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Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture. Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted.
first image a day at the pool images courtesy of marina bay sands marina bay sands complex consists of three hotel towers connected by the magnificent sands skypark. designboom's editors had the great opportunity to stay and test out the newly opened hotel. with over 2,500 rooms and suites, it is the biggest hotel in singapore. the sands skypark with pool is built at the height of 200 meters. its lush, landscaped gardens are home to 250 trees and 650 plants and offer a total of 12,400 square meters of space - big enough to fit three football fields. hotel guests have the exclusive use of a 150-meter infinity swimming pool, the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height.
Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide , we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar.
While we love the dangling treetop retreats located at Sweden's Treehotel , and the House Arc had us yearning for a private backyard hideaway, the eco-PERCH has to be the Rolls Royce of modern modular tree-houses. This eco-lodge concept was created by the UK architectural firm Blue Forest, which has a background in the design and construction of luxury treehouses and lodges. The eco-PERCH reflects a natural and organic geometry that's designed to maximize the relationship between the inside space and the outdoor setting. The retreat is intended to sit harmoniously within its environment, whether that be resting on the earth, or as its name suggests, perched amongst the tree tops.
Constructed in the early 20th century, Eixample is a district of the Spanish city of Barcelona known for the urban planning that divided the district into octagonal blocks. Influenced by a range of schools of architecture, Eixample was designed in a grid pattern with long streets, wide avenues, and rounded street corners. Despite being in the center of a thriving European metropolis, the district provides improved living conditions for inhabitants including extensive sun light, improved ventilation, and more open green space for public use. And of course, the result from the grid-like structure is astounding from above:
first image 'blob VB3' by dmvA photo by mick couwenbergh/rini van beek