This tropical paradise home has an all-natural swimming lagoon filled with live fish

June 14, 2017 by  
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Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK-27 has turned a breathtaking Miami home into a tropical paradise complete with an all-natural swimming lagoon with real fish, a heated saltwater pool, and an abundance of lush vegetation. The 12,000 square-foot luxury home sits on the water front of the exclusive Indian Creek area, and it can be yours for a cool $29.75 million. The 12,000 square foot home, which was built with raw materials including exposed concrete , stone, and teak wood, boasts stunning interior design, but the outdoor landscape is undoubtedly a dream come true. The one-acre outdoor area was converted into a lush tropical garden , complete with a natural 100-foot-long swimming lagoon with an organic filtration system filled with live fish. Related: Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria Even entering the home is a jungle-like experience thanks to the 200-foot bridge that soars over the lagoon leading to the home’s front door. Further connecting the living space with the outdoors is a 1,800-square-foot covered terrace with full outdoor kitchen and sunken living room, perfect for entertaining. For a bit of solitude, a rooftop garden covered in natural grass and greenery offers a secluded area with beautiful views of the area. And just in case you’re worried about where to park your boat, the house comes with enough dock space to accommodate a 90-foot-long yacht. + Studio MK-27 Photography by Felipe Ariano Photography

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Chemical-free community swimming pool is filled with recycled rainwater filtered through plants

January 9, 2017 by  
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This isn’t your run-of-the-mill neighborhood swimming pool. Instead of harsh chemicals and bland concrete, this elegant pool, designed by Philippe Barriere Collective is filled with naturally-filtered , recycled water and built out of local rocks, gravel and stone. To keep the partially-open space warm in the cooler months, recycled steam from the hamman in the complex is distributed throughout the space, giving the lucky residents who get to use it an organic experience closer to romping around in a natural spring than slogging through another boring session of laps in an antiseptic gym. The aquatic complex, called Lilu for the Berber term for rainwater, comprises a health club, cafe (organic, of course), a hamman and the pool. The complex has flexible hours to encourage neighborhood residents to socialize and relax after a healthy session in the fitness spaces. Just don’t call it “going to the gym” – this is a much more natural and all encompassing experience. Related: The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean The water is filtered into the pool by allowing rainwater to run down an olive orchard hill, through the complex pavilions, through filtering and finally purified by running through plants (water lily, water hyacinth, phragmites australis, caltha palustris, menthe aquatic for purification and hippuris vulgaris, waterweed for oxygenation). There is no chlorine required to keep things clean. This eco-system, filled with biodiversity, ensures a low-maintenance, self-sustaining system that can be enjoyed by the whole community. The vaults enclosing the pool are made out of local materials . These vaults cover the top space, but the sides are left semi-open and the main level partially submerged below ground. This allows the space to be filled with natural light and air. To keep the space warm in the cooler months, steam from the hamman is recycled and redistributed through the complex. + Philippe Barriere Collective Via V2com

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UK’s first natural public pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

March 27, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of UK’s first natural public pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecosystem , Efa Pfannes , King’s cross redevelopment , Kings Cross , Marjetica Potr? , natural pond , natural pool , natural swimming pool , Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club , ooze architects , small-scale pond , wetland plants

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Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

November 19, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria , Austrian architecture , elevated house , gray fiberboard , Hammerschmid , HPSA , minimal site disturbance , natural light , natural swimming pool , open plan layout , Pachl , plywood , Seebacher Architekten , spruce , spruce board , Swedish mud color , Teichhaus , white oiled birch plywood , wooden deck

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New Plans Unveiled for Floating Freshwater Pools in the River Thames

August 15, 2014 by  
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Famous ‘Less Than Zero’ Silvertop House is Up for Sale!

August 15, 2014 by  
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John Lautner ’s Silvertop House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, recognizable as the setting for several music videos, commercials and the 1980’s movie Less than Zero , has been put on the market for the first time in 40 years. The gorgeous residence sitting on the crest of a hill, which sports a fantastic view of its surroundings from a spacious living room, is to be sold for the cool sum of $7.5 million. Read the rest of Famous ‘Less Than Zero’ Silvertop House is Up for Sale! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: famous building sale , hillside house , infinity-edge pool , john lautner , John Lautner houses , Los Angeles famous buildings , modernist architects , modernist buildings , residential architecture , Silvertop House

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Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

June 27, 2013 by  
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German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

June 27, 2013 by  
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The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic system based on an ape that aims to improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics of robots. It is the latest animal-inspired robot to be designed, following the Cheetah and the BigDog  – if the trend continues, we’ll soon have an entire animal kingdom of robots. The  Robo-Ape was created as part of a project aimed at developing intelligent structures for application in mobile robot systems, with a special focus on walking machines. Read the rest of German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bigdog , biomimicry , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , darpa , German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence , iStruct , robo-ape , robot , robots        

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