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Antima is a family-run company developing exclusive, furnished properties in Marbella. By pursuing excellence and quality in every project, Antima has established some of the most prestigious homes around the world. We have a handful of beautiful estates for sale in Marbella at the moment. For more information please contact Antima: John Brendmoe: +47 900 99 665 or marketing@antima.no

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CAN LUXURY really be SUSTAINABLE? SUSTAINABILITY AND LUXURY MIGHT BE PERCEIVED AS BEING ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE COMFORT SPECTRUM, BUT VILLA ALCUZCUZ BRINGS THE TWO TOGETHER SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR MARBELLA’S PROPERTY MARKET. Channeling our purchasing power into sustainable luxury goods is seen by many as doing our bit for the environment. According to research giant Nielsen, who dubbed 2018 the Year of the Influential Sustainability Consumer, nearly half of consumers say they would change their habits to reduce their impact on the environment. These positive perceptions though are often overshadowed by perceived “negative” attributes as there are many who view sustainability as being expensive, unnecessary or disruptive to the way they want to live their life. And at first glance it does seem that there is a contradiction in the very term “sustainable luxury”. Luxury is often associated with “excess and waste”, whereas sustainability has connotations of “ethics and restraint”.

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Looking a little closer into the meaning of both concepts, one can see that sustainable products actually share the same essential qualities as luxury goods: They call for extraordinary creativity and design They are the highest quality available They need to be made from exceptional materials (and are therefore durable)

Over the course of a year, a Passive House uses no more than the equivalent of 1.5 litres of oil or 1.5 m3 of natural gas (15kWh) to heat each square metre of living space.

Within the last year, the ecological crisis our planet is facing has become ever more apparent and it is clear that no industry can avoid sustainability concerns. We all have to deepen our commitment to sustainability on all levels, and fast. And one of the fastest ways to do this concerns energy: energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy conservation. How we live every day is the issue. Sustainable architecture is a critical factor to sustainable living on a daily basis. A house built under normal building regulations does not achieve much in the way of sustainability. It has a high carbon footprint using huge amounts of energy for heating or cooling. Yet there are other ways to build which can reduce this energy consumption dramatically – by 90% in most cases.

Passive Houses dramatically reduce energy consumption

Villa Alcuzcuz is Marbella’s first luxury house designed under Passive House Regulations and Standards. Energy efficiency lies at the heart of the Passive House concept. Over the course of a year, a Passive House uses no more than the equivalent of 1.5 litres of oil or 1.5 m3 of natural gas (15kWh) to heat each square metre of living space. This can equate to more than a 90 per cent reduction in space heating and cooling energy use, compared to consumption in a typical building stock, while a conventional new build still requires 6 to 10 (or even more) litres of oil per year and square metre of living space, depending on building quality and location. Due to their exceptionally high levels of insulation Passive Houses bring numerous advantages: High levels of comfort Consistent supply of fresh air throughout the entire building Structural longevity: mould-free buildings with a significantly reduced risk of moisture loss Extremely low heating and cooling costs A radically improved indoor environment UTOPIA - 11


In addition to the Passive House insulation system, Villa Alcuzcuz uses an aerothermal ventilation system and solar panels for the water supply, the underfloor heating and the LED lighting system. It is also designed to fit perfectly to its plot. The villa is south-facing to take advantage of the wonderful climate in southern Spain and the terraces are designed as large projected “sunbrellas” that protect the house, giving shade inside yet allowing the heat to enter in the winter.

Lowering our carbon footprint is something we should all be doing. Thanks to Passive House regulations and standards, our homes can actually help us to achieve a sustainable lifestyle.

Villa Alcuzcuz brings sustainability and luxury together, masterfully combining environmentally sustainable characteristics with sheer, unadulterated luxury. The development company, Bright, is proud to have created the first luxury, sustainable property in Marbella’s high-end market and is hoping this initiative will be continued by others.

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Villa Alcuzcuz sits on one of the highest plots in the exclusive Reserva de Alcuzcuz on the Ronda Road and enjoys breathtaking views over Los Arqueros Golf to the Mediterranean Sea and Africa beyond. With the building process well underway, the villa is due for completion next year.

View more images of this trailblazing home by visiting: www.villa-alcuzcuz.com For those interested in purchasing the property, they should contact Bright’s Sales Director, Katja Range on (+34) 648 981 111


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TAKES THE WORLD BY DIGITALLY-NOMADIC STORM

IN THIS ‘DIGITAL-NOMAD’ AGE WHEREBY OFFICES ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE OBSOLETE AND FREELANCE IS ON THE RISE, WE ARE EXPERIENCING THE SURGE IN THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF CO-WORKING SPACES; SHARED ENVIRONMENTS WHEREBY AN ALLOCATED AREA CAN BE HIRED TO UTILISE WHEN NECESSARY. COWORKING SPACES INHABIT WORKERS FROM VARIOUS COMPANIES WHEREBY THE SHARED SPACE ALLOWS THE USE OF A COMMON INFRASTRUCTURE, THUS SAVING THE VARIOUS COMPANIES ON COSTS FOR GENERAL OFFICE MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, AND ANY MANPOWER REQUIRED OUTSIDE OF THE COMPANY STRUCTURE. The concept stems from a thread spearheaded by ex Google and Dropbox coder Brad Neuberg back in 2005 when he questioned “Do you work for yourself from home?” he wrote “Do you miss community and structure?” Now, fourteen years since his suggestive comments, the movement has gone from strength to strength. The craze, having given designers and architects a ‘new baby’ to work, has consistently produced some ultra-modern and forward-thinking work zones as a result. They have their work cut out because the new generation of creative workers expects more than bland 'business centres' and sterile ‘serviced office-space’ setups, the surroundings need to be designed to boost productivity and a sense of community. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting, stylish and attractive co-working spaces from around the globe. This is co-working at its finest; if you want plush, lavish and large head to NeueHouse. Sited in a five-storey former industrial building this venue features Rockwell-Group designed shared workspaces with open, flexible layouts and plenty of room for collaboration. This high-end space leans towards the culture vultures in film, design, fashion, branding, architecture, and the arts and sets the bar for co-working spaces in the highly sought after Madison Square, New York. As well as the work vibe you’ll find social events, fine dining, live music and plenty of interesting conversation to boot.

