I have always been a fan of Graffiti and people who know how to do it. I honestly wish I had the skill to use paint the way they do, I have no clue how they keep the designs within a line and cross it to make the perfect shapes, I love seeing it done and especially love seeing Arabic Graffiti since the design is art work within itself.
I always like seeing these crazy offices and its usually the tech companies that have them, but this time it comes from Ubiquitous, a communication company, I think marketing and branding. They have made the most masculine office I have ever seen, it looks like an old gentlemen’s club where people should be smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, not people working on computers. It’s rare to see an office using black walls and dark wood, but this place got it right, I wouldn’t mind working in an office like that.
There is no question that I love bookstores and libraries, there is something about the smell of paper and what type of books you can discover in the store. Sometimes I spend hours in bookstores roaming about and picking up a few books and reading them for a bit, and walk around in all the different sections. Books can’t be replaced by E-Readers, and there is something that I love about books, a feeling of having a book, the smell of paper, and enjoying reading it, the difference between a hard copy and soft copy. From the smallest to the biggest, these are 20 of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Thanks to Poach for letting me know that you can take pics at Villa Moda in Shuweikh, I remember when I tried taking pictures there in 2007 and security would try chasing me off. This time around the place looked sad and deserted. From the heights of being an international phenomenon Villa Moda has dropped so low and so hard, its so saddening.
I stopped to take pics of the Diavel there, I remember taking pics of my Ducati 1098s in 2007 and the security tried stopping saying that pictures weren’t allowed and now its like they didn’t have a clue why I would visit. It is still a visually stunning building, it sad to see it deserted like this. I kept thinking there is so much that can be done with this building. I kept on going on my ride for that day, even though it was a short ride it was a lot of fun.
Then I was riding down the Gulf Road heading back home a thought popped into my head. Villa Moda is design in a way that would be perfect to setup galleries, I wish someone would buy the building and turn it into a great Art center and creative Boutiques. Unique types of Galleries and you can see into them and boutique stores that people would enjoy, that would help the building turn around.
The imposing Hilltop Compound is a 40,000 square foot, 28 bedroom project located in Bel Air, LA, California. It is made up of a main residence and several other buildings, spread over 1.5 acres of land. The architecture plans were developed by Richard Landry of Los Angeles based Landry Design Group, who stated: “We wanted to evoke a feeling of transparency for this house, with many different layers and floating walls, in order to give it an extra dimension. The home is designed to age well over time, with classical-modern shapes, good proportions, and subtle details”
Now this house is HUGE, so many damn rooms, its like a hotel of its own, it even has indoor spas based on the pictures. Its your modern day castle built in Bel Air and I really like that walkway in the third picture it makes you feel like your at the edge of the castle looking over the central court yard. With the size of this place I bet you could really get lost with 28 rooms, I bet it isn’t designed like a hotel with long corridors. I really like the exterior of the house and the design of it, the interior has some cool rooms but I don’t like all the styles.
AOK is a platform dedicated to showcasing Kuwait’s creative talents through online projects and portfolios, providing you with creative opportunities, and exposure to the world of design.
Architecture of Kuwait is an extremely well done website that displays all sort of architecture and design projects taking place in Kuwait. I have recently been following them because of a post on 248am and they have some very nicely done articles and I love the pictures, always high quality photographs of the projects. They do show some projects that are coming to Kuwait or in the plan to be done, and some of them are amazing. There is also an interesting job section for people in the field of architecture and design which I think is very unique for this type of site. I do enjoy some of the highlight items they cover and I check every few days to see whats new, and I hope they continue to build this site as it has a lot of amazing potential.
The warm sandy beaches on the Pacific coastlines inspire impressive cribs in terms of size and architecture. For today we would like to showcase the imposing Birdview Residence designed by Doug Burdge in collaboration with interior designer Tim Clarke and located in Malibu. This diverse modern home stretches over 10,000 square feet and has no less than seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
This house feels like a breath of fresh air, I just love the huge windows not hiding any part of the view. A beautiful pool by the beach with this setting is amazing, I would spend a lot of time outside. The architecture is straight forward but the added style of glass and protruding stone adds to it and gives that nice open feeling. The interior is designed warmly and I would enjoy staying there, and I especially love the kitchen. Every room of the house has a piece of the amazing view, and that is the best part of this design.
If you had $22 Million Dollars to spare then this is the Penthouse in New York City that you should get. There is something that I really like about Duplexes, they feel really spacious, especially on top of buildings such as these. This property has taken everything into account from a spacious library above the living room to the large pool in the terrace area. I’m a fan of the all steel Kitchen but the couch area is a nice break from the normal kitchen and its refreshing to see such a large Dining Room Table, means you can entertain more people at home. My favorite part is the library above the living room, it seems like you can do a lot with it. And this building has a beautiful view from every corner.
Comprised of 5 corner Bedrooms with 5½ ensuite bathrooms, this duplex located in the Dietz Lantern Building in Tribeca, New York City is nothing less but spectacular. The apartment occupies the building’s top two floors and features plenty of terraces, 50 windows and an amazing roof-top pool with plenty of space for entertainment.
414 Meters Tall, The Tallest Concrete Structure in the World, uniquely designed to the highest specifications. With all the considerations and advancements they have made with this tower it is one of the highest quality building in the region, if not Asia.
I got invited to take a tour of the Al Hamra Project and was joined by Ansam518, and turned into a private tour of an amazing structure. What got a tour of the model to see how it is put together, what they did to bring this tower to life. I for one am very much looking forward to seeing this property open.
There are three parts to the Al Hamra Project, the Luxury Mall, the Parking Structure, and the Tower Itself. The ingenuity and design of this building is something that hasn’t been seen in this region before and I am thankful they went through this. The work that they did for this tower made the Municipality change and update their codes for these super structures, they took it upon themselves to make them understand that a superstructure and Prime Class A tower such as Al Hamra had its own set of codes to creature a structure such as this. They went against every wall, every political barrier that was laid in front of them, and every obstacle ahead of them and still came up with a structure such as this. I really am proud that a building such as this has come up in Kuwait.
The shopping mall will be a very nice combination of shops, close to downtown, Grand Cinemas will be opening up with every theater being a VIP theater, and I’m looking forward to good food in the cinemas at last. The parking structure can hold 2000 cars but knowing Kuwait that won’t be nearly as much as needed but lets hope that there will be times when its empty. There is a rentable space 1700 square meters per floor with an amazing unobstructed 360 degree view of Kuwait, on clear day you can see very far. With the ways they have designed the elevators you won’t wait longer then 30 seconds for an elevator. With the rear of each floor having a unique corridor which overlooks a limestone clad wall curved for a specific design. The curving stone slab covered rear of the building it is designed in a way to take the most heat during the day and keeping it cool and to disperse the heat from the sun. When I was in the office areas the windows were still dusty and needed to be cleaned and I wondered how that would happen, to my surprise there are two robots that cover the whole length of the tower and take 30 days to go from top to bottom of the tower which is impressive.
There is a 3700 square meter spa and gym for women that will open up and have rooftop access to the the Luxury Mall. At the top floor of the Al Hamra Tower will be the triple height restaurant concept and ballroom with the two floors below it turned into a type of chairman’s club. This is what happens when a creative group of dedicated people have the chance to work on an amazing work of architecture such as this. I want to thank the marketing team at Al Hamra for inviting me to this amazing project and for the effort they have put into it.