The spectacular SGNW House was designed by Metropole Architectsand is embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, South Africa. No matter what the standpoint, this modern home offers details that inspire and amaze. According to the official description provided by the architects:
Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rim flow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest. The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the patio below, providing protection from the weather. As well as “wow” factor. Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
Due to a daring mix of colors and decorating elements, each room is more surprising than the next!
I really like photography because you capture moments. Moments that are often unique and individual. It’s the way of expressing what you feel within. Personally, it’s all about appreciating the beauty and expressing creativity.
There is a connection between you and the subject which I think is the most important factor for a beautiful output.
After a wild Championship Weekend, the contestants for Super Bowl XLVII have been set. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will square off in a matchup headlined by head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the early game, coming back from an early 17-0 hole to win the game by a score of 28-24.
Then, in the late game, the Baltimore Ravens ran the New England Patriots out of their own building, winning convincingly by a score of 28-13.
This sets up an epic matchup for Super Bowl XLVII, and I want to take a look at key position where the teams have an edge.
San Francisco 49ers vs.
Date: February 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m. ET Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Quarterbacks (QBs) -
Colin Kaepernick didn’t shrink back under the bright lights of prime time. Posting an incredible 181 YDS and 2 TDs on the ground against the Green Bay Packers to go along with 263 YDS and 2 TDs through the air.
Then, in the biggest game of his life on the road in Atlanta, Kaepernick proved he can win games as a pure pocket passer, completing 16/21 passes for 233 YDS with 1 TD and 0 INTs against a defense that had forced 20 INTs during the regular season—tied with the New England Patriots for No. 5 in the NFL.
Joe Flacco is riding a hot streak right now and his success in the playoffs speaks for itself. Flacco has a playoff record of 8-4, and he’s getting better as the postseason wears on.
In his last four games, Flacco has thrown 8 TDs and 0 INTs, and his Ravens have won three of those four contests.
- Defensive Line (D-Line) -
There aren’t many teams that feature as dominant of a defensive line as the 49ers.
Justin Smith, even with just one arm, is one of the most powerful interior linemen—both against the run and as a pass-rusher—in the NFL. Ray McDonald on the other side of the team’s 3-4 alignment is nearly as dominant, and the two of them both made Pro Football Focus' top-10 for 3-4 defensive ends.
Isaac Sopoaga is a beast in the middle, as the team’s nose tackle, and this trio is tough to run against, as the 49ers' No. 4-ranked run defense attests.
Haloti Ngata is one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen, and when he’s healthy, he’s darn near impossible to stop.
Unfortunately, Ngata hasn’t been healthy for most of the year, and his counterparts on the line haven’t been able to pick up the slack.
The Ravens allowed nearly 2,000 YDS rushing in 2012, ranking No. 20 in the NFL. The team’s 15 rushing TDs allowed ranked No. 23 in the league, and what used to be one of the team’s biggest strengths is now an area of concern.
- Linebackers (LBs) -
The 49ers feature the most complete, most dominant group of linebackers in the NFL.
Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith all made the AP’s first-team All-Pro team, and Ahmad Brooks made it on the second-team All-Pro team.
Smith and Brooks accounted for 26 sacks, and Brooks is one of the most underrated 3-4 outside linebackers in the league.
Willis and Bowman represent the most dynamic pair of inside linebackers in the league. It doesn’t matter which team they are up against, the 49ers will have the better linebacker corps.
Ray Lewis is one of the NFL's greatest defenders of all time, but he’s no longer in his prime. Lewis' leadership skills are unrivaled, but he isn't the same player on the field as he was even two years ago.
Paul Kruger and Terrell Suggs bring excellent pressure off the edges, and rookie Courtney Upshaw is a player who may end up becoming great at some point, but the Ravens linebacker corps is one in transition.
If Lewis were a few years younger and if Suggs were fully healthy, this unit would challenge the 49ers. But now, it’s not close.
- Headcoaches (HCs) -
Jim Harbaugh has taken the 49ers back to the promised land after a dry period that saw more losing seasons than winners under Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.
His controversial decision to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith has proven to be the right one, though the 49ers fanbase, local and national media were split on the topic for most of the latter part of the 2012 season.
Since becoming the team’s head coach, Harbaugh's 49ers have gone 24-7-1 during the regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs.
John Harbaugh has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every single year since becoming the team’s head coach in 2008.
His team has gone 8-4 in that time, and there’s no doubting the fact that the Ravens are more battle-tested than the 49ers heading into Super Bowl XLVII.
Furthermore, John Harbaugh's leadership style has proven to be a perfect match for Baltimore's veteran-laden group, and at this point in his career, he is a step ahead of his younger brother.
- OVERALL -
There’s no doubt that Super Bowl XLVII will be a closely-contested battle the entire way. Super Bowl XLVII will come down to which team executes their game plan without making mistakes.
I’ll go with a Ravenswin in what appeared to be the last game of Ray Lewis career.
Director: David O. Russell Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain.
Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunitewith his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
In “Silver Linings Playbook”, director David O. Russell attempts to fashion a winsome romantic comedy that also addresses mental illness with perceptiveness and sensitivity.
It’s not an easy maneuver to pull off. But it works because the source material, a novel by Matthew Quick, is rooted in an actual place populated by relatable characters, the acting ensemble is terrific, and Russell, who writes and directs, doesn’t shy away from akwardness or feel-good sentiment.
The great strength of Russell's writing and direction resides in the way he consistently manages to retain a comic tone without losing touch with the characters’ pains and anxieties. There are numerous scenes that in other hands would be as excruciatingly embarrassing on the screen as they would be in real life. But Russell involves us so closely in what we’re watching that we become emotional participants. And that’s because he cares for these people in a wholly unpatronising fashion.
By the way “Silver Linings Playbook" is only the 14th film to ever receive at least one Oscar nomination in each of the four acting categories — and the first to do so in 31 years.
Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) and BestSupporting Actor (Robert De Niro).
The message about silver linings — about our abilty to overcome unfortunate circumstances — feels less like a Hollywood contriviance than the truth. And the notion that the line between normal and crazy isn’t as clear as we often assume suggests that being judgmental short-circuits both hope and understanding.