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Set in a 1920s industrial warehouse building, East Room offers all the essentials when it comes to sharing the workspace, and more. Tucked away in Toronto’s East End the creative communal space features 2 Serviced Work Lounges, 3 Serviced Kitchens, Designated Quiet Work Spaces, Printing, Copying, and Scanning, Complimentary Tea and Coffee 5, Bookable Boardrooms, Break Out Rooms, Conference Phones, Projectors and TV screens, Internet and Cable, and of course Don's Food and Wine. Targeted at 25-45 year olds, this handsomely kitted out coworking club leans towards folks from the creative world; art direction, photography, film, graphic design, marketing, fashion, PR, travel, blogging and tech all being genres covered in this 60,000 square foot venue.

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If WeWork and AirBnb had a love child it would be called Zoku (which is a Japanese word meaning tribe or clan), this Amsterdam-based hotel slash co-working zone is designed for the truly dedicated digital nomads. This culturally-minded hotel features 133 fully equipped hybrid lofts which are available for stays of a minimum five nights to multiple months. As well as the lofts, Zoku also boasts 500m2 of co-working surroundings and a residential living kitchen. A place for the globally nomadic young entrepreneurs to work, sleep, feel grounded, connected and inspired whilst in the capital.

In 2016, this then derelict Chinatown building from the 60s was taken over by architects Shin Chang and Penny Ng. They took the abandoned site on Petaling St. and promptly transformed it into a multipurpose venue featuring a restaurant, cafe, bar and co-working space. Almost all of the original walls and floor tiles were salvaged and restored giving a nod to the building's history and providing it with a unique charm which has earned its place as one of the most instagrammable spaces in Kuala Lumpur. The multi-purpose space caters to the rise of the creative community, since gentrification in the area became apparent, and marks the beginning of the future of things to come in this neighbourhood.

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VILLA AQUILA FRONTLINE GOLF NUEVA ANDALUCIA

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Prospect Studios Brisbane

Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is home to an abundance of stylish warehouse businesses and Prospect Studios is embracing this with its creative coworking space of which local artists and artisans are the majority of its members. With desks, meeting areas, fast internet and a buzzing atmosphere, the studio offers wide networking opportunities and social events in an inspiring venue full to the brim with innovation and positivity. Lofty steel-framed windowed rooms provide natural light and a thoughtfully-curated selection of vintage furniture add a certain homeliness to an otherwise industrial setting. With a laneway garden for a bit of time-out in the Queensland sun, gym next-door, and daily rates from $6.50 (with all the Campos espresso coffee you can drink thrown in) this is a fine option for the neighbourhood’s entrepreneurial crowd.

This is colonial Singapore at its finest, with the original construction date featured on the facade bearing witness to that bygone era and welcoming the digital movement with grace, this 1920s premises proudly moves one century forward with its 24-hour access to ‘hot desking’ areas, meeting rooms, events spaces and office services. The Working Capitol is a hive of entrepreneurial activity, whose members are immersed mainly in creativity, technology and business. At 33,000 sq. feet this is a co-working space where networking and achieving are of paramount importance. And there is a beer garden for when things get sociable, plus the stunning workspaces which make this place a magnet for the creative community in Singapore.

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This is co-working at its finest; if you want plush, lavish and large head to NeueHouse. Sited in a fivestorey former industrial building this venue features Rockwell-Group designed shared workspaces with open, flexible layouts and plenty of room for collaboration. This highend space leans towards the culture vultures in film, design, fashion, branding, architecture, and the arts and sets the bar for co-working spaces in the highly sought after Madison Square, New York. As well as the work vibe you’ll find social events, fine dining, live music and plenty of interesting conversation to boot.

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A large, exclusive luxury family residence, centrally situated on the prestigious, private gated estate of Sotogrande, within 5 minutes walk of the world renowned Valderrama Golf Club. Offering spectacular panoramic views of the sea & marina and golf course, from an elevated plot, the villa has been recently extended redesigned & renovated to the very highest quality by its current owners. This spacious residence is built over three levels. The lower level being a mixture of living and entertainment areas leading to the wonderful pool area with its 18m long, heated swimming pool, and landscaped gardens. A fabulous open plan, modern kitchen/dining area flows effortlessly into the main living area with open fireplace and large windows with amazing views which all lead onto a large open and closed patio, superb for summer entertaining. The villa perfectly combines luxury, style and sophistication exclusively found in properties of this standard. Viewing highly recommended!

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SOTOGRANDE COSTA | REF S266 | Price: €1.950.000 | Bedrooms: 7 | Bathrooms: 7 | Built: 475 m 2

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A substantial south facing, villa located at the heart of the “Kings & Queens” area within Sotogrande Costa and within easy walking distance of the Real Sotogrande Golf Club, beach & beach clubs. Sat comfortably on a large, flat plot, & distributed over two levels, the villa offers: 7 bedrooms, (5 on the upper level), 6 bathrooms, lounge with open fireplace opening onto covered terrace, landscaped garden & large pool area, separate dining room, TV/ summer lounge, large kitchen with breakfast dining area, utility area, large covered & open terraces, spacious terraced balconies, double garage, large swimming pool, BBQ area, heating/air conditioning.


