Zaha Hadids only house rises like a spaceship in a forest near Moscow

April 13, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid’s only private house has just been completed and — to no surprise — it looks like a spaceship that has touched down on Earth. Created with a neo-futuristic aesthetic and ample glazing, the Capital Hill Residence stands in stark contrast with its leafy surroundings. The home is located at the heart of Russia’s Barvikha forest, just a couple miles west of Moscow . The $140 million project was completed for real estate developer and entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin, who runs Capital Group and OKO Group . The 36,000-square-foot sci-fi-esque house immediately draws the eye with its stalk-like tower that rises 117 feet above the ground. Hadid placed the master bedroom at the top, so Doronin could wake up to panoramic views of the tree canopy. The master bedroom connects to the lower levels with a glazed elevator and staircase. Related: New images capture Zaha Hadid’s luxury High Line condos in NYC The majority of the home is built into a slope and includes a pool, spa , gym and even a nightclub. Doronin, who met Hadid a decade ago, is reportedly very pleased with his home. “This striking and ambitious building is testimony to her genius,” he said, adding that he was sold from the moment he saw Hadid’s initial sketches on a napkin. “She created the perfect livable sculpture.” + Zaha Hadid Architects Via Dezeen Images via OKO Group

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First Apple Store in Southeast Asia is 100% powered by renewable energy

May 30, 2017 by  
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This weekend, Singapore welcomed its first Apple store in a beautiful glass-fronted building that blends minimalist design with nature. Designed by Foster + Partners and Apple, this long-awaited flagship store—called Apple Orchard Road—takes cues from Singapore’s lush environment and features mature trees inside and outside the shop. Home to the world’s largest Genius Grove, Apple Orchard Road is considered one of Foster + Partners’ “greenest Apple spaces yet” and is entirely powered by renewable energy. Welcomed with extreme fanfare and a ten-hour-long, 2,000-person queue, Apple Orchard Road is the first official Apple Store in Southeast Asia . The two-story building is located in the heart of the Singapore, known as the garden city, along tree-lined Orchard Road. Inspired by the city’s garden themes, the designers crafted the building with a strong focus on community and connection to nature. Eight mature trees were planted in front of the store to create a shaded “green orchard” that serves as a new public gathering space. The 120-foot wide glazed storefront blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, an illusion strengthened by the installation of mature trees within the shop. A thin, white canopy cantilevers out 25 feet to provide solar shading . Related: Watch Apple’s incredible new store in Dubai change shape before your eyes “This is one of our greenest Apple spaces yet – not only does all the energy come from renewable sources, but it is filled with lush trees,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “It also breaks down the boundaries between the inside and outside, with the greenery cascading through the store from the mezzanine to the ground floor and out to onto Orchard Road, creating the most welcoming civic gesture.” Beautiful curved staircases hand-carved from Castagna stone by Italian artisans frame the interior. The world’s largest Genius Grove on the mezzanine contains twelve Ficus Ali trees. The Forum, which serves as a gathering place for Creative Pros, also boasts Apple’s widest video screen in the world. + Foster + Partners Images © Nigel Young and Apple

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State of Green Business: Agriculture plants the seeds of regeneration

March 21, 2016 by  
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Harnessing the genius of soil to draw down greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

August 29, 2014 by  
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Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen packed with motion sensors that translate the pen’s movements into digital images. With the Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks, you can still jot down all of your genius ideas- without having to transcribe them later. Read the rest of Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: analog to digital , digital pen , eco design , electric pen , green design , Moleskin , Moleskine Livescribe Notebook , smarten , sustainable design

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This Simple, Virtually Invisible 3D Printed Bike Rack is a Stroke of Genius

May 19, 2014 by  
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The problem with most bicycle storage systems is that they take up a lot of room when they aren’t holding a bike. Enter Clug , a very discreet and very tiny bracket designed by Hurdler Studios . This 3D printed rack can hold your bike in place either on the ground or on the wall – and it practically disappears when not in use. It also makes it appear as if your bike is floating on the wall without any support, just to add to the fun of it. Read the rest of This Simple, Virtually Invisible 3D Printed Bike Rack is a Stroke of Genius Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle rack , bicycle wheel bracket , bracket bicycle rack , clipper and gripper , clug , hurdler studios , tiny bicycle rack

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Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

March 13, 2014 by  
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Hardwood floors improve the aesthetics of just about any home, but what if they could also purify the air ? Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring has unveiled a groundbreaking new product called Pure Genius that comes with a built in air purification system. Using brand new technology, this “intelligent flooring ” continuously breaks down airborne toxins to generate a flow of pure air that makes living spaces a whole lot healthier. Read the rest of Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purifier , eco design , green design , healthy design , intelligent flooring , lauzon flooring , pure genius product , sustainable design        

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The Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where You Need Them Most

February 25, 2013 by  
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Anyone who has ever struggled to pitch a  tent can attest to how difficult it can be to assemble a  temporary shelter . Add the stress of a natural calamity, and every second saved by quick and simple construction is a blessing aided by the genius of good design. Argentine architects Matias Alter and Matias Carrizo have created the Modularflex , a foldable disaster housing unit that packs flat and can be assembled in about half an hour. Read the rest of The Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where You Need Them Most Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argentina , Buenos Aires , emergency , expo logisti-k , flat-packed , foldable , LED lights , matias alter , matias carrizo , modular , modularflex , natural disaster , shelter , temporary shelter , TENT , thermal panels

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Rosenbaum Creates a Sprawling Vertical Garden from Hundreds of Recycled Soda Bottles

February 25, 2013 by  
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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

February 25, 2013 by  
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There is a good reason why Argentina’s flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans to increase its capacity by 35 times and the government begins to hand out incentives to private companies. International developers are looking to the western regions where projects are estimated to produce over twice the amount of energy coming from solar in Germany , the world’s current market leader. The plans would assist in the efforts of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to increase the amount of energy generated by renewables from 2 percent to 8 percent by 2013. Read the rest of Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aldar sa , Argentina , Brazil , china , Columbia , debt , default , enarsa , germany , inflation , president cristina fernandez de kirchner , renewable energy , sky solar holdings co. , Solar Power , solaria energia & medio ambiente sa , south america , Spain , tariff

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UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

October 22, 2012 by  
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The Fibonacci sequence occurs frequently in nature – from the structure of a nautilus shell to the scales of a pine cone or center of a sunflower . Now Italian design studio UTOPIA has created a bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet that allows you to bring the genius of the universe into your home! Inspired by a traditional Chinese medicine cabinet, the system consists of seven separate units that combine to form the Golden Ratio (and a beautiful piece of furniture). Read the rest of UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , cabinet , fibonacci cabinet , fibonacci sequence , golden ratio , italy , Milan , utopia

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