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The Japanese Shell Villa.


Shell House Villa is located in the Karuizawa region of Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan. Designed by architecture firm ARTechnic, the concrete villa with a large oval shell shaped structure is built in the middle of the forest.  The structure appears to float above the ground like a spacecraft, with trees growing around it, harmonizing the villa into the landscape.

This 329 square meter (3,541 sq. ft.) house has a central control system that enables all mechanical and electrical equipments to be managed by three buttons. A custom made floor-heating system minimizes the use of heat energy.  Check out the blueprints up top, and more photos of this fantastical villa down below.

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Ferrari Reveals Its 458 Speciale A.


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The convertible version of Ferrari’s hardcore 458 Speciale has been revealed, and it’s called the 458 Speciale A (A as in Aperta).  The car will be the most powerful road-going Spider in its illustrious history and will be getting the same engine as the hardtop Speciale.  So that means a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 with 597bhp spinning the rear wheels via a seven-speed twin-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.  That means a 0-100km/h time of 3 seconds, a 0-200km/h time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed that will be north of 200mph (321km/h). And all without a turbo or supercharger helping out.

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Its folding metal roof can be dropped almost as quickly (14 sec) and is unique to this model. The standard 458 Italia Spider has a fabric soft top.  However one thing the standard convertible boasts that this doesn’t is an exposed engine bay. This car’s rear has been redesigned to accommodate the folding aluminum mechanism but it still looks just as dramatic.  Inside the cabin will get exclusive carbon fiber trim and other details to mark it out from other 458 cars, and there will also be a prominently placed plaque that lists the number of awards that the 458′s engine has scooped during its lifetime.  Just 499 examples of the limited-edition Ferrari will be produced.  The Speciale A will be in France to kick off the Paris Motor Show, which commences October 4th.

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The Bentley Continental GT V8.


Two new Bentley Continental V8 models will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 9th January 2012.  The new Continentals will come in GT coupe and GTC convertible versions with power from a turbocharged 4.0-liter eight-cylinder engine that puts out 500 hp.  With a new 8-speed automatic transmission directing the power to the road, the V8 Continental will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds and have a top speed of more than 180 mph.  No official details have been released on fuel economy and emission figures, but Bentley informs us there is a 40 percent reduction compared to the W12 model.  Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, the W12-engined Continental range has gone from strength to strength with over 50,000 sales worldwide.

The Most Expensive Beach Apartment On The Planet.


Originally listed for $27M in 2010, this penthouse just sold for $21.5 million and was owned by Netscape Founder Jim Clark.  The Miami Beach condo property is a 5803 square-foot, multi-story residence that sits at the top of The Setai, overlooking South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  The world-famous 40-storey Setai Resort is serviced by Singapore-based, five-star hotel management company GHM Hotels.

Italian Space Saving Furniture.


An example of space saving furniture.

The Italians are known for many things, their food, the beauty of their country, and their women, are among a few, but I never really thought about their furniture until I saw the video below.  It documents some ridiculous futuristic ideas concerning space saving furniture, watch the video and attempt to tell yourself it’s not dope.

Tokyo Mandarin


To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night… for $670,000.  Under the plan, the entire hotel – 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day.  There will also be the option to have a cocktail party for 500 people featuring pastries from an award-winning Japanese pastry chef.  If someone actually does take the hotel up on this offer the hotel plans on submitting the stay to the Guinness Book of World Records.  Gen Yoshida, the hotel’s communications officer, says it is the first time for any Mandarin Oriental to offer such a package. The offer is available until Nov. 30, 2011.  The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is situated in the financial Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, next to the Bank of Japan and the largest Mitsukoshi department store, overlooking the Imperial Palace and Gardens on one side and The Bay of Japan on the other.  Designed by the famous Japanese textile designer, Reiko Sudo, the hotel is finished with lots of wood and natural textures.  The rooms, all prepared with yoga mats, are on the 30th to 36th floors, and the huge windows provide spectacular views over Tokyo.

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