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
15 Things I Look at Before Trading a Stock I recently shared my stock trading analysis template along with my recent moves on the stock market. Today, I’ll be sharing my list of 15 things I look at before trading stocks. Numbers are obviously a big part of it. 15 Things To Look at Before Trading #1 Dividend Yield Since I want to build a dividend portfolio, I look at the dividend yield as one of my first criteria. #2 Dividend Payout Ratio A high dividend yield is good. #3 Dividend Growth This is definitely the key behind dividend investing: holding the stock long enough to see the dividend grow to a ridiculously high yield. #4 Sales Growth Another interesting factor is to look at how the company is growing. #5 Earnings Growth Same here; climbing sales is good, making more money is obviously better. #6 P/E Ratio This data really depends on the industry you are looking at. #7 Trend While this won’t be the deciding factor in my analysis, I love to match the stock trend with its 200 days moving average. #8 Company’s Industry Google+
Ideas - TREEFINDER My subversive attempts to do something useful. The Rotary Piston Array Machine -- Air-Sea Temperature Difference Engine -- Solarthermal Power Generator The Rotary Stirling Engine The Wave Pump Heat Engine With No Compressor Portable Tent Platform The rotary piston array (RPA) is the possibly most compact and most elegant machine to transform the volumetric change of gas into shaft work and vice versa. The idea has been overlooked for at least 110 years, as some old patents indicate, and it seems to have been reinvented several times (e.g. The machine comprises an array of equally shaped twisted rotors with parallel axes. One of my own contributions is the synchronization mechanism shown below, the synchronization rings. Air-Sea Temperature Difference Engine The RPA can be used in several ways to convert temperature differences into electricity. Depending on location and season, one may often observe temperature differences of 5 to 15 K or more. Solarthermal Power Generator Here is a video:
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.
Sony Nextep Computer Concept for 2020 by Hiromi Kiriki In 2020 We Can Wear Sony Computers On Our Wrist Our present need for internet connectivity is so profound that secondary devices like the Nextep Computer are bound to happen. Developed to be worn as a bracelet, this computer concept is constructed out of a flexible OLED touchscreen. Earmarked for the year 2020, features like a holographic projector (for screen), pull-out extra keyboard panels and social networking compatibility, make the concept plausible. 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.