Monday, 7 October 2013
Dubai is no stranger to breaking records. First, they built the world’s largest mall, then they built the world’s tallest building… And now, if plans come to fruition, the emirate could become home to the world’s largest underwater hotel.
This underwater project is by no means the first attempt at sub-marine construction or indeed an underwater hotel – the Maldives Rangali Islands resort has one underwater suite, and there’s also Jules Undersea Lodge, which is the only underwater hotel in the US – but it is by far the most ambitious yet.
The Water Discus hotel has been designed by Polish company Deep Ocean Technology (DOT) with the help of Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult AG. The hotel will comprise of two discs – one under the water, and one suspended above the water. The discs will be connected by five legs, and a vertical shaft in the centre housing stairs and a lift.
The underwater section will be up to 10 metres beneath the sea surface, and contain 21 double rooms adjacent to a dive centre and a bar. Each room has been designed to ‘integrate with the underwater world as closely as possible’.
Due to the modular design of the hotel, the Water Discus can be transferred to a different place in case of environmental or economic concerns. The surface discs have been designed to be buoyant and detachable from the main structure, to act as lifeboats should any natural disaster strike.
Bogdan Gutkowski, President of BIG, believes that the project will have an impact on numerous areas as well as the tourism industry in Dubai. “Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore areas, as well as new opportunities for ecology support by creation of new underwater ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection,” he told World Architecture News.
“Additionally we would like to create here in the UAE the International Environmental Program and Center of the Underwater World Protection – with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and seas environment protection and research.”
Here present MiniX –smartphone and camera all rolled into one!
32-megapixel camera, centered on the center, gives you maximum comfort when shooting – now you do not need to fear the displacement or worry a framed photo, and, importantly, now you finger not close the lens.
A critical component of this model is the 14-megapixel front camera. Now, not only can you broadcast yourself in outstanding quality, communicating via the Internet, as well as just taking pictures of themselves,all so love it this.
Easy, simple and organic a design,a display ~ 4:3. MiniX be able to to attract attention. All this the qualities of the device and allow to call it – a smartphone and a camera!
Designer Juri Karasjov
Light is a basic need. Millions of people around the world don’t have access to efficient and effective lighting sources in their home. This concept gadget uses phosphorescent powder flask in a transparent flask and does not require a power supply..During the day, the device stores energy and then lights up to 6 hours.
Designer: Jon Liow
Thursday, 3 October 2013
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON has created his debut line of leather handbags, an extension of the label's existing evening bag category. The inaugural range features a mix of handheld totes, duffle styles and compact across-body chain bags.