Artist Yukata Sone turned a village of Chinese artisans into urban topographers carving New York City out of marble.
Originally trained as an architect and with a natural bent toward obsessing over details, Sone started working in marble and twelve years ago discovered the traditional stone carvers in the tiny Chinese village of Chongwu. The carvers were mostly engaged in making stone dragons, lanterns, and Buddhas using age-old craft techniques. He asked a group to work with him on carving more dynamic shapes such as machinery and urban landscapes
Discover the Surprising real igloo village based in Kakslauttanen, Finland. Each igloo is equipped with glass tocontemplate the northern lights and stars. Constructed usingspecial thermal glass, the 20 rooms are heated.
The legendary Hotel Bel-Air, owned by the Sultan of Brunei’s Dorchester Collection, is set to re-open in October after a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation that will bring the iconic property into the 21st century including a posh Presidential Suite.
The famed Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in “Bel-Air Pink” will remain, while a new interpretation of timelessness is reflected through different design themes, from American mid-century modern to the glamorous decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s conveyed in a “fresh, youthful and elegant” manner.
Bel-Air Hotel Los Angeles – link
Your own survival pod! Escape pod hotel in a city centre dock location.
Moored in F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) – a unique and artistic surfers village at the boulevard of Scheveningen near The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972 they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants.
First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France.
The architecture firm Studio WXY and New York-based Weidlinger won the competition to build the Nanhe River Bridge Landscape Xinjin County, China. An impressive red bridge crossing the river into 2 interwoven routes
Check out this vacation home located on the peninsula Bouddi, north of Sydney (Australia). A house designed in the trees in a sophisticated way through outdoor architecture that respects the natural environment
BAMscape is a free-form seating environment commissioned by the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Installed for a two-year duration, BAMscape provides a new centerpiece within the museum’s large 6,692 sq ft central atrium gallery, and merges disciplines of art, architecture, and furniture. As an open site for lounging, film screenings, live performance and multimedia events, BAMscape fosters the museum’s direction for providing diverse event programming amidst its gallery spaces.
BAMscape hosts wireless Internet and integrated outlets for powering laptops, and allows visitors to enjoy the space as a site for study and social networking. To achieve a maximum of volumetric presence within the budget limitations, the pre-fab system deploys CNC large-scale laser cutting processes to custom manufacture 150 individual curved modules. Lightweight and comprised of 93% air, the rigid foam structural substrate is laminated with thin layers of painted plywood.
GOOD FOUNDATIONS: Louis Vuitton is releasing a book about the foundations and structures of its worldwide stores, from opulent window displays to bag bars. “Louis Vuitton: Architecture & Interiors” will be published on Oct. 1 by Rizzoli and Editions de La Martinière, priced 60 euros, or $85. The 304-page tome will feature 300 illustrations and include unpublished architects’ sketches and interviews with Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc and Jun Aoki, among others. There will also be a limited edition version with three photographs on the cover, matched with three monogrammed fabric slipcases in gold, silver and copper, retailing for 125 euros, or $130.
Singapore hotelier Alila is well-known for stunning resorts that blend lap-of-luxury amenities with landscape-minded architecture. The company has three sets of luxury villas in Bali, including Alila Villas Uluwatu, an exceptional getaway perched on a plateau that overlooks the ocean. Guests are taken care of by a dedicated butler and can relax in a clifftop pool and bar. The 84-villa resort was designed by Singapore’s WOHA, which created open floor plans with flat lava rocks and bamboo ceilings, and made sure that every room — including the bed and bath — have views of the serene setting.
Luxury camping doesn’t need to be experienced at some snobby retreat– you can take your show on the road and pick your own path with the Crystal Bubble Portable Home.
This luxurious and contemporary shelter can be raised on any flat surface in moments, thanks to a silent pump that fills the crystal bubble to its peak. With a clear plastic shell, this bubble provides unparalleled, 360-degree views of the wild world around you while sheltering you from the elements.
It’s available in a few models, some of which include privacy walls and clear roofs, starting at less than 8,000 euros each.
The Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore will soon open the ArtScience Museum. Welcoming the concept of a Hand with 10 “fingers” of the museum around a round base, revealingfor each finger a different gallery. A building designed by Safdie Architects
Discover this beautiful hotel in the heart of Barcelona, with an outdoor pool on the roof with an impressive view of all the monuments of the city. The Grand Central Hotel offers 147 rooms and two bars poolside bars
Demand was so high when reservations for passes to visit New York’s September 11 Memorial opened this week that the online box office temporarily crashed, see what the site will look like when it opens in September, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
Aerial photo of the site, taken last month. The plaza will be filled with 400 oak trees, 250 of which will be planted by September 11 2011.
And this is how it’s going to look when done
Imagine being able to grind to the fridge over the sofa before ollying onto the kitchen table and then skating up a wall. Etnies clothing mogul and former pro-skater, Pierre-André Senizergues, has made every teenage boy’s dream a reality with his ‘PAS’ house, a paradise that’s totally designed for skateboarding.
The 48-year-old is currently having the 2,200 square foot home built in Malibu, but those desperate for a go should nip over to Paris where a smaller prototype is currently on display at La Gaîté Lyrique until August 7.
Senizergues’s Malibu home is set to be built in the shape of a full skate ramp. There will be no corners, just curves.Furniture and even kitchen appliances will all be ‘skateable’ and of course, everything will be environmentally friendly.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort situated in The Maldives.
So sleep in a beautiful room overlooking the lagoons located entirely between the islands of Rangali and Rangalifinolhu