Travelling: Hayman Hotel, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hayman five-star Hotel is located on a privileged island in Australia, and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. The natural beauty surrounding the resort is just minutes away from exploring. This is probably why the 240 luxurious rooms of the hotel, included in suites, penthouses, villas and beach houses, are not just a way of guest pampering, but can also be considered the starting point of an unforgettable nature adventure. The hotel’s playful appearance, contrasted by the green forests and blue waters of the surrounding swimming pool, sets the tone for a holiday-inspired scenery. The interior design of the accommodation units tastefully combines modern details (precise geometric shapes and floor to ceiling glass windows) with more traditional furniture and wooden accents. The overall feeling is that of elegance and refinement throughout.
Harvey Specter: It’s one thing to become king of the hill. It’s another to stay there. Daniel Hardman: Accept this with grace, Harvey. Harvey Specter: You want grace? I’ll give you the courtesy you never gave me. I’ll say it to your face. I’m coming for you.
Jessica Pearson: You pretend like you don’t care, but you do. You care about the people you work with, you care about the people you work for and you care about every one of your clients. But you refuse to let people know… Harvey Specter: Is there a question? Jessica Pearson: I just want to know why. No answer? Are you embarrassed? Harvey Specter: Nope. Jessica Pearson: Afraid? Harvey Specter: No. Jessica Pearson: Then why? Harvey Specter: Just let it go. Jessica Pearson: No, you’re under oath. Harvey Specter: Then hold me in contempt. Jessica Pearson: For God sakes, what the hell happened to you? What kind of damage was done to you? Caring only makes you… Harvey Specter: Weak. They think you care, they’ll walk all over you.
Doheny Residence is a modern residence with a privileged location in the Hollywood Hills, envisioned by Italian architect Luca Colombo. The project is characterized by a high level of openness, even on the side facing the street, where illuminated stairs invite visitors inside. However, the spectacular facade opposite to the street has a lot more to offer. From an impressive swimming pool to a barbecue area and outdoor bar, this is just one of the areas of the project where the inhabitants can enjoy the much talked about comfort and opulence of a Hollywood home. Once inside, the double-height walls and highly modern interiors with tasteful arrangements are likely to make a strong impression also. The Doheny Mansion in Los Angeles is currently available for sale for $10,900,000. For this amount, you get five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a neighborhood with famous residents. Seems like a fair deal?
Secluded among luscious tropical greenery, the Seychelles Safari Retreat on North Island promises to become part of your most treasured memories. Here, in a dreamy landscape, where endangered Seychellesfauna and flora are being reintroduced, a heavenly sanctuary composed of 11 handcrafted villas shape the Wilderness Safariexperience. Described as “a place of barefoot luxury“, this island and all the exceptional things it has to offer can be considered a rentable paradise. Modern elegance meets wilderness in an unprecedented scenario – the eastern beach was reserved for the luxurious beach villas, each prepared to offer comforting moments to guests and each featuring a second bedroom, perfect for kids. The resort also includes a lounge, library, dining space, health spa and gym, world-class dive center and a rim-flow swimming pool to complete the luxury experience. The western part of the island captures amazing sunsets from the beach bar and restaurant, so your stay here will be a unique explosion of luxury accommodation, natural settings and thoughts of everlasting happiness.
Director: Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant
With “Cloud Atlas" writing/directing duo The Wachowskis and their german collaborator Tom Tykwer attempt to convert David Mitchell's multi-layered, multi-faceted novel into a blockbuster movie experience that feeds both the mind and the soul. To call it ambitious would be an understatement.
The story is in fact six stories, spread across various epochs of time:
In the mid-19th century, on voyage through the Pacific Islands, a young American (Jim Sturgess) falls afoul of a scheming doctor (Tom Hanks) but is saved by the efforts of a stowaway slave (David Gyasi).
In the 1930’s, an English youth (Ben Whishaw), on a musical quest, is hired as an amanuensis to a crotchety composer (Jim Broadbent).
Almost 40 years later, in San Francisco, an investigative reporter (Halle Berry), tipped off by an eldery scientist, uncovers the truth about a nuclear power plant and tumbles into danger as a result.
In the present day, an unscrupulous London publisher (Jim Broadbent) is confined to an old-people’s home by his brother (Hugh Grant).
In Neo-Seoul, a glittering Asian city of 2144, a female fabricant (Doona Bae) - cloned to work in the food industry - rises up against the system that bred her.
And last, in an age to come - “106 winters after the Fall” - the members of a forest tribe, surviving in primitive conditions, are visited by their streamlined superiors, who zip across the ocean in a kind of aqua-spacecraft.
In each of these stories, we meet various characters (played by the same ensemble of actors) whose lives, experiences and legacies ripple throughout past and future via artistic connective threads like music, writing or film footage, shaping life, destiny – and even the fate of the world, in some cases. As each story progresses along its arc, a web of cosmic significance slowly but surely comes into view, reminding us that our lives are not just our own, and our connections to others – whether comprehended or not – are far more precious than we may know.
Whether you “get it” or not – agree with its heady spiritual themes or not - “Cloud Atlas"is a unique blockbuster movie experience that should nonetheless be experienced. In my own view, the movie delivers on more fronts than most other movies manage to deliver on any one front – comedy, romance, drama, spectacle – and is an enthralling ride from start to grand finish, punctuated by some fantastic performances brought to life through the aid of amazing makeup and special effects work. While not everyone will embrace the overarching theme of spirituality and reincarnation that links the threads of Cloud Atlas together, there is still so much rich material within the tapestry to offer something to just about everyone- regardless of who they are, where they’re from, or what their personal beliefs and values are. As stated at the start: this is a unique blockbuster experience and is the type of bold choice in filmmaking that (in my opinion) deserves to be applauded – if for no other reason than the ambitious intent to say something greater about life and experience. Best of all, the journey to that destination touches upon just about every emotion possible – while at the same time challenging both the mind and the eye with big ideas and small (but important) brushstrokes of detail. If there was ever a movie that truly engagedthe viewer, this is it. At nearly three hours, it does begin to wear on you as it comes down the final stretch, but the payoff at the end is worthwhile – and, dare I say, even beautiful.
