Bates Masi Architects - Homepage CAMARA RODANTE Modern Concrete House (15 photos) When you first think about the words concrete house, you might imagine a cold, sterile environment, perhaps something similar to a prison. If that's the case, this one story house designed by architecture studio A-cero will likely change your mind. Located on the outskirts of Madrid, Concrete House II features a façade that boasts a spectacular view of the whole house. The first impression that visitors usually get is that the building seems to be hidden between concrete walls and ramps that extend up to the roof. Upon further inspection, they find a vegetation area that climbs towards the sky! The back of the house opens up towards the garden where the lounge, dining room, library, study, and bedrooms are found. A-cero
The Uber-Luxurious Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali « Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel & Interior Design The uber-luxurious Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali With a backdrop of emerald green terraced rice-fields and the tumbling waters of the Ayung flowing below, Ubud Hanging Gardens is set at the heart of Bali. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, accessed by a complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service. The airport and Ubud Hanging Garden’s sister hotel and recently refurbished Jimbaran Puri Bali are 90 minutes away by car. A 15 minute helicopter transfer to Denpasar Airport can also be arranged. Perched adjacent to steep rice terraces with sweeping views across the Ayung river gorge to the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple on the opposite hillside, Ubud Hanging Gardens has 38 villas, which are all constructed in contemporary Balinese style on gravity defying wooden pillars with thatched alang-alang roofs. 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.
The Luxury Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives « Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel & Interior Design The Luxury Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort, Maldives Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu can be found on the private island of Dhuni Kolhu, in the Baa Atoll. Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is the ultimate hideaway in the Maldives. Set on a beautiful island, the resort is fringed by white sandy beaches, dressed with luxurious tropical vegetation, and hosts a blue crystal clear lagoon for the enjoyment of a vast range of water sports. Beach villas and deluxe villas have open air garden bathrooms, for showers at sunrise or at night under the stars. The all wood water villas offer extreme indulgence for those who are looking for exclusivity and seclusion. If you fancy a real treat, why not for one evening let Coco Palm organise the 154 square meters of one of the most exclusive suites of the Maldives, with a superb plunge pool, Jacuzzi and direct access to the lagoon. Images courtesy of Coco Palm Resorts About Assif Majid Assif is a freelance British journalist who spends his time between Leeds, Manchester and London.
Glass Beach – The Dump You’ll Want to Visit Before you say anything about the content of this article, I hate people who litter. I’ll judge you if I think you’re too lazy to recycle. I hate pollution and the death of our fragile ecosystems and all the rest. But- with that disclaimer out of the way- Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California is the incredible result of human wastefulness and the resilience of nature. It’s like a little Inuksuk… I’ve been trolling around for lesser known landscapes to road trip to and explore, and stumbled across this chunk of multicoloured west coast paradise. These days, Glass Beach is a protected part of MacKerricher State Park, but in 1949, it was the site of an unrestricted dump. Eventually, California realized that dumping automobiles, appliances, toxic substances and razor sharp shards of glass into the water was probably a bad idea, and looked elsewhere for a dumping site. The beaches under the cliffs lay polluted, cluttered and ruined, and were basically treated as a forgotten ‘mistake.’
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. 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? August 12, 2011 | Indian Ocean Maldives Travel | View comments Luxury Iporanga House, Brazil
The Luxurious Stafford London Hotel The Luxury Stafford London Hotel The Stafford London by Kempinski is in the heart of St James. It’s every hotel you’ve ever wanted with its classically beautiful English rooms to country charm cottage. From stylish mews living to a glorious American bar. From the rustic seasonal cuisine to al fresco dining. You might expect the incomparable luxury of The Stafford, a bastion of Great British hospitality, but you will certainly delight in its eccentricities. The luxury London hotel’s Main House has 67 individually appointed rooms. The Carriage House, once stables to thoroughbreds, an antiquarian bookseller’s home and a fine-art framer’s workshop is today one of London’s most unique places to stay. The American Bar at the luxury London hotel is famous for its renowned American cocktails, and ever since the 1930s has remained the place in London to appreciate an expertly mixed Martini, Manhatten or Sidecar – perhaps offering an explanation for the bar’s unique décor. About Assif Majid
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. 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 It’s not surprising that the craziest, most outlandish penthouse posted in 2010 would be in New York City. The Coolest Retrofit Property of 2010