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Overlooking Lake Tahoe in California, the Martis Camp House is the epitome of open plan living with large windows framed by stone walls. 
The concept behind this beautiful contemporary home is to celebrate the light and airy feeling of snow and the effects that it can bring to the interiors.
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Overlooking Lake Tahoe in California, the Martis Camp House is the epitome of open plan living with large windows framed by stone walls. 

The concept behind this beautiful contemporary home is to celebrate the light and airy feeling of snow and the effects that it can bring to the interiors.

(via freshome.com)

Okay, this house is small… but it’s fully-furnished and has amazing views of the Austrian Tyrol mountains. It’s really not bad for a 45-square-metre hillside home in the village of Nussdorf, not far from the beautiful city of Vienna.

Available for rent year-round, this cozy, larch wood finished house includes the usual amenities found in a larger place, like a kitchen, fireplace, modern bathroom, bedrooms, even a glass kettle on the stove… and those views!

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Wooden bathtubs, created by Polish firm, Unique Wood Design, are “a perfect match for both modern minimalism and classic decors.”
UWD is a family owned company, founded in 1979 when they had originally designed and built wooden boats and yachts. Over the years, with their extensive wood working experience, development of modern coating technology and creativity, the company has evolved into making quality products for the home.
The multilayer coating, adapted from boat building, makes their individually crafted bathtubs waterproof and simplicity in design provides a comfortable and relaxing experience.
"Wood," the company says, "emanates warmth."

Wooden bathtubs, created by Polish firm, Unique Wood Design, are “a perfect match for both modern minimalism and classic decors.”

UWD is a family owned company, founded in 1979 when they had originally designed and built wooden boats and yachts. Over the years, with their extensive wood working experience, development of modern coating technology and creativity, the company has evolved into making quality products for the home.

The multilayer coating, adapted from boat building, makes their individually crafted bathtubs waterproof and simplicity in design provides a comfortable and relaxing experience.

"Wood," the company says, "emanates warmth."

A feature of the new Starbucks store on Canal Street in New Orleans is a chandelier built with vintage horn instruments, a nod to the city’s strong jazz roots.

As you walk into this old-timey coffee joint, you’d think you were back in the 1900’s because it looks so much like an apothecary (pharmacy) of the day.

The designers abandoned the cookie-cutter Starbucks bricks and mortar format you see most everywhere; deciding instead to embrace the area’s rich musical and artisan history, working closely with local artists.

It’s a trend called glocalization - adapting products and services to a locality. Starbucks have already done this with a Tokyo store, paying homage to traditional tea houses there.

Back in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter… it’s rich history as a coffee trading port has been depicted in a large wall mounted mural at the back of the store.

A 12-foot community table made of wind-fallen trees sits right by the mural with vintage schoolhouse chairs for customers who want to work and connect with others.

This back room, with it’s horn instrument chandelier, community table and mural has an air of informality, like the living quarters of a merchant, back in the day.

The floor-to-ceiling shelves behind a large coffee bar, at the front of the store, were designed to resemble where a merchant might have worked in an old-fashioned apothecary..

In recognition of the city’s mercantile history, a local sculptor designed and built chandeliers made from old wrought iron gates, and these have been installed above the coffee bar.

This store also offers special limited edition Starbucks Reserve coffees, but no pharmaceuticals.

Photography by Matthew Glac | Starbucks

Pinterest has moved to a new office space in Palo Alto, California that in many ways reflects the popular social media sites sensibilities.
The former 45,000 square foot warehouse boasts lots of white space with wide open spaces. It’s an environment where employees can sit wherever they want, in a way that works best for their individual style.
Co-founder, Evan Sharp, says: “Whether you’re comfortable working at a dedicated desk, on your laptop at a communal table, or in a dark corner in the basement, it’s likely that you’ll find a place that works for the way you like to work.”
This is smart office space management: focusing on people; liberating them in an environment that inspires Creativity (with a capital ‘C’).
More photos at freshome.com | pinterest’s new creative offices

Pinterest has moved to a new office space in Palo Alto, California that in many ways reflects the popular social media sites sensibilities.

The former 45,000 square foot warehouse boasts lots of white space with wide open spaces. It’s an environment where employees can sit wherever they want, in a way that works best for their individual style.

Co-founder, Evan Sharp, says: “Whether you’re comfortable working at a dedicated desk, on your laptop at a communal table, or in a dark corner in the basement, it’s likely that you’ll find a place that works for the way you like to work.”

This is smart office space management: focusing on people; liberating them in an environment that inspires Creativity (with a capital ‘C’).

More photos at freshome.com | pinterest’s new creative offices

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Before + After: Designer Thomas Juul-Hansen and decorator Amy Lau combined five apartments to create a huge, light-filled Manhattan triplex for entrepreneur Michael Hirtenstein.

Basking under the heat and glow of London’s Walkie Talkie tower. 
Pedestrians in the central city walk through the intense beam of reflected sunlight from the glass of the new building that has some architects puzzled.
The magnifying glass effect raises temperatures on the street so much that cars have buckled and eggs have been fried. 
Photo: Suzanne Plunkett - Reuters

Basking under the heat and glow of London’s Walkie Talkie tower. 

