27 July 2014
House in a Jungle by Dreimeta

This 3,229 sq ft single family residence was designed by Dreimeta. Located in Augsburg, Germany

Description by Dreimeta

Building Year: 1969 / 2013
Designed: 2012
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Floor Space: 300 sqm on 3 Levels
Task: Gentle clearance and stock-pilling in the contemporary 1969 architectural style with modern technologies
Idea and solution: What would the former architect with all our contemporary possibilities do and how?
Success: The house conserve his character and developed its personality ans skills
Photography by Armin Fischer
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26 July 2014
SkyRunner:A New World of Adventure

With an aggressive design and sporty looks, the Parajet SkyRunner is the next step in the small, but elite segment of radical, lightweight aviation. An adventure-filled mix of all-terrain buggy with thoroughbred aviation technology aimed at those who seek the ultimate adrenaline experience.

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Beautiful Meditation Chapel Features Modern Design

Located in Mexico, the Ecumenical Chapel is a beautiful retreat perfect for relaxation and moments of silence. Designed by BNKR Arquitectura, this amazing retreat is a meditation chapel that has the intent of helping people on their spiritual journey. This heaven of tranquility is buried underground and has a beautiful glass entrance and a modern design. In the middle of the chapel you can find a large quartz that reflects the oculus in the floor and as you can see the metal plate allows you to see outside through the water. This unconventional meditation space has a total size of 170 square meters and offers discreet moments to its visitors. The owners of this chapel were inspired by a similar project made by the same architects, chapel that is located close to their weekend house. If you would design a meditation spot for yourself, would you make it look like this one?
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Outdoor Sink Made of a Wine Barrel

If you find an old barrel somewhere, we advice you to turn it into both a functional and decorative sink for outdoor use. This is a project that can be made with a big or small buddget just the way you desire it.

You will need one 55 gallon oak barrel, a bar sink, a faucet, some copper roofing nails, silicon sealer, sink drain, some metal support straps to hold the door wood, door hardware, water in connectors, plastic drain extender and connectors to the sump pump connector, hose drain, ABS glue #8 ¾” stainless screws for securing the wood staves to the metal rings, steel wool to sand the metalic rings for painting, metal paint primer, metal paint, masking tape for painters, deck stain repellent and paint brushes.

Begin by securing the wood staves to the metal rings, for if you remove any part of the vertical staves, the pieces above and below can fall out. Secure the wood by drilling two holes through the metal ring and underlying wood.

For the door section, use a miter saw for cutting and finish the cuts with a jigsaw. For the water acces and drain opening, use a drill to make a pilot hole for the jigsaw to make the cuts. When you are done making the cuts for the door opening, you should mark the cut out boards, so that you remember the order for reassembling. Find the center of the barrel and place the cooper sink upside down to trace the outer flange, then cut an inner form, to allow a lip to secure the sink. Use a hole saw for the faucet opening. Now you should treat the wood to protect the oak and metal. To do this you should sand the metal rings and tap above and below the metal rings with blue masking tape, then use satin black paint for them. For the outside of the barrel use deck water repellent with no pre-sanding. When done painting, leave your work to dry out over night. Attatch the sink and faucer. Aply a bead of silicone along the edges and allow it to dry before connecting to water. Move on to attaching the door hinges and hardware. Take care of the water hookups and drain adding pipe adapters to connect flexible hose for drainage. Connect to water source and check for leaks and proper drainage.

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14 July 2014
Bring the Solar System to the Wrist

Six planets are orbiting a miniature rose gold sun in one "astronomical" clock created by Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw and revealed this month in Geneva.

'Midnight Planetarium' is a complex wristwatch, the 396 components trigger a fragment of our Solar System. The golden dial displays representations of the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, while rotating individually at the same pace with the natural satellites of the Sun.

To perform a full rotation of the dial, Mercury needs 88 days, Venus 224, Earth 365, Mars 687, Jupiter 12 years, and Saturn 29 years. Uranus and Neptune would have needed 84 respectively 164 years, which is why they were omitted.

Each planet is created from one precious or semiprecious gemstone and hours and minutes are indicated by a "shooting star". A second star - printed on glass - can be turned over to a "lucky day", chosen by the owner and indicated by a red triangle side.

The 'Midnight Planetarium' Watch was released in January 2014 at the annual event ”Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie” (SIHH) in Geneva and can be purchased at a price fitting its mastery of 245,000 dollars.

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