Technically, the new 4 series, despite its new nomenclature, will closely follow the BMW 3 Series in terms to motoring options and packages. Just like in the 3 Series Sedan and Wagon, the 4 Series family will make use of four-cylinder engine, in both petrol and diesel variants. Customers looking for more power will have the option to choose 3.0 liter turbocharged engines.
The high-end model will be designated as 435i, in all three variants. An M Performance Automobile, such as M435i, may appear in the future as well.
The Gran Coupe model uses the same extended wheelbase platform that will be seen on the upcoming 3 Series GT. The four-door entry-level, yet premium coupe, will allow for more interior space.
- Design -
Recent spy photos and videos point to a sleek coupe model that will become a viable alternative to the higher-end 6 Series Coupe, with character lines running across sides that will enhance not only its sportiness, but also a more luxurious and premium look. The 4 Series Coupe and Convertible are said to stand out even more from its siblings in the 3 Series family.
The BMW 4 Series coupe retains its B-pillar while the convertible also holds on to the retractable hardtop, as seen in the current generation. The 4 Series Coupe will be offered in three lines: Sports, Modern and Luxury. Each will differ from each other by offering distinct equipment options.
- M-Power and M4 -
BMW is being secretive about the naming convention of the M3 Coupé and Convertible, but if we were to believe our sources, the company is pretty set on using the M4 badge for these two variants. The move makes even more sense now that a 4 Series nomenclature will be used.
The M3 and M4 models are said to stand out even more within their own families, with clearly distinctive design lines that will leave no error for mistaking them for “regular” 3 or 4 Series M Sport models.
- Launch dates -
The BMW 4 Series will come to market next summer as 2014 models. The M3 sedan will be revealed late next year but sales won’t start until early 2014. The M4 Coupé and Convertible will arrive in 2015, same as the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Architecture: Royal Penthouse II, New South Wales, Australia
A luxury modern Australian penthouse apartment should look like this – sophisticated lighting in the evening creating a soft atmosphere, while natural daylight creates the feeling of a larger space, overlooking a fantastic view. Coco Republic Interior Design just put this idea in my head with their elegant way of expressing pure comfort and luxury in the interiors of the Royal Penthouse II in New South Wales, Australia. This three bedroom penthouse apartment took 5 months to completely design. Surprising details like the rounded walls connecting spaces or glazed platform-like dining space create a dreamy scenario of exploring different corners of the apartment. Beautifully arranged bedrooms impose a unique, bold style in different shades of earthy colors. Wood, stone, washed linens and jute compose a natural living environment while the dark framed glazing reminds owner of the ocean beach panoramas outside.
Mike Ross: You know, you keep telling me that I have to decide what kind of lawyer I wanna be. And if I were smart, I’d probably be just like you, because everybody knows you’re the best. But I’m also trying to decide what kind of person I wanna be. And sometimes I like my kind of person.. a lot more than yours.
Harvey Specter: You wanna know what kind of person I am? Tough but fair. I call it like I see it. And what I see is a kid who asked for an opportunity who still hasn’t decided if he wants it or not.
Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw
A hard-drive which lists all NATO operatives undercover in terrorist organisations is stolen, and used to make M (Judi Dench) – the head of British Intelligence – look bad. Though not in peak condition after a near-death experience, secret agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out to recover the drive, which leads him to mystery man Silva (Javier Bardem), who has a revenge scheme in mind.
The consensus on Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond so far is that he started out impressively in "Casino Royale" (2006) but wavered in "Quantum of Solace" (2008). Here, in a Bond specifically tailored for the 50th anniversary of the series, the dangling plot-threads of Casino and Quantum are left in the wind as a more experienced, more damaged hero deals with a villain from his boss’s past.
The pre-credits sequence, which coincidentally chases through a Turkish bazaar establishes that Sam Mendes – brought in to raise the tone a bit – can handle a fist-fight on top of a train as well as anyone.
Craig takes a fall into a surreal, macabre credits sequence accompanied by that Adele song, then spends a reel or so as an unshaven, washed-up wreck who can’t shoot straight and shows signs of psychological trauma. It’s a character stretch Craig manages better than Brosnan’s bout with beardiness in Die Another Day, mostly because he gets his chops back – and his chops shaven, in a sexy sequence with fellow agent Eve (Naomie Harris) – with credible effort.
Eve's (Naomie Harris) peppy MI6 sniper and Sévérine's (Bérénice Marlohe) slinky woman of mystery have a few good scenes, but the main Bond girl here is Judi Dench – whose M is harried by bureaucrats and politicians who want her to retire, but has to stay in office to cope with her own nightmare legacy. The villain Silva (Javier Bardem) makes a grand entrance, walking from the back of the frame to the foreground while delivering a parable about rats in a barrel, then gets deeper under the hero’s skin than any official shrink, prodding him into reflections about his drink and pill dependency and sexual identity. Silva is a Flemingesque creation – a loathesome foreigner with a hidden (and gruesome) deformity – but Bardem adds in a little Hannibal Lecter vibe (especially in a sequence set under London) and even becomes a horror movie slasher for a surprisingly gothic, down-and-dirty climax.
Ralph Fiennes plays it ambiguously as M’s political rival Gareth Malory, but gets some good scenes late in the day, and there’s a sharp reinvention of the role of Q from Ben Whishaw, who is now the spooks’ computer whizz (with a nice line in jargon) as well as quartermaster. And Albert Finney brings warmth and gravitas to a key role in the home stretch as Kincade.