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Newly released to market, this contemporary villa has been renovated and refurbished to the highest of standards. Situated on Sotogrande Costa in a sought after position, the villa is within 5 minutes of the beach, marina and Real Sotogrande Golf Club. Ground Floor: Entrance courtyard with water feature, entrance hallway, formal lounge with fireplace, family lounge, large open plan modern kitchen/dining area - leading to garden & pool area, glazed modern conservatory area, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 smaller bedroom/study, bathroom, guest cloakroom. Upper floor: Master bedroom with 2 dressing areas plus large modern en-suite bathroom. Independent guest suite: Open plan lounge, bedroom, en-suite bathroom. Additionally, there is a wonderful covered, outer dining area with kitchen and bbq. The swimming pool has a Jacuzzi area within and decking area for summer living. Other features include: Fully fitted kitchen with NEFF appliances throughout, large double glazed windows throughout, heating and air conditioning throughout, Italian furnishings throughout, large terraced relaxing and dining areas, landscaped gardens, modern feature stairwell, modern touch screen alarm system, automated gates.

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Bristow Property Group Locales 16 & 17 Galerias Paniagua Sotogrande

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SOTOGRANDE COSTA | REF S372 | Price: â‚Ź2.900.000 | Bedrooms: 6 | Bathrooms: 6 | Built: 848 m 2

| Plot: 2825 m 2

Built on two levels with a separate pool house, this spectacular contemporary villa is newly released to the market. The villa was extensively renovated in 2016 to a high standard. The ground floor comprises of an open plan living/dining room with a fireplace, fully equipped modern kitchen, laundry with garage access, storage safe room, independent staff bedroom with small en-suite bathroom, guest cloakroom. The three bedrooms on the ground floor have access to the garden and the living/dining room has access to an amazing covered terrace with electric safety shutters offering a wonderful entertainment & dining area. On the first floor, there is an extensive master bedroom suite, complete with dressing area with access to a private terrace overlooking the landscaped garden. There is a sitting room area with en-suite bathroom that could be used as another bedroom. The garden area provides a pool house with kitchen area, an incredible barbecue, a sitting area and a bathroom. The pool is heated and there is a summer shower. Other features include: large double glazed windows throughout. Under floor heating, air conditioning and fans in all the bedrooms. Alarm system with cameras, water softener and solar panel. Extra covered parking area.


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WATER HUMANITARIAN DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR OUR MODERN WORLD… A LOOK AT THE CONCRETE REFUGEE HOME DESIGN THAT CAN BE CONSTRUCTED IN 24 HOURS.

GLOBAL DISPLACEMENT OF OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS IS NOT JUST A HUMANITARIAN ISSUE UP FOR DEBATE BY POLITICIANS, IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM WHICH IS PROGRESSIVELY GAINING MOMENTUM AND DEVELOPS WORLDWIDE LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES. ONE OF WHICH IS HOW TO HOUSE THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING REFUGE. THERE ARE METHODS WHICH UP TO NOW HAVE FUNCTIONED BUT AS WELL AS PROVIDING BELOW-STANDARD LIVING CONDITIONS, LEAVE A HUGE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, AS WELL AS NOT BEING SUSTAINABLE OR USEFUL LONG-TERM. An easily built, low-cost, long-term housing solution for the global refugee crisis? It seems too good to be true but British studio Cutwork, a British conceptual architecture studio, have developed an incredible alternative which could be constructed in a mere twentyfour hours. They recently released their designs for Cortex Shelter; a proposed housing solution for temporary refugees. The material they have developed is a concrete textile which comes in a sort of flatpack type sheeting. It can be rolled into position and, once water is added, can be permanently set. With enough people on hand to assist, an entire refugee camp could be set up in a matter of days. The concrete structures, once hardened can potentially last for up to thirty years which is an immense improvement in conditions for the approximately 30 million recognised refugees around our world. “Our mission is to create stability and security for people who have lost the most – essential safety, a place to call home, and the

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An easily built, low-cost, long-term housing solution for the global refugee crisis?

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Once set the material claims to be three times as strong as regular concrete (9000+ psi) but far less thick and is 90% less carbon intensive than a cast concrete shell. Space wise there is enough room for living and sleeping areas as well as a kitchen and bathroom which would reduce the dangers and negative effects that intense communal living can raise; hygiene, safety, etc. In many global refugee camps accommodation is little more than a tent. Not only do the current options not offer privacy, stability or security, but they also lack adequate insulation and are often replaced after a six-month period.

simple foundations to rebuild communities and hope,� said Cutwork CEO Kelsea Crawford. The hands-on-deck would not be required to have qualifications or particular skills in order to erect the Cortex Structures, and only two people per building would be needed. The concrete is rolled over and around a structure made from bent metallic tubes (easily shaped and locked into place by hand) and waterproof, washable insulation sheets are then snapped into the frame. Once water is added to the concrete textile the water soluble fabric literally disintegrates leaving behind concrete reinforced by a framework of 3D matting. UTOPIA - 31


The material they have developed is a concrete textile which comes in a sort of flatpack type sheeting. It can be rolled into position and, once water is added, can be permanently set. With enough people on hand to assist, an entire refugee camp could be set up in a matter of days. Environmentally the Cortex structures create far less impact than the current solutions worldwide, plus there are even options to integrate solar panels sufficient to power each module, providing light and enough energy for charging personal items such as phones. The technology behind Cutwork’s Cortex Shelters could also be used for larger, permanent structures such as schools, shops and stadiums UTOPIA - 32

providing a far more sustainable solution to worldwide infrastructures. The streamline nature of the Cortex Shelter - that it comes flat-packed and takes one day to assemble - means that costs are kept to a minimum. This is an incredible step forward in worldwide solutions for ever-increasing problems and situations that need to be addressed urgently, whilst considering sustainability and environmental impact.


