Icehotel opens in Swedish Lapland

 I’ll take extra covers and pillows please! How Awesome?!

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

World’s first year-round Icehotel opens in Swedish Lapland

Twenty themed suites, a frozen art gallery and an ice staircase feature in Icehotel‘s first permanent lodgings, which have now been unveiled in Sweden.

The Icehotel 365 is located on the banks of the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden – next to the site where a seasonal Icehotel has been erected each winter since 1989.

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

Unlike its temporary counterpart, which is built annually from ice and snow sourced from a nearby river, the year-round Icehotel has an undulating roof that is snow-covered in winter and grassy in summer.

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

Its interiors have been imagined by over 40 artists, designers and architects, including Norwegian-Italian Luca Roncoroni – who has created an apartment inspired by the Victorian era – and Swedish duo Tjåsa Gusfors and Patrick Dallard, whose suite is based on dancing.

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

British architects Alex Haw and Aditya Bhatt from Atmos Studio in London have created a “Dreamscape” room, which features a winding ice staircase that leads up to a frozen bed.

As well as the 20 suites, the hotel includes a champagne Icebar and a frozen art gallery.

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

“The nature and environment surrounding the buildings are not only a huge source of inspiration for the Icehotel but are also necessary to create the hotel year on year,” said founder Yngve Bergqvist.

“Previously we said goodbye to our guests in the spring, but thanks to help from the midnight sun we can now can invite them to stay year-round”.

The 27th seasonal Icehotel opened on 16 October 2016 but come springtime will melt back into the river.

Icehotel 365 by Alex Haw & Aditya Bhatt Sweden hotel interior

The construction of both hotels took approximately 30,000 litres of water from the Torne River, and the chandeliers alone feature more than 1000 hand-polished ice crystals.

Suites at last year’s Icehotel in the Arctic Circle included a life-sized ice elephant and a recreation of a 1920s cult horror film, while previous editions saw furniture sculpted from single blocks of ice, a Frankenstein-themed room and a recreation of Parisian rooftops.

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10 Architecture trends of 2016 according to Dezeen

Whats your favorite trend for 2016?


Dezeen’s 10 biggest architecture trends of 2016

Next up in our review of the year, architecture editor Jessica Mairs selects the 10 architecture trends that defined 2016, from the resurgence of minimalism to the next generation of prefabs and the advent of co-living.


Minimalist interiors

This year we saw an abundance of austere interiors – from apartments and bathrooms to offices – finished with cool-toned marble, uniform woodwork and block coloured walls. You too could design your office in this style, but first you’ll need to find an available office rental so you can craft your dream space the way that you want to.

Among them is a Barcelona apartment with grey-veined marble and raw concrete surfaces by Raúl Sánchez and the bathroom created by Maayan Zusman in a Tel Aviv apartment, where the only accents are a blood-red tap and a black-framed sink stand.

See more minimalist interiors ›

Retreat in Finca Aguy by MAPA

Prefabricated houses

This year prefabs shook off their makeshift reputation, with architects and designers considering how modular building techniques could be used to build speedy and cost-effective yet aesthetically pleasing long-term housing.

One Uruguayan example by MAPA sits over stone walls in an olive grove, while Japanese design brand Muji began testing its Kengo Kuma-designed prefab house.

In England, ShedKM and Urban splash are creating a whole development of modular housing, and in Estonia Kodasema created a tiny cubic living space that allows its owners to up sticks and move on a whim.

See more prefabricated buildings ›

New Ground Cohousing residential architecture


Over the last year, co-living and co-working schemes have attempted to completely reinvent how people live and work, with shared office and housing blocks largely targeting cash-strapped millennials.

But co-living was also presented as the ideal housing solution for an ageing population and the UK’s first dedicated older co-housing scheme completed in London.

One co-living developer even predicted the popularity of the trend would make us all homeless in the future.

