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Sommarn̦jen РSummer Hide-aways

Stockholm-based Sommarnöjen (Summer Enjoyment in English) has just unveiled the designs for five new beautiful 15-square-meter second houses.

Sommarnöjen provides the houses ready-built on site. Some are suitable for year-round use as well.

The mini-houses are also great as additions to a larger dwelling — as guest houses, studios, workshops, separate bedrooms and of course, saunas.

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Selgas Cano architecture office

Selgas Cano is a Spanish architecture firm, and this long glass tube in a little wooded ravine is the Madrid office they’ve built for themselves.

The shutters over the clear roof are retractable and allow for natural light to pour into the space.

Ceilings are both low and high, depending on the retraction of the roof and on which part of the room you’re in.

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Photos: Flower Market, Barcelona

Barcelona’s new wholesale flower market — Mercabarna-Flor — near the Barcelona International Airport was designed by Willy Muller Architects.

The most striking features of the new market are the multi-faceted angular roof structure and the multi-colored outer shell inspired by an aerial view of flower fields in full bloom. Source

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Swede Hill House, Where luxury meets sustainable design

Swede Hill is next project from Newport, RI based design+build firm, Aquidneck Fine Properties.

This 3000 sqft LEED registered home is designed by award winning architects Estes/ Twombly and promises to be one of Southern New England’s truly “green” luxury homes.

Set on four protected acres, this stunning private hilltop retreat offers breath-taking southerly and westerly ocean views towards Montauk Point and Long Island Sound.

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Frank Lloyd Wright house on sell

Frank Lloyd Wright house on sell

Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time” designed a ranch house in the southern edge of Los Banos (Merced County).

The house is the third-to-last California residence drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright, and one of only two currently on the market.

There is a large living room at the base looks onto the garden through a wall of windows and French doors and a row of bedrooms radiating outward on the north side, a kitchen and a play room on the south, and also a wonderful palm-shaded swimming pool.

Frank Lloyd Wright ranch house
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Seawater Vertical Farm

Italian architectural firm Studiomobile have developed an interesting new vertical farm concept.

The seawater vertical farm uses seawater to cool and humidify greenhouses and to convert sufficient humidity back in to fresh water to irrigate the crops.

The project has been presented in dubai where there is an absence of fresh water and local cultivations, a problem of urban transport and a high soil value, making this concept a feasible one.

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Singapore Civic & Culture Centre by Aedas

Construction is underway on the Singapore Civic & Culture Centre, which has been designed by the international architectural firm Aedas.

The nine levels of the Civic and Cultural Zone will complement the range of performing arts venues currently available in Singapore.

It will house a 5,000-seat state-of-the-art auditorium designed by Artec Consultants Inc, the world’s premier performing arts venue design and planning consultants, which will have high quality acoustics and cutting edge technology for amplified music, speech and musical theatre performances.

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Museum Plaza / REX

Museum Plaza rethinks conventional attitudes towards property development.

It begins with a vision to construct a contemporary art institute and concludes with a business pro forma that supports this commitment.

Culture is placed physically and spiritually at the project’s center.

But REX, and the following video, explain it better:

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Villa Röling by Paul de Ruiter

Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter designed Villa Röling, a waterfront home in the town of Kudelstaart, Netherlands.

“The clients of villa Röling are passionate art collectors. They love to be surrounded by works of art.

Therefore their main wish regarding their new dwelling was that it would do greatest justice to their collection of paintings and sculptures

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Armani’s 5th Avenue Store Grand Opening Celebration

Last night was the opening of the new Armani megastore on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Designed by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the 4,000-square-metre with the sinuous and futuristic spiral staircase in cream-coloured cement, had already been called by the Mayor Bloomberg as “Guggenheim Two”.

”This is not just a great architectural masterpiece but is also a vote of confidence in the future of New York as a fashion capital,” Bloomberg added at the opening.

This new Armani store held an exclusive party to celebrate the opening of Armani’s latest piece of Manhattan real estate.

A host of celebrities were present at the event included Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Hartnett, Milla Jovovich, Molly Sims, Ricky Martin, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham, and a pregnant Mira Sorvino.

Armani created a “capsule collection” that will be available only in the Fifth Avenue, and some lucky celebs already wore it last night.

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House N by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects designed this unusual house located in Oita, Japan.

The house itself is comprised of three shells of progressive size nested inside one another. The outermost shell covers the entire premises, creating an covered, semi-indoor garden. Second shell encloses a limited space inside the covered outdoor space. Third shell creates a smaller interior space.

Photos by Iwan Baan / Via Archdaily
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China’s tallest skyscraper to begin construction

Construction projects are grinding to a halt as financing runs dry elsewhere in the world, but in China’s biggest city, they’re still going strong.

Today, Shanghai is scheduled to officially begin work on what will become its tallest skyscraper — a 2,073-foot building in the city’s Lujiazui financial center that will tower over the current highest building, the recently completed 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center.

Though China’s economy is slowing and exporters are feeling the pinch, the sinuous glass building, to be called the Shanghai Tower, is one of a slew of government-funded projects that authorities are using to stimulate growth and create jobs.
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