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Also known as Highclere castle, the setting for Downton Abbey is a country house built on a 6,000 acre estate in Hampshire, England. Its now iconic style is Jacobethan and was designed by architect Charles Barry (who also assisted in the construction of the Houses of Parliament) from 1839 to 1842. Many of the sets in the acclaimed television series are legitimate rooms with the castle walls and are steeped in rich, ornate world history, such as the dining room which houses portrait of Charles I painted by Van Dyck. the rococo-style drawing room, the smoking room crowded with antique paintings from centuries past, the well-stocked library with books dating as far back as the 16th century, the tapestry adorned music room with its lavish baroque ceiling from the 1730s to name a few. The second floor gallery has an open arcade that meant musicians could be set up there during parties so that the music flowed down to the first floor. Meanwhile, the saloon’s 50-foot vaulted ceiling provided excellent acoustics in a period without powered sound amplifiers, some interesting architectural considerations and solutions to problems which no longer exist. This is an astonishingly vast piece of historical England, and truly depicts the height of the aristocracy of its era.

that such a place required a full, working staff and the family that ran it had to treat the running of it as a business. The upkeep of something of this epic size and grandeur was just phenomenal as were the inner workings and relationships within the countless walls. So if you want to talk numbers, the castle has a total of 300 rooms, with approximately 61 of these being bedrooms on the upper floors. The castle is still inhabited by the Earl of Carnarvon and family during the winter months, the rest of the year the main halls are open to tourists which helps pay for the consistent renovations and upkeep of the property.

Downton Abbey struck chords in the hearts of so many with its depiction of the separate lives of the inhabitants of a house of this caliber, and showed

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The epic backdrop for the classic film The sound of Music, 1964, was the stunning Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Vienna. Sadly this wasn’t the actual home where the interior was filmed, this was all actually done on set at the film studio, but provided the stunning lake-side scenery for many of the exterior scenes, for example you may remember the children and Maria falling off a boat into the lake here; the lake being the Leopoldskroner Weiher. The castle is in fact a rococo palace which is a national historic monument set in seven hectares of parkland and is now a privately owned hotel used as a lavish event venue and conference centre. Some

of the rooms are actually themed on The Sound of Music, and the Venetian ballroom was identically recreated as a film set featuring the magnificent handcrafted, gold wall panels and mirrors serving as a model for the ball room scene in the film. Many famous guests have frequented the Schloss’ decadent halls, as well as movie buffs taking a room for a few nights as part of The Sound of Music tours which stop here. Today’s guests however will experience a far more modern environment than they may expect as the twelve individually designed suites in the palace, even though equipped with antique furniture, and featuring views either over the Hohensalzburg fortress, Schloss park or garden or idyllic lake and majestic Untersberg mountain, we are all renovated in 2018 and manage to exude a rather modern and streamline design. Modern or not this palatial setting still offers a grandure that is second to none and will forever remain in the hearts of millions as that place where the young couple danced and fell in love in the little white pavilion!

Oakley Court Hotel, this Victorian, Gothic country house that featured, and shot to fame, in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie in 1975, was in fact used as a film set many other times prior to this for pictures such as Witchcraft (1964); And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973), and Vampyres (1974), to name a few. This

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unbelievably huge mansion, now a hotel, has and incredible 118 bedrooms. The staff pay homage to the film which made it a famous landmark by hosting a themed “Time Warp” picnic each year. The house, set in thirty-five acres overlooking the River Thames in Berkshire, England, was built in 1859.


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Oheka Castle was the setting for the super famous The Great Gatsby mansion as well as Citizen Kane, The Emperor’s Club and What Happens in Vegas. The mansion is situated on Long Island and boasts thirty-two luxury suites and rooms. Built in 1919 and currently owned by the Melius family, the castle is open to the public for daily tours, or you can just book a table and sit down for lunch or dinner. The original cost of this French Chateau style building by Otto Hermann Kahn one hundred years ago was around $11m. At the time this was more like a present day $150m. It is the second largest private residence ever constructed in the whole of America, which, in its heyday was host to lavish events, galas and parties where the guests ranged from celebrities to royalty or politicians.

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Built on an incredible 109,000 square feet, the 127 roomed estate has housed some interesting different groups of people. After Kahn passed away the castle was used for a government training school for Merchant Marine radio operators and in 1948 was purchased by the Eastern Military Academy who did not are for the decor but used it it as a functional space; when this came to an end after thirty years the property was left abandoned until 1984 when the current owners look on the grand challenge of restoring it to its former glory. And that they did, down to matching the original slate roof tiles, and when authenticity was impossible turning to custom-made duplicates of all details. All in all they spent around $40m to recreate the original grandeur of this incredible structure, which now has countless awards, titles and registrations to its name. The Castle has earned the reputation as one of the most recognised prestigious wedding venues in the world due to its overwhelming opulence as well as being the backdrop to many famous productions.


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And now for the only modern mansion to feature in this list, Tony Stark’s Malibu home was definitely worth a mention. Iron Man’s incredible headquarters is actually a real home, well, parts of it. The external casing featured in the movies was computer generated to give a pod-like futuristic sleek, streamline and almost impossible modernity. However, all the interior shots were from this amazing luxury mansion in La Jolla California. The now iconic and well known ‘Razor House’, designed by Wallace E. Cunningham, is fastened securely on the movie mansion’s hall of fame. The name was thought to have been coined due to the razor sharp angles which give this house a dramatic edge, however it is better dedicated to the cliff top on which it teeters, appropriately named ‘Razor Point’.

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The 11,545 square feet of living space boast six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a vast circular living area, rooftop terrace, cinema, swimming pool, two kitchens, and a parking garage for up to five cars, as well as a two bedroom guest house. There is also a two-bedroom guest house. The house, worth in the region of $20,000,000, is quite the spectacle, the view being the biggest key factor in its design; the majority of the exterior that faces the ocean is made entirely of glass, so ocean views are in abundance. In addition to this the infinity pool stretches out until its ocean backdrop takes over.