See more co-living spaces ›



While Assemble kicked off the shingle revival with its pastel-hued Yardhouse studios in 2014, it was in 2016 that the trend really took hold.

The interpretation has been broad, with a huge variety of materials and scales demonstrating the versatility of the cladding, from the giant wooden tiles used for a visitor centre resembling a pinecone in Sweden to the subtle shimmer given by aluminium panels to the spire of a chapel in a Japanese cemetery and the dull cement covering used to help a French apartment block blend with its surroundings.

See more projects with shingles ›


Charred timber

The Japanese wood-preservation technique known as shou sugi ban has been used to blacken the cladding of hotels, houses, pavilions and studios the world over.

We featured 35 projects incorporating the technique in 2016. Snøhetta selected the treatment for a cabin set in the crown of huge pines in Sweden, while Studio Padron covered a tiny library and guesthouse in upstate New York in blackened planks and Stal Collectief burnt the moving timber walls of its studio in the Belgian countryside.

See more projects with charred timber ›

50AR by Scenario Architecture

London house extension boom

A thirst for contemporary design transformed the London extensions market in 2016, with architects exploring ever more ambitious ways to expand tight living spaces in the capital. These extensions are gaining in popularity because of their sleek designs and their ability to give the homeowners more space. The cost of home extensions is outweighed massively by all of the benefits.

The couple behind Scenario Architecture added a glass-roofed extension to their own London home, while Studio 304’s sunken washroom allows residents to bathe in a garden setting and Selencky Parsons’ stepped extension to a 1960s terrace diminishes in size like Russian dolls.

See more London house extensions ›

Zaha Hadid Forest Green Rovers stadium


Zaha Hadid Architect’s proposal for an entirely wooden football stadium in England and a net zero-energy university campus in Singapore are taking sustainable architecture to new lengths.

Other concepts from 2016 include a Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners proposal to tackle intensive farming and EFFEKT’s self-sustaining, off-grid village of greenhouse properties.

See more sustainable architecture ›

Brooklyn Garden Studio by Hunt Architecture

Backyard studios

Artists, architects, writers and designers seeking to maximise limited inner city space have been setting up garden studios.

Panovscott used recycled telegraph poles to clad a studio for two artists at their Sydney home, while Nicholas Hunt built a micro studio at the back of his Brooklyn home and Surman Weston created a cork-clad workspace for a musician and a seamstress in London.

See more garden studios ›


Skinny skyscrapers

Architects embarked on a mission to create the world’s skinniest skyscraper in 2016, with the trend becoming so popular in New York that the Skyscraper Museum released an online tool to track the city’s growing number of slender towers.

Many measure over 300 metres tall and have base-width-to-height ratios as extreme as 1:23. In 2016, Rafael Viñoly Architects completed its 425-metre-tall skyscraper in Manhattan and Powerhouse Company proposed Europe’s slimmest residential tower in Europe for Rotterdam.

See more skyscrapers ›


Carbon fibre

This year experts tipped carbon fibre as the building tool of the future, claiming the material combined with robotic construction techniques is paving the way for a fourth industrial revolution.

Amanda Levete proposed using the strong yet lightweight material to create multistorey football pitches in inner-city London, and a University of Stuttgart graduate devised a mini wall-climbing robot to build web-like structures with lengths of fibre.

See more carbon fibre architecture and design ›

Looking at different designs from other architects is always a good starting point, as you can see lots of different ways to layout your rooms or offices, dependant on the purpose of your build. If you are looking for ideas on how you would like to design a new house or building, I would recommend you go to as a starting point. This architecture firm have designed buildings for Microsoft and GM World, so you are bound to get some cool ideas to pass on to your architect.

Black Glass Tower for New York by Richard Meier & Partners


Back to Black: Richard Meier & Partners Departs From Its Signature White Palette With a Black Glass Tower for New York

Richard Meier and Partners has released renderings for its 42-story residential tower in New York City. Situated on the East River just below the United Nations, 685 First Avenue will be the firm’s tallest New York structure to date. Proposed as a residential building, the tower will include 556 rental apartments along with a range of amenities such as a pool, a fitness center and a children’s playroom. The building will also accommodate retail space at its base, hoping to spur urban engagement.