"Skyfall" is pretty much all you could want from a 21st Century Bond: cool but not camp, respectful of tradition but up to the moment, serious in its thrills and relatively complex in its characters but with the sense of fun that hasn’t always been evident lately. One thing’s certain: James Bond will return…
Architecture: Luxurious Penthouse, New York, United States
Take 5,000 square foot and give them to the architects Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis! The output: an exclusive five bedroom duplex penthouse located in the city of fascination, New York. This city is so vivid because it vibrates in the very own heart of it. A crowded-bohemian lifestyle, filled with luxury and exquisite tastes, this is what New York has to offer! The very own shelter of many architectural wonders, Manhattan is probably the most coquette and chic place to be. Nearby Central Park, in a residential skyscraper called Park Laurel, a stunning apartment with 360 degrees overview upon the architectural horizon of Manhattan is out for sale!
Amazing sight, high ceilings, large windows and an exquisite selection of elements of décor adorn this place, giving to it a vibrant touch of elegance. A subtle choice of neutral colors and the smart mix of glass reflecting the outside view, elements of contemporary art and an imposing fireplace, now that’s something we call dream home! Besides the incredible precise care towards details, the central and the accurate furniture alignments, everything seems dramatically extended: from ceilings to the panoramic sight upon this magical city. Here is a testimonial of a broker that knows this property very well: “This trophy property offers luxury at every turn and jaw dropping 360 degree park & skyline views from every window.” In case New York is an option, this duplex is an excellent choice for those who can afford it! We’re talking about a valuable residential space, offered for sale at $26.5 million dollars!
Architecture: "100 Pond Bay Estate", Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Generously offering fantastic views no matter what the standpoint, the 100 Pond Bay Estate in Virgin Gorda, Caribbean, consists of six pavilions overlooking the most spectacular beach in the British Virgin Islands. Two infinity salt-water pools define the exterior of this uncanny retreat, giving it a distinct geometric character. At one end of the property is the master suite pavilion, with its own private cocktail pool. Next up, there are four equally-sized bedroom/bathroom pavilions in a row, each suite having its own private entrance and parking, a sitting area, and a private covered patio for two overlooking landscaped gardens and the sea. At the other end of the property is the main pavilion, which accommodates dining and sitting areas and the gourmet kitchen. The main pavilion also offers a dramatic gallery off to the side, refreshed by cooling island sea breezes, for dining or lounging with a view.
Travelling: Top Holiday Spa & Wellness Retreats Worldwide
Sophisticated getaways call for sophisticated services, which is why this post is dedicated to some of the best spa & wellness retreats out there. Exotic landscapes, nature-inspired architecture, exquisite spas and body-trembling massages- these are all elements that contribute to a memorable holiday experience. The post features wellness retreats from various parts of the world (from Indonesia and Thailand to Italy and the US), all ranking high in terms of visitor satisfaction. Another factor I considered was the relationship between the spa resorts and surrounding landscapes; most of the getaways in the photos below are spectacularly embedded in nature. So take a deep breath and prepare for a stunning display of ten highly sensory escapes:
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
Encompassing the essence of these words – “where the heart wonders, tranquility will follow” – Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa gathers luxury facilities on 30 acres of lush vegetation pierced by nature trails – a perfect setting for the perfect waterfront vacation. The resort located in the southern most atoll of the Maldives stretches across the sparkling waters, offering a luxurious place to relax. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La is said to blend personal peace, enchantment and well-being.
Ananda Luxury Spa In the Himalayas, India
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, on 100 acres of virgin forest, the impressive Ananda Spa invites guests to meditate and unwind. The resort uses the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, all combined with contemporary spa technology. Yoga, healing experiences and beauty treatments are just some of the services provided here.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort located along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Australia. The Southern Spa is a private oasis of calm, perched high on a cliff top and commanding dramatic views of the Southern Ocean stretching toward the Antarctic. A destination in its own right, the spa fuses the unique landscape and location of Southern Ocean Lodge with the acclaimed Australian-made Li’Tya range of spa products and professional staff.
Brilliant Resort & Spa Chongqing, China
Located within the ancient hot spring temples built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, this spectacular oasis of misty, awe-inspiring relaxation captures the essence of spa treatments bedecked with a myriad of inspiring design details. Rising above the Jialing River, in the North Hot Springs Park of Chongqing, the resort welcomes guests with a collection of reasons to come back again and again: 31 spa suites and villas with private plunge pools team up with private terraces and hot spring gardens to shape an unforgettable travel experience.
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Located in the rolling hills of Tuscany’s Maremma region, Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort invites guests in a luxurious setting. According to the hotel staff, the varied architectural components, furnishings and colors merge into one to form an atmosphere of total multi-sensory pleasure. This quest for harmony has inspired architects from the Parisotto & Formenton Studio to interior design the area which separates the spa reception from the zone specializing in treatments and therapies. Entering the spa area, guests can enjoy a sensory kind of full-body envelopment.
Bulgari Resort, Bali, Indonesia
Resonating with its surroundings, the Bulgari Resort in Bali speaks a hybrid design language, combining traditional Balinese shapes and high class Italian style in an unforgettable destination. A sophisticated atmosphere intertwines with exquisite services in a successful attempt of creating a sublime experience. Gathering views across the Indian Ocean, the resort sits 150 meters over the sea, implementing natural inspiration and creating a dreamy setting for guests.
The Mezzororre Resort & Spa, Italy
The Mezzororre Resort is located in Forio d´Ischia, in the province of Naples, Italy, in a lovely setting. The 5 star hotel is perched on a bluff above the sea, offering guests tranquility and a magic atmosphere. Equipped with modern and exclusive health and beauty treatments, the Spa contributes to a perfect state of relaxation.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Spa, Thailand
Tucked discreetly amidst the coconut palm trees of the picturesque Koh Phangan, lies a unique tropical haven boasting 44 suites and villas, each with a private plunge pool. The Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort is equipped with an exquisite Spa, within jungle gardens: “Our treatments incorporate ancient herbal remedies to restore and revive the body’s inward and outward beauty. Along with timeless herbal elixirs we introduce modern remedies for relaxation and detoxification, creating innovative and therapeutic treatments to restore inner peace and total wellness.”
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
COMO Shambhala Estate is located near Ubud, Bali, and consists of picturesque villa-style accommodation units with terrace rooms, garden rooms and various types of suites. Even though visitors are sure to be overwhelmed by the comfort and papering of their accommodation unit and the services provided here, few of them will remain inside for a long period of time, during their stay in this tropical paradise. The Spa offers the opportunity for Asian-inspired treatments including massage, facials for restorative skincare.
