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The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010

The Sifter's Top 10 Homes of 2010
If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination. I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 10 Homes from 2010. Click any picture or link to be taken to the original post, enjoy! The Biggest and Most Expensive Home Posted in 2010 This staggering 48,00 square foot mega-mansion in the Cayman Islands was listed at a jaw-dropping $59 million USD! The Best Use of Limited Space [500 sq ft] Architects Darrick Borowski and Danny Orenstein show us that it’s possible to live quite comfortably in 500 square feet (46 sq m). The Most Exotic Home Posted in 2010 Located in gorgeous Phuket, Thailand, this stunning property boasts over 8,000 square feet of interior space and over 8,500 square feet of outdoor terrace space as well! The Craziest Penthouse Posted in 2010 The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010 It’s a 1965 Boeing 727 converted into a hotel room. Related:  ArchetectureTehnology and Architecture

The Luxury Dhigu Resort, Maldives | Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel & Interior Design The luxury Dhigu Resort, Maldives Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is encircled by mystic lagoons and unspoilt crystal shores, the resort is a heavenly sanctuary on a secluded paradise island, offering barefoot elegance in one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens. Here the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean offer an endless horizon of aquatic allure and the evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design style. Anantara Dhigu is a luxurious five-star resort hidden on tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu Island in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll, a mere 35 minute speedboat journey from the island nation’s international airport, or a scenic five minutes by private chartered seaplane. Male-based architect Mohamed Shafeeq from Group X Design Associates and Thailand-based interior design company, Abacus, headed by John Lightbody, have styled the resort’s distinctive environment as a creative complement to the natural beauty of the island. Anantara Dhigu, P.O.

Moshe Safdie: Singapore Safdie Architects recent design, ‘Condominium at Bishan Central’, a 38-story residential complex in the Bishan district of Singapore. The structure specially provides air movement to individual units while the upper balconies provide ventilation. The cluttered blocks of vertical space helps blend in the connections with natures with personal access to outdoor gardens. Posted in: Featured, Illustration & Art, New Media, SculptureTags: apartment, architecture, art blog, artist, Complex, empty kingdom, gallery, moshe safdie, singapore, website

Chronicle: Universal robotic gripper Robert Barker/University Photography The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon, bypassing traditional designs based on the human hand and fingers. They call it a universal gripper, as it conforms to the object it's grabbing, rather than being designed for particular objects, said Hod Lipson, Cornell associate professor of mechanical engineering and computer science. The research is a collaboration between the groups of Lipson, Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago, and Chris Jones at iRobot. It is published online Oct. 25 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. John Amend The robotic gripper conforms to the shape of the item it is lifting.

Dracula Castle Transylvania | Travel Guides, Luxury Travel and Travel Info Bran Castle situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Bra?ov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as “Dracula Castle” (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poienari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. In 1212, Teutonic Knights built the wooden castle of Dietrichstein as a fortified position in the Burzenland at the entrance to a mountain valley through which traders had travelled for more than a millennium, although it was destroyed in 1242 by the Mongols. From 1920 the castle became a royal residence within the Kingdom of Romania. Like This Story? StumbleUpon Google +

Luxury Villa Amanzi, Thailand by Original Vision Studio Luxury Villa Amanzi, Thailand by Original Vision Studio The Villa Amanzi by Architect firm Original Vision Studio is a stunning modern vacation residence located in the exclusive Cape Sol on the West coast of Phuket, Thailand. Villa Amanzi is a stunning six bedroom residence with a 15m infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea. About Richard Barker Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel? May 19, 2011 | Phuket Thailand Travel | View comments Contemporary design at Nest and Cave House, Croatia Croatian architect and interior designer Idis Turato has designed the Nest and Cave project. Luxury wellness retreat Aro Ha opens in New Zealand Aro Ha is a new wellness retreat that promises the ultimate elixir for those seeking optimal health and well-being.

Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov A Chair for Clingy Lovers If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. Designer: Ilian Milinov Engineering Bridges that Are Alive Home | About Us | Contact | Subscribe Bridges that Are Alive Ingenuity of the Indigenous People Meghalaya, India In Northeast India, a giant cliff leads up into Meghalaya. There, in India, rivers switch from gentle streams to raging torrents. For more Engineering videos, click here See the complete catalog offorbidden knowledge tv videos About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact

DIY Design Community Photo: Matt Allison I know cabbage isn't everyone's favorite vegetable, but this recipe may just turn you into a convert. It's rich, luxurious and hearty, without being heavy like many winter variants, perfect for a evening… Continue Reading

Rolling Bridge ? Heatherwick Studio London, UK The studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents. Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boat moored in the inlet. The aim was to make the movement the extraordinary aspect of the bridge. The structure opens using a series of hydraulic rams integrated into the balustrade. The whole structure was constructed at Littlehampton Welding on the Sussex coast and then floated up the Grand Union Canal, before being lifted into position and attached to the hydraulic system which powers its movement. The Rolling Bridge won a number of awards including a Structural Steel Award, and an Emerging Architecture Award. Go to images

Luxury Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives « Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel & Interior Design Luxury Anantara Kihavah Villas Resort, Maldives Luxury Anantara Resorts opened Anantara Kihavah Villas earlier this year in the beautiful Maldives. Located on the Baa Atoll, only 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. You can expect the morning sun dappling the crystal-clear waters of a secluded lagoon. And your afternoons spent sunbathing by your private infinity pool, just steps from the Indian Ocean. An evening stroll across soft white beaches, the moonlight casting shadows on the sand. A haven of pool villas, Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury, your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Enjoy idyllic sunsets from your hammock or dining pavilion by the pool. About Assif Majid Assif is a freelance British journalist who spends his time between Leeds, Manchester and London. Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista. Adelto Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel?

6 Summer Bunk Bed Rooms Whether you have a large family or a busy summer house, a bunk room is an ideal solution for accommodating lots of guests. Here are some of our favorites. This nautical-inspired bunk room in a Hamptons home by Steven Gambrel features lots of room for storage with built-ins and under-bed drawers. Custom netting provides safety for the top bunks. An absolutely gorgeous bunk room from the Lerer House in Park City, Utah. Love the barrel ceiling! This bunk room in an Alys Beach, Florida vacation rental home features a unique L-shaped layout for the beds. Coastal Living's 2009 Seawatch Idea House at Sunset Harbor, North Carolina featured this amazing bunk room for children.

D.I.Y. Is in Their DNA Some people build their own doghouses or tree houses. Jacob and Melissa Brillhart’s D.I.Y. project was a little more elaborate: They hand-built a 1,500-square-foot house. Never again, they insist. Still, one wonders, why do it in the first place? Sure, they are both trained as architects, and he has his license, but most architects are content to leave the heavy lifting to the contractors. Mr. He grew up in Canterbury, N.H., home of the Canterbury Shaker Village, which “had some kind of influence on me,” he said. But more important, perhaps, was what happened when he was five: His parents gut-renovated a 1780 house. “I don’t think my family is quite as extreme,” said Ms. So in 2011, while they were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami Beach, Fla., they decided they should build their own house. What they discovered is that when you set about doing something yourself, help often presents itself at every turn. “They taught us to go back to the basics, to time-tested strategies,” Mr.

10+ Most Beautiful Island Photography on Earth Today, we want to have a little break and have a deep breath while looking at these magnificent and beautiful island photography from around the world. Island in Lhaviyani Atoll Source Bora-Bora Island Source Source Bay of Islands, New Zealand Blue Hole Source Fiji Islands Source PALAU Island Source Tahiti Island Source Midway Atoll, Hawaii MiniIsland, Honolulu, Hawaii Source Faroe Islands Source Needle Island Island Houses Source Koh Pannyi, Phand Nga bay, Thailand Source Article The H-House by Axis Architects The H-House by Axis Architects, is a modern residence located high on Salt Lake City’s East Bench on Devonshire. The living spaces of the house are oriented towards the expansive views of the valley and the Great Salt Lake. This modern residence offers commanding views of the entire city and its surroundings.

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