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Les Grandes Tables de L`ile Cafe in Paris

By : Mark V | 22 Oct 2011 2:04 pm | Other

Who thought that scaffolding and shipping containers could have multiple uses? These containers helped build a café on an island on the Seine in Paris. The unique concept was brought to light by Paris studio 1024 Architecture. The café is known for the haute cuisine it serves and for the brilliant parties that it hosts. The café is a combination between a timber frame house, a greenhouse and a barge covered beneath a see-through umbrella. It seems incorporated in the…

X2 Koh Samui Resort in Thailand

By : Mark V | 20 Oct 2011 11:05 pm | Other

The villas that make up the X2 resort are located on the Hua Thannon beach on the southeastern coast of the Koh Samui island in Thailand. The name of the resort, X2 is also pronounced cross-to, maybe cross to another world in this resort which encapsulates traditional Thai concepts: freedom, spiritualism and simplicity. The location is secluded making it the perfect spot for a holiday, with a total of 27 villas featuring a stunning design fits the surrounding, blending natural…

The Vodaphone Headquarters in Porto, Portugal

By : Mark V | 18 Oct 2011 11:22 pm | Other

The Vodafone headquarters from Portugal can be found in Avenida da Boavista in Porto (Oporto), the namesake of Port wine and Portugal’s second global city after Lisbon. Architects José António Barbosa and Pedro Guimarães of Barbosa Guimarães Arquitectos designed the modern headquarters. The building is a combination of contemporary architecture and Vodafone’s image. The architects started their project with Vodafone’s motto: Vodafone Life, Life in Motion”. The design is peculiar and spectacular in the same time because it seems to…

Floating island home concept in Dubai: Ome

By : Mark V | 17 Oct 2011 6:52 pm | Other

A floating island home concept has been developed to answer the needs of island owners in Nakheel’s The World project in Dubai. This concept gave birth to another idea. Atoll Floating Islands, a joint venture between Palmerstone and Donald Starkey Designs presented Ome. Ome is a floating home that is expected to be maneuvered between Dubai’s coast and The World islands. The floating house sits on a monocoque type structure. The design is a combination of styles. It has to…

Green Volcano Building: Vulcano Buono, Italy

By : Mark V | 17 Oct 2011 4:53 pm | Other

Italians do have a sense of architecture and humour. The Volcano Mall can be found in Nola, Italy near the famous Mt.Vesuvius. Renzo Piano designed the cone shaped commercial center, naming it Vulcano Buono (“good volcano” in Italian). Nola is a commercial district and it’s the most important terminal complex in central and southern Italy. The structure of the roof is covered with over 2,500 plants making the mall be hard to be spotted from space. The interior spaces are…

French Residential Complex by Farshid Moussavi

By : Mark V | 14 Oct 2011 9:37 pm | Other

A competition was recently organized to design a residential housing complex for the western part of Paris in La Defence and the winner was London studio Farshid Moussavi Architecture. Their project consisted of a wonderful 11,430 m2 building that can comprise 7,500m2 of residential units, 2,930m2 of student accommodation and 1,000m2 of retail space. The residential complex is part of a larger project called La Parvis Jardin de l’Arché.This urban area connects La Défense with les Terrasses de Nanterre.The new…

The Pod pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By : Mark V | 11 Oct 2011 7:48 pm | Other

The Pod Pavilion can be found in the area of Petaling Jaya, west of Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. The area is the establishment of a new urban center which finds itself under a constant development. Studio Nicoletti Associati designed the building. The client wanted a building to represent the concept of the company and to be big enough and capable of hosting the on-site offices and sale’s showroom. Natural elements were combined with modern architectural designs. The water droplets were the inspiration…

The Floating Dome Home is a must-see

By : Mark V | 6 Oct 2011 8:00 pm | Other

The Floating Dome is a premiere in the architectural field. It cruises between Hamburg and Berlin and it’s the copy of Zendome`s residential release. The architects first thought of the concept of a sailboat so the floating dome is set on a platform made of welded hull that resembles a dock… The good news is that it also has an outdoor deck that complements the sleeping and living area made of pvc and aluminum. The aluminum makes the house be…

Residence Zanzibar resort by HBA

By : Mark V | 5 Oct 2011 6:02 pm | Other

Located on a secluded part of the island of Zanzibar, the resort was a bold project developed by the leading global design firm HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates.It was a premiere for the architects from the HBA Singapore office, they had never built anything else on the African continent before. Zanzibar is a mixture of influences and clashing cultures, this is why HBA decided to add Swahili, British, Omani and Indian influences in the design of the 66 villas that…

Transparent domed huts from BubbleTree

By : Mark V | 21 Jul 2011 5:39 pm | Other

BubbleTree, a French company led by designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created these amazing transparent domed huts, shaped like bubbles, perfect for relaxing straight in the middle of nature. These stunning shelters could offer an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite. There are several Bubbles in the “Bubble collection” such as the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, all suitable to spend a night in, without disturbing the natural surroundings that can be…

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