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Futuristic Chinese Bus to solve traffic jams. via [huffpost]

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China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars (PHOTOS)

China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer.But the country is also thinking in big and bold ways when it comes to how it will reduce pollution and a new plan to build a “straddling bus” is among the most space-age schemes yet.

According to China Hush, the 6-meter-wide 3D Express Coach will be powered by a combination of electricity and solar energy, and will be able to travel up to 60 kilometers per hour carrying some 1200 to 1400 passengers.

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IN PHOTOS: See more pictures of the futuristic bus here.



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Beam Me UP to the House of Chanel Mother Ship via [Dezeen and cpluv]

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Chanel Contemporary Art Container

Chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to create the Mobile Art CHANEL Contemporary
Art Container by Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid is one of the most talented
architects of our time, awarded the Pritzker Prize, considered to be the
Nobel Prize of architecture, in 2004. Each of her dynamic and
innovative projects builds on more than thirty years of revolutionary
experimentation and research.

The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel, initially inspired by Chanel’s
signature quilted bag and conceived through a system of natural
organization, is also shaped by the functional considerations of the
exhibition.

Chanel
Mobile Art

Chanel Contemporary Art Container, a
travelling art space designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, opened
in its first destination, Hong Kong.

The pavilion, commissioned by Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld,
hosts an exhibition of artworks inspired by Chanel bags by 20 artists
and called Mobile Art.

The project was unveiled at the Venice art biennale last year – more
details and renderings in our story on the Design Museum’s
Zaha Hadid Blog
.

The following information is from Zaha Hadid Architects:

The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel by Zaha Hadid Architects has been
inspired by one of Chanel’s signature creations, the quilted bag. Chanel
is renowned for its layering of the finest textiles and exquisite
detailing to create the most elegant and cohesive pieces for each
collection. In her quest for complex, dynamic and fluid spaces the work
of Zaha Hadid has developed over the past thirty years through a
rigorous integration of natural and human-made systems and
experimentation with cutting-edge technologies.

Hadid’s architecture transforms our vision of the future with new
spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.“I think through our
architecture, we can give people a glimpse of another world, and enthuse
them, make them excited about ideas. Our architecture is intuitive,
radical, international and dynamic. We are concerned with constructing
buildings that evoke original experiences, a kind of strangeness and
newness that is comparable to the experience of going to a new country.
The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel follows these principles of
inspiration,” states Zaha Hadid.

Continuing to arouse one’s curiosity is a constant theme in the work
of Zaha Hadid. The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel is the very latest
evolution of Hadid’s architectural language that generates a sculptural
sensuality with a coherent formal logic.

This new architecture flourishes via the new digital modelling tools
that augment the design process with techniques of continuous fluidity.
Zaha Hadid explains this process, “The complexity and technological
advances in digital imaging software and construction
techniques have
made the architecture of the Mobile Art Pavilion possible. It is an
architectural language of fluidity and nature, driven by new digital
design and manufacturing processes which have enabled us to create the
Pavilion’s totally organic forms – instead of the serial order of
repetition that marks the architecture of the industrial 20th century.”

Hadid’s innovative architecture is the reason Karl Lagerfeld invited
her to create the Mobile Art Pavilion. “She is the first architect to
find a way to part with the all-dominating post-Bauhaus aesthetic. The
value of her designs is similar to that of great poetry. The potential
of her imagination is enormous,” Karl Lagerfeld explained during the
launch of the Mobile Art Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Art Biennale.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ recent explorations of natural organizational
systems have generated the fluidity evident in the Pavilion for Chanel.
The Mobile Art Pavilion’s organic form has evolved from the spiralling
shapes found in nature. This system of organisation and growth is among
the most frequent in nature and offers an appropriate expansion towards
its circumference, giving the Pavilion generous public areas at its
entrance with a 128m2 terrace.

The Pavilion follows the parametric distortion of a torus. In its
purest geometric shape, the circular torus is the most fundamental
diagram of an exhibition space. The distortion evident in the Pavilion
creates a constant variety of exhibition spaces around its
circumference, whilst at its centre, a large 65m2 courtyard with natural
lighting provides an area for visitors to meet and reflect on the
exhibition.