Amangiri Hotel & Spa, Canyon Point, USA
Designed by Rick Joy, Wendell Burnette & Marwan Al-Sayed, this nature embedded hotel has a total of 34 luxurious rooms, each offering dramatic views over the stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase. According to the hotel staff, the Aman Spa at Amangiri is a 2,322-square metre (25,000 square foot) destination unto itself, providing a wonderful setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The entrance pays tribute to the nearby slot canyons and opens into an intimate reception and lounge area featuring a glass tiled, sky-lit reflection pool and a central fireplace.
Architecture: "Smart Home", Johannesburg, South Africa
This luxurious three-level penthouse in Johannesburg, South Africa is the result of a design collaboration between SAOTA and OKHA Interiors. According to the architects, the client desired a home that would showcase the evolution of 21st Century urban living, reflect individualism as well as evolve the technological aspects of the smart home, with tailored lighting and automation.
The result is an opulent apartment located on the 11th floor of a building in a commercial city center in Sandton, which breathes, despite its integration in a crowded urban landscape:
“In effect, we created a wall-less 900m² penthouse, with a garden, that gives the impression of levitating above the city mass“- stated designer Adam Court.
The layout of the penthouse is based on a continual flow of materials and colors, while also emphasizing on the particularity of each living zone.
A lot of people may say that age is a state of mind, that a person is only as old as they feel. That is an upbeat and optimistic approach to aging; however the question is if that applies when it comes to relationships. It has quite often been acceptable for a male to be the older person in a relationship. Some issues can arise if the opposite happens; a younger man and an older woman. In addition, there can be some issues as well, if the male is many years older than the female. It is possible to have a secure and loving relationship in which there is an age difference, if both people involved understand certain issues that may arise and they can work together to resolve them.
The most important factor to understand is that although our bodies will show our age to a certain degree, age is most significant when it relates to maturity. Whether you find yourself to be the younger or the older person in a relationship, take into account whether your maturity levels match. It depends on their life experiences, personal outlooks and goals.
One dynamic that can make or break a relationship is the common ground that you share with the other person. Most people will undoubtedly get along with someone who has similar interests and hobbies. A night owl versus a morning bird will certainly not be in sync with each other. The same theory holds true for interests. While it is healthy to have some of your own personal interests, it is very helpful to the relationship that you share time together doing things that you both enjoy. Think about whether the age difference will affect activities done together; whether they go for wellness, skiing or watching movies, these times spent together will keep the relationship strong.
Another aspect to consider is if the age difference will interfere with your own personal goals. Whether you want to concentrate on your career, have children or spend your free time traveling; ask yourself if your partner’s age difference agrees with your way of life. Discuss the future, not just the present situation. Some topics to consider are finances, children and career choices. You may find it very useful to choose a time to sit down and seriously talk about how the age difference may affect your lives one year, five years and possibly twenty years down the road.
Most importantly, if you and your partner feel you are right for each other, age will not matter. We all begin our quest for love as young adults and we live with the intention of holding strong into our senior years. If two people are lucky enough people find each other, it usually will not matter at which point in life they do so.
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Black Swan is ionospherically over the top, and some of its effects are overdone, but it is richly, sensually enjoyable and there is such fascination in seeing Natalie Portman surrender to the madness and watch her face transmute into a horror-mask like a nightmare version of Maria Callas. It is exciting, quite mad and often really scary. Black Swan is truly an incredible achievement: a beautifully shot, highly entertaining mix of high and low art that is guaranteed to mesmerize audiences. By the time the film reaches its logical and tragic conclusion, the auteur’s stunning cinematic experience and Portman’s virtuosic performance will undoubtedly move audiences.
This exceptional interior design can inspire you to see what your home needs in order to look like a Mallorcan style townhouse. Featured today is the sun flooded residence located in Mallorca – a home that was inspired by the inhabitant’s love for the weather here. Travelling for many years from Sweden to Mallorca, the couple currently living here decided that it was time to move to the island and enjoy its magnificent array of features. There were four people involved in shaping this home: architect Alexander Von Waberer, interior designer Isabel Jover, surveyor Juan Carlos Sopena and engineer José Fermoselle. The brief included concise needs: a comfortable home away from stressful urban developments, with a modern architecture and impressive views from every room. Estudio Dai 10 managed to create a personalized space that encompasses austere decor and lacks unnecessary ornaments. High quality materials were used throughout, and the villa was adapted to the rugged terrain – creating a successful collection of interior and exterior spaces that remain connected by a multitude of terraces and windows.
Travelling: Nannai Beach Resort, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
Perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons, the exotic Nannai Beach Resort in Porto de Galinhas is defined by comfortable luxury and the constant proximity to water. Extending over 6,000 square meters, the huge swimming pool is divided between different zones for relaxation. Swimming lanes lead to beaches overlooking the ocean, Jacuzzi welcome those looking for luxurious bubbles, while water volleyball lovers have their own pool area and children can enjoy special water zones built with safety and fun in mind. Equipped with 42 apartments and 49 bungalows, the alluring Brazilian resort also boasts a restaurant, a bar and a beach bar, all constructing the sense of a natural reserve adorned with modern luxury details.
The Brazilian retreat merges adventure and relaxation in a complete package – the Tyrolean traverse takes you up over the luscious surroundings, water sports introduce you to azure waters, while tennis, beach soccer and beach volleyball courts alongside the fitness center keep you in shape. The steam sauna is there to relax your body after enjoying the day under Brazil’s sun. The following photos offer only a glimpse of what lies between palm trees and inviting water features, the rest must be discovered in person.
To better compete with the finest that Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar have to offer in the full-size luxury sedan segment, Lexus put its fourth generation LS under the knife.
In the U.S., Lexus has said that the 2013 LS460 will be the first to arrive in the market in October followed by its more dynamic sibling, the LS460 F Sport in November and the hybrid LS 600h L in December. Pricing has not yet been announced; though don’t expect any significant changes.
