design an introvert one, leaving the garden at the back of the property but still visible and accessible from all the rooms of the contemporary Indian house.

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The formal living room comes first along with two bedrooms followed by a 9in wide passage parallel to the central courtyard and reflection pool. The passage ends with the dining and family room. This area is is utilised to its maximum, thus has a big verandah on all three sides, which adds the value to the north side garden. This luxury Indian property has a large size of openings and skylight to allow ample amount of light to flood the rooms throughout the day. It is also a crucial feature in Ahmedabad climate. Light is essential but not scorching heat. Screens and deep verandah protect these huge openings from the harsh sun. Verandahs also become wonderful outdoors spaces during relatively cool evenings and mornings. The contemporary Indian property is made of RCC roof structures covered with wood. Also verandah and upper rooms are covered with wood. Floors are covered with natural marble stone and wooden planks. Custom designed doors and windows are made of wood and laminated glass.

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Ultraluxury Car Demand Won’t Grow In 2013.


Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said global demand for ultra-luxury sports cars will probably not increase next year. The main reasons for this are the European debt crisis and the slowing of China’s economy. “We are very cautious for next year. The Europe crisis is not over,” he said. To make up for the slowing sales in Europe and China, Lamborghini is now looking to expand in markets like Singapore and Hong Kong. The maker of the Aventador supercar also opened a second dealership in April in India, where the number of millionaires will more than double by 2015. The ultra-luxury unit of Volkswagen AG hasn’t made the decision whether to introduce an SUV, Winkelmann said. Lamborghini unveiled an SUV prototype — the Urus — at the Beijing car show this year.

Alila Hotels To Launch A Luxury Wooden Phinisi Boat


Alila Hotels & Resorts, the boutique resort company with properties in Bali and India, is planning to launch its own luxury wooden sail boat. The boat will make its inaugural voyage on Dec. 15. from Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province and will take guests around the Indonesian islands. The sailing journey will be part of a 10-day vacation package priced at $62,000, which will include a three-night stay at the group’s villas in Uluwatu and Soori. The sailing boat, christened Alila Purnama, which means ‘The Full Moon’ in Indonesian, will have a crew of 16 and can accommodate up to 10 guests. The boat, a traditional Phinisi Indonesian two-mast sailing boat, is 46 meters long and consists of three decks. The furniture on board the ship will be custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia. The Alila Purnama will have four air-conditioned cabins, each with queen-sized beds and suite bathrooms. There is also a master suite, featuring large wraparound windows with panoramic views of the sea. The luxury vessel will also feature a library, lounge, bar, an indoor dining area that can seat up to 12, and oversized daybeds in the main outdoor deck. The vessel will also offer free wifi. The luxury sailboat also has its own fully licensed PADI dive center, including equipment for kayaking, surfing, fishing and snorkeling.

A Home-Made School?


Hand-built in four months by architects, local craftsmen, pupils, parents and teachers, this primary school in Rudrapur (a village in north west Bangladesh), uses traditional methods and materials of construction but adapts them in new ways.  The architects, Anna Aeringer from Austria and Eike Roswag from Germany, made every effort to engage the skills of local craftsmen, helping them refine processes and learn new techniques that they could then use to improve the general standard of rural housing.

Sunlight and ventilation can be regulated through the use of shutters.  in Rudrapur, the traditional local materials are bamboo for constructions and earth for walls and foundations, straw for the roofs and jute rope for lashing constructions.  Earthbound materials such as loam and straw are combined with lighter elements like bamboo sticks and nylon lashing to create a environmentally sustainable foundation.  Thick walls assure a comfortable climate on the ground floor of the building.

Guerrilla Architecture


Stephan Malka is an architect known for her philosophy “To fix a the city, is to think architecture”. Stephan was recently rewarded with the NAJAP and proposes to install a new urban scenario, by imbricating residences within the Arch of Defense in Paris. This super intense structure looks like hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other.  To be 100% honest, I haven’t been able to find the structures true functionality just yet, but just at first glance it reminds me of a scene from the underworlds in Final Fantasy VII.