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Hyundai Vision Hall

Universal Everything invites us to discover this superb video called Made By Humans for Hyundai Vision Hall located in South Korea. Visually stunning, this projection is to discover on video with a sound design signed Simon Pyke.

 

House in London With A Retractable Glass Roof

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Located in Chelsea, an affluent area of central London, is a home with a unique feature. The four bedroom, four bathroom home has a top floor family area with a retractable glass roof. The home is available for sale and is being listed by Carter Jonasfor a cool 3.75 million pounds (approx. $6 million USD).

The first two pictures below show the original design from the architect while the final two pictures (#9, #10) show how the owners have actually decorated the space to be more of a family/living room space.

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The Most Outrageous Ski Homes

Ski season is just around the corner, and if you can afford it, it’s a lot more fun to sleep in your own luxury chalet than a hotel room.

You can buy a grand ski house in Vermont for a (relatively) conservative $5 million, own the best home in Switzerland for about $71 million, or purchase in Park City for about $30 million.

A mansion known as

A mansion known as “Elk’s Crossing” in Aspen, Colo. is on sale for $31 million. The home spans 18,000 square feet.

The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half baths. The house is just three miles from Aspen and Snowmass.

The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half baths. The house is just three miles from Aspen and Snowmass.

A $19.95 million estate in Aspen, Colo., known as Starwood, spans almost 14,000 square feet.

A $19.95 million estate in Aspen, Colo., known as Starwood, spans almost 14,000 square feet.

The home by five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and three half baths. The home has an indoor pool and hot tub, spa, and sauna.

The home by five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and three half baths. The home has an indoor pool and hot tub, spa, and sauna.

This insanely large home in the Swiss Alps is on sale for $71 million. The home is known as the L-Raphael chalet and is in the heart of Verbier's ski resort.

This insanely large home in the Swiss Alps is on sale for $71 million. The home is known as the L-Raphael chalet and is in the heart of Verbier’s ski resort.

The home has 11 full bathrooms and six half bathrooms, and comes fully furnished.

The home has 11 full bathrooms and six half bathrooms, and comes fully furnished.

Known as Chalet Zermatt Peak, in the Swiss Alps, this crazy home is on sale for $22 million.

Known as Chalet Zermatt Peak, in the Swiss Alps, this crazy home is on sale for $22 million.

The home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It is currently being used as a hotel. The home features library, gym, steam room, walk-in wine cellar and ski-room.

The home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It is currently being used as a hotel. The home features library, gym, steam room, walk-in wine cellar and ski-room.

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman's billionaire dad is trying to unload his Utah chalet for $44 million.

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s billionaire dad is trying to unload his Utah chalet for $44 million.

The home sits on 60 acres of land, and has an indoor pool, a dining room that seats 20, a fitness center, room for 28 cars, and a library.

The home sits on 60 acres of land, and has an indoor pool, a dining room that seats 20, a fitness center, room for 28 cars, and a library.

A home with access to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. is on sale for $17.85 million. The 12,000-square-foot home sits on nearly eight acres.

A home with access to Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. is on sale for $17.85 million. The 12,000-square-foot home sits on nearly eight acres.

The house has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and three half baths. The house has a grotto, a wine cellar, a steam room, and nine fireplaces across three levels.

The house has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and three half baths. The house has a grotto, a wine cellar, a steam room, and nine fireplaces across three levels.

This 12,000-square-foot house in Park City, Utah is on sale for $8.995 million. The home sits on nearly eight acres, which has ponds and waterfalls on it.

This 12,000-square-foot house in Park City, Utah is on sale for $8.995 million. The home sits on nearly eight acres, which has ponds and waterfalls on it.

The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There are hardwood floors throughout the home.

The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. There are hardwood floors throughout the home.

This Park City, Utah getaway is on sale for $15.7 million. The home spans 15,000 square feet and sits on 1.4 acres. It even has its own ski lift.

This Park City, Utah getaway is on sale for $15.7 million. The home spans 15,000 square feet and sits on 1.4 acres. It even has its own ski lift.

The home has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and four half baths. The listing touts the home's wet bar, ski prep room, game room, and steam room.

The home has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and four half baths. The listing touts the home’s wet bar, ski prep room, game room, and steam room.

Vermont has a bargain deal for a ski chalet. Rhis Mount Snow home is listed for $5 million.

Vermont has a bargain deal for a ski chalet. Rhis Mount Snow home is listed for $5 million.

The home has five full bathrooms and one half bath. The 6,590-square-foot house has four fireplaces and three exterior stone patios.

The home has five full bathrooms and one half bath. The 6,590-square-foot house has four fireplaces and three exterior stone patios.

This 12,000-square-foot home in Montana is on sale for $6.9 million. The home sits on 20 acres near Whitefish Lake and the peaks of Glacier National Park.

This 12,000-square-foot home in Montana is on sale for $6.9 million. The home sits on 20 acres near Whitefish Lake and the peaks of Glacier National Park.