What Do You Think When You Hear The Words “Be Yourself”?
A lot of people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a copy. The majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.
„Be Yourself“ means always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. But It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
Designed by illustrious architect William Stephenson and located at 1705 Angelo Drive in Beverly Hills, this stunning villa was built back in 1956 and renovated to compose a modern environment for a relaxed contemporary lifestyle. Flooded with natural light through tall windows in spaces with 12 foot ceilings, the house opens towards a perfectly manicured back garden with an inviting wood deck surrounding the irregular swimming pool. A green lawn constructs a powerful connection to natural colors and the trees help define this house’s architectural language. Priced at $3,999,900, the glamorous Californian residence showcases its 5,060 square feet under high ceilings and has features that bring it close to perfection:
“Beautiful Terrazzo flooring flowing throughout grand open rooms. Gourmet kitchen with custom stone counter, first class Wolf & Subzero appliances, large center island & 4-top breakfast area. Grand Hallway with art gallery leading to the master suite. Hi-Tech alarm system, cabana room, lighted waterfall & natural light 3 car garage.”
With four private bedrooms and five baths, the beautiful residential construction neighbors multi-million dollar estates.
“I still want to be friends. We’re better as friends than lovers.”
Those words are the kiss of death in many relationships. Are they simply said to soften the blow or are they genuine? In my eyes even with the best of intentions, it’s tough to become buddies after a breakup.
Although, some people do decide to break up and remain friends but I guess that depends on the way the relationships ended and why it ended.
For example: If he/she cheated would you really want to be friends with someone who cheated on you? Regardless of any situation a true friend wouldn’t cheat on a friend so why would you want to be friends with a cheater?
Relationships end for all different reasons and they start for all different reasons too. No situation is exactly the same to anyone else’s so I am not in the position to say ALL ex-lovers shouldn’t be friends. Although, I do believe it should be deeply thought about because it could make it harder for you to move on. But then again I guess that will all depend on the intensity of the relationship you had together.
Ready for some resort-style inspiration? The Coco Palm Bodu Hithi Hotel in the Maldives fascinates with its collection of 100 villa designs to choose from, each luxuriously displaying a welcoming interior design and being strongly connected to the astounding surroundings. Located on a private island in the Maldives, the resort boasts contemporary designs merged with traditional influences. Eight restaurants, a spa with yoga and Tai-Chi and varied ways of spending time either relaxing or challenging your body and soul with new experiences were designed to prove that luxury and comfort can be successfully connected to a paradise-like location. White sands and turquoise stretches of water surround a superb interior environment in which the eye is constantly bombarded with exquisite details upgraded by magnificent views.
Thirty examples of Jaguar’s XJ Ultimate will be imported to America, where each will be priced at $155,875. The middle seat is replaced with a fridge for a champagne bottle.
What’s New Inside
Aimed at satisfying a champagne-sipping workaholic that may not exist, Jaguar’s efforts on the XJ Ultimate were mostly carried out in the XJ’s rear compartment. The XJ’s rear bench seat has been yanked out, and in its place, automotive curators installed two individual seats. Each is heated and cooled, has a power recline function, and can deliver a cyborg massage to occupants. Between the rear seats, a center console stores a motorized pop-up tray table made of machined aluminum, two bespoke champagne flutes, and a bottle-sized cooler.
Five screens bedeck the rear of the XJ Ultimate. Two are iPads, which are docked in the rear seatbacks. (Wireless keyboards are also included, saving XJ buyers $138 and a Dom-Pérignon-fueled trip to the Apple Store.) Jaguar’s Rear Seat Entertainment system, available on other XJs, is standard in the Ultimate. It packs an eight-inch screen into each headrest, and is controlled by a touchscreen remote control.
What’s Actually New About the XJ Ultimate
Not a whole lot. Jaguar and Land Rover have been rolling out extra-posh versions of their cars for the past few years. More broadly, it’s a boring cliché to furnish the back seat of a luxury car with video screens and a fridge, and then call it a private jet for the road.
Instead of appealing to ultra-wealthy CEOs who like to watch movies while working in the car, the thirty examples might, instead, find owners who need to shuttle VIPs in style. Indeed, the XJ Ultimate seems like a perfect transporter for high-end casino hosts, five-star hotels, and yes, even the companies that operate private jets for hire.
Harvey Specter: Well Sam, I’m sorry that you feel that way, but I’ve been working for your boss, Dean Morello, for a very long time and um, let me tell you something. You try to stonewall me, you’ll be out on the street in less than a week. As for the other stuff, do I think that I’m smarter than you? You’re damn right I do. But if you think that means I can’t kick your ass up and down this floor, take a swing and see what happens.
Encircled by tropical gardens and displaying an elegant design, Sunrise House offers a combination of luxury and comfort, with an option for further exploration on the Caribbean coast. The villa offers access to a private beach and it can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. Characterized by simplicity and sophistication, the residence accommodates five bedrooms, a spacious living area, a home theater, gym, tennis court, swimming pool and lovely terraces. Next to the main building and situated right on the beach, there are two small luxury cottages displaying a charming, nature-inspired design. The interiors have a genuine holiday feel, with eclectic furniture arrangements and plenty of seating options. Stone and wood add an original touch to the exterior appearance, while the dominant white color inspires serenity throughout.
Business / Sports: 2012 Most Valuable Soccer Teams
1. Manchester United
Owner: Glazer family Value: $2,235 mil. Revenue: $532 mil. Operating income: $178 mil.
The Red Devils are the world’s most valuable sports team and have a long tradition of great play on the pitch. Manchester United has captured a record 19 English Premiership titles and is closing in on its 20th for the 2012 season. Commercial revenue of $166 million is highest among English teams during 2010-11 season.
2. Real Madrid CF
Owner: club members Value: $1,877 mil. Revenue: $695 mil. Operating income: $214 mil.
Real Madrid had the most revenue of any soccer team during the 2010-11 season, and the team finished second in the Liga BBVA and made it to the final four of the Champions League. Los Blancos are the only team to have a European Cup trophy on-site, having won the title five years in a row (1956-60) and nine times overall. Real Madrid was the most profitable team in all of sports during 2011, with operating income of $214 million.
