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The Oasia Hotel, Singapore / by WOHA

The Oasia Hotel in the central business district Singapore is by all means and standards a unique project, redefining what a high-rise can be in humid tropical climates. In contrast with the conventional, completely sealed-off, air-conditioned tower, this hotel, designed by local office WOHA, merges architecture and nature, and combines indoor and outdoor spaces in a striking fashion. According to the architects, the aim was ‘to create an alternative imagery for commercial high-rise developments. It combines innovative ways to intensify land use with a tropical approach that showcases a perforated, permeable, furry, verdant tower.’

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Hiding Pool Pumps in House and Pool Designs

Architects who specialize in designing individual homes are often requested to incorporate a swimming pool, whether it is for construction at the same time or for adding later when the client’s budget permits.

One of the challenges of designing a pool and it’s surrounding patio areas is finding the best way to hide all the ugly pool filtration equipment, pool pumps, plumbing and other accessories.

A creatively screened pool equipment area can also serve the purpose of reducing the noise from the pool pumps. Of course, the first priority should be to install only quality pumps with a low noise output. Established pool equipment retailers like Mr Pool Man can advise on the best pumps to use to keep noise levels down.
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How to Reduce Your Debt So You Can Buy a House

Are you thinking of buying a house, but want to lower your debt first? Well, you are not alone. Most adults have some sort of debt like student loans and credit card debt. The numbers grow each year as Americans take on more and more debt.

There are times when applying for a loan is the only solution available for a financial problem, though. It is important that consumers are able to stay current with the monthly payments. However, some things could get in the way, and you might not be able to pay on your debt for a month or two, or even longer.

The good news is that you can get out of that debt trap. You can bring your debt down to a more affordable level so that you have more dispensable cash to purchase a home.
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Technical Center of Blagnac / by NBJ architectes

Located next to an expressway, the Technical Center of Blagnac was built in the middle of a neighborhood characterized by a highly industrialized program. Nevertheless, a classified forest and a cemetery are located just next to the site. These elements constitute the principal specificity of this program. The architectural and urban will aim to constitute a real urban piece, able to create a strong entrance to this area and able to dialogue with its environment. The idea is to establish a visual identity while answering the main objectives of the program.
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5 Purchasing Considerations to Make When Buying a Used Crane

Any construction firm knows that cranes are essential components of the success of building projects.

As a diverse group of machines, cranes are responsible for a variety of tasks on a construction site. Their widespread applications include lifting heavy building materials, continuously shifting bulk materials horizontally, and transporting heavy equipment.

Ownership of cranes is an important part of any construction business. Acquiring a quality crane enables you to further grow your business.

But cranes are some of the most expensive pieces of construction equipment your business can own, particularly during today’s economic uncertainty. If you’re looking to buy a crane, consider buying a used crane. A used crane can be a viable option towards crane ownership.

If you’re in the market to buy a crane, consider the following tips below. These important tips will help you navigate the occasionally difficult used equipment market.
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FACE Cosmetic Surgery, Toronto / by Audax

When Audax was approached to design the new location of Face Cosmetic Surgery, the owner was looking for a design unlike anything the industry had seen. The mandate was to design a space that felt more like a hotel lobby than a clinic.
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5 Tips to Designing the Perfect Office Space

Making your office look and feel like home is not an easy task. You might be a perfect designer when it comes to your home, but challenges might arise when you have to work with just a cubicle.

Decorate your office space without making it either too overwhelming or too distracting. Strike a balance between style and comfort for the best look and feel inside your office. Here are some 5 helpful tips to designing the perfect office space:
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New office project WINDOWINTHESKYFINELINER / by Ippolito Fleitz Group

In a business world characterized by a progressive digitalisation of work processes and increased staff mobility, locations and elements of emotion and identity become central to the concept of modern working environments. As technological advances break the traditional connection between work and workplace, increasingly mobile work opportunities arise. Consequently, today’s “Activity Based Design” needs to focus on providing employees with working environments that offer a fitting atmosphere of support for the task at hand. It is a matter of projecting structures, offering incentives for communication and creating places of encounter. Accounting for these changed demands, our interior design for an international consultancy aims to find the right balance between business prestige and informal quality. For even renowned businesses can not solely rely on high salaries and company cars to attract high-potentials in today’s fiercely competitive market.
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