Posts Tagged ‘ Rent ’

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.

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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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 New Drone Not Run By The Government.


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DJI, a company specializing in the development of flight control technology, has introduced their latest photography drone, the ‘Spreading Wings S900′.  Like most of their remote-controlled helicopters, the automated device features advanced autopilot technology coupled with a unique gimbal stabilization system, delivering video footage and images of comparable quality to those shot on manned helicopters.  The device has a lightweight, highly portable frame; the arms and landing gear are made of carbon fiber, which increases stability and strength without sacrificing performance.  The portable drone is designed with arms that fold in order to save space, a redesigned and rebuilt power distribution system with gold-plated metal bearings that secure the power cords during flight, and a removable upper center board, meaning set-up time just takes a few minutes.  Combined with 4114 pro motors and 1552 folding propellers, the S900 has a maximum thrust of 2.5 kilograms.

 

 

Retractable landing gear and a special low gimbal mounting bracket give users a wide range of possible shooting angles and camera motions.  The latest motor adopts a single wire stator design, offering improved heat dissipation and better performance.  Each arm is designed with an 8° inversion and a 3° inclination, making the aircraft more stable when rolling and pitching, yet more flexible when rotating.  As the gimbal bracket is separated from the main frame by specially designed dampers, it significantly reduces high-frequency vibrations, resulting in a clearer and sharper shot.  The specs are readily available online for anyone looking to purchase.

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This Oceanside Home Will Blow Your Mind.


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The Villa Sow House is another dream home designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), a Cape Town-based studio. This two-story contemporary residence is a plush, luxurious home and is located in on a cliff-top in Dakar, Senegal.  The exterior of the home exudes contemporary architecture; the sleek, luxury finish of the shining silver material being accentuated through artificial lighting. An incredibly vast swimming pool grabs the focal point of the exterior however, with relaxation, spaciousness and privacy all being combined to create a lavish haven with a terrace/garden-like area. The artificial grass, palm trees and boulder are utilized to generate a feel of modern Eden.

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The interior of the house continues the luxurious trend. Spaciousness is key in all of the rooms, with a huge main living space perfect for privacy or sociability – whatever the client desires. A balcony-like space features, overviewing the swimming pool terrace area and generating an excellent view of the beautiful African scenery, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The kitchen is a brilliant, efficient size also. A main feature in the house is the spiral staircase, clad in stainless steel.  This sophisticated, luxurious residence combines lavish living, spacious areas and panoramic views to create a beautiful, contemporary home.

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The Delta Shelter Weekend Cabin.


Built in 2005 in Mazama, Washington, and designed by Tom Kundig, the Delta Shelter is 1,000 square feet of modernist retreat. It measures 20×20, sits three stories tall, and has 10×18 steel shutters that are opened or closed via a hand-cranked wheel.

This Is How The Rich Go Camping.


In a heavily wooded country like Sweden, it comes as no surprise when one comes across a hotel deep in the forest. However, the Treehotel is something beyond the ordinary. Located in Harads, a village in the northern part of the country with only 600 inhabitants, the hotel has made the forested region a touristic attraction.  Designed by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects such as Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham as well as Mårten & Gustav Cyrén, the hotel promises to reconnect its guests with nature. The hotel, which first opened in July 2010, consists of five tree-rooms and the owners Britta and Kent Lindvall, expect to build a total of 24 tree-rooms by the end of 2012.  All of the rooms harmoniously blend into the natural environment with the aim of making a minimal ecological footprint. Each room is located four to six meters above the ground and they all share the magnificent views of the surrounding natural environment. The rooms themselves vary in size from 15-30m2.

The Mirrorcube includes a queen size bed designed by Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham and blends into the forest surroundings due to the mirrored walls, which reflect the surroundings. Guests can enter the room through the 12-meter long bridge. The Cabin designed by Mårten & Gustav Cyrén features a double bed that accommodates up to two people with a terrace that overlooks the Lule river valley. A long horizontal bridge takes  the guests to the room and its structure will permit for additional bridges to be built once more rooms are constructed. The Bird’s nest room is a four-bed room with the look of a real bird nest. Designed by Inredningsgruppen, guests can access the room via an electric ladder that extends from beneath. The room offers the opportunity for guests to experience life as bird surrounded by the trees. Once the Bird nest was completed the idea to create a room that is “out of place”, was born and thus Inredningsgruppen designed the UFO, a room casted in durable composite materials which is also the biggest room that the Treehotel has. Finally, The Blue Cone has the distinct character of a traditional wooden house painted in red and accommodates up to four people.

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.

The Best Loft In The SOMA District Of San Francisco.


Step inside 110 Freelon through the laser optics lit, steel tube pathway, and you’ve entered SoMa’s most brilliantly designed live-work loft environment, all set on a quiet side street in the perfect location of SoMa (South of Market), a neighborhood in San Francisco. Developed by the current owner with consulting from Martin Building Company, this astounding residence offers up an incredibly dramatic entertaining and living environment boasting unparalleled features and amenities. Set across over 5,000 square feet of total living space (4,400+indoor living) and featuring multiple levels of mezzanines, this residence is a work in visual intrigue and functionality. Converted from an original warehouse structure, the property’s radiant heated hardwood floors were salvaged from a Los Angeles airplane hangar and pay homage to that original hangar use reflected by nearly 30 foot exposed timber and white-washed ceilings. The roof line is adorned with multiple skylights including a 16 x 20 foot retractable center skylight that literally brings the outdoors inside. Listed here for the asking price of $3,100,000.