The home has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. The kitchen is fit for a chef, with the range and wine fridge.

The home has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. The kitchen is fit for a chef, with the range and wine fridge.

Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio.

The location of the villa affords pastoral views of the stepped terraces of an ancient hillside vineyard on one side and cityscape vistas on the other.

Mumbai’s Xanadu

Ambani, who has been called “corporate India’s first lady,” prefers not to discuss her much-talked-about new domicile: “There have been exaggerated reports in the media about it, I must say.”

The wife of India’s richest man, Nita Ambani has set herself apart as a passionate philanthropist, leading the development of a model township, an elite school, and a Premier League cricket team. Still, Mumbai can’t stop talking about the 27-story, 570-foot-tall, 400,000-square-foot mansion that her family moved into two months ago. Click through to peek into the luxurious life of the Ambani family. For James Reginato’s profile, read the June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair.

Nita Ambani poses in a one-shoulder dress and chandelier earrings.

“It’s a modern home but with an Indian heart,” Nita Ambani remarks. “Getting my temple right was so important.”

Antilia, the Ambanis’ new house, is widely visible throughout Mumbai.

A statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, revered as the remover of obstacles.

A statue depicting Shiva, the Hindu deity who destroys to make way for new creation.

Nita Ambani poses in front of a large outdoor sculpture.

Antilia, the Ambanis’ high-rise home in Mumbai, India.

Antilia rises 27 stories in the Mumbai skyline.

Nita and Mukesh Ambani on their wedding day, 1984.

Brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani carry the body of their father, Dhirubhai Ambani, to a crematorium in Mumbai, July 7, 2002.

Anil Ambani with his wife, Tina, in New Delhi.

Nita Ambani stands in uniform with members of the Ambani’s cricket team, the Mumbai Indians.

Nita Ambani addresses students at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, of which she is chairman and founder.

Ambani poses with the kids.

La Isla House / Llosa Cortegana Architects

This project responds to the challenge of living by the sea but surrounded by a tree landscape, and having an internal and external life that wouldn’t feel the lack of having a permanent view to the sea.

The idea developed in the course of the design process was to have amplitude in the interior of the house, created from the flexibility of the social space according to the use and family interactions in the day to day.

Space is amplified by the absence of enclosure and the view is directed to the outside.

Spatial continuity is generated by inserting a patio with a tree as a continuation of the exterior landscape, and by developing two contiguous spaces that hold the social life of the house.

La Luge by YH2 Architecture

Architects: YH2 Architecture
Conception team: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
Construction : Emmanuel Yiacouvakis and associates, Ébénisterie La Fabrik.
Area: 120 sqm
Completion date: 2011
Location: La Conception, Québec, Canada

While La Luge is as a compact scheme meant to accommodate a large number of guests, the house’s spaces can be reconfigured into diverse geometries: using large sliding doors, the users may transform the children bedroom into a playground or a guest bedroom, more or less opened onto the main living spaces.

Mostly dedicated to the enjoyment of Quebec’s winter, La Luge is a secondary home lying in the midst of the forest. Nestled on its site, surrounded by dense vegetation preserving the house’s privacy, La Luge integrates a private spa which occupies almost a third of the useable area, adding on to the traditional countryside living spaces.

The project is made out of two embracing volumes set on different levels –one dark, one light, thus creating distinct spaces, freely merging one into the other.

In this wood shell made of essences of cedar, oak and walnut, the atmosphere is soft but bright, soothing.

10 Beautiful Eco-Friendly Luxury Homes

This home on Kiawah Island, S.C. is the first home in the area to receive Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The home is listed for $10.85 million.

This home on Kiawah Island, S.C. is the first home in the area to receive Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The home is listed for $10.85 million.

Luxury homes are often criticized for being ostentatious, wasteful, and having too large of a carbon footprint.

But in many new constructions, LEED certifications and “eco-friendly” features are commonplace.

We browsed Sotheby’s International Realty’s Green Living section to compile a list of top-notch luxury homes that either had LEED certification, solar panels, or other smart technology.

This $10.5 million home in New Canaan, Conn. earned the Electronic House of the Year award for its innovative application of AMX technology, which incorporates in-wall touch screens that control the lighting, heat, irrigation, sound, and more.

This $10.5 million home in New Canaan, Conn. earned the Electronic House of the Year award for its innovative application of AMX technology, which incorporates in-wall touch screens that control the lighting, heat, irrigation, sound, and more.

The home has six bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and two half-baths. The 14,000-square-foot house can be controlled on an iPad or iPhone, and has geothermal heating/cooling.

The home has six bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and two half-baths. The 14,000-square-foot house can be controlled on an iPad or iPhone, and has geothermal heating/cooling.

Live eco-friendly in this $18.8 million home on 123.5 acres in Fortunago, Italy.

Live eco-friendly in this $18.8 million home on 123.5 acres in Fortunago, Italy.

The home has 11 bedrooms and six bathrooms. It features this mood-shower, which changes colors and sprays scents.

