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FU-1 house by Takao Akiyama

Experiments in grandeur meet Japanese minimalism. Almost a sure shot to land on a design or architecture site - make it grand - add the Meier wall - big solid color space with connecting structures and large voids. We've discussed this before in some of my earliest posts. I like it, not saying anything bad, just a very popular trend these days in architecture. Like making a Jet Li x DMX film - may not get an Oscar but always a guarantee to make money.

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Kengo Kuma x MA,YU

Kengo Kuma teams up with Mayumi Ohmori to create a jewelry line inspired by his designs. Normally I stray away from anything about jewelry etc. but this is an exception for Kengo. He is not only one of the most incredible architects of our time, but someone who has inspired even the most famous of architects. He is one of my favorites, and even the inspiration of a high-end clothing line my friend own called Rochambeau. The jewelry really captures the essence of his designs and does great justice to his work. There are some amazing books that showcase his work, but none better that his Selected Works by who else - Rizzoli! Love the book and love anything Rizzoli publishes. When I make a lot of money, I will not spend it on a Ferrari, I will spend it on a Rizzoli library. Yes I am quite sick in the head!



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Noma Bar: Negative Space

To provoke a second glance, Noma Bar expertly uses negative space: his illustrations are formed of both a single image and a series of themed elements that give the final piece its shape.

The Big Squeeze: piece for an article on the oil gains to be made from Iraq

Gun Crime illustration

Fat Cat: for a piece on how CEOs invest their personal wealth

This is The End illustration

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Villa O in Cap de Ferrat

Beautiful home in one of the classiest locales on the Côte d'Azur. Unbelievable little town that's always been known to have a special charm and prestige.

Love the Scarface bed! Ju know what a hazer is Frank?



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Grand! Sustainable and beautiful.

Internationally acclaimed designer Michael Jantzen continues to wow us with his architectural and renewable energy wonders. His newest brainchild, the Sun Rays Pavilion, consists of 12 massive columns that rise out of the earth like giant crystals reaching for the sun. Appropriate, because the acutely slanted building relies on the sun’s rays alone for power. Jantzen has many other designs for renewable energy pavilions, like his Wind Shaped Kinetic Pavilion or his Solar Wind Pavilion. This latest design is outfitted with photovoltaic film to generate electricity in order to power the pavilion and sell any excess to the grid. Continue reading at Inhabitat...

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World's Largest Penthouse! And its in Costa Rica!

This will be built in Puntarenas, a great area opened up by the new highway being built. It will take me 45 minutes to get from my house in San Jose to the beach (and into my new penthouse!) This is an up and coming area to watch as new luxury developments are beginning to pop up (most recent additions: beautiful new Yacht Club and the extraordinary Puerta a la Vida development above the trees).

Straight from the wire:
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica--(Business Wire)--
The real estate development firm Caspi International Inc. has begun pre-sales for a new 14-story oceanfront condominium tower in Costa Rica that sets a new standard for high-end real estate in Latin America. The $120 million Genesis Puntarenas, as it will be known, is Costa Rica`s first all-glass multifamily residential building. It will also be home to the world`s largest penthouse, a sprawling 68,459-square-foot, 10-bedroom masterpiece with three stories of living space, a private helipad, swimming pool and tennis court.

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Vertical Gardens Coming Strong

When Patrick Blanc was a boy, he suspended plants from his bedroom wall and ran their roots into a fish tank. The greenery received nourishment from the diluted—ahem—fertilizer and purified the water in return. Forty-five years on, the French botanist's gardens have grown massive in scale. One inside a Portuguese shopping mall is larger than four tennis courts, and there's one in Kuwait that's almost as big. But Blanc's recently completed facade for the Athenaeum hotel in London (shown) could be his most high-profile project yet. Looming over Green Park, it's an eight-story antigravity forest composed of 12,000 plants. Read More...

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Waterpod Moves
I've been following Waterpod for a while partly because its a barge project, which makes me very happy. Anyone bringing progress to the barge movement is in my good graces. Moreover they try to highlight community living, eco-conscious living, and art. Right on I say, right on...

The Waterpod ProjectTM has been floating around the New York area for the past few months gaining a lot of attention. Beginning in Newtown Creek, between Brooklyn and Queens, the Pod is moving down the East River and Hudson River. As reported by Melena Ryzik for The New York Times (view her articles here) this experimental project investigates the blend of community living and artistry. Showcasing artworks, performances and such, the WaterpodTM, is an eco-conscious environment that was designed “In preparation for our coming world with an increase in population, a decrease in usable land, and a greater flux in environmental conditions, people will need to rely closely on immediate communities and look for alternative living models; the Waterpod is about cooperation, collaboration, augmentation, and metamorphosis,” explained Mary Mattingly, a photographer who thought of the Waterpod idea.
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The Carla Ridge Residence

This home in Beverly Hills, California has recently emerged from a two-year contemporary renovation, and has been listed for sale through the Westside Estate Agency.

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The Sage Residence: Super High Scoring LEED Platinum Home
by Bridgette Meinhold
LEED, LEED Platinum, LEED Platinum Residence, Oregon, Arbor South Architecture, sage residence arbor south, arbor south architecture, pacific northwest architecture, solar panels, solar hot water, recycled paper countertops, daylighting
LEED, LEED Platinum, LEED Platinum Residence, Oregon, Arbor South Architecture, sage residence arbor south, arbor south architecture, pacific northwest architecture, solar panels, solar hot water, recycled paper countertops, daylighting

LEED residences are becoming a standard item these days, but this particular residence hit our radar because of the high LEED score and its stunning appearance. The Sage Residence in Eugene, Oregon was designed and built by Arbor South Architecture, and received an impressive score of 110 in the LEED rating system — higher than USGBC founder David Gottfried’s LEED Platinum home, which only received 106.5 points. Beautiful inside and out, the home is a perfect example of how green homes can be beautiful, energy efficient and create minimal impact on the environment.
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Sometimes its best just to say Phuket

paresa phuket 468x295 Paresa Resort Phuket

Widely thought of as one of the jewels in Thailand’s crown, the island of Phuket offers visitors beautiful white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters

Occupying one of the most breath-taking locations on the island is Paresa, a luxury resort and residential development opening in August 2009.

Paresa’s elegant villas are situated on the Andaman coast at Kamala, known locally as ‘Millionaire’s Mile’.

All of the rooms take full advantage of the glorious ocean views, with most offering private infinity pools from which guests can enjoy the spectacular surroundings.

Room rates range from $695 up to $3,550

www.paresaresorts.com

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Openhouse by XTEN Architects




The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below. Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a garden terrace for the second level. Steel beams set into the retaining walls perpendicular to the hillside are cantilevered off structural shear walls at the front of the site.
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