OMA + LMN – Seattle Central Library

This is -by far- one of the most inspiring projects I know. And it´s not just the skin or the structure. It´s the new program relations, that make of this more than a mere library, but an enhaced public space around knowledge. Architects: OMA + LMN Location: Seattle, Washington, USA Key Personnel: Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner-in-Charge), with Mark von Hof-Zogrotzki, Natasha Sandmeier, Meghan Corwin, Bjarke Ingels, Carol Patterson Consultants: Arup, Bruce Mau Design, Davis Langdon, Dewhurst Macfarlane, Front, HKA, Hoffman Construction, Inside/Oustide, Jones & Jones, Kugler Tillotson, Magnusson Klemencic, McGuire, … Continue Reading

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Kanner Architects – The Hollywood

Architects: Kanner Architects Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA Project Architect: Stephen H. Kanner Project team: Jay Fukuzawa, Greg Larusso Client: Metro Modern Developers Structural Engineers: Nabih Youseff Contractor: HyMax Construction Project Area: 13,935 sqm Project year: 2005-2008 Photographs: John Edward Linden A 54-unit building, The Hollywood is something of a pioneering project in a part of Los Angeles that, while emerging from years of civic indifference, remains a bit rough around the fringes. The multifamily courtyard condominium development announces the arrival of modern urban living to complement the … Continue Reading

Decorative Pellet Stove by Buderus

Heat things up at home with this decorative pellet stove by Buderus. The furniture-like Stufa stove is a contemporary pellet stove designed for compact condos and urban homes, with small size and big style. This decorative stove hearth homes ranging from 40 to 200m2, using natural renewable fuels. This eco-friendly home-heating features Waterplus technology, and can be combines with other sustainable sources like solar thermal and photovoltaic energy, offering efficiency up to 95 per cent, while also scoring high on the style scale. The sleek structure features the warm feel and look of a real flame, set behind glass with ornamental steel … Continue Reading

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KOZ Architectes – Sports and Leisure Center in Saint-Cloud

Architect: KOZ Architectes / Christophe Ouhayoun – Nicolas Ziesel Location: Saint-Cloud, France Project team: Ambrus Evva, François Kharatt Structural Engineers: EVP Ingénierie Contractor: Delta Fluides Acoustic Consultant: Delphi Acoustique Budget: $3.8M Euro Project Area: 1,600 sqm Project year: 2007-2009 Photographs: © Stephan Lucas Non Conformist and Bold This building is not lacking in self-confdence. As proof, you only have to take the second left along the Avenue de Longchamps from the Les Côteaux tramway Station in Saint-Cloud. No sooner have you left behind a quiet row of smart private houses in the traditional millstone … Continue Reading

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Decorating Touches that Work Inside and Out

When decorating your home, it's important to remember that the outside of your home should be just as beautiful and functional as the inside. Although some people tend to neglect their exterior decor, a properly designed and decorated yard and landscape can definitely add to your overall enjoyment of your home. Plus, a beautiful exterior can add "curb appeal" and value to your home. Adding the perfect outdoor decorating touches can help highlight the beauty of your home while also setting it apart from the rest of the homes in your neighborhood. Decorating the exterior of your home can actually be quite easy. In fact, there are even some … Continue Reading

The Color Turquoise: Southwestern and Beyond

Turquoise is one of the most beautiful colors imaginable and it’s often thought of nearly simultaneously with Southwestern style decor. But its soft watery shades are gorgeously appropriate and right at home in many other types of decor, such as shabby chic, modern interiors, cottage style and rooms that have exotic appeal. Here are some ideas from Southwestern and beyond. Turquoise of the Southwest Turquoise is a quintessential Southwestern color. Find it in sunsets or Native American jewelry. It looks fabulous when mingled with soft desert sands and pale sunset pinks, and it pops against white for a fresh, clean look. Turquoise is amazing … Continue Reading

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Wacom launches multi touch Bamboo tablets

Wacom has announced its first ever foray into the world of multi-touch, with the launch of four new products: the Bamboo, Bamboo Fun, Bamboo Pen and Bamboo Touch. Wacom tablets are usually circumnavigated with a pen, but the latest batch can also be controlled with your fingers. Not that Wacom is banishing the trusted stylus – far from it, as the company states: "Merging pen and touch technology into one device brings the best of both worlds, making it even easier, quicker and more fun to use a computer. "A gesture using two fingers enables users to simply rotate an image or document, flip through a digital photo album or … Continue Reading