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A Whale of a Building: The Half-Floating Pavilion “Fluid” Redefines Aquatic Architecture

Posted by on Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Fluid — Image source: Ning.com

Most of us know the story of Jonah and the whale. At least, we think that we do. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible claims that Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish and not a whale. In any event, that story has left many people wondering what life would be like in the bowels of a gigantic sea mammal. In fact, the famous song “The Mariner’s Revenge” explores this idea. Give it a listen: Continue reading…

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Two-Bedroom, Two-Bathroom Floating Home is Glimpse of the Future

Posted by on Friday, December 27th, 2013

Floating Home

Floating one-story home — Image source: Trendhunter.com

A few weeks ago, we chatted about the beautiful Manta Resort off the coast of Tanzania’s Pemba Island. The two-person resort was certainly beautiful, but the structure was little more than two floating rooms in the middle of nowhere. With its small size, the Manta Resort is a place where you’d love to visit but hate to live. It wouldn’t be long before those two rooms started to feel claustrophobic and limiting. Continue reading…

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Living in a Winter Wonderland at Sweden’s Frozen Icehotel

Posted by on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Icehotel

Sweden’s Icehotel — Image source: Icehotel.com

I was really hoping for a white Christmas this year, but apparently that’s not in the cards for the folks around my neck of the woods. In fact, it was unseasonably warm yesterday. I could’ve gone around in my shorts and have been totally comfortable. For a true winter experience, I should have gone to Sweden’s Icehotel. Continue reading…

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Gorgeous 3-Story Home Floats on Amsterdam River

Posted by on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Floating Home

Floating home in Amsterdam — Image source: Inhabitat.com

I’ve talked about floating architecture a lot on this blog, and there’s one thing that almost all of them have in common: they’re absurdly impractical. It’s either a massive, billion-dollar floating city or a tiny egg boat with nothing in between. What is it with people and moderation? If architects really want the homeowners of tomorrow to live on futuristic floating homes, then they’re going to have to meet the average Joe in the middle ground with something that’s both spacious and cost effective. Continue reading…

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“Palace for Nature”: Luxury Architecture and Water Conservation in a Pristine Oasis

Posted by on Friday, December 20th, 2013

Qatar Palace

Qatar Palace — Image source: Inhabitat.com

Far too often, luxury is synonymous with wastefulness. The very mention of a palace calls to mind extravagant excess and a disproportionately massive amount of resources poured into just a few people. Continue reading…

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The Awesome Power of Natural Materials: Frozen Ice Castle in Silverthorne, Colorado Uses 20 Million Pounds of Ice

Posted by on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ice Castle

 Ice Castle —   Image Source: blogspot.com

It’s amazing what you can do with a bunch of water and subzero temperatures. Continue reading…

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5 Beautiful Examples of Interior Decoration To Complement Your Aquariums

Posted by on Monday, December 16th, 2013

Aquarium interior design

Aquarium interior design — Image source: Homecreativedesign.com

Aquariums are show-stoppers. As soon as you put an aquarium in a living space, every other art piece pales in comparison (well, unless you happen to be the owner of an original Van Gogh). That puts aquarium owners in a tough position. On the one hand, everything else you put into the living space will look boring compared to the aquarium. On the other, you can’t just install an aquarium and call it quits — you’ll also need beautiful furniture to round out the aesthetic. So, how can you strike the balance? How can you showcase your gorgeous aquarium without completely eclipsing all the other features of your room?

The trick lies in visual harmony. Truly skilled interior decorators know how to unite different visual elements under a common theme. Today, we’re going to go over a few examples of how creative interior design in conjunction with an aquarium can truly elevate a living space.

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Mother Nature, Water, and Fish: Using Aquariums as Natural and Beautiful Marketing For Your Product

Posted by on Monday, December 16th, 2013

Yuken Teruya art

Yuken Teruya art — Image source: Justluxe.com

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In the case of Yuken Teruya, one shopper’s trash is another artist’s art exhibit. Continue reading…

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5 Stunning Ice Sculptures from 2013

Posted by on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Ice Sculpture Art

Ice sculpture art — Image source: Savvystews.com

As I’m writing out this sentence, I’m wearing fuzzy wool socks, I’ve got a thick green blanket wrapped around me, and I’ve got the heat blasting. I don’t know what the weather’s like over in your neck of the woods, but over here it’s f-f-f-freezing. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the cold. As much as I hate needing to wear layer after layer in order to stay comfortable, I have to admit that that winter is absolutely gorgeous with its pristine snow, ornate snowflakes, and glittering icicles. Best of all, winter presents artists with a wonderful opportunity as they explore the world of frozen artwork. Here are a few of the best ice sculptures from 2013. Continue reading…

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4 Incredibly Bizarre Fishtanks

Posted by on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Fishtank Backpack

Fishtank backpack — Image source: Trendhunter.com

Conventional aquariums are so square (in both senses of the word). These bizarre aquariums put new spins on an old classic! Continue reading…