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AG SO EN LE CY LAS ALAMANDAS - NUEVA ANDALUCÍA, MARBELLA Ref: MPA4275 New to the market!! Stunning Duplex Penthouse in Las Alamandas, one of the premium gated and secure urbanisations in Nueva Andalucía. South facing with magnificent views of the golf course. Great location close to several golf courses and only 10 minutes to Marbella, Puerto Banus and the beach. Living in this penthouse is comparable to live in a villa as you have the size and space but with the advantage of being in a secure community. Beds: 4

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LA TRINIDAD - GOLDEN MILE, MARBELLA Ref: MPA4270 Stunning Duplex Penthouse with a good size south-east facing terrace which has great views towards the mature gardens, swimming pool, and the sea. Fully refurbished. The development is on the Golden Mile area with easy access to all areas on the coast and few minutes driving to Marbella and the beach. 24-hours gated security, several swimming pools, a brand-new gym and on-site cafĂŠ, and everything surrounded by mature gardens in a plot of 7.2 hectors of land. Beds: 3

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PLAYA ESMERALDA, MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE – Frontline beach ground floor apartment LA ALQUERÍA, BENAHAVÍS – Modern designer villa with sea & golf views Ref: MPA4204 Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Built: 155m2 Terrace: 34m2 PRICE: 1.190.000€ Ref: MPV4148 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Built: 625m2 Plot: 1.246m2 PRICE: 2.900.000€

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LA ZAGALETA, BENAHAVÍS – Reduced Price Villa Ref: MPV3309 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Built: 1.390 m2 Plot: 4.975 m2 PRICE: 3.950.000€

LAGOMAR, NUEVA ANDALUCÍA – Modern refurbished villa Ref: MPV4161 Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Built: 290m2 Plot: 984m2 PRICE: 1.495.000€

LOMAS DE SIERRA BLANCA, GOLDEN MILE – Duplex penthouse, pool and garden views Ref: MPA4281 Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Built: 314m2 Terrace: 107m2 PRICE: 895.000€

MARBELLA COUNTRY CLUB, NVA ANDALUCÍA – Private villa within a gated community Ref: MPV4152 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Built: 271m2 Plot: 1.008m2 PRICE: 1.295.000€

MANSION CLUB – GOLDEN MILE – Garden apartment within exclusive development Ref: MPA4265 Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 232m2 Terrace: 40m2 PRICE: 695.000€

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THE CATWALKS ARE NOT SOLELY LIMITED TO CLOTHING, INTERIOR DESIGN GETS ITS RUNWAY, OBVIOUSLY NOT AT FASHION WEEK BUT THE DESIGNER’S DREAM EQUIVALENT… Every year a huge group of respected designers, architects and interior design representatives gather for special conferences to discuss, display and predict the imminent future of interior colour trends. These meetings take place in milan, paris, new york and other fashion and design-orientated big cities. Last year the top colour choices for interiors were gen-z yellow,

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international Klein blue, mango, red, millennial pink, and light green. Some of these are tipped to remain within the trending walls of what’s still hot next year; predictions are that varying shades of yellow are still a front runner, pink seems to have had its heyday with 2019, but neo-mint pastels are here to stay. Colours create atmosphere, they alter mood, and at the same time if they are featured in your abode they project your style, taste and represent you. The following trend-setters originate from the Milan Design Week predictions and are bold and beautiful, so get ahead of the queue for 2020 and start mixing:


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CHAMPAGNE It is subtle, elegant and exudes luxury so it is no wonder it is being slathered with great abundance in the most opulent situations as well applicable to soft, gentile interiors. No people, this is not another shade of beige, it is Champagne, as exclusive as its origins, it is rocking the inside world, or will be next year.

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LLOW E Y A far cry from a Tuscan orchard, this variant of the sun’s shine is lighting up niches, block walls, or popping out of many a corner this coming season. It is surprising to believe that yellow can go with practically any colour and so we needn’t be shy with its inclusion in any room. Just don’t go so overboard that you need shades.

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No, we don’t want carvings with lanterns, this is serious, strong yet versatile shade of red, with hints of orange that will be noted featuring as a desk-side chair, a strong colour pop of a rug, a fireplace choice, whatever it is that needs assistance in accenting the sophisticated elements of the interior, pumpkin red is at your service.

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Obviously nature’s pallet is generally what inspires our decoration, ideas yet all too often, in so many of life’s situations, we forget to look up. And there it is, that massive expanse that when it is this colour delivers instant happiness and comfort. It may not be the only colour you wish to be surrounded by but a few interspersed interjections of sky blue will deliver a calm, gentle nudge in the direction of pacification. UTOPIA - 57


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If used wrongly this can turn a room into a trashy neon-lit space, however when placed with delicacy and effectively fuchsia can have a vibrant strength which is actually brings a masculine element to a room.


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NUEVA ANDALUCIA MODERN VILLA IN NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Unique and majestic contemporary style villa, tastefully decorated, with lovely panoramic views. Built on a large Situated in a central position of Las Brisas residential area, on a very private plot with views to La Concha mountain and plot, 5 large bedroom plus staff quarters, entrance drive andsuite features such cinema room, Las spacious Brisas golf rooms, course. The villa has a total ofsuites five bedrooms, three on garden level, large master upstairs withas a lovely state of the art modern kitchen, indoor heated pool, plus exterior pool, gymnasium, spa, lift, wine cellar, rooftop terrace with views, and an independant suite with separate entrance. Open plan design connecting to outdoor terraces and terrace, and garage for GOLDEN MILE - 24 Hour Security incars. Sierra Blanca - VM11471 NUEVA ANDALUCÍA - Spacious Duplex Central Position - VM11536 pool area with dining areaseveral and barbecue which feels like your own private ‘Beach Club’. Bed – 2 bath – Built 225 m2 - PRICE € 795.000 3 Bed – 3 bath – Built 150 m2 - PRICE € 395.000 Ref.2VM10463 Price on Application Ref. VM11686 Price: €2,995,000