Composed of a series of black metal panels and a black glass curtain wall, the building also heralds a new aesthetic direction for the firm, departing from its signature white palette. The residential apartments have been configured to maximize window space for each tenant, providing floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the East River and Brooklyn beyond. Read more from the architects about the plans for 685 First Avenue:

“Richard Meier & Partners in collaboration with Developer Sheldon Solow’s East River Realty Development is pleased to celebrate the design and construction of the new 685 First Avenue tower in New York City.

The 42-story, 460-foot-high residential tower, Meier’s tallest in New York City, will rise just south of the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan overlooking the East River. The 685 First Avenue site occupies a 32,365 SF parcel between East 39th and East 40th Streets along the West side of First Avenue. It will be home to 556 rental and condominium apartments and feature panoramic views of the river and the city.

Minimalistic in form, the design of this predominantly glass building evidences great consideration for materiality, lightness, transparency and order. Its taut curtain wall is incised with modular subdivisions and articulated with selective metal panel elements in the form of balconies, canopies and corners. A distinguishing feature — an architectural cut-out at the 27th and 28th floors — will exist in dialogue with the building’s context and be visible from across the East River.

‘This is a milestone project for us, as our first all-black glass and metal panel building, the tallest tower in New York City by our firm, and a complete Richard Meier & Partners project including both architecture and interiors,’ comments Dukho Yeon, design partner-in-charge at Richard Meier & Partners.

‘The black glass curtain wall is a departure from our trademark white palette,’ Yeon continues, ‘When this intriguing challenge was proposed by developer Sheldon Solow, we accepted it with great enthusiasm and curiosity. We approach all our designs thoughtfully and with an open mind, and with this project we have remained true to our fundamental principles—distinctiveness in scale, proportion, light and power. That is the legacy of our white and clear glass buildings, and the design of 685 First Avenue foregrounds and celebrates these same elements.’

At street level, the project is designed to promote urban activity by providing retail space along First Avenue. The expansive glazing of the grand, double-height residential lobby has a direct visual and physical connection with the surrounding context, the future public park across First Avenue and the East River. The light colored materials rely on principles of light, order and geometry to create a modern and open space.

Residents of the tower’s 408 rental units and 148 condominiums will have access to distinctive amenities located on the second floor, including an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, children’s playroom, tablet/work room, game room, private dining room, and lounge. These amenities and public spaces come alive through a rich palette of colors and textures, and tactile materials. All living room and bedrooms in the building are configured to take advantage of the outstanding views. The light palette of the interiors—whites, grays and earth tones—complement the smooth and textured surfaces of wood, plaster and glass.

Richard Meier comments: ‘We asked ourselves, can formal ideas and the philosophy of lightness and transparency, the interplay of natural light and shadow with forms and spaces, be reinterpreted in the precise opposite – white being all colors and black the absence of color? Our perspective continues to evolve, but our intuition and intention remain the same – to make architecture that evokes passion and emotion, lifts the spirit, and is executed perfectly.

‘Having the opportunity to work with Sheldon Solow and his team on this project has enabled us to continue our contribution to the urban fabric of New York City. The singular form of 685 First Avenue is borne of a desire to create an iconic building unique to Midtown Manhattan. With advanced technologies and building materials, we seek an innovative and timeless design that adds to the history and roster of Manhattan’s landmark buildings. The architecture will be finely crafted, precise, elegant and striking. It is very meaningful to me personally to work in New York City, and to give something enduring to the city I call home,’ Meier continues.