3. FC Barcelona
Owner: club members Value: $1,307 mil. Revenue: $653 mil. Operating income: $96 mil.
Barcelona won the Liga BBVA and Champions League in 2011. Camp Nou stadium has the biggest seating capacity of top European teams at 99,400. Barcelona’s broadcasting revenue of $266 million is tops among all soccer teams in 2011.
4. Arsenal London FC
Owner: Stan Kroenke Value: $1,292 mil. Revenue: $364 mil. Operating income: $98 mil.
Arsenal has won the second-most FA Cups (10), just one fewer than Manchester United. Match day revenue of $150 million in 2011 placed fourth among the 20 most valuable teams.The Gunners will get a boost in commercial revenue, which was $74 million in 2011, due to new sponsorship agreements with brewer Carlsberg and Betsson, the gaming company, in 2012.
5. FC Bayern Munich
Owner: club members Value: $1,235 mil. Revenue: $466 mil. Operating income: $90 mil.
Bayern Munich's broadcasting revenue fell 14% in 2011 as they were eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League, which came after losing in the finals the previous year to Inter Milan. Der FCB still managed to post the fourth-highest revenue among our top 20 teams thanks in large part to a sponsorship deal with Adidas, which pays an average of $36 million a year through 2019. Revenue will increase in 2012 as team was still in Champions League as of quarterfinal round.
6. AC Milan
Owner: Silvio Berlusconi Value: $989 mil. Revenue: $341 mil. Operating income: $29 mil.
AC Milan won the Serie A title for the 18th time during the 2010-11 season, tying them with Inter Milan for the second-most Italian championships. The Rossoneri are the most valuable Italian team, but lavish spending on players caused the team’s operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to decline to $29 million in 2011 from $41 million in 2009, despite selling superstar Kaka to Real Madrid in 2009. Still, with Audi, Sky Italia, Taci Oil and Emirates as sponsors, AC Milan generated commercial revenue of $133 million during 2011.
7. Chelsea London FC
Owner: Roman Abramovich Value: $761 mil. Revenue: $362 mil. Operating income: $76 mil.
Chelsea's play on the pitch has been slipping. After winning both the Premiership and FA Cup in 2010, the Blues were runner-up in their domestic league the following season and lost to Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This year Chelsea may finish out of the top four in the Premiership and thus miss out on next year’s Champions League. Team owner Roman Abramovich, worth $12 billion, cut team expenses 11% last year.
8. Liverpool FC
Owner: John Henry Value: $619 mil. Revenue: $295 mil. Operating income: $45 mil.
Fenway Sports Group (FSG), controlled by billionaire John Henry, bought debt-strapped Liverpool in October 2010 for $482 million based on current exchange rates. The deal eliminated all of the acquisition debt placed on the Reds by its previous owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. FSG, which also owns baseball’s Boston Red Sox and 80% of the New England Sports Network, has integrated the soccer team into its sports empire by televising Liverpool’s games on its RSN and this July Liverpool will host AS Roma at Fenway Park.
9. Juventus FC
Owner: Agnelli family Value: $591 mil. Revenue: $223 mil. Operating income: -$38 mil.
Juventus is publicly traded and its shares are down 40% over the last year. The Old Lady has captured 27 domestic titles, the most of any Italian team. Match day revenue of $16.8 million is lowest of any top 20 team. But the team’s sponsorship deal with Nike pays Juventus an average of $18 million a year through the 2015-16 season.
10. FC Schalke 04
Owner: club members Value: $587 mil. Revenue: $293 mil. Operating income: $101 mil.
Schalke's run to the semi-finals of last year's Champions League fueled a 71% increase in revenue from the 2010 season. Die Knappen (the miners) missed the 2011 Champions League due to a 14th place finish in the Bundesliga in 2011, but should be back next year as the team currently sits comfortably among the top four in its domestic league. Schalke's lucrative and broad sponsorship deal with Infront Germany contributed to total commercial revenue of $132 million.
Empathy is what makes a lawyer go from being merely good to being great. It allows a lawyer to serve the client’s interest, rather than merely solving the client’s problem. The difference is critical. While solving problems is important, it is really only a technical issue, requiring (usually) a meeting, research, the filing of a brief, etc., in order to make the problem go away. However, if an attorney is serving his or her client’s interests, the lawyer will understand the underlying issues affecting the client’s business and decision making in order to put the client in a better position to succeed, whether in the overall litigation, in business, or once the litigation is complete.
This implicates, that technical proficiency will only get lawyers so far, empathy and understanding are necessary to truly be great.
Architecture: Spectacular Infinity Pools That Will Rock Your Senses | Part 2
Not too long ago, I featured a post with some of the most incredible infinity pools out there. For today I gathered more of the most mind-blowing infinity pools that will certainly get your interest rising. The images below were shot in various countries around the globe, surprising unique moments. Even though swimming on the edge of a skyscraper’s roof may be different from diving into a pool that faces the sea, the experience is an unforgettable one (no matter what the location).
USA Network’s original series Suits centers around Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a brilliant and successful attorney with a rebellious streak, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a genius college drop-out with perfect recall who has squandered his potential. Ross gets a second chance when he meets Specter, who agrees to hire him as an associate. The unlikely duo work together to close cases, all while having to pretend to others that Ross graduated from Harvard Law.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Suits yet, here are five reasons why you should start.
5. Epic Bromance
Let’s face it, USA Network is no stranger to bromance. Suits, a show that abandons all pretense and embraces the bromance right off the bat. The pilot episode ends with Ross teasing Specter:
“Would you admit it? You care about me. I saw you smile when I showed up for work this morning.”
The show is founded on the chemistry between these two characters, and their relationship moves at a pretty fast clip. They’ve already passed the honeymoon phase and have a falling out when Ross shows up to work high (after being coerced by his superior and Specter’s rival, Louis Litt).
