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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Transforming a 300 year old paper Mill with over 1000 years of history within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest took patience, dedication. Working with Heatherwick Studio, Bombay Sapphire sympathetically renovated Laverstoke Mill into a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery that showcases the natural beauty and industrial heritage of the site. 

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Extreme Glass House by Santambrogio

This is no movie set or any kind of art object; it is in fact a residence. This glass concept home is created by Italian design firm Santambrogio. Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio have said that it was the desire of the client to build it in glass completely. Located in Milan, in the middle of a wood. The glass material used for the construction is 6 to 7 mm thick. The material can be specially heated during the winter, which is one of the best and most demanded characteristic feature of the house. 

As you can see, everything in this house is made of glass including the floorings, ceilings and the staircases — yes you’re reading it right, glass staircases. Even the book cases, the tables and the cabinets are made of glass.

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cornell vs. princeton.

i recall proclaiming from oxford that being abroad had made a cornellian out of me. being at another university, especially one so beauru- and idiosyncratic as oxford, really helped me to appreciate how special cornell is.

when i visited princeton on my college tour, i remember really wanting to go to school here. however, i ended up applying ED to cornell, for a multitude of reasons, and, let me just say, i could not be more proud of my decision.

i’m terrible. in the course of wandering around here for a few weeks, i find myself saying, all the time, THAT’S NOT HOW _______ IS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE.

for example, i have a princeton university library card, which is awesome, but it’s also necessary, because a library card is required to even physically access a library building. WHAT. what would a library BE if it wasn’t for all the non-students and homeless people? oh wait, that’s just cornell?

no, but seriously, cornell is the best.

…well. except for princeton’s silly eating clubs, whose luxurious quarters put our fraternity and sorority houses to shame:

hark! a princetonian!

anyway, this is creating for me a practical problem: how am i ever going to go to grad school if i am so fiercely railing against every other institution in the world?

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Pretty Architecture presents: Glass houses S2E1

This open glass house doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but is sure to spark some creative thinking of your own! Netherlands architecture firm Hans van Heeswijk Architects designed this stunning glass wall house in Amsterdam, where the interior is always on display. (And if you value your privacy, this isn’t the place for you! But, it’s definitely worth a tour for the architecture lovers out there.) 

In fact, it’s the residence of Hans van Heeswijk, who wanted a spacious, light-filled place full of dramatic details to call “home.” Inside, this open concept home design welcomes you with a vast, open interior - an open-to-above living area punctuated with open staircases zigzagging their way up, and contemporary loft levels cutting across from one side to the other. 

At the center of the home, a “magic box” rises three storeys and is clad in wenge wood, housing storage closets, a bathroom every floor and a dumbwaiter. Topping off this contemporary design, a rooftop terrace overlooks the waterfront. Hans van Heeswijk Architects

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photo credit: Imre Csany/Csany Studio

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The coming four days the remaining parts of the ‘glass-series’ are uploaded at 20:00 hrs (UTC+1).

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Heydar Aliyev Center

The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 619,000-square-foot building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles.

The Heydar Aliyev Center represents a fluid form which emerges by the folding of the landscape’s natural topography and by the wrapping of individual functions of the Center. All functions of the Center, together with entrances, are represented by folds in a single continuous surface. This fluid form gives an opportunity to connect the various cultural spaces whilst at the same time, providing each element of the Center with its own identity and privacy. As it folds inside, the skin erodes away to become an element of the interior landscape of the Center.

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