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List/Grid Monthly Archives: March 2012

Earth Hour 2012: 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March [Official Video]

This year at 8:30pm, Saturday 31 March is Earth Hour 2012,  the world’s celebration of an action for the planet  by switching off lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour. From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm and within those 60 minutes, millions of people across the world will turn off their lights to raise awareness of climate changes taking place. Many monuments and landmarks across the world will turn off their lights and take part in this event. From its start as a single-city initiative by Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. In 2011, Earth… Read more »

Tanzanian Singita Grumeti Reserves Named The Best Hotel In The World

Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserves Faru Faru lodge, named the best hotel in the world in 2011 by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 16th annual World’s Best Awards, it received a score of 98.44 out of 100 on a list based on reader surveys and feedback.  Located at Serengeti National Park, the hotel is made up of two lodges and a tent camp, offers unparalleled luxury in the thick of the wild. The reserve’s flagship is Sasakwa, an East African ranch house set on a plateau with panoramic views of the plains. The lodge’s wood-paneled libraries have an English country club feel, and there are seven cottage residences, each with… Read more »

Japan’s Tsunami: One Year Later in Photos

A harsh year of clean-up has passed since the immense 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan, triggering a destructive tsunami wave. The moving wall of water caused a widespread wipe-out, leaving almost 22,000 people dead or missing and unleashing a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Check out the before & after imagery of the destruction at the time of the disaster and how those areas look now after the massive clean-up job. A cruise ship lies on the roof of a two-storey holiday home after the tsunami disaster. A year on, the area around the home is ready for new… Read more »

Geometric Rooms Installations by Esther Stocker

Esther Stocker, Italian installation artist born in Silandro, Italy, has created a number of minimal geometrical rooms with abstract ambiguities.

The Scale of the Universe – from Micro to Colossal by Cary Huang [An Interactive Flash]

The Scale of the Universe, an inspiring interactive animation by Cary Huang, displaying an entertaining and detailed comparison between different creatures and objects that exists within our universe. Starting at the microscopic scale of DNAs and nuclei  up to the colossal scales of stars and galaxies, shinning an immense contrast on the size of a human being compared to just about everything else. Try it yourself! Press Start, wait shortly for it load, use the right/ left scroll bar for zooming in and out, and click on any object for some brief info, Enjoy the knowledge!

Colorful Mimicry by GiesenLeenders In Rotterdam, Netherlands

An expressive photo session, by Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders of GiesenLeenders from Rotterdam, Netherlands, aimed at symbolizing the power of human adaptability to different conditions and surroundings, by picking up habits and going with the flow.

A Sweet Time-Lapse Video of Lisbon, Portugal by José Costa Barbosa

Photographer, director and editor José Costa Barbosa made this heart-warming time-lapse video of Lisbon, Portugal, showing a corner of Europe many of us might not be familiar with.

Saatchi & Saatchi’s Office Makeover in Bangkok, Thailand

A playful spontaneous atmosphere, that some would refer to as anything else but a work place, was exactly the approach taken by the Saachi & Saachi’s creative director.

Astonishing Refurbishment of Casa Up in Madesimo, Italy by Es Arch

Architects at Es Arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto refurbished an old existing barn In the village of Isola, Madesimo, Italy, into a contemporary duplex named Casa Up.

Crystal Cathedral in Orange County by Philip Johnson and John Burgee

Guest Post by Hatem Wagih | A building in the name of God, This is how History Channel documented this Church, the  Crystal Cathedral designed by American Institute of Architects’ gold-medal winner, Philip Johnson, with his partner, John Burgee, Johnson has called the Crystal Cathedral his “capo lavoro”…the crowning achievement of his career…a dream fulfilled.

The Exotic New Lamborghini Aventador J with No Windshield, Announced in Geneva’s 2012 Motor Show

A fully functional one-of-a-kind piece-of-art on wheels, the Lamborghini Aventador J,  just announced this month in the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is a radically open automobile – exterior and interior meld into each other. Resembling a a concept of a 2 seaters motorcycle, the designers and engineers in Sant’Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. This requires that drivers of the Aventador J must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 300 Km/h. Powered by the same 700-hp 6.5-liter 12-cylinder as the standard Aventador, the all-wheel-drive J is… Read more »

Mediterranean House in Tinos Island, Greece by Zege Architects

This amazing traditional Greek house has been online for a while now, nevertheless it is worthy of shinning a spot light upon it. Located on the heavenly island of Tinos in Cyclades, Greece, it is the vacation home of its brilliant interior designer, Marilyn Katsaris. Architecturally designed by Greek Zege architects which represents all that Tinos stands for. Respecting its architectural surroundings and capturing the day to day beauty and simplicity The soft edges and brilliant natural tones create a sense of serenity as you pass easily from one area of this white home to the next. Minimalistic niches are built into the wall to… Read more »

Breathtaking Time-Lapse Video of Kiev, Ukraine by Efim Graboy and Daria Turetski

Looks like Ukrainians are also individually participating in promoting their country for the upcoming UEFA Euro-2012 Cup of Nations hosted by Ukraine and Poland this June. This amazing time-lapse video by Efim Graboy and Daria Turetski was shot entirely in Kiev, Ukraine over the course of 5 days and 2 nights.