Wanna Rent A Plane?


Virgin America is offering a deal on deals site Giltcity.com to take a round-trip flight for you and up to 145 of your friends for $60,000.  The flight would take you on a full-size Airbus A320, complete with in-flight wifi, seatback entertainment systems, and in-flight meals and drinks.  The offer is good for a round-trip flight to any of Virgin America’s nonstop domestic locations, excluding Mexico.  Virgin America said it is also “throwing in a few extra in-flight amenities” to the Gilt member and guests.  Travel website Jaunted.com notes that the $60,000 price tag works out to $410 per person if split evenly among 146 passengers.  Additionally, the airline is allowing the Gilt member to permanently name a plane in its fleet by painting it on the side of the aircraft.

The Perfect Spot In Bali.


Bali, archipelago of the Sunda Islands. Alila Villas Uluwatu is a luxury resort situated in one of the most majestic Indonesian islands, where ultimate comfort lives alongside eco-friendliness.  The Alila Villas Uluwatu complex is a project by the WOHA Design architects’ studio in Singapore, famous for its works in tropical climates, and winner of the 2006 International Award given by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Awarded the Green Globe Environmentally Sustainable certificate for its excellent incorporation into the surrounding environment, the site attained the highest level of ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design).  Some of the criteria used by the ESD evaluation scale include the use of local materials, saving water through marshy areas, waste water recovery systems and the use of plants from the Balinese savannah.

The complex offers the very best one would expect from a five-star facility. On these premises, guests can enjoy an experience suspended between fairytale sky and sea, in a spectacular plateau of the Bukit peninsula. All for a rate ranging between 500 and 3,000 dollars a night per room.

The “Eyeborg” Documentary.


For the launch of the game “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” Square Enix commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. Spence is a self-proclaimed cyborg who lost one eye, and replaced it with a wireless video camera. He is now known as “Eyeborg”, check his story out below, and BEWARE… the film contains some pretty gruesome surgery footage.

Richard Branson’s Flying Submarine.


Described as an underwater aircraft, the Necker Nymph comes in tandem with the Necker Belle, Branson’s catamaran on the high seas.  But the Nymph allows boaters to get low, flying underneath the water to depths of 30 meters (98 feet). Helmed by a trained pilot, it soars at a speed of 6 knots (7 mph).  Dives typically last from one to two hours and passengers wear normal scuba breathing gear.  It’s housed at Necker Island, Branson’s luxury home in the Caribbean (the same one that indeed recently burned down).  The dives, which last for 1-2 hours at time, start at $2,500 per day.

The Villa Amanzi.


I’m always looking for fly homes to stay in on vacation (if I ever took one), but the Villa Amanzi is one of the most stunning spots I’ve come across in recent memory.  The home seems to grow out from the rock, and is open, airy and very elemental.  This composition defines the open living and dining space that is simply a transition between two garden areas.  Amanzi is located in Cape Sol on the West coast of Phuket.  It’s intimate but open and the uninterrupted clear span creates a bridge under which the conventions defining indoor space disappear.  Cantilevered over a massage sala, the swimming pool completes the composition. The designers say “It is the focal point that draws the eye to the view and instills a calmness that provides balance with the energy of the architecture.”  The residence (8,600 sq ft) offers six bedroom residence with a 15m infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea. It is designed as an exclusive private villa, ideal for families or groups of friends to escape together in stylish surroundings.  All in all the house seems like perfect place to spend a nice relaxing week with a Csilla Ray look alike, and forget about the stresses of my work life.

Luxury In Africa.


Singita, meaning place of miracles, is a group of world-renowned games reserves in Africa which provide a positive balance of hospitality, conservation and community for all of their guests. The lodges contain an eclectic mix of African heritage and European contemporary furniture which adds a luxury feel to this unique African game reserve.  All of the locations on the reserve have an extreme sense of tranquility about them.  I’m not sure about vacation rates and so on, but I’d love to spend some time at Singita on a trip to Africa.

Wanna Rent a Super-Yacht?


For $1 million per month you can now charter the world’s coolest super-yacht, the 164-ft. Exuma built by Perini Navi, in the South Pacific.  The Exuma, the first motor yacht from the world-famous builder of the Maltese Falcon, and can accommodate ten guests in five luxurious staterooms.  The aluminum-hulled Exuma is the first model in the Picchiotti Vitruvius series, a collaboration between Perini Navi, Vitruvius Ltd. and architect Philippe Briand.  Interior furnishings were designed by Perini Navi’s in-house team with a focus on classic maritime style tradition, using oak, teak and Italian marble.  The sleek ship has a range of 5,500 nautical miles at 12 knots and comes equipped with a fully customized 16.4 ft. amphibious vehicle and a Hov Pod 12 ft. hovercraft housed in two tender garages with gull-wing doors.  The Exuma will also be available for charter on a weekly basis for $250,000.

Italian Space Saving Furniture.


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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.