The home has 11 bedrooms and six bathrooms. It features this mood-shower, which changes colors and sprays scents.

A green Belvedere, Calif. mansion has seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. It's currently listed for $35.88 million.

A green Belvedere, Calif. mansion has seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. It’s currently listed for $35.88 million.

The house is 15,000 square feet, has a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a spa, and hot tub.

The house is 15,000 square feet, has a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a spa, and hot tub.

The listing for this $30.7 million home on Yangming Mountain above Taipei City boasts that the

The listing for this $30.7 million home on Yangming Mountain above Taipei City boasts that the “ultimate in construction techniques were used in the building to assure decades of worry-free living.”

The 18,400-square-foot home has 16 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and this gigantic pool.

The 18,400-square-foot home has 16 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and this gigantic pool.

This stone mansion in New Jersey is on sale for $19 million. It has seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half baths.

This stone mansion in New Jersey is on sale for $19 million. It has seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half baths.

The home's green bona fides include radiant heat floors and eco-friendly construction materials.

The home’s green bona fides include radiant heat floors and eco-friendly construction materials.

A $7.7 million villa in Mallorca, Spain is powered by solar plates. The 6,450-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one half bath.

A $7.7 million villa in Mallorca, Spain is powered by solar plates. The 6,450-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one half bath.

The home has been completely refurbished, according to the listing. The kitchen has flushed cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and direct access to the patio.

The home has been completely refurbished, according to the listing. The kitchen has flushed cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and direct access to the patio.

This $6.2 million Austin, TX estate was

This $6.2 million Austin, TX estate was “built honoring the old ways while embracing new and improved green building technologies,” according to the listing.

The house has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and five half bathrooms. The home sits on nearly five acres with fig, peach, persimmon, and lemon trees.

The house has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and five half bathrooms. The home sits on nearly five acres with fig, peach, persimmon, and lemon trees.

A $5.8 million Tiburon, Calif. ranch that was custom-built in 2002 contains eco-friendly materials and technology.

A $5.8 million Tiburon, Calif. ranch that was custom-built in 2002 contains eco-friendly materials and technology.

The Mediterranean-inspired home has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and one half-bath.

The Mediterranean-inspired home has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and one half-bath.

A water-front $4.95 million home in Vashon, Wash. has low-cost geothermal heating and cooling, and drought-tolerant gardens.

A water-front $4.95 million home in Vashon, Wash. has low-cost geothermal heating and cooling, and drought-tolerant gardens.

The home sits on 14 acres, has four bedrooms, five full-bathrooms, and two half-baths.

The home sits on 14 acres, has four bedrooms, five full-bathrooms, and two half-baths.

The 8,000-square-foot house has eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and one half-bath. The kitchen, pictured here, is fully equipped with top-of-the-line Energy Star appliances.

The 8,000-square-foot house has eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and one half-bath. The kitchen, pictured here, is fully equipped with top-of-the-line Energy Star appliances.

If you thought those homes were luxurious, check these bathrooms out.

If you thought those homes were luxurious, check these bathrooms out.

U-Shaped Modern Residence in Johannesburg Displaying Extravagant Features

SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects in collaboration with Antoni Associates completed an opulent modern home in Houghton, a wealthy suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa. Here is some information from the official press release we received: “The brief was to create a home for an extended Johannesburg family. Situated in Houghton on a gentle slope, the site is surrounded by trees and has views from the upper levels. The site was split into two separate sites organised around a common entrance and driveway providing access to both houses. 

SAOTA Houghton project 1 U Shaped Modern Residence in Johannesburg Displaying Extravagant Features

The houses have a U-shaped configuration organized around an internal courtyard and allows access to all of the living spaces and the swimming pool. A perforated wall separates the public forecourt from the private spaces. Internally the spaces pivot around a central volume with a ribbon like spiral stair. The living spaces, kitchen and private garden are to the north, while the games room, pool and gym are to the west. All of these spaces connect to the courtyard which in turn connects back to the main house and its living spaces”. Looking forward to your firsthand impressions on the project!

SAOTA Houghton project 2 U Shaped Modern Residence in Johannesburg Displaying Extravagant Features

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SAOTA Houghton project 20 U Shaped Modern Residence in Johannesburg Displaying Extravagant Features

SH House / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

Kaj van Geel

In the dune landscape of Bentveld, a villa park village between Haarlem and the North Sea coast, BaksvanWengerden Architecten is commissioned to renovate and enlarge a single-family house.

The house, built in 1932, was one of the first in the area. In the Zeitgeist of its era, the internal organisation was derived from the concept of separation of functions. This made the house feel small. The house appears as a prototype, with its long rooflines, overhanging roof eaves and solid materialization.

The extension manifests itself simultaneously as a connecting as well as a contrasting entity. Its abstract, concrete materialisation and detailing emphasizes this ambiguity.

BaksvanWengerden developed a design which maximises the sense of generosity through out the house. The open plan ground floor extends into the lush garden. Like a backbone, the new staircase binds all the functions within the house.