Waterbuurt – Amsterdam’s Floating Neighborhood

Waterbuurt, Dutch for “water quarter”, is a state of the art residential development in Amsterdam, which consists of nearly 100 individual floating homes moored on Lake Eimer, in Ijburg district. The floating homes are no ordinary houseboats, but real floating houses, that float adjacent to jetties and are moored to steel pilons and they only move vertically with the changing tide. Designed by Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer, the houses have a “no-nonsense, basic design” but are comfortable at the same time. They were built at a shipyard about 65 km…

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Who is the genius behind japanese new transparent public toilets?

Apparently, a number of people are apprehensive about using public toilet as it is, so making them completely transparent would just boost their anxiety, right? Well, apparently, in Japan is the exact opposite. Despite japanese public toilets generally have a higher standard of hygiene that other public restrooms around the world, also in this country some people dread the thought of having to walk into a dark, probably smelly and possibly unsafe facility to do their physiological needs. But what would happens if you could see how clean or safe…

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Svörtuloftsviti – Skálasnagaviti: a lighthouse in Iceland that boasts magnificent coastal views

Svörtuloft (or the Black Ceiling) is a ruggedly beautiful place to visit. Despite the name sounds ominous, it stems from the cliffs being formed of pitch black lava, like in so many other places in this area. Here the lava flow didn’t stop until it reached the cold sea and the surf has eroded the pitch black lava through the centuries. Interestingly, there are at least 14 places in Iceland by this name, Svörtuloft, and here the lava looks like it has been cut and made into a massive, sheer…

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Italy’s Moka Coffee Pot: why the iconic item has become an endangered species

Bialetti, the Italian maker of the historic moka pot, a stovetop coffee machine and one of the most iconic kitchen appliances ever created, announced recently that the company is in major trouble, with tens of millions of Euros in debt, unpaid salaries and taxes. In a press release, the company even said there are “doubts over its continuity”.The moka pot is an iconic symbol of Italy and you can see it in several museums, including Museum of Modern Art, but also in the Guinness Book of World Records as the…

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Global XRS 7200: the luxury motorhome suitable also for a global apocalypse!

If the end of the world is a perfect script for eclectic writers and screenwriters of cinema, there are also those who, in real life, have thought of creating a vehicle that is perfect even if all would become reality and we were finding ourselves as catapulted into a post-apocalyptic film or science fiction. But, seriously. Have you ever had a dream of selling your apartment and travel the world in a motorhome? Of course, It’s one of the most fulfilling things one can do in lifetime. But to live…

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The entrance of Bockenheimer Warte Subway Station of Frankfurt: a tram crashing into the sidewalk!

Try to imagine a scene in a Marvel movie in which the Hulk has picked up a tram car and rammed it into the sidewalk. That’s kind of what the entrance to the Bockenheimer Warte subway station looks like! The Bockenheimer Warte subway station is an important interchange station to the west of Frankfurt’s city center. Although inside it is similar to many others around Germany and the world, it is very easy to spot from above ground because the entrance looks like a tram car half buried in the…

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Qatar’s Hamad International: the most luxurious airport of the world?

When we travel by plane, we know that it’s best to get to the airport at least two hours ahead of departure time. However, anyone flying via Qatar’s Hamad International might want to double or even triple the time to stay to this gleaming, ultramodern airport, which is probably the most luxurious on the world. Opened in 2014 with the ambition of turning the Arabian Gulf city of Doha into a global aviation hub serviced by Qatar Airways, now houses more than 30 million travelers a year. Every floor of…

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Shanell Papp: The artist who created a life-sized skeleton in crochet.

A life-size skeleton, complete with organs that faithfully reproduce the original ones. If you thought you saw (and realized) everything, you are wrong! The creation, somewhat bizarre, is made by a real crochet artist, Shanell Papp, author of many other works, from masks to pools of blood, but his skeleton is certainly one of those that has aroused more stir. In 2005 she created a whole crocheted cadaver, creating bones and woolen organs to fill the full-size skeleton. Nothing is missing: a soft crocheted heart, ten hollow phalanges, lungs, liver,…

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The best Japanese craftsmen make a series of Furniture for Cats.

The tendency to create specific objects for pets is constantly increasing, thanks also to the media success that our small friends receive on social networks and on the web. The latest news comes from Japan, where, as we already know, cats are really loved. Just think of the famous chain of Cat Cafè Mocha, or Tashirojima, which is only one of the cats’ islands in Japan. Here, the Okawa furniture line was created, specially designed for cats. The campaign is titled “Craftsman MADE Okawa”, and aims to give a new…

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