4. So Pretty
Suits is an incredibly attractive show. And not just because of Macht’s 5,000-watt smile. The pilot was filmed on location in New York City but have since moved production to Toronto. Despite the change, the show manages to maintain the aesthetics set in the first episode. Scenes are framed beautifully and shot at interesting angles, and everything seems brighter and more colorful. Much like White Collar, the show portrays the more glamorous parts of the city, looking up and glossing over the grittier parts.
3. Suit Porn
Admittedly, this could fall under #4, but the suits on Suits deserve special consideration. Specifically, the suits worn by Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. Macht has mentioned in several interviews that every suit he wears is by Tom Ford. They are sharp tailored and have a classic cut, with peaked lapels and ticket pocket. Mike Ross serves as an excellent contrast, and his suits sport a more youthful, modern look with skinny ties and thin lapels. The women in Suits are also dressed to the nines in high-waisted pencil skirts and beautiful jackets.
2. Smart Writing
Harvey Specter and Mike Ross are both hyper-intelligent and capable, the smartest guys in the room at any given time. If the writing didn’t step up to their level, it would be difficult to buy into this characterization. Fortunately, the writing on this show is fast-paced and witty, and it doesn’t slow down for anyone. A show that expects its audience to keep up is one that’s truly worth watching, and Suits definitely falls into this category. There is a lot of fun banter on this show (another hallmark of a USA Network series), and there is a wonderful sense of levity to the writing. The jokes don’t feel forced, and the humor isn’t restricted to a specific demographic. Some of the most memorable quotes are from Specter, who has the perfect mix of wry satire and frat-boy humor:
Harvey Specter: I’d say the ball’s in your court, but the truth is, your balls are in my hand.
Harvey Specter: I’ve never had anyone, let alone a judge I’ve never met, address me as ‘Harvey’ in open court. But if you’re gonna screw me, I guess it’s only fair that you call me by name.
1. Characters You Care About
USA Network boasts the motto “Characters welcome,” and they consistently put out shows that develop characters and their relationships, first and foremost. Suits is no exception. The show is set in the world of corporate lawyers, but there’s very little of the courtroom that makes it onto the screen. The series follows a “case of the week” formula for each episode, but the cases themselves are secondary and only serve as a backdrop to the characters’ lives. Specter and Ross are joined by a large cast of fully developed supporting characters, and none of them feel “minor.” They aren’t cardboard cutouts simply there to take up space and make the main characters look good, but have distinct personalities and stories of their own to tell. Fans of Firefly will especially be interested in Harvey’s mentor/boss Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres.
This colossal six bedrooms, ten bathrooms residence located in Bel Air, California, will certainly appeal to those who are fascinated by an opulent lifestyle. Currently on sale for $30 million, the project comes with amenities aimed at satisfying the ego of the most pretentious residents:
"A dramatic entry through 12-ft-high gates leads to a long private driveway and motor court that introduces the residence. Inside, the interiors are replete with 16-ft ceilings and such finishes as book matched marble walls and Italian fixtures. An baronial grand hallway links all of the public rooms, creating flow for entertaining. The main floor features an over-sized living room, elegant dining room, screening room, wood-paneled library, wine cellar, and gourmet chef’s kitchen. A soaring sculptural staircase climbs to reveal five guest bedrooms, a gym, and luxurious master suite. An attached guest house completes this rare opportunity.”
The one who’s going to own this Residence will follow in the footsteps of Will Smith as "Prince of Bel Air".
Harvey: Listen, being a lawyer is like being a doctor. Mike: You mean how you don’t get emotional about the clients? Harvey: No, I mean you have to keep pressing until it hurts. Then you’ll know where to look.
BMW and its diffusion “i” brand pull the covers off its third concept, the i8 Concept Spyder. A direct relative of the i8 Concept Coupe, an eco-friendly form of mobility is the premise behind the beautiful piece of design and engineering. A 223 hp three-cylinder gas engine at the rear is paired with a 131 hp electric motor at the front which generates a combined 354 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Without the need for emission-releasing combustion, the electric motor can take the i8 up to 19 miles on a single charge. Performance wise, the car is no slouch featuring 0-62 mph sprints of five seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Two scooters further enhance urban mobility as they’re stowed in the rear.
Architecture: Spectacular Infinity Pools That Will Rock Your Senses | Part 1
When it comes to contemporary pools, some home owners prefer to let go of all physical limits. This is probably how infinity pools were born: by embracing a feel of absolute freedom and put it into practice.
An infinity pool is a swimming or reflecting pool which produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity”. One type of location in which the effect is particularly impressive is where the infinity edge appears to merge with a larger body of water such as the ocean, with the sky (if the pool is located on the side of a hill or field of green), or with foliage.
For today I gathered contemporary pools that defy boundaries. You will probably find most of them spectacular, even unworldly. But I tried to keep things as realistic as possible, which is why I featured a few small-sized infinity pools as well. The most stunning designs are integrated in fascinating natural landscapes. In the photos below, some infinity pools face the sea or the ocean, so that swimming becomes a liberating activity.
This post will have a second part of mind-blowing infinity pool photos, so stay tuned on IT’S UNIQUE.
Architecture: Kelowna House Overlooking Fantastic Scenery
The impressive Kelowna House, designed by Canadian architect David Tyrell, is a unique residential building displaying a contemporary architecture enhanced by its position. Nestled between natural landscape elements like the mountain that led to its shape and size and the forested land surrounding it, the modern home is a fortress-like construction offering a comfortable lifestyle despite the harsh conditions. Located near Kelowna, BC, Canada, the residence that received its name from the neighboring city displays a massive brick wall supporting the interior spaces. Overlooking Okanagan Lake, the modern and imposing residence gathers views from many vantage points, both interior and exterior. Wood columns on the upper terrace support large overhangs and add an interesting character to the upper floor pavilion containing the social and entertaining areas, as well as the master bedroom. An infinity pool completes the luxurious features of this home.
Whether You'd Rather Marry Someone Who's Rich But Ugly, Or Poor But Attractive?
Neither, honestly. It‘s nearly all about her personality. If she has an interesting and great personality she‘s automatically beautiful to me. But to answer that actual question, I‘d go with poor but attractive.