A homey, floating cabin makes for the ultimate romantic getaway in South Australia

November 21, 2019 by  
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Nothing says romance like whisking your loved one off for a remote getaway in South Australia . Located on the mighty Murray River, this amazing floating cabin has just about everything you need for a relaxing time away, including plenty of open-air seating to watch the sunset over the idyllic horizon. For anyone planning a trip near beautiful Adelaide, this gorgeous floating cabin is a perfect place to get off the beaten path. Starting in the Australian Alps, the Murray River stretches about 1,558 miles into Southwest Australia. The scenery is incredible, and seeing it first-hand from your own floating home is an unforgettable experience. Related: Sail your cares away in this incredible floating villa near Sydney The floating cabin sleeps up to two people and comes with all of the amenities needed for a romantic yet adventurous getaway. The interior is comprised of a comfy living room and a beautifully decorated bedroom that comes with a queen-sized bed. There is a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower, and it comes complete with luxury linens and towels. Although small, the cabin’s compact kitchenette comes equipped with all of the basics, such as a stovetop and microwave, to whip up a tasty meal. For breakfast, guests will find everything they need to prepare a delicious spread of bacon, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, coffee, juice and more. Although the interior is cozy and inviting, the exterior of the boat is the best place to be. The outdoor deck includes plenty of seating, from two hanging basket seats to a couple of loungers arranged perfectly for soaking up the Australian sunshine. The area also has a barbecue area and a fire pit, which is just the spot to enjoy the late-evening views. The cabin is designed to offer guests a complete respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. However, guests looking for a bit of outdoor adventure will be able to enjoy the river up-close thanks to a two-person kayak. Other activities can also be arranged. + Glamping Hub Images via Glamping Hub

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The kids are alright

February 27, 2019 by  
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James Murray reflects on school strikes, theories of change and vegan sausage rolls.

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Foster + Partners turn an office tower into Hong Kongs newest luxury hotel

May 25, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners transformed a former government headquarters tower into a luxury hotel in Hong Kong , and it has just opened its doors to the public. Located on the southern edge of Central with sweeping views of The Peak, the 336-room hotel — named The Murray — not only includes a striking interior overhaul, but also features new street frontage and green space to reconnect the 25-story tower with the urban fabric. The adaptive reuse project preserved the existing self-shading facade to maximize daylight penetration while reducing solar gain. The office tower, known as the Murray Building, was designed in the 1970s during an era that primarily catered to the automobile. To make the site more pedestrian friendly , Foster + Partners created new street frontage and added landscaped parks on the ground level to remove the site’s road-dominated appearance. Inside the building, the architects replaced the former car park with hotel lobbies and restaurants; transformed the plant room spaces into banquet halls, pools and spas; and turned the upper-floor office spaces into guest rooms. Though dramatic, the transformation from office to luxury hotel was sensitively executed in order to preserve the building’s architectural integrity. The architects also took care to retain the original facade, which earned the structure an Energy Efficient Building Award in 1994. The exterior features deeply recessed windows that are carefully positioned to avoid harsh tropical sunlight. Enlarged insulated glazing units improve energy efficiency , while a new suite of luxury materials create the hotel’s sense of grandeur. Related: Foster + Partners unveils sustainable masterplan for India’s new state capital Luke Fox, the Head of Studio for Foster + Partners, said, “Our design for The Murray creates a dialogue between the old and the new – giving the building a new lease of life and a renewed purpose, with a unique sense of character that is embedded within the fabric of the building.” + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners , by Nigel Young and Michael Weber

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One man’s passion: 45 years with the EPA

June 29, 2016 by  
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Scientist Tom Murray gives a retrospective overview, from the EPA’s tumultuous beginnings to the evolution of today’s industrial partnerships.

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