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NUEVA ANDALUCIA VILLA INand NEW GOLDENcontemporary MILE, CANCELADA Unique majestic style villa, tastefully decorated, with lovely panoramic views. Built on a large Andalusian Cortijo built on one level. Enchanting, rustic andstaff elegant residence overlooking a mature garden, and views plot, spacious rooms, 5 large bedroom suites plus quarters, entrance drive and features such as cinema room, of La Concha mountain and partial views of the sea. 3 large bedrooms, plus an apartment with 1 bedroom. state of the art modern kitchen, indoor heated pool, plus exterior pool, gymnasium, spa, lift, wine cellar, rooftop Artist studio and cellar under the house at the swimming pool level. Large sunny terraces and pergolas. terrace, andMILE garage for several GOLDEN - 24 Hour Security incars. Sierra Blanca - VM11471 NUEVA ANDALUCÍA - Spacious Duplex Central Position - VM11536 Bed – 2 bath – Built 225 m2 - PRICE € 795.000 3 Bed – 3 bath – Built 150 m2 - PRICE € 395.000 Ref.2VM10463 Price on Application Ref. VM08353 Price: € 1,290,000


ARTHUR MAMOU-MANI; THE INSPIRATIONAL DESIGNER WHO USES PLASTIC-FREE MATERIALS AS THE FOUNDATION FOR HIS LATEST PROJECTS IS HELPING TO SHAPE THE ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE.

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French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani is an extremely B I O P L A S T I C S interesting man of innovation in the design world. Based A R E M A T E R I A L S in London, he specialises in digital fabrication, parametric W H I C H F E A T U R E design, and advanced bioplastics‌ in English please? Digital T H E B E N E F I C I A L fabrication is basically computer generated production, P R O P E R T I E S such as 3D printing, which incorporates parametric design O F P L A S T I C - digital solutions to optimise certain design goals against B U T W I T H O U T a set of design constraints - and bioplastics are materials T H E N E G AT I V E which feature the beneficial properties of plastic but I M PAC T O N T H E without the negative-impact on the environment; they are made of a range of organic materials such as vegetable E N V I R O N M E N T fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, sawdust, recycled food waste, etc. as well as other agricultural byproducts and used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms. A focal point of his futuristic architecture has got to be the 3D-printed bioplastic installation he constructed for clothing brand COS. The creation was made entirely of natural materials and explored an amazing and UTOPIA - 64


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inspiring avenue in lightweight architecture. For temporary constructions such as these, Mamou-Mani’s deisgns are a environmental dream as postuse bioplastics can actually be composted, thus reducing the worldwide need and use of fossil-fuel plastics. COS introduced Mamou-Mani’s creation ‘Conifera’ to the public on the 9th-14th of April this year at the Salone Del Mobile, the anchor event situated in Palazzo Isimbardi, during Milan Design Week. Conifera was created from seven hundred bio-bricks, plus wood and bioplastic. Each bio-brick was made from fully compostable resources, and printed in interlocking structural lattices in order to optimise the material use as well as making use of the natural light within the installation. In the courtyard the structure was made from a mixture of wood and bioplastic and shifts into translucent bioplastic within the garden area the design of which was inspired by the existing architecture of the palazzo itself. “ It was one of the largest digitally designed structures of a renewable nature ever created and reflects the incredible technological advances in architectural design and creativity that are developing in this generation. UTOPIA - 65


“CONIFERA OFFERS A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE, THE POTENTIAL OF DESIGN AND THE POSSIBILITIES WHICH OPEN UP THROUGH C O L L A B O R AT I O N .”

‘the geometry of Conifera comes from the square motif which is very present at Palazzo Isimbardi, through the courtyard to the tiles. I wanted the piece to echo the circular nature of the compostable material and create a journey from architecture to nature in order to showcase how renewable materials, coupled with an algorithmic approach and distributed 3D printing, can create the building blocks of the future”. Mamou-Mani explained. “Conifera offers a glimpse of the future, the potential of design and the possibilities which open up through collaboration.” When reflecting on the installation Karin Gustafson, Creative Director of COS states that, “the installation has grown from the seed of an idea and has been shaped by Mamou-Mani’s creativity, the expanding horizons of technology and our shared focus on material innovation and craftsmanship. The final piece brings together so many influences reflective of our values and our focus on pushing the boundaries of design while maintaining a careful balance of the man-made and the natural.” Mamou-Mani also became the first non-American to create the centrepiece at 2018’s Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. He created a spectacular structure entirely from timber named the Temple Galaxia which Forbes magazine defined as “A spiraling wooden structure that measures 20 meters in height and requires 125 volunteers for its installation, Galaxia will feature 20 timber trusses spiralling up to converge in a tower at the top. The triangular trusses form different paths toward a central space bearing a massive, 3D-printed mandala representing the heart of the sculpture. The timber modules will be large enough to hold small alcoves where people can write or meditate in peace.” His vision is to eradicate the need for fossil fuel based plastics and other non-environmentally sound or sustainable materials, seeing the future of design and creativity as a platform for honing the natural products our planet has on offer and utilising what exists alongside our incredible technological advances and expertise. UTOPIA - 66


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REFURBISHMENT TURN-KEY PROJECTS ANDREA BÖCK, A GERMAN-BORN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND CURATOR FOUNDED AMBIENCE IN 2002. HER UNEQUIVOCAL TASTE FOR CONTEMPORARY AND LUXURIOUS INTERIORS HAS ESTABLISHED AMBIENCE AS THE LEADING INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM ON THE COAST AND HER COMMITMENT TO THE DESIGN FOR LIFE CONCEPT HAS BEEN A CORNERSTONE OF AMBIENCE’S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS AND EXPANSION. Since 2005, Andrea and her team of 26 have been commissioned to work on international luxury projects in the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, China, Italy, Switzerland and St. Lucia. Ambience is a multiple award-winning and market-leading interior architecture firm that brings creative, inspirational residential and retail projects to life around the globe. The luxury brand provides a tailored approach and hands-on service, with a commitment to the detailed execution of our clients’ briefs and desires.

