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September 4, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Art, Articles, Cars, Concept, Design, Eco, Events, Film, Furniture, Gadgets, Girls, Mobile, Music, News, Products, Science, Shoes, Software, Sports, StartUps, Technology, Video, Watches | | Leave a comment

Self-Sufficent Floating House

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House on the Water by Poland-based Formodesign is a stunning floating home that relies on the surrounding sea and radiating sun to keep it self-sufficient in terms of energy and h2o. Accessible only by boat, the cantilevered home rests offshore from a beautiful beach and is intended to be used as a rental home for those seeking a life offshore.

Designed for the Mediterranean off the NW coast of the Greek Zante Island, this eco-friendly and self-sufficient home maximizes the use of solar energy through orientation of the structure as well as solar panels on top. Other eco features include water desalination, natural ventilation, tidal energy systems, and water recycling, all with the express purpose of reducing energy and water consumption. The floating home also has a high-tech shading system that is computer driven and runs on rails which are the the vertical lines on the facade.

Inspired by luxury yachts, the project’s architecture is white and pristine, and looks as though it would need a deck hand available at all times to keep it scrubbed down. Made from concrete and steel, the structure cantilevers from a central core, which is a concrete counterweight foot stabilizer with the sea bed pile system. The dock underneath floats with the help of rails installed in the core structure and can rise and fall with the tides. From the deck a stairway leads up to the main floor of the house, which has a cool and contemporary feel. Seems like all the benefits of yacht living without the constant rocking.

Via ArchDaily

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design | 1 Comment

The Prince of Mars

Le Petit Prince by Martin Miklica

Little Prince machines are programmed to act with full life! They are made for Mars, each one holding a plant, caring for it as it finds a place more hospitable than itself. Each on these little pods is also capable of speaking with the others, learning as one unit, creating a huge collective consciousness of Prince knowledge!

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This design is one of the finalists in the 2009 Electrolux Design Lab.

Designer: Martin Miklica

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Concept, Design, Eco, Science, Technology | Leave a comment

THE Y HOUSE

By SousaSantos Architects.
Portugal based SousaSantos Architects have sent us some photos of the Y House they designed.

This house is a vision device. A system that rules the way the inhabitant sees the outside world and simultaneously frames the way the outside sees the dwellers. The design of this object was focused on this theme. The big curved window is this statement vortex, it creates a visual path that, like a camera traveling, reveal the image of the landscape.

The programmatic development of the house reflects the classic bourgeois organization promoting the clear division of rest areas leisure areas and work areas. This division creates tree limbs that are united by this design morphing that develop the two big windows of the living room.

The idea of landscape as an image and its importance in the domestic living were the main design focus of this scheme.

Via: contemporist

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design | Leave a comment

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

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The Vision EfficientDynamics Concept that BMW will show in Frankfurt in a couple of weeks. The new concept is a plug-in hybrid with a three cylinder turbo-diesel engine. BMW claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds while scoring 62.6 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined test cycle. The concept uses a 1.5-liter turbodiesel, it is rated at a hefty 163 hp with peak torque of 214 lb-ft. The engine is paired with a 6-speed DCT derived from the unit used in the M3 and Z4.

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VIA: Autoweek

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Cars, Concept, Design | 1 Comment

SpaceTek’s Rodriguez DJ Tables

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It’s hard to find the perfect DJ tables, there’s to many things to look for… like the height, the color, the equipment configuration options, etc. Well SpaceTek can solve that problem for you, with their Custom Rodriguez DJ tables. Made from solid wood, brushed stainless steel, and hand-applied veneer, each table is customizable with as many pedestals and spaces as you need. Customized yours for ($3,000-$3,900)

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VIA: SpaceTek

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Design, Music, Products | Leave a comment

The Fire Relief Respirator

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Smoke inhalation kills a ton of people every year, One guy that wants to change that is Pengtao Yu, who has designed a great product called “The Fire Relief Respirator”. It was designed to provide oxygen to the person who is trapped inside a burning building. It enables the person/victim to wait longer for the rescue team, thus increases the chance of their survival. Whether it is a residence, office, hotel or any kind of high-raised building, Fire Relief Respirator can save quite a few numbers of people from dying by inhaling poisonous smokes that is produced during a fire disaster.

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VIA: pengtaodesign.com

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Design | Leave a comment