Posts by Jacob Wiegmann

January 18, 2014

Austria’s Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the Aqua Dome is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding landscape. This includes the spiked roof of the observation tower and the conical structure that connects to the three outside basins.

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December 29, 2013

Draping Necklace Chandelier Made of 800 Swarovski Crystals

The Gabriel Chandelier is a stunning 39-foot-tall chandelier designed by French brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec that now permanently resides in the Palace of Versailles. The large-scale piece gives a luxurious life to the space and makes it seem as though the chateau itself is adorned in high-end jewelry. Crafted out of 800 Swarovski crystal modules threaded onto a metal frame, the half-ton lighting fixture drapes like a giant necklace.

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December 22, 2013

Singapore’s Beautifully Soulful Willow House

Built in Singapore, the Willow House is an open and airy home designed to invite as much of the outdoors inside. Created by Guz Architects, the home rests atop a small hill and was built to capture as much of Singapore's seldom wind and cross breeze as possible. To do this, the architects left the floor plan largely open and made sure to orient the house for the best exposure to the elements.

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November 30, 2013

Floating Biodome Absorbs Carbon Dioxide, Emits Oxygen

Bloom is a futuristic take on marine farming designed by French firm Sitbon Architectes that was selected as one of five finalists for the first Architizer A+ Awards in the “architecture and weather” category. The spherical structure is designed to be a semi-submersible laboratory garden, cultivating microscopic marine organisms known as phytoplankton that produce oxygen and aid in reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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