Window bays and modules are maximized in size to full floor-to-floor heights, altogether eliminating any horizontal or vertical shadow panels. Each module is subdivided further proportionally and geometrically into a system of operable window panels, joints and reveals, and mullion profiles that keep the façade open and elegant. The black glass unifies the façade, provides privacy for residents, and modulates the reflections of the context.

Sheldon Solow, developer of 685 First Avenue, comments: ‘I have known Richard for a long time and have always admired his work. I was thrilled when he agreed to lend his inimitable sensibility to this project. Richard and his team have truly created an inspired design that marries the streamlined look of the black glass with the interior brightness and transparency of a trademark Meier masterpiece. The result will be both a dramatic addition to the East River skyline and a fantastic place to live.’

Sheldon Solow has been a leader in New York City real estate since the 1970’s. His firm’s portfolio includes the Solow Building, a signature 50-story, 1.5 million square foot, black glass office tower at 9 West 57th Street, designed by SOM partner Gordon Bunshaft; as well as residential developments: One and Two Sutton Place North; One East River Place at 525 East 72nd Street; 265 East 66th Street, and the 10 Solow Townhouses designed by Eli Attia, also along East 66th Street. 685 First Avenue is the first building of a larger East River Development Plan approved by the City of New York in 2008 that allowed for creation of a new 9.7-acre mixed- use development with residences, commercial and public open space on a long-abandoned site in Manhattan long the East River.

685 First Avenue will join 18 Richard Meier & Partners Architects designs for sites in New York City, including the iconic Perry Street & Charles Street Condominiums, the Westbeth Artists’ Housing in the West Village, the Aye Simon Reading Room at the Guggenheim Museum, and proposed but unbuilt plans for the World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden Site Redevelopment.”

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Black TV Stand To Industrial Steampunk In Minutes!

So much better than the original!

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Ikea items: Black LACK TV stand, Black bed legs BRATTVÅG 10cm

We are going for an industrial/steampunk look in our new apartment and were trying to find the perfect TV stand. Needless to say we found nothing.

So we thought to keep it simple and just get the black LACK TV stand, but we weren’t sure if the Denon receiver would fit in it. Things didn’t look promising.

Then I found photos online of people that had already hacked this TV stand to create more space and the idea of the Industrial LACK TV stand got born. I imagine that you could use a corner Entertainment Center to create a similar looking finished product!

We found a used LACK TV stand for 1/5 of the original price, in case we screw up, and got to work.

Things used:
1. Lack TV stand, black
2. Brattvåg bed legs, black
3. 2x1m threaded rods 12mm
4. 22 bolts 12mm
5. 10 square washers 13mm
6. 12 round washers 13mm
7. Copper spray mat

1. With a 12 mm drill bit I drilled through the 4 already aligned holes in the two boards. (You might need to move the drill around to make a bit of extra space for the 12mm rods)
2. Drilled two 12mm holed in the middle, back of the lower board for better TV support. I aligned these with the 2 holes on the side/back.
3. Cut the rod in ?33cm pieces resulting in 6 identical pieces.
4. Sprayed all rods, bolts and washers with the copper spray.
5. Screwed the 4 bed legs into the existing holes under the lower board. (kept 2 of the 4 round plastic discs that came with the legs to use them later)

steampunk TV LACK rack-4

steampunk TV LACK rack-5

6. Used tape and newspaper to make a rectangle shape on the top board and proceeded to paint it copper with the spray.
7a. Started putting together the 4 rods with bolts and washers. I used the square washers between the two boards to make it hold the TV weight better, since this is where the most pressure will be.
7b. Adjusted all bolts around the stand to create 21.5cm space in between. The space is adjustable if you need less or more. (if you need more you should cut 4 rods to 35cm and two to 30cm)
8a. Inserted the last 2 support rods in the middle, and adjusted them to support the upper board tightly. I used the 2 round black plastic discs that came with the bed legs on the top of the rods to hold the upper board.
8b. I sawed off the two leftover bits that extended under the lower board.

