Situated in the heart of Dubai, the tallest man-made structure in the world, designed by architect Adrian Smith, stands as 828 meters (2,717 ft.). The design of Burj Khalifa is inspired by patterning systems in Islamic architecture. The cross section of the tower decreases as the tower rises in height. The tower is the centre for offices, hotel, shopping, dining, entertainment and luxury residences.
Dutch designer Tord Boontje decided to go green with style and developed this series of glassware — tranSglass — from recycled bottles. Empty bottles become vases and candleholders. A diagonally-cut bottle is turned into a jug. The bottom half of beer bottles become drinking glasses.
Situated on Clifton Beach in the suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, the Victoria 50 apartments take full advantage of the ocean view. The interiors have plenty of natural light and the outdoor terraces are fully utilized for entertainment and viewing sunsets. Designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), these luxury apartments reflect the best of contemporary coastal living.
Interior design firm Hennings Börn Interiors was commissioned to design a newly built villa in Blankenese, a suburb of Hamburg, Germany. The white villa has a total of five stories. The neo-classical style of the villa calls for an interior that is modern yet still in keeping with the architecture.
Architecture firm Assembledge took a 900 square feet house in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles that was about to be condemned, and turned it into a modern sanctuary. The open floor plan makes the house feel much bigger. The simple yet contemporary decor creates a relaxed environment despite its small space.
Interior designer Delphine Krakoff and her husband Reed Krakoff turned their home in Southampton, NY into a glamorous retreat. Predominantly white rooms are decorated with splashes of green, yellow, purple, blue and graphic drawings.
The rehabilitation of the city of Beirut, Lebanon has inspired famed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron to design Beirut Terraces. Situated in the prestigious Beirut Central District, this apartment tower is made up of slabs overlapping each other, with hanging gardens on every floor, creating a vertical village that blends the indoor and outdoor, views and privacy, landscape with architecture. The building’s extensive balconies allow natural light to come through, making it truly energy efficient. Due for completion in 2013, Beirut Terraces represents part of Beirut’s future with its contemporary waterfront living experience.