This arrangement also allows visitors to see each other moving
through the space and interacting with the exhibition. In this way, the
architecture facilitates the viewing of art as a collective experience.
The central courtyard will also host evening events during the
exhibition in each host city. The organic shell of the Mobile Art
Pavilion is created with a succession of reducing arched segments. As
the Pavilion will travel over three continents, this segmentation also
gives an appropriate system of partitioning – allowing the Pavilion to
be easily transported in separate, manageable elements. Each structural
element will be no wider than 2.25 m. The partitioning seams become a
strong formal feature of the exterior façade cladding, whilst these
seams also create a spatial rhythm of perspective views within the
interior exhibition spaces.

MOBILE ART PAVILION FOR CHANEL
ZAHA HADID

The Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel, initially inspired by Chanel’s
signature quilted bag and conceived through a system of natural
organisation, is also shaped by the functional considerations of the
exhibition. However, these further determinations remain secondary and
precariously dependent on the overriding formal language of the
Pavilion. An enigmatic strangeness has evolved between the Pavilion’s
organic system of logic and these functional adaptations – arousing the
visitor’s curiosity even further.

In creating the Mobile Art Pavilion for Chanel, Zaha Hadid has
developed the fluid geometries of natural systems into a continuum of
fluent and dynamic space – where oppositions between exterior and
interior, light and dark, natural and artificial landscapes are
synthesised. Lines of energy converge within the Pavilion, constantly
redefining the quality of each exhibition space whilst guiding movement
through the exhibition. The work of selected artists has been
commissioned for the exhibition. Hadid created an entire landscape for
their work, rather than just an exhibition space. Visitors will be
guided through the space using the latest digital technology developed
in collaboration with the artists.

“The fascination of the Mobile Art Pavilion is the challenge of
translating the intellectual and physical into the sensual –
experimenting with completely unexpected and totally immersive
environments for this global celebration of the iconic work of Chanel. I
see the Pavilion as a kind of a total artwork that continually
reinvents itself as it moves from Asia, to the USA and Europe,” states
Zaha Hadid.


The List of the Top 10 Most Unusual Hotels Worldwide. via [Quality Junkyard]

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Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

1. Capsule Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made out of a survival pod

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Your own survival pod! Escape pod hotel in a city centre dock location. Moored in The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972 they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants.

First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has 8 different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France.

2. Everland, Paris: a hotel which parks in unusual places with amazing views

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Everland is a hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. What makes it so different is that – because it is also an art installation – this hotel travels! The Everland has been ‘parked’ in the most unsual places, like the roof-deck of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany, or the roof of Palais de Tokyo (with a spectacular view on the Eiffel Tower) in Paris.

Considering how unique a night in this hotel is, the price is not so : you can get the only room and the unique view for 333 Euros during the week, 444 Euros during the weekends.

3. Hôtel de Glace, Canada – an ice hotel opened only during winter

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Made entirely of ice and snow, this unique one-story structure has been rebuilt each year since 2000. The 9th season of the Ice Hotel lasted from January 4th through March 29th 2009. The Ice Hotel has become an unparalleled and world-famous winter experience. It takes 5 weeks, 500 tons of ice, and 15,000 tons of snow to craft the Ice Hotel with its ceilings as high as 18 feet, walls covered with original artwork and furniture carved from ice blocks.

4. Waterworld Hotel, China – an amazing aquatic themed hotel

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Atkin’s Architecture Group won first prize for an international design competition with this stunning entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in Songjiang, China, the 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities.

5. Sala Silvergruva, Sweden: a single room hotel inside a silver mine

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Picture this… A single suite, 155m underground in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mine settings. (During its heyday, production amounted to more than 3 tons of silver a year and a total of more than 400 tons of silver and about 40,000 tons of lead were extracted – completely by hand!) If you wake up in the middle of the night and have to use the bathroom, make sure you turn right or else you’ll end up exploring dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magic lakes.

6. Das Park Hotel, Austria: a hotel where rooms are made of concrete pipes

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

A hotel with rooms made of giant concrete sewage pipes might sound a little odd, but this artistic creation can be recreated to provide cheap lodging anywhere. These 9,5 tonne concrete sections are a standard item in near all concrete factories and the oden floors, a really comfortable double bed, minibar and room service through to 1am. For night owls, the reception is open 24hrs. With the amazing view below there is little else needed, except if you’re staying in bed past 10am, when pajamas would be a wise thing to wear, as although you can look out – tourists can look in

7. The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made from recycled wine barrels

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from Switzerland and converted them into rooms. Formerly filled with 14,500 liters of Beaujolais wine from the French chateau, each now holds a modest two-person room with standard amenities and even an attached bathroom and a sitting room.