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furniture. We meticulously plan every design aspect of your home - from the entire Interior Design and furniture concept, kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, wardrobes, floors, etc. down to the smallest details, matched to perfection with the rest of your interiors.


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ARRANGEMENTS, by Michael Anastassiades

“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewelry. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to the human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies. I’m challenged in how the delicate nature of something small can be translated spatially and still manage to retain its preciousness in the way materials are presented. It is no coincidence that the word ‘pendant’ has a double meaning. Existing both as a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn round the neck, and a light designed to hang from the ceiling.

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Arrangements is a modular system of geometric light elements that could be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions into individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one as if resting, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain.� Michael Anastassiades

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Starman plays with powerful contours, designed to impose their being in a unique space

Just by saying the word Starman you will immediately think about the eclectic music of David Bowie, a pioneer of the musical experimentation driven by curiosity. This is the identical motivation for designers Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, and Starman is a perfect testimony. Starman is about imposition, it’s about disturbing elements from their natural order to create something new. “New”, understood as a change outside of the status quo. If Bowie played with delineating crescendos and lyrical wordplay, Starman plays with powerful contours, designed to impose their being in a unique space. Lowered backrests, curved lines, swooping drops and an illusion of floating space. This is where design is set against the norm, finding character and its own personal balance.

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For our first example of utilising an old government building we go to Kennington, London. This nine-storey ex water tower, which originally supplied water to nearby Lambeth workhouse and infirmary, was built in 1877. After many years of neglect and dilapidation the building went up for sale in 2008. It was bought by property developer Leigh Osborne and his partner Graham Voce for £380,000. The entire project, featured on the 100th episode of Grand Designs in the UK, cost the developers a staggering two million pounds sterling! The outcome of their selfprofessed ‘magnificent obsession’ of a transformation definitely lived up to expectations.


The tower, at a mighty 100 feet tall, has now become an incredible, as well as untraditional, modern living space. The enormous steel water tank, once holding 38,000 gallons of water, and original walls, being a whopping 5 feet thick, didn’t leave masses of room space but plenty of room for the imagination and creative design expertise of its new owners, and they undeniably created something beautifully unique by design. As you can see there are contemporary additions to the 19th century edifice, one being a 24ft living room nicknamed “The Cube” which is perched atop the building and boasts 360 degree views of London. The sights including iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Shard; something not widely available to domestic living spaces in the capital. The rest of the building is host to five bedrooms (all based within the original structure), four bathrooms (all included within the extension), two reception rooms, a gym, and an open-plan kitchen slash dining room based in a modern glass extension flooded with natural light due to the five-metre-tall glass doors. Due to it’s vertical structure there was need to install a lift running from the ground to the fifth floors however the summit has to be reached on foot via the staircase. The asking price, since the massive renovation, is a feisty 3.6 million pounds, a slight increase on the original buying price!

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Second on the list comes something a little different from your average loft or barn conversion, this is an historic fortress in Sussex, UK. Historic in a big way, in that it was built in the 1800s to assist in protecting against Napoleon’s forces. This awardwinning conversion’s extension exhibits a 360 degree view of the stunning English countryside which surrounds it. The building itself holds the position of Scheduled Monument in an Area of Outstanding Beauty; making that view carry even more poignance. The extension was created using lightweight steel and plywood designed and built using top of the range technology, being prefabricated offsite using computer generated cutting patterns. The fluidity of the design permits the steel and glass structure to float seamlessly between the past and present. Overseen by architects Piercy & Company, this historic monument, now known as Martello Tower Y, has been transformed into a modern, stylish, luxurious and somewhat curvaceous abode, boasting three floors whose contemporary interior basks in the contrast of the historic facade. The exterior remains very close to its original appearance and those authentic features hold awe inspiring strength within the interior design. The three bedrooms are all ground floor based, the first level housing the living space which features a wood-burning fire. To, literally, top it all off there is a rooftop accessible via spiral staircase from which you can breathe in the countryside and even note the sea air rushing over the rugged British coastline. Due to the delicacy of preserving the monument within the build there were complications and intricacies that had to be ironed out, and so the transformation took over two years to complete. However the outcome was

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worth the time and energy as this is an impressively subtle yet distinctive achievement in the world of conversions. “The existing fabric, geometry and form were key design drivers” claim the team from Piercy & Co. which is more than evident at a glance. Martello Tower Y It is now being rented as a short term holiday home at approximately €2,600 per week, if you feel inclined to try out a stunning modern house submerged within an historic cast.


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And saving the most peculiar until last, our final conversion takes us to visit what was previously a public toilet. This quirky modernised home features an alternative entrance being located down a stairway, as public toilets once did, on a main street located in Crystal Palace, London. Due to its subterranean positioning the design team had to be creative in their use of light to manage to brighten up this underground ex-water closet. How to inspire a comfortable, attractive and bright modern home from this was a huge challenge. Laura Clark, with a humble sixty-five thousand pounds sterling, managed to transform the remains of the old fashioned English lavatory into an incredibly attractive, stylish, fully functioning, luxury apartment in a lucrative area of the country’s capital. You wouldn’t expect to actually desire it, but in fact many of the original features of this building were conserved and restored during this project by Clark in 2012, none of which were the toilets themselves I hasten to add! An example are the old glass tiles which have been repurposed as skylights to brighten up the red kitchen, which was once home to the urinals. Another reclaim were the classic white bathroom tiles which now form the backdrop for the kitchen stove as well as a mirror on the living room wall. The cosy living room which was once the men’s cubicle area now finished with a sleek industrial sheen. London struggles to accommodate its millions of inhabitants and so real estate is often found with a twist in its tale, but this takes the idea of renovation to a new degree. The property boasts a humble 600 square feet, but for some Londoners this is spacious accommodation. Clark’s degree from Glasgow School of Art stood her in good stead for this creation and to her the unique nature of the challenge added to its charm. “For me that’s about saving sites with an interesting history, but which have been abandoned and forgotten.” she told the Daily Telegraph in the UK. And history they are indeed steeped in, not only for the amount of traffic they must have accommodated during their fifty years in service, but having been built in 1929! Lamp Architects, the practice Clark hails from, managed to complete the project after countless council issues over owner

rights due its positioning being divided between three different boroughs of London. This conversion was quite the achievement from being home to a below-ground waste disposal, emerging to become a contemporary, streamline apartment in a sought after London borough. And let’s not forget to mention the little humorous touch of the public health warning of the dangers of general disease cutely positioned in what is now the kitchen! UTOPIA - 81


