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Designed by Ramon Esteve for Vondom, this sleek and geometrically pleasing daybed is part lounger, part individual bandshell, for an updated version of the The Birth of Venus. The partially enclosed structure not only protects the sunbather from harsh, direct sunlight, but comes with a sound system, so that a luxurious afternoon nap in the sun can include an outdoor concert.

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The new football stadium of FC Bate in Belarus is designed to meet the international standards of the Union of European Football Associations. Currently under construction by Ljubljana-based architect firm OFIS, the stadium will seat 13,000 and is somewhat reminiscent of China's Bird's Nest, designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 21:37

A Studio in South Yarra Fit for A King

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Designed by LSA Architects, this bright space in Melbourne, Australia, was built with the desire to showcase a strong connection between the interior and exterior of the home. Multiple courtyards, balconies, and generous windows allow light to flood through the structure, and solar panels have been installed to reduce energy usage.

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Designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates, this home in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, is built for a family who appreciates a view of the mountains. St Leon 10, as the home is called, overlooks the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and is designed to blend in with the terrain.

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The Chipicas Town Houses, designed by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos, turns a housing complex into an incredibly-landscaped live-in garden. Each of the homes is built from wood and blends thoughtfully into the lush green environment. Tall and ample windows make the complex look like a meticulous biodome, in a great way. Each house has hree levels of structure, which includes accommodations for rooftop gardens, just in case living in the massive garden isn't enough.

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Just kidding about the penguins, I have no idea if they're allowed on the guestlist. Although for the record, I don't think anyone should turn down a penguin if they show up at your door, especially if you run an Ice Hotel. Each year, the ICEHOTEL Art & Design group brings together several artists to design suites in the hotel, located in Sweden, all of which are built using only ice and snow. Each room has a theme and the hotel itself is like a massive living art exhibit, albeit a shortlived one. Some of the artists have worked with ice before, and some others are total novices at ice sculpture. 

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Do you remember being taken on holiday by your parents? They promised it'd be fun, they swore you could go shopping, they said it'd be beautiful. You arrived there only to grow slowly more frustrated at their constant presence. This particular personal experience of mine must be why architects UdA created the "Fun House." Located in Juan-les-Pins, France, this sea-facing apartment is divided into separate rooms for all the kids to enjoy. The bedrooms were built inside the living room, with makeshift walls of colorful slats. This allows for a new generation of traveling children to finally be able to slide into privacy and away from their crazy shell-collecting dads.

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Presenting: The LeeUm Samsung Museum of Art located in Seoul, South Korea. The architects were unable to agree on a style of design, and so incorporated three distinctive and separate influences into the assemblage of buildings. The museum "village" is nestled into a mountainside and connected by a universal courtyard. The three buildings contain the finest collections of art and each installation is placed into the environment that suits it the best. Designed by Thomas Balsley Associates.

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51oS6fmyBFL._SS500_Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs is a collection of some of the most cozy and inviting mountain cabins, farmhouses, and seaside cottages from all over the world. These quiet nooks, located somewhere between nature and nowhere, are the kinds of getaways you dream of, especially if you live in a busy city. The book will be released on February 25, 2013, but is already available for pre-order.

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Designer Ella Doran's attention to detail and fascination with shadows has inspired her many creations. Basing her work on the look of light and textures in architecture, she set out to invent "Geo". The result is a whole set of products for the style-inclined homeowner. Her latest design, the "Geo" Rug, was commissioned by Woven Ground and has won many awards. It's so three dimensional, you might have to hike over it.

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