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Archive for August, 2018

5 Reasons Frequent Travelers Prefer Furnished Apartments

Furnished apartments are the new preferred accommodations among millennials, corporate business people, and avid travelers. When compared to traditional hotels, apartments, flats, and furnished single family homes around the world offer a variety of new, fun opportunities for travelers to enjoy. From a laid back, comfort-of-home experience to more economical price points, short and long-term vacation rentals have redefined how we travel, how frequently we travel, and where we stay.

Amos Rex: A New Cultural Powerhouse for Helsinki / by JKMM

The Latest addition to Helsinki’s cultural quarter opens with “teamLab: Massless” a major international exhibition by the Tokyo-based art collective teamLab filling its 2,200 sqm gallery space with digital art.

Finland’s capital Helsinki has gained a major new cultural institution and a striking new public space with the completion of Amos Rex. The art museum opens after a five- year, €50 million project designed by architecture firm JKMM, which has seen the refurbishment of the landmark 1930’s Lasipalatsi building in Central Helsinki. At the heart of the museum, 13,000 cubic metres of rock has been excavated to create a new 2,200 sqm world-class flexible gallery space topped with a series of domes and skylights that form the new undulating landscape of the Lasipalatsi Square.

3 Overlooked Ideas to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

As someone who appreciates the culinary arts, you may have yearned for a perfect environment to refine your cooking skills. So, it’s not surprising that when you have the time and money available to renovate your home, one of the first things you probably think about is remodeling your kitchen to get the one you’ve always wanted.

A good place to start is by going to some local home improvement stores, thumbing through remodeling magazines, and visiting Gilmans Kitchen and Bath website. Then, once you have a much clearer vision of the type of kitchen that will match the style of your house, hire an experienced kitchen designer to help you rethink the sink-stove-refrigerator triangle. They can also help you decide what type of cabinets, appliances, and fixtures to buy and assist with figuring out what kind of flooring, sink, tiles, and baseboards to install.

Entre Pinos, México / by Héctor Barroso

In a vast forest area in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Taller Héctor Barroso has built five weekend houses, which adapt to the site’s topography. They are surrounded by pine trees that echo the sound of the wind.

The Key Architectural Elements Required to Design Yoga Studio

Yoga studios provide both teachers and students a serene space in which they can connect with their spiritual self, celebrate and support each other. For that reason, a studio’s design shouldn’t be understated. Even though there are numerous design options ranging from modern, innovative to traditional for individuals to choose from, there are still key architectural elements for designing the perfect yoga studio. Such include open space and perfect illumination among others.

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.’


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.

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.