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The Living Room Lounge & Bar | Dubai PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Nightclubs & Lounges
Written by Bless Theangels   
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The Living Room Lounge & Bar, with it's ethnically diverse decor sits inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. Designed by HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, whose "international presence, depth of experience and detailed industry knowledge" has made them one of the most sought after design firms in the hospitality industry. Offering an eclectic assortment of drinks and cocktails, an exotic atmosphere spiced up by local cultural elements and a "live" kitchen where chefs display their culinary arts. The lounge is actually made up of four distinct lounges; The Sunken Lounge, The Velvet Lounge, The European Lounge and The Chinese Lounge, connected together by a series of portals, playing into Dubai's see-and-be-seen tradition offering glimpses between rooms. Take a look.

 

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Wuxi Grand Theatre | Wuxi, Jiangsu, China PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Museums, Theatres, Art Houses
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PES-Architects, a firm whose Shanghai office has recently moved to it's new location in the French Concession area of the Xuhui District, designed the Wuxi Grand Theater in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. "The new complex contains a wide variety of functions, but most noticeably it will house the 1680 seat Grand Theatre for classical and Chinese opera, ballet, and symphony orchestral music and a Comprehensive Performance Hall with a capacity 690 seats. The main architectural image of the Wuxi Grand Theatre consists of eight leaves, or wings, which, together with the terraced stone plinth give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore of the Wu-Li Lake. This artist and sculptural form creates a landmark building for Wuxi’s new performing arts center." - PESARK

 

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Louis Vuitton at Selfridges by Yayoi Kusama | London PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Boutiques, Retail Stores, Shopping
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Louis Vuitton has gone crazy with it's latest collaboration... literally. Well more figuratively once you think about it. This store's concept was designed and created by Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama, an eighty-three year old artist who once moved to New York from Japan only to return and live in an open ward mental hospital for forty years. The store is located at Selfridges in London. Take a look.

 

 

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The Water Planet - Steinhart Aquarium | San Francisco PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Museums, Theatres, Art Houses
Written by Bless Bey   
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The Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco provides as encompassing view of the connection between our planet's water and life. Within the Steinhart Aquarium is "The Water Planet," a 10,000 square foot exhibition that integrates living animals and advanced multimedia technologies rendering complex natural phenomena to the touch of visitors. Design frim Thinc is responsible for the exhibit and called on Urban A&O to design the wavy walls and islands of The Water Planet. Take a look.

 

 

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Claremont Tonic Restaurant & Bar | Melbourne - Australia PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Restaurants
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The Claremont Tonic of Melbourne, Australia is a restaurant and bar with a pan-Asian menu and an eclectic design influenced by Japanese and Pacific cultures. Brought into existence by Maison Davis, a "creative studio based on the notion of evolution." The interior was handled by Australian design firm Hecker Guthrie headed by Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie. Paying homage to Melbourne's live music scene, Maison Davis' belief that "without deep knowledge of what has come before, it is impossible create something new," shows clearly in design and concept. Take a look.

 

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The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion | London PDF Print E-mail
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Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to provide a powerful visual symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of innovation in design and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming visitors and guests to the BMW Group Pavilion throughout the Games." On display, on the second floor which is surrounded by water and the top deck which has nine individual rooftop pavilions, are the BMW E-Scooter, the BMW iPedelec, BMW i3 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept and the new generation BMW 3 Series Touring. The Pavilion sits with the Olympic Park as backdrop.

 

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The Rooftop Yu Bar | Shanghai, China PDF Print E-mail
Destinations - Nightclubs & Lounges
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"The name, Yu," says Kokai Studios architects, "is a classical Chinese character which symbolizes elegance and exclusivity. It is the inspiration of the design to combine nostalgic touches and contemporary decor, blending traditional Chinese design with western romance." I enjoyed this quote so much, I needed not view the impressive images I knew would accompany these words. The Yu Bar occupies the 28th and 29th floors, as a glass pavilion, on the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, China.

 

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