And done!

steampunk TV LACK rack-6

steampunk TV LACK rack-7

steampunk TV LACK rack-8

steampunk TV LACK rack-1

steampunk TV LACK rack-2

steampunk TV LACK rack-3

~ by Dimitris & Martina (MjW)
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If you’re interested in other ways to stand your TV up check out some of the awesome Future Automation that is being done around the area! You can hide your TV in the coolest places now!

10 Wall Mounted Bidets

 Wall Mounted Bidets : 10 Pieces To Inspire You

June 22, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

I spent my teens in a 1920s Spanish-style house in southern California; one with quirky architectural details and legacy fixtures. The day we moved in, I remember walking through the house with my family and peering into the en suite bathrooms; each had a bidet paired with a toilet. In the years that followed, not one bidet handle was ever turned (although we associated them with Parisian sophistication, none of us knew how to use one).

In the US, the bidet has been historically perceived as vaguely louche. In Europe, Japan, and countries across the Middle East and South America, it’s a straightforward and hygienic bathroom necessity. In Spain and Portugal, installing bidets has been mandatory in new construction since 1975. The rest of the world is on to something: pressurized water from a bidet is said to clean more effectively than toilet paper, it’s safer on sensitive skin, and ultimately conserves water.

In a study by Meta Efficient, publicized in a 2009 Scientific American article, it was reported that Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. The manufacturing process involves some 473 billion gallons of water and 253 tons of chlorine. Tree Hugger reported that a single roll of toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water to produce. This means that bringing back the bidet could reduce our consumption of toilet paper—an industry reliant on deforestation and excess chemical use—and lessen the pressure on sewer and waste treatment facilities. It’s something our family didn’t consider when we lived in a house full of lonely bidets.

It turns out, most of our favorite designers and manufacturers of bathroom fixtures make a bidet or two—and they look great. Here’s our edited selection of wall-mounted bidets (and for an alternative, see our post Trend Alert: 8 Techno Toilets).

Wall Mounted Bidet - Caroma Bidet

Above: From Australian company Caroma, the Cube Wall Faced Bidette is $1,529 AUD ($1,140 USD) and pairs with the Cube Toilet at Caroma.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Vitra Modern Bidet

Above: The Vitra Modern Bidet is part of the Vitra Normus Collection (where you can find a toilet to pair with the bidet); $240 at Nameek’s.

Wall Mounted Bidet

Above: The ME by Starck Wall-Mounted Bidet is from designer Philippe Starck and is available for $281.29 at Quality Bath.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Pro Wall Hung Bidet

Above: Swiss Company Laufen’s Pro Wall-Hung Bidet is available through Laufen showrooms in the US.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Pear 2 Bidet

Above: Designer Patricia Urquiola created the Pear 2 Bidet that pairs with a wall-mounted toilet and is available through Agape. She also designed the original Pear Bidet and Toilet also from Agape.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Duravit’s D-Code Compact Wall-Mounted Bidet

Above: Duravit’s D-Code Compact Wall-Mounted Bidet is $284.30 NZD ($202 USD) at the Water Closet in New Zealand. It’s also available through a number of different retailers by contacting Duravitdirectly.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Affetto Wall-Hung Bidet

Above: The Affetto Wall-Hung Bidet from Italian company Ceramica Globo is $514.90 at YBath.

Wall Mounted Bidet By Benedini Associati

Above: Designed by Benedini Associati, the 750 Wall-Mounted Bidet is available through Agape by contacting them directly.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Durastyle Bidet

Above: The DuraStyle Wall-Mounted Bidet is designed by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez; $243.75 at YBath.

Wall Mounted Bidet - Vitra Bidet

Above: The Wall-Hung Vitra Bidet is part of the Vitra S50 Collection (where you can find a toilet to pair with the bidet); $292 at Nameek’s.

Wall Mounted Bidet - White With Chrome Accent

Above: From Italian brand Scarabeo, the Moai Wall-Hung Bidet is $935 at Nameek’s.