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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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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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Eco-Friendly Thinking Finds Beauty and Profit in Rainwater

Posted by on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Rainwater retention

Bodies of water collect rainwater, attract wildlife, and keep the surroundings cool — Image source: Tumblr.com

Gutters don’t have a stellar reputation. The phrase “mind in the gutter” equates the gutter with filth and perversion, and cleaning decaying gunk out of your gutters is one of the worst chores ever invented. That’s really a shame, because rain is one of the most beautiful shows that Mother Nature has to offer. We’ve all seen rain countless times, but every once in a while you just have to look out the window and marvel at how stunningly beautiful and powerful rain truly is. Continue reading…

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19-Year-Old’s Floating Filter Invention Could Save the World’s Oceans

Posted by on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Boyan Slat's Water Filter

Boyan Slat’s Water Filter — Image source: Inhabitat.com

We love the ocean at Okeanos Aquascaping. After all, we wouldn’t be able to build stunning custom saltwater aquascapes without all of the beautiful fish and coral that populate the world’s oceans. That’s why we take environmental conservation so seriously. The destruction of coral reefs won’t simply mean the end of aquascaping — it will also affect billions of people as delicate ecosystems wither and collapse. Continue reading…

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Staying Cool with Qatar’s Mist-Generating Outlook Tower and Other Aquascapes

Posted by on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Outlook Tower

An artist’s rendition of Outlook Tower in Qatar. — Image source: Inhabitat.com

Qatar is hot. Really hot. In July the average temperature is a sweltering 106º F, the type of heat that makes you want to lie down and cling to your air conditioner. Continue reading…

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Google’s Mystery Barges Revealed to be Silver-Sailed Showrooms

Posted by on Monday, November 11th, 2013

Possible Google Barge

Image from telegraph.co.uk

Google has been raising eyebrows with the construction of three massive barges that are currently moored in San Francisco, Portland, and Maine. The Internet behemoth has been fairly tight-lipped about the barges, leaving news sources to speculate over their purpose. Are they floating data centers? Trendy party boats? Continue reading…

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Amazing Aquatic Architecture: How to Build a Waterfall in the Middle of the Desert

Posted by on Friday, November 8th, 2013

Desert Cascades

Image source: Inhabitat.com

Earlier this week, we took a look at Ap Verheggen’s incredibly unorthodox plan to build ice sculptures in the middle of the Sahara Desert (it isn’t nearly as crazy as it sounds). Well, Verheggen is at it again! Continue reading…