Checkwitch Poiron Architects have designed the Double High House in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
The Double High house is an elegant and efficient re-interpretation of the typical suburban site plan. The slender form is positioned against the long north edge of the site in order to maximize the solar exposure to the south. A 22 foot south facing sliding door system connects the main living space with the wooden deck and landscape, blurring the line between interior and exterior. The floorplan is a connected flow of open and overlapping spaces. In addition to the passive solar scheme, further efficiency is achieved through in-floor radiant hydronic heating, natural ventilation, a heat recovery ventilator and an efficient lighting design.
Greek Cypriot industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou recently commissioned Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to design him a mega yacht. A floating piece of art, “Guilty” measures in at 115-feet long and ranks as Koons’ largest project to date. Inspired by British naval camouflage from World War I, the yachts exterior features bold geometric designs that include alternating yellow rhombuses, pink triangles and blue polygons.
The yacht’s interior walls and ceilings are all white, with extremely large windows to maximize natural lighting. Highlighting the space, a central staircase turns from pinkish violet to galactic blue and finally warm yellow. The main cabin encompasses the top deck, with 180-degree views and the word “Feelings” hanging in neon lights above the bed, the master bedroom also has a private terrace. The four guest cabins feature “museum-worthy” works, while the living room is decorated with Italian Radical Design furniture.
Exotic sports car tuner DMC Germany take their work seriously, as their specialty is the modification of luxury cars and super cars. Not only has the German company perfected the art of exterior revamping, they are also responsible for adding plenty of horses to already powerful engines and improving the overall performance of the vehicles. This is their newest creation, the Lamborghini Aventador LP988 Edizione GT, which is a mouthful but it should offer incredible performance on the road. All of the additional body kits are made from lightweight carbon fiber materials, and the engine is tuned to push out 988 horsepower with ease.
Architect Alexander Brenner designed Haus Heidehof in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz has developed a visionary concept of a super sports car in the form of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo to commemorate the release of Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3. Due to premiere November 19 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California, the super sports car will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the game goes on sale in December as the first of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles.
To mark the 15th birthday of the Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo,” these creative teams developed concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that function just like real cars, the concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game through online updates.
The AMG V8 biturbo engine delivers an exceptionally agile response to even the smallest movements of the accelerator through 585 horsepower and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. With an aluminum space-frame body and components in carbon fiber, the vehicle weighs in at 1,385 kilograms. The AMG sports exhaust system with eight tailpipes integrated into the rear end provides a powerful accompaniment whenever the car accelerates, ensuring an unrivaled motorsports sound experience. Gran Turismo 6 fans are in luck as the Mercedes-AMG sound specialists have created a powerful, sonorous exhaust note that authentically celebrates the V8′s love of high-engine speeds.
Liberty Walk is certain not your average tuning house. The Japanese company is known for their radical wide body kits, and unconventional riveted wide fenders. Even though this type of tuning is common amongst street racers in Japan, the company caters exclusively for exotic cars and sports cars, such as Lamborghini, BMW, and Nissan Skyline. The newest addition to their family is the Ferrari 458, tuned in the same spirit as the other vehicles, slammed low to the ground with ultra wide body kit. Opinions are divided on their designs, yet one thing is clear, their aftermarket kits will definitely make your Ferrari stand out amongst the crowd.
Whipple Russell Architects have recently completed Laurel Way, a house in Beverly Hills, California.
One aesthetic idea driving the creation of Laurel Way was that each room or space should be a jewel box, an individually conceived, precisely functional and dramatic sensory experience with its own depth of architecture. Central to the composition are many of Marc Whipple’s signature elements, one being the use of texture; smooth next to rough stone, rich wooden panels against glass, and glass reflecting water. The immediate experience upon entering the house is its inherent weightlessness – the sense that the walls appear to float as panels and you are always connected to the outdoors. This is achieved with adherence to precise symmetry of beams, support panels, tiles, and sightlines, and also that walls do not meet the ceilings – a half-inch gap is left that helps achieve the effect.