Gorgeous green-roofed studio features a rainwater reflecting pool

December 21, 2017 by  
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There are some designs that just make your jaw drop – and the Sun Rain Room is definitely one of those. Designed by London-based Tonkin Liu Architects , the spectacular curved studio is clad in glass panels and topped with a green roof . It’s is also equipped with one awesome feature – a grey water system that showers collected rainwater over the patio at the push of a button, transforming it into a beautiful reflecting pool. The studio, which is just over 800 square feet, is a two-story home addition used as a studio and guest cottage. According to the architects, the design was created to provide a calming, nature-infused space would be “a good place to be on a bad day.” Related: Rural Italian home clad in lush greenery blends into its idyllic surroundings The elongated curved shape mimics the curvature of the sun and allows optimal light to pass through into the interior. Covered in stunning greenery , the roof acts as an extension of the surrounding landscape, which culminates in a vibrant, multi-layered urban garden . On the interior, the ceiling is spotted with round coffered skylights that “echo” a pattern of raindrops on water. Clad in floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light floods the interior spaces, which include a studio, a bedroom, and two bathrooms, as well as a garden room that opens up to the outdoor patio. The beautiful design implements a unique rainwater system which includes filtering rainwater into a large storage tank. At the touch of a button, this water is used to “rain” over the sunken patio, converting it into a reflecting pool. + Tonkin Liu Architects Via Archdaily Images via Tonkin Liu Architects

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Boeing to reveal mysterious space plane of the future

December 21, 2017 by  
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Boeing is set to release a new plane that the company claims to be “the future of air power.” In a video posted on Twitter, Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, offered a glimpse of its new creation, which seemed to bear some resemblance to the Batmobile. The plane is being developed by Phantom Works, the company’s advanced design division, and is being kept tightly under wraps until its to-be-announced reveal date. However, rumor has it that the new aircraft may be suited for space travel. This would follow Boeing’s X-37B plane, first built for the United States military, which is capable of traveling outside of Earth’s atmosphere . Boeing was recently granted another contract from the Pentagon to develop the XS-1 space plane, which would provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space”, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA ). It is possible that this new mystery plane has nothing to do with space travel , with some speculating that it could be a new electric aircraft designed to take-off and land vertically. Related: Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space The aviation giant recently acquired Aurora Flight Sciences, which last year won a DARPA contract to build the XV-24A LightningStrike VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) plane. When released, it will include new innovative features, such as “hybrid-electric propulsion ducted fans” and an “innovative synchronous electric-drive system,” according to Aurora . The plane also boasts increased hovering efficiency of 70 percent and is able to carry at least 5,000 pounds. Whatever this mystery plane is, news of it comes on an historic week for Boeing, during which the last 747 to ever fly on an American airline will make its final landing in Detroit . Via the Telegraph Images via Boeing and DARPA

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London Eye capsule transformed into rainforest-inspired tiny home

June 1, 2017 by  
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A collaboration between TripAdvisor Rentals and Wayfair has just taken pop-up housing to new heights. The team turned a London Eye Ferris Wheel capsule into a stunning rainforest-inspired tiny apartment . The chic urban capsule features oodles of greenery sprouting from every inch, a tropical green print on the ceiling, and a view that’s to die for. The design for the tiny pod-like space was inspired by the rainforest and the Wayfair team spared no expense filling it tastefully with a forest of vegetation. With the double bed at the center of the design, the green design theme was complimented by geometric and palm print textures, a hanging birdcage, and multi-colored rugs. Aside from the bed, the rest of the furniture was kept to a minimum. A beautiful turquoise dresser was filled with overflowing greenery and a large wicker chair made for the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the city. Related: LO2P Giant Green Ferris Wheel Recycling Center Wins the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition The promotional event, called “Sky High Stay”, hosted a fun competition to go along with the campaign. Two lucky winners, Beatriz Gaspar-Perez and her son, won the “Eye Spy A Home In The Sky” competition to become the first people to ever sleep in one of the pods, enjoying the amazing 360-degree panoramic views of the British capital for the night. + TripAdvisor Rentals + Wayfair Via Apartment Therapy  

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1 Undershaft will be the tallest building in London’s financial district

December 10, 2015 by  
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Teen wins $100,000 for new water purification system to remove Everglades pollutants

December 10, 2015 by  
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A 17-year-old Florida student won a $100,000 college scholarship this week after discovering a new way to purify drinking water . Maria Elena Grimmett first became curious about water purification when she, then age 11, wanted to find out why her family’s tap water had a brownish tint. She began investigating and learned about common water pollution problems in her home state. In the six years following, Grimmett researched solutions to the pollution – and finally found one that happened to be worth quite a lot of money. Read the rest of Teen wins $100,000 for new water purification system to remove Everglades pollutants

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IKEA’s new innovation space tackles the problems of our future

December 10, 2015 by  
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John Kerry says Paris agreement must include legally binding system

December 10, 2015 by  
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At the COP 21 conference in Paris this week, US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that any climate agreement include a legally binding “transparency system.” He said this would keep world governments accountable and demonstrate that participating nations are truly committed to fighting climate change. What makes this request especially interesting is Kerry’s motivation: he explained Wednesday this added reassurance isn’t just for the sake of the participating governments, but also for private investors who may be interested in clean energy . Read the rest of John Kerry says Paris agreement must include legally binding system

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The Skip Garden: a moveable urban veggie patch built with 90% reclaimed materials

July 24, 2015 by  
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Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

March 11, 2015 by  
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7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate Frei Otto

March 11, 2015 by  
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