An All-White Loft Apartment in Moldova by Grosu Art Studio

Moldova, a wonderful place to live, mainly because of its long mild-and-sunny climate. Typically, the region will have a continental type of climate throughout the year. Long warm summers and mild dry winters are a landmark of this small landlocked nation.  Grosu Art Studio, based in Chisinau – the capital city of Moldova – has designed the ‘All-White Loft Apartment’, located also in Chisinau. The interior of the apartment imparts aesthetics as well as a contemporary outlook altogether. Right from the entrance, you would be invited by a sequence of bright colored paintings, and this seems to be most distinguishable trait of… Read more »

Rising Table Concept by Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricqs

Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs has created the Rising Table. The design is based on a rather simple idea of starting with a flat surface that is capable of poetically transforming into a stylish piece of  furniture.

Mind-Blowing Fairy Tale-Inspired Illustrations by Adam Oehlers

An extremely creative piece of art we caught today by artist Adam Oehlers, inspired by fairy tales and dreams, and transcribed on paper with an extraordinary talent.  Born in Coventry, raised and studied in Adelaide, and now based in the United Kingdom, Adam Oehlers transports his viewers into the dark and playful fantasy worlds of his illustrations. The character-based scenes draw from fairy tales as well as Oehlers’s interactions with the world. His inspiration has varied across his career and he finds that his surroundings and the community in which he lives indirectly affect his work. 

Top 10 World’s Richest Countries in 2012

Forbes magazine published an article recently on the richest 15 countries in the world and the surprise was that on top of this list is the Arab state of Qatar. Qatar topped a list that classifies countries on the basis of per capita gross domestic product, where the annual per capita income in it exceeds 88 Thousand  Dollars, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund the world of 2010. Thanks to enormous economic revenues of oil and gas reserves, in comparison with the relatively low population (1.7 million inhabitants), as well as the diversity of investments carried out by the Qatari government from owning stakes in global… Read more »

Kennedy Residence in Boulder, Colorado by Semple Brown Design

12-acres of quiet ranch-land houses the Kennedy Residence in Boulder, Colorado, a remarkably warm and welcoming crib. Designed by Semple Brown, it is built using natural materials such as stone and wood, around the mature trees on the site and connected to each other by public spaces and courtyards. The project consists of three major living zones.

Breathtaking Skydive over The Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai [VIDEO]

Skydiving over Dubai has recently become trendy in the world of extreme sports. With elite skydivers pushing the limits and boundaries of physics, equipped with cutting edge wing-suits that slows free-fall speeds, along with small aerodynamic parachutes to help accelerate their pilots’ descent speeds without compromising safety.

The All-Villas Reethi Rah Resort in Maldives by One&Only

The Indian Ocean has always acted as a heat buffer, absorbing, storing, and slowly releasing the tropical heat that creates the amazing weather The Maldives have, making it one of the top tourism destinations for traveler seeking ocean-side privacy and warmth. Today we’re featuring a photo gallery of one of the most breathtaking resorts, that blends the optimum weather, beaches, exclusivity and luxury, The Reethi Rah Resort located on the largest island of North Malé Atoll, Maldives.

Minimalist Posters of Pixar Movies by Wonchan Lee

As a tribute to Pixar animation studios and their beloved movies, Australian designer Wonchan Lee created this amazing set of minimalist posters featuring most of their iconic films. He described: “Pixar movies are everyone’s favorite. Hoping it will continue to make the world a better place. I’m pleased to dedicate these artworks to Pixar as one of the biggest fans.”

Unique Carpentry at The Starbucks Shop in Dazaifu, Japan

Almost everyone nowadays is familiar with Starbucks, and their standard interior design template all over the world. This specific Starbucks shop in Dazaifu, Japan is quite different, it features a gorgeous custom-made carpentry design. Architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates set out to form a unique looking cafe for the well-known brand, while maintaining its identity and complementing its surroundings. The architects sought to combine traditional and contemporary motifs to refrain from disturbing the aesthetic flow of the environment such as this shrine that receives about 2 million visitors a year . As such, the shop provides a very natural setting. Over 2000 wooden batons line the interior… Read more »

Unilever Office in Switzerland by Camenzind Evolution

In 2011 Camenzind Evolution, Zurich-based architecture studio created one of the most inspiring interiors for an office space, the headquarters of Unilever. The project is situated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and covers the surface area of 2,300 m2 of usable offices. 

Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins Pritzker Prize for 2012

Chinese architect Wang Shu (48 years old) of Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou is the 2012 Pritkzer Prize laureate. The prize organisers have confirmed the news after details were leaked ahead of schedule. Jury Chair Lord Palumbo, stated, “Wang Shu’s oeuvre, seen in depth by the jurors during a visit to China, left no doubt that we were witnessing the work of a master; and a unanimous decision to award him the Pritzker Prize for 2012 is one that we feel places him at the same high level of distinction as the other Chinese architect to receive the award, I M Pei.” Here’s the full jury citation: Jury Citation 2012… Read more »

The Half Graffiti Panic Room in Marseilles by Tilt

One’s wild imagination can surely drive him to surprisingly bizarre places and results. Renowned French graffiti artist Tilt has just completed a shizuphrenic interior piece of work in a room at the hotel Au Vieux Panier in Marseille, France. The room was split into exact halves and one side painted in technicolor graffiti and the other side in plain white, colors covered everything in its way as furniture and fabrics, the result was more of a Panic Room!

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