Garden House by David Guerra Email David Guerra is the Brazilian architect that redesigned the Garden House, a 1980′s house located in Brazil. This amazing house was constructed considering some important aspects like the interior/exterior integration which was planned to be bigger. To be suitable for the new owners the house was modernized adding new spaces that can be used in different ways. There was used a mix of styles including classics, ethnics, contemporaries and Brazilian references.
Sleepbox Images credit Arch Group/Ivanov Ilya. When I first wrote about the Sleepbox two years ago, I was dubious that it would ever see the light of day, noting "It is an interesting exercise in seeing how small a space one can comfortably live in, but one suspects that the opportunity for, um, misuse might keep this idea of the 15 minute hotel room from going mainstream." But it has, with a working prototype set up in Moscow. Designed by the Arch Group, about the only change from the original proposal is that it is made of wood instead of plastic (common for prototypes, and the minimum time has increased from 15 minutes to half an hour. They appear to have given up on one my favourite features of the original concept, the automatic bed-changing system: [bed] is equipped with automatic system of change of bed linen. Instead they have gone for conventional linen. The architects write: Imagine the situation where you are in a modern city, you are not a local resident, and you have not booked a hotel.
The World's Largest Cruise Ship: Allure of the Seas She’s the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet and the world’s largest cruise ship. With 2,700 rooms spanning 16 decks, the Allure of the Seas is like a miniature city, travelling from Fort Lauderdale to the Carribbean at a comfortable 22 knots. Oh and there’s a Starbucks on board… Below you will find a collection of images and jaw-dropping statistics in an attempt to put this behemoth into perspective. Enjoy! - 225,282 Gross Registered Tonnes - 1,187 feet (360 meters) long, 208 feet (64 meters) wide and 213 feet (65 meters) high from the water line - 30 feet (9.1 meters) draft - 22 knots cruising speed - 16 passenger decks and 24 passenger elevators - 4 bow thrusters with 7,500 horse power each - 5,400 guests (double occupancy) 6,296 guests total, 2,384 crew (From apprx. 80 countries) Staterooms - Total: 2,706, Balcony: 1,956, Outside: 254, Interior: 496 - Staterooms with additional berths: 683 - Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 46
Sky Garden House I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I'm most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house. See more at Guz Architects Voronoi - Yacht Yacht for Entertaining Yet another intriguing concept from yacht enthusiast Hyun-Seok Kim. The Voronoi mega-yacht is named after the voronoi pattern of the irregular honeycomb lattice structure that encases it’s upper levels. This yacht was made to entertain. Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim
A Fairytale Castle / Blueforest Blue Forest is a specialist luxury tree house company fulfilling clients’ dreams for a wide range of unique structures from fantasy play areas to romantic tree house hideaways. The company is run by brothers Andy and Simon Payne. Andy and Simon were born in Kenya where they spent their childhood surrounded by the beauty and adventure of the great outdoors. Despite the traditional stereotype, tree houses are not just for children! Blue Forest is now regarded as the world’s leading tree house consultants and is renowned for designing buildings that reflect the environment in which they are built. Blue Forest’s uniquely tailored service provides a turnkey solution, where everything from design and planning to construction and commissioning comes in an easy, reliable and professional package……all to ensure that you end up with a truly amazing tree house. Testimonial We are the UK’s leading specialist tree house architects. Tree houses have always been a symbol of imagination and creativity.
The Cluny House by Guz Architects By Eric • Feb 25, 2011 • Selected Work The Cluny House, located in Singapore, is another dream home designed by Guz Architects. The project demonstrates how technology, planning and design can be applied sensitively to generate a comfortable, luxurious, yet sustainable family home. The Cluny House by Guz Architects: “Photovoltaic cells and solar water heaters are employed together with design for passive cooling and cross ventilation to reduce energy usage. Irrigation tanks and roof gardens collect and recycle rainwater; and the use of materials such as recycled teak and artificial timber adds warmth without compromising the finite resources of our environment. The house is laid out around a central water court that forms the focal point of the project. Although the house is high tech – using state of the art EIB systems, photovoltaic cells, security systems – these are integrated discreetly and work with the natural environment of the house rather than against it.
Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home Hello there! It’s been a busy week with a trip to Seattle for the Picasso exhibition and a drive out to the coast but I knew I had to share this amazing remodel with you before the week came to a close. Everyone loves good makeovers and the ones involving tiny spaces, creative design and ingenious solutions are my all time favorites! Check out how Seattle artist, designer and welder, Michelle de la Vega, created this beautiful little 250 sq. ft. haven… The before… This lonely little detached garage is just begging for some love. The after! A cozy, light filled sleeping loft is so perfect for the space. The kitchen is well organized and accessible with open storage solutions. The rustic wood burning stove becomes sculptural in this room along with Michelle’s own art installations. The glass boxes housing pillow forms are actually a tribute to Michelle’s father. You know I am a big fan of great bathroom design and this one delivers. How many of us have garages that only house our junk!?
Beautiful Island Dream Home | Luxurious Lifestyles of the Rich in Cayman Islands Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous never took a long look at those gorgeous homes in the Cayman Islands. This is just one of those Beautiful homes that only the super rich can afford. This is just one of those Luxurious 60 million dollar homes. These homes all feature intricate details including entrances that look like hotel lobbies, pools, tennis courts and amazing rooms that most people only dream about. You will find in house theaters, underground grotto spas, game room, steam room, billiards room, and exercise room. Luxurious multi-million dollar homes cost as much to create as a big hotel, but without the income associated with it.
Cupboards Kitchen and Bath: Sunday Paper Moment - Casey Key House Sunday mornings are one of my most favorite times. Perhaps the air seems cleaner, breeze blows cooler or coffee tastes better. No matter, Sunday mornings are an emotion for me and when I see a space that just screams zen, all I can think of is how perfect it would be to sit and read my Sunday paper and take in the surroundings. This TOTeMS designed guest house on the Sarasota Bay in Casey Key, Florida fits the bill perfectly. Because the house is built in a coastal flood zone, it required an elevated design. The elevation provides for stunning views of the water and oak forest around it. Inside, laminated pine beams mimic the wind blown trees outside. Pretty stunning, eh? Did you find a spot to read your Sunday paper? photos via