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a television, the electronic designers want it to become a meaningful object in homes that reduces the visual presence of the TV and is something that people will have an emotional attachment to. Undoubtedly, Beovision Harmony offers an opulent, transforming sound system as part of its package. It is impressive both, mechanically and visually. It provides music streaming functions with integrated systems such as Tune-In and Deezer. Content can also be streamed directly from

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THE DEFINITION OF A STADIUM IS "AN ENCLOSURE THAT COMBINES BROAD SPACE FOR ATHLETIC GAMES AND OTHER EXHIBITIONS WITH LARGE SEATING CAPACITY FOR SPECTATORS.” AND THAT IT IS, BUT IT IS ALSO A WHOLE OTHER BALL GAME, EXCUSE THE PUN. A STADIUM IS FAR MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO SIT AND WATCH SPORT, THEY ARE AN ENTITY UNTO THEMSELVES, AND COMPARABLE TO A PLACE OF WORSHIP. The fans would agree that worship they do, and the space in which this occurs is a landmark and iconic figure of importance in the city or town they feature. They are not only part of the landscape, they form a brand, a following and sense of belonging to those who visit them. They are place of awe and inspiration and the buildings created to accommodate and reflect the responsibility of such wonder are incredible examples of architectural design.

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From Roman times to modern day the stadium has loomed over many a population and the following are some of the most impressive and symbolic examples of stadiums on the planet, each for their own reason. This wouldn’t be a list of the most impressive stadiums in the world if it didn’t include what you probably know as the Colosseum, but is officially named the Flavian Amphitheatre. Built in 72AD predominantly of Roman concrete, stone, or brick, to house over 55,000 spectators, this already delivers the basis for its majestic and imposing structure. Probably the most famous stadium of all time, thought to have been commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian Dynasty, was once an ellipse shape at 188 metres long and 156 metres wide boasting 80 arched entrance ways. At the time of use it also featured a huge awning to protect the crowd from the overbearing Italian sunshine. For its time it was an incredibly large structure and stunned visitors who flocked to see it from far and wide, as well as the games that were played within its spectacular walls- a rather different story from today’s sporting events.

While the Coliseum stands, Rome shall stand; when the Coliseum falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, the world shall fall.

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Kaohsiung National Stadium in the Zuoying District, Taiwan boasts a truly unique design closely resembling a dragon’s form, but this is not its most impressive feature; its four and a half thousand solar panels making the stadium close to self-sufficient make this a stand-out-from-theeco-crowd kind of structure. Built in 2009 and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito, the first stadium to ever be powered by solar energy was built using concrete and steel, plus the six and a half thousand aluminium plates, resembling scales, that cover the roof to give it that iconic dragon-like appearance. The environmental angle of this stadium’s design allowing it to yield 1.1 million kWh of solar energy per annum, make it a benchmark for future builds. It also won Taiwan's first LEED gold-level green building smashing 9 standards including soil water content, biodiversity, and CO2 reduction. Housing up to 55,000 people this is also Taiwan’s largest stadium.

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For it’s iconic shell, the Beijing National Stadium, also fondly known as the Bird’s Nest Stadium, resembles exactly that; a bird’s nest. But this one is not woven by nature, it was designed by Herzog & de Meuron alongside artist Ai Weiwei - 42,000 tons of steel later and the exterior framework of the stadium was built. There was an element of Chinese ceramic style involved in the design but the bird’s nest effect is the true definition of the stadium as a notorious landmark. The reinforced concrete internal structure, entirely separate from the external shell, houses up to 91,000 people at full capacity, is designed to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and last for over 100 years.

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North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium soars in at number one on the capacity scales. Record attendance was an incredible 190,000 people attending a wrestling match - obviously more attendees could swamp the enormous venue due to the smaller size of the arena in question, as opposed to a football match for example. Regular accommodation still checks in at an amazing 150,000 people making this the largest stadium the world has to offer. Second place goes to Michigan at a 113,065 capacity. The arena opened in 1989 and the size was not a humble approach to architecture by any means, it was a direct response to Seoul’s Olympic

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Stadium and represented their deep-rooted rivalry. The unique magnolia arena represents the power and size of the North Korean attitude towards doing things to a grand scale as much as the entire build only taking two and a half years to construct. The stadium’s prize-winning roof is an outstanding feature covering an enormous 94,000 square metres. With an area of over 200,000 square metres, the stadium provides extensive facilities, such as running tracks, swimming pools and indoor training halls. One of the most standout events that took place in the stadium was the public execution of generals who plotted against dictator Kim Jong Il in 1992.


The Water Cube in Beijing makes this list for a number of reasons. Built for the Olympics in 2008 this stadium has received much acclaim in the architectural world for its design. The ‘bubble’ pattern not only relates to its purpose as a swimming stadium, but is what makes it so highly distinctive. The bubbles are actually made from approximately four-thousand ETFE pillow sections. This transparent polymer its exterior is coated in transmits more light than glass creating an impressive external appearance, and its scale makes it the largest ETFE-cased building the world has ever seen. As well as looking incredible, ETFE reduces energy costs by around 30% than glass and so makes for a more cost-effective option; the total build was around $140 million. The Cube has gone on to be used for a water-based slide park, wave pool and spa since it hosting over 24 Olympic world records in swimming back in 2008.

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