The one thing that might bother you, if you’re not a wine enthusiast, is the smell of wine that the barrels still maintain. All in all the Barrel Hotel, in Stavoren, northern Netherlands, makes for a very pleasurable experience. General rates for a cask room are from 74-119 Euros a night with discounts of up to 75% off depending on season. If you go in the wintertime, a wine cask room can be as low as 18 Euros a night, cheaper than most hostels.

8. Giraffe Manor, Kenya: a hotel where you dine with a friendly giraffe

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

This small and exclusive hotel — surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Nairobi — is famous for its resident herd of giraffe. It’s the only place in the world where you can enjoy the experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table, at the front door or while you dine, and the giraffes poke their heads through the window.

As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.

9. Hotel Im Wasserturm, Germany: a hotel inside a water tower

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Rising high above Cologne, this international luxury hotel was once the largest water tower in 19th century Europe. In 1990, French designer Andrée Putman transformed it into an elegant 78-room hotel.

Classified as a heritage site, the timeless modern design still manages to preserve the water-tower architecture and a sense of refuge and protection.

10. Jumbo Hostel (Stockholm): World’s First Aircraft Inn

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Stockholm is the house of this wacky hotel, the first aircraft inn. An abandoned Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been saved from being trashed metal to become a 25-room hotel sited in Stockholm-Arlanda airport. Each room is bare 65 square ft big and furnished with bunk beds, overhead luggage storage and flat-screen TVs. There is a reception area and a cafe with toilets and showers at the rear of the aircraft, which means that you will have to share! The upper deck is a conference room and the best of all, the cockpit, is where the wedding suite is housed. Not a very comfy hotel I would think, but staying there just to get a feel of it might be cool.

My FAVE 3 Ultra-Modern Cities of the World via [RatesToGo]

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Three Most Futuristic Cities

posted by: E Choon

There are only two ways of looking at the future; bright and spectacular or gloomy and horrible. Most of us would prefer a spectacular image, straight out of a sci-fi movie. Thankfully, even today some cities are working hard towards that great future and definitely deserve our commendations. The top three cities that make the cut as the most futuristic cities of today are Tokyo, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Tokyo

Ultra modern, with busy streets 24/7 and skyscrapers that puncture the sky, Tokyo is one of the most futuristic cities on earth. They make extensive use of technological advances, from internet, to electric toilets. They boast the fastest railway system in the world; their Bullet train can move up to 300 mph. Even anime has used this city to depict the future. Check out some of the Tokyo hotel deals for a wild time in Japan’s most modern city.

Night Tokyo

Tokyo from above

Tokyo Tower

Hong Kong

With skyscrapers that defy description, and neon lights flashing everywhere, Hong Kong is the next on our futuristic destinations list. The city makes use of a tram network with a smart card system to make travel from points in the city faster and more efficient, whether public or private. The beauty of the city and the unique skyline are hard to match, even the roads network looks out of this world. With one of the worlds best airports, built 16 miles out to sea and buildings which will definitely make you wonder which century you are in, Hong Kong is an amazing place to be.

Hong Kong City

Hong Kong night

World Trade Center Hong Kong

Dubai

Dubai Burj Al Arab

Lastly, Dubai is the one that definitely looks nothing like any city anyone has seen before. The city doesn?t do anything on a small scale. They are currently in the process of building the first underwater hotel, and the houses at their marina are not only modern, but the design used to build looks like something straight out of the Waterworld. Add the unusually shaped buildings and busy city life, and you could definitely be looking at our future.

They have one of the world’s first ever built 7 star hotels called Burj Al Arab Hotel.

beach hotel Dubai


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Travel Photo Tour: The World’s Most Beautiful Aquariums. via [Quality Junk]

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7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

This is really amazing. Most beautiful and breathtaking aquariums around the world. never seen something like this. hope you will agree with me.

1. Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

Stingrays swim in the Dubai aquarium in the Dubai Mall, which covers the area of 50 soccer pitches. The Dubai Aquarium – vast, entertaining, an engineering marvel, three storeys tall and featuring glass ‘walk-through’ tunnels that contain exotic marine life.

2. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Largest Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium,Atlanta, a wonderful home for more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species (notable specimens: whale sharks, beluga whales, manta ray) and with a capacity of 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine fresh water

3. Churaumi Aquarium

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Second Largest Aquarium , Churaumi Aquarium,part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan; capacity: 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water; one of the few places where visitors can see a great variety of sea creatures including sharks and manta rays.

4. The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

AQWA, an unbelievable journey to the underwater world of Western Australia, “from the icy waters of the southern ocean to the tropical wonderland of coral reefs in the Far North”The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. It opened as Underwater World, Perth on April 13, 1988 and was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991. It changed to its current name on January 1, 2001. The facility holds approximately 400 species of marine life.

5. UShaka Marine World

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

Largest Aquarium in Africa – UShaka Marine World, located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbor in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; a beautiful amusement park and at the same time the worlds fifth largest aquarium with 32 water tanks. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses all the way through to sharks and dolphins. The Aquarium is built to look like an old wreck.

6. AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium

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World’s Largest Cylindrical Aquarium , AquaDom, Radisson Hotel Aquarium, Berlin; 25 meters high aquarium, with a capacity of 260,000 gallons of water and over 2,500 fish (56 species); visitors can travel through the aquarium using an encased elevator and get to the top where there is a restaurant and an open view of the city; hotel rooms can also experience the underwater view.

7. The 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium

7 Most Amazing and Breathtaking Aquariums Around The World

 

World’s Largest Virtual Fish Tank, 30 by 250 meters LED screen or 32 million dollar Virtual Aquarium mounted at about 80 feet in the air between two shopping malls in Beijing.


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6 Beautiful Tree House Restaurants via [Green Picks]

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Eating in a tree: Six wild, tree house restaurants

By Trystan L. Bass

Yellow Treehouse
Restaurant
, New Zealand

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

In secluded woodland outside this country’s biggest city of Auckland
hangs a birdhouse-like venue designed by Peter Eising of Pacific Environments
Architects
. The Yellow Treehouse is situated over 32 feet up in a
tree on private land. It seats 18 diners and can be rented for private
events and parties — imagine a wedding reception up in a tree!

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Tree House Restaurant, Bar, and
Café
, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Nestled high in the cloud forest of Monteverde, this large restaurant
offers fine dining, live music, gourmet coffee, and even free wi-fi to
customers. All within the tangled branches of a giant Higuerón tree.
Take a look at the live webcam
to see what the weather’s like today.

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Alnwick
Garden Treehouse Restaurant
, United Kingdom

Alnwick Treehouse
(Photo:
Patrick Fulton)

This historical Newcastle garden features a rambling
wooden structure
with a “tree house” restaurant known for fine
local and organic food. While it’s not that high up in the air, the
setting features a roaring fire screened with fallen branches, and
tables are lit by candles. The restaurant and bar are filled with
handcrafted furniture. Altogether, it’s a delightful environment.

Bushbuck
Ridge Treehouse Restaurant
, South Africa

Bushbuck Treehouse
(Photo:
Bushbuck Ridge Game Farm)

Take a walk on the wild side with safari-style meals at this tree
house in Port Elizabeth. Built around two giant yellowwood trees, the
restaurant has spectacular views of the Colleen Glen valley, and it
seats 90 guests for private dining, weddings, and special Sunday
luncheons. Specialties of the house include venison and Kudu, an African
antelope.

Tree House Italian Grill,
United States

Italian Treehouse
(Photo: Tree
House Italian Grill)

For over 700 years, a gracious live oak has stood in what is now
Austin, Texas. Since the 1950s, a restaurant has been built around the
tree, and in 1998, the current old-world patio style restaurant was
created to honor the huge tree. It’s not technically a restaurant in a
tree, but the tree is certainly an important part of the restaurant.

Tree
House Tea
, China

China Treehouse
(Photo:
People’s Daily Online)

Newspapers report that Mengyin County in east China’s mountainous
Shandong Province are trying to attract visitors by opening tree house
restaurants. Perched in a small tree, this 2006 prototype is big enough
for just a few people to enjoy tea and snacks. Hard to tell if the idea
caught on…


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