Designers Tianshu Liu and Lingshen Xie have revealed an innovative vertical factory system that doubles as a self-sustaining ecosystem. The skyscraper consists of alternating layers of industry and nature that work together to create a sustainable urban environment, while cleaning the city. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This may not be the first glass-bottom pool, but Ballymore developers' "Sky Pool" is the first to actually connect two buildings. This unique structure is suspended 10-stories high between two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens development, giving swimmers a view of the London streets 115-feet below. Other luxurious rooftop amenities include: sky decks with a bar, spa, and panoramic views of the Palace of Westminster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Houston's Market Square Towers has a unique feature not found in other hotels, a pool that sits 500 feet up in the air, complete with a transparent 8-inch thick plexiglass bottom. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it's only accessible to residents, or those that pay at least $1,800 per month for a 564-square-foot studio, all the way up to $18,715 for a 3,000-square-foot penthouse. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when a drone gets struck by lightning.
Wayne Adams and Catherine King spent the better part of the past 20-years building a self-sufficient floating island called 'Freedom Cove'. It consists of 12 platforms complete with greenhouses, a dance floor, art gallery, lighthouse tower for guests, power generator and even a studio where the visionary couple live. They've resided here since 1992, and the clean water comes from a nearby waterfall during the summer, while being collected from the sky during winter months. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Russian architect Vasily Klyukin has designed a cobra-shaped skyscraper that could potentially be constructed in the Middle East or Asia. These elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes may not be the most lovable animal, or at least in many Western cultures, but in China, these animals are the custodians of temples, treasure, esoteric knowledge and all lunar gods. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Unlike other castles, Molly's Lodge is England's smallest, but don't let its size fool you. This cozy castle features all the modern luxuries you'd expect in a home, including Wi-Fi and cable television. To be more specific, it's a Grade II castle located on a 0.61-acre plot of land near Long Compton in Warwickshire. It was built by Edward Blore in the 1830s, the same British architect who was in charge of restoring Lambeth Palace and extending Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria. Continue reading for a look inside.
Architects Studio Dror based in Istanbul, Turkey has created a new forest park concept, called "Parkorman". Unlike other parks, this one features numerous pathways, swings, hammocks and treetop trampolines scattered throughout. It aims to transform the existing green space located 6-miles north of Istanbul's city center into a "love story between people and nature." Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Jono Williams from New Zealand unveils SkySphere, a UFO-inspired house that can be activated with smartphone apps. This solar-powered living space is enclosed by a 2-meter-high, 360° viewing window that offers panoramic views of the stunning landscape. Inside, a motorized door with a biometric fingerprint system, an in-couch drink dispenser, high-speed internet, Miracast projector, wireless sound system; and computer-generated voice system. A custom queen-sized bed and dimmable, colored mood LED lighting was added for superior comfort. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the many things a paper rotary tool can cut through.
Merging architecture and nature into one, the wood / leaf structures in the OAS1S project collect sun, water, and provide oxygen, shelter as well as food. These detached houses can be combined with others to create forest-like districts, which are constructed using recycled wood, organic high-value insulation, green walls and triple glazing.
This is not a theme park, just spherical eco-lodges that hang from the trees of the Nam Et-Phou Louey Biodiversity Conservation Area in northern Laos. In addition to the lodges for resting and sleeping, you'll also find new observation decks for viewing endangered animal species. The former is made entirely from bamboo, timber, and a basket-like base. The base sleeps two guests comfortably, complete with separate sleeping areas and a central storage plank, while a basket-woven wall extends upwards for two feet for privacy. A giant mosquito net covers the interior for comfort and safety. Continue reading for more pictures and information.