The Black Desert House by Marc Atlan | Residential Design

The Black Desert House

The Black Desert House was created by Marc Atlan Design and Oller & Pejic Architects for the main purpose of renting  out, whether for photo shoots, videos, or filming yet being totally livable with 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and carport. The space also provides privacy for those filming in the area. The house enjoys breathtaking views and is only a 30 minute drive from Palm Springs.

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Quasar Istanbul By Marcel Wanders Wins At The European Property Awards | Hospitality

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Marcel Wanders has created a lovely image for the Quasar Istanbul interior design and has helped the resort which is due to operate in 2015, win several awards.

Currently under development and due to open in the 1st quarter of 2015, the Quasar Residences articulate the dynamic fusion of east and west in a city at the cusp. Istanbul will be home to this vibrant, alive and at the same time grounded apartment complex, one that represents a new era in luxury living for this cosmopolitan metropolis.

Quasar was recently announced European champion in 3 different categories at the European Property Awards. The project came first in both Turkey and in Europe in the fields of ‘Best Leisure Architecture,’ ‘Best Apartment’ and ‘Best Development Multiple Units.’ It was also awarded the first prize in Turkey in the fields of ‘Best High-Rise Architecture’ and ‘Best Leisure Development.’ The Project also won the Highly Commended awards for the ‘Mixed Use Architecture’ and ‘Residential High Rise Development’ categories, and picked up a further award from Dubai at the Cityscape Global Awards, for ‘Best Commercial & Mixed Use Project (Future)’ field.

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The Library Of Birmingham By Mecanoo Architects | Architecture

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Just when we thought libraries were a thing of the past, this magnificent structure shows up. Last September (2013), the 35,000 sq.m Library of Birmingham in the United Kingdom opened  to the public. According to Yatzer, it is the largest library in Europe. The architecture and interior are out of this world, very intricately designed by Dutch designers Mecanoo Architects. The cost was estimated at around £188.8 million.

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Updated Renderings of The NBK Tower in Kuwait By Foster + Partners | Architecture

Foster + Partners designed the new National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) tower to be environmentally friendly, Gold LEED certified. The tower will be 300 meters high, the gross area is 120,000 sq.m. I was able to obtain the updated renderings of this tower located in the Sharq area in Kuwait.

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Rod Stewart To Open The New SSE Hydro In Scotland Designed by Foster and Partners

The SSE Hydro, Scotland’s largest purpose-built public event arena, will open to the public with a concert by Rod Stewart on 30 September. Its free spanning roof of 120 metres, large enough to encompass Glasgow's Queen Street railway station, encloses a highly flexible amphitheatre for an audience of up to 13,000. Externally, the arena is wrapped in lightweight translucent panels taking the excitement of the concert to the city – the whole building can be illuminated to glow as a beacon of colour on the waterfront.

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Ber House In South Africa | Luxury Villa Design

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This is what a masterpiece looks like, a wonderful display of horizontal volumes with an intricate diagonal playful effect in the façade.

House Ber, by Nico van der Meulen Architects and M Square Lifestyle Design,  is an indication of what happens when granite, steel, light and water come together. Situated in Midrand, House Ber presents itself as a sequence of irregular steel bars randomly placed creating patterned façades which initially were conceived to represent security but now have become the very feature which distinguishes this house from its surrounding.

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Workshop By SOMA Is Winner Of Best Restaurant In The Americas | Restaurant Design

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Three Years ago I posted about Park 51 in New York,  a project assigned to Michel Aboud ,   a Lebanese  architect  who graduated from American University of Beirut prior to continuing his studies in the U.S.A.  His name shone then, since it was a controversial project, and continued since. He and his team opened an office in Beirut, Lebanon and have several Avant-garde projects at hand.It was lovely seeing one of their projects, Workshop, get awarded with the  best restaurant in the Americas. Check out the photos in this post and description by SOMA below.

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Qatar To Build Energy Efficient Floating Hotels For The 2022 World Cup

Qatar is considering developing space saving and energy efficient floating hotels, luxury villas, and a water park off the coast of Doha called Oryx Island. The project will house the influx of visitors that will need accommodation during the 2022 World Cup Qatar will be hosting.

The island would be developed by Barwa Real Estate Co, a firm partly owned by the government, at a cost of $5.5 million. Finish architecture firm, Sigge Architects is partnering with Global Accommodation Management (GAM) to design the various facilities, which includes projects for a hotel and luxury villas that could house up to 25,000 people.

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