March 4th, 2011

Its developments like this that make us love what we do – write about off beat property developments.

Songjiang hotel is a jaw dropping highly innovative design of a 400-bed, five-star resort hotel set in a lush deep, water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district of China (close to Shanghai). This impressive concept conceived by Bristol based Atkins Design Studio, was inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry it is to be set in.

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July 7th, 2008

Set to become the largest fountain ever been seen in the world is Dubai’s next master project. The project which is estimated to cost $218 million and is going to be 25% larger than the iconic fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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June 1st, 2008

The ‘SkyFarm’ is a concept green building and brainchild of Toronto based scientist Gordon Graff; the 58-storey building would grow crops in Toronto’s downtown theatre district. The building would cover 2.7 million square feet of human-habitable floor space and cover a massive 8 million square feet of arable farm space that could provide enough food for 35,000 people every day.

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May 6th, 2008

The Venetian Macau is right now one of the most impressive and jaw dropping buildings on earth. Owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation (NYSE: LVS) and belonging to one of the richest men in the world, Sheldon Adelson, the Venetian Macau was modeled after it’s little sister in Las Vegas.

Built on the infamous Cotai strip in Macau, the casino is the currently biggest in the world and a feat to human architecture. It is also the third largest building in the world right now.

Officially opened on 28.August 2008 the Venetian is part of an 8 part development that isn’t matched anywhere else on this planet. All owned by the same company.

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April 24th, 2008

Architectural Record have just featured their annual ‘Unbuilt Houses‘ series showcasing some very interesting concept designs of green & sustainable residential single-family dwellings.

Some of the projects are speculative, whilst others are set to be erect this year. Here is a showcase of all 8 projects.

Browse through the designs and tell us your favourite.

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April 23rd, 2008

Amidst the current controversy surrounding the construction of the Waterfront Museum of Liverpool between it’s ingenious Danish Designers, Studio 3XN and Manchester-based architects, AEW we can’t help but step back and appreciate it’s original design in awe. This is because according to the Studio 3XN, several aspects of its original design, like it’s signature X-wing design have been “meddled” with by AEW.

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April 22nd, 2008

Although this is old news for some of our industry savvy readers, we have still decided to reignite our design flare by showcasing all 6 very striking design proposals for the St. Petersburg headquarters of Gazprom, the Russian state owned oil and gas company -  back in 2006.

The wining design (pictured above) was submited by London based studio RMJM. This 300 metre (985 feet) building would controversially tower above the historic 18th century Smolny Cathedral on the Neva River which would be on the opposite side of the river.

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