Designer Oki Sato challenges the traditional bathroom concept with a shower-lamp hybrid that brings elements from the living area into the bathroom. The design illuminates each strand of water to create a modern, functional piece of art. We’re not sure about reading a book in the shower just yet though!
Been walking around for hours? Are you tired but can’t find anywhere to sit? In an effort to stop loitering, HK’s malls appear to provide only a limited quantity of seats and benches.
If you’re too classy to squat, then a foldable chair might be the way to go! http://bit.ly/13S
In a follow-up to last week’s post, this dolled up house is the perfect address for the rich & plastic. Equipped with a massage shower, the latest in Apple electronics and an inspired Art Deco design, the would-be resident will find it hard to stop smiling..ever.
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With the global population predicted to grow by 3 billion by 2050, and approx. 80% of cultivatable land already in use, a shortage of farmland is expected. Architects and academics alike have proposed ‘vertical farming’ as a potential solution, with the idea to create mini eco-systems that recycle water & nutrients and manage to support the growth of crops in towered blocks without soil.
A conceptualized design for Shenzhen (pictured) shines light on these ‘self-sufficient urban communities of the future’, with zones designated for residences, offices, recreational facilities and food production areas. The trend is beginning to surface in Asia, with vertical farms now in Singapore and Japan. So will we soon be seeing ‘fresh, development-made produce’ on the list of benefits in property brochures?
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Sprawling 50,000 sq.ft in Kowloon Bay, HK’s first zero carbon building was unveiled earlier this summer, with its energy efficient design aiming to re-invigorate the green trend towards sustainable & eco-friendly architecture in our city. It achieves carbon neutrality by generating renewable energy via solar panels and biodiesel made from cooking oil waste. The construction process also focused on minimizing waste and carbon production. Whether this triggers a change in the industry remains to be determined, but the project is, without a doubt, inspiring and worth aspiring to. For more details and photos see:
Luxury living now includes a futuristic self-parking sky garage. No longer a mere feature of Hollywood movies, Singapore’s new ‘Hamilton Scotts’ development allows millionaires to display their vehicular art pieces within the comfortable distance of their own living rooms.
For more details, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCt7A6SwWlI.
Being unable to pay increasing rental prices allegedly drove a young office worker in Beijing to build a 60 sq.ft egg-shaped mobile home. He is said to have lived within this structure for 2 months along Cheng Fu Road in Beijing’s Haidian District. Netizens have questioned whether this was all a well-crafted promotional campaign triggered by the young man’s employers. Whether or not this is the case, is this what rapidly increasing prices may lead to?
For more photos, see: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/chinese-student-builds-sustainable-egg-house.html
For analysis on the story, see: http://www.china.org.cn/china/2010-12/06/content_21485846.htm