Pedestrians in the central city walk through the intense beam of reflected sunlight from the glass of the new building that has some architects puzzled.

The magnifying glass effect raises temperatures on the street so much that cars have buckled and eggs have been fried. 

Photo: Suzanne Plunkett - Reuters

With a 90-day Eurail Pass and $19,000 in Kickstarter funding, 23-year-old videographer, Luke Shepard, traveled to 36 cities in 21 European countries to create this awesome time lapse video of Europe’s architectural masterpieces.

Mykonos architecture. 

Mykonos architecture. 

Here’s a rooftop garden in Manhattan, with a reflection of the Empire State Building on the windows of architectural firm Cook + Fox. 
The firm, which specializes in green buildings, wanted to create its own space to show how plants can make cities more livable. 
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

Here’s a rooftop garden in Manhattan, with a reflection of the Empire State Building on the windows of architectural firm Cook + Fox. 

The firm, which specializes in green buildings, wanted to create its own space to show how plants can make cities more livable. 

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

The view on the top floor of London’s iconic skyscraper, the Gherkin, looks remarkable. 
The Swiss Re headquarters building has been bestowed a 10-year award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH), recognizing it’s natural internal ventilation, reduced energy demand, protected public spaces, and the flexibility of its interior.
In other words, The Gherkin has lived up to it’s promise ten years after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The view on the top floor of London’s iconic skyscraper, the Gherkin, looks remarkable. 

The Swiss Re headquarters building has been bestowed a 10-year award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH), recognizing it’s natural internal ventilation, reduced energy demand, protected public spaces, and the flexibility of its interior.

In other words, The Gherkin has lived up to it’s promise ten years after the ribbon cutting ceremony.


On a clear day, you can see the Auckland War Memorial museum. 
This neo-classicist style building sits on a dormant volcano and has Greco-Roman styled pillars similar to those at The Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
auckland museum, a set on Flickr.
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On a clear day, you can see the Auckland War Memorial museum. 

This neo-classicist style building sits on a dormant volcano and has Greco-Roman styled pillars similar to those at The Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

auckland museum, a set on Flickr.

The next best thing to having a helicopter in London, is to get to the 72nd floor viewing deck of The Shard, when it’s completed in 2013. 
The exterior is almost done, and within a month, the building will get its royal inauguration, by the Duke of York. 
Located in the borough of Southwark, not far, and across the Thames, from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the building was going to be called ‘LBT’, or London Bridge Tower, but the marketing folks thought its nickname, The Shard, was cooler. 
In the pyramid shaped tower, the lower, fatter floors will be occupied by worker bees, from the 31st - 33rd floor, you can eat a meal at any one of a few restaurants. Then, up to the 53rd floor will be the five-star Shangri-La hotel, where you can snooze after a hard day exploring the rest of London’s lower, and older buildings. From there, up to the observation deck will be luxury apartments for those who can afford helicopters. 
And for those who can’t wait, visit the-shard.com for a 360 degree view.
Photograph of The Shard and London by Jason Hawkes.

The next best thing to having a helicopter in London, is to get to the 72nd floor viewing deck of The Shard, when it’s completed in 2013. 

The exterior is almost done, and within a month, the building will get its royal inauguration, by the Duke of York. 

Located in the borough of Southwark, not far, and across the Thames, from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the building was going to be called ‘LBT’, or London Bridge Tower, but the marketing folks thought its nickname, The Shard, was cooler. 

In the pyramid shaped tower, the lower, fatter floors will be occupied by worker bees, from the 31st - 33rd floor, you can eat a meal at any one of a few restaurants. Then, up to the 53rd floor will be the five-star Shangri-La hotel, where you can snooze after a hard day exploring the rest of London’s lower, and older buildings. From there, up to the observation deck will be luxury apartments for those who can afford helicopters. 

And for those who can’t wait, visit the-shard.com for a 360 degree view.

Photograph of The Shard and London by Jason Hawkes.

One of the worlds best bookstores is the Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore, established in what’s a 13th century Dominican cathedral in Maastricht, Holland.
It hasn’t been used as a house of worship since the days of Napoleon (in 1794).  The architects were required to completely preserve the cathedral, with no permanent modifications to the building. 

One of the worlds best bookstores is the Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstoreestablished in what’s a 13th century Dominican cathedral in Maastricht, Holland.

It hasn’t been used as a house of worship since the days of Napoleon (in 1794).  The architects were required to completely preserve the cathedral, with no permanent modifications to the building. 

Clean lines and structural curves, overlooking the ocean and jagged coastline in Lagos, Portugal. Casa Colunata is a beautiful home designed by the studio of Mário Martins Atelier.
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Clean lines and structural curves, overlooking the ocean and jagged coastline in Lagos, Portugal. Casa Colunata is a beautiful home designed by the studio of Mário Martins Atelier.

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