10 Most Popular Projects Presented in May 2011
Ready to see your most appreciated projects presented by Freshome this May? Ranging from astounding residences to cleverly designed products, the ideas we are about to showcase in this “best of’ post are sure to impress and inspire you. As usual, we chose to present the project according to our readers’ Facebook shares, so if next month you would like to see your own design featured in this countdown, all you have to do is vote, vote, vote. Remember that by clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project. Enjoy!
#1. The best project of May according to you votes highlights your love for photography and witty designs. These ingenious and fun coffee mugs in the shape of camera lens were designed by Photojojo and include a lens-cap lid, rubber-grip focus and zoom rings. The most interesting thing about them? Both Canon and Nikon coffee mugs are available and they are equipped with an easy to clean, heat preserving, stainless steel lining.
#2. The Metropol Parasol, Sevilla’s newest landmark, was completed in April 2011 and will serve as an archaeological site, will accommodate a farmers’ market, an elevated plaza as well as multiple bars and restaurants. The dimensions of this giant waffle-like structure are truly impressive: a building area of 5,000 square meters, a total floor area of 12,670 square meters, a height of 28.50 and 4 levels. Designed by J. MAYER H. Architects, the project composed of undulating parasols is part of the redesigning process of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon and is sure to attract plenty of visitors.
#3. Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse is a residential area composed of nine unconventional homes and located in Dietikon, Switzerland. Ecological, friendly and unconventional, these earth houses designed by Vetsch Architektur could turn out to be a sustainable future trend. On top of the isolation of each home, there is a protective layer with natural earth, which can be used to grow grass or plants on the rooftop.
#4. Casa de la Flora Resort is located in a secluded ambiance near Phuket, Thailand. Featuring a series of differentiated beachfront pool villas and suites and a presidential suite, the resort offers luxurious interiors for the perfect holiday. From slippers to Wi-Fi internet access, the villas and suites offer wonderful pampering and relaxation for different events – holidays with the loved ones, relaxing alone in privacy or a splendid honeymoon. Designed by VaSLab Architecture, the resort features exceptional facilities for a surprising vacation, gathered on a 4,900 square meter property in Pangnga.
#5. The astonishing Ibiza in Spain was the perfect place to construct the bright Casa Jondal. Occupying 380 square meters, the residence captures the barrier between Spanish rustic style elements of architecture and modern design elements. Designed by the Catalan architect Jaime Serra from Atlant Del Vent, the Ibiza dream house looks like the perfect residence for an enjoyable lifestyle.
#6. Having problems when it comes to waking up in the morning? It is our great wicked pleasure to present this month’s number 6: a creative alarm clock that will surely solve whatever “oversleeping issues” you may have. The design of the money shredding alarm clock is definitely for the strong-hearted, for the rich of for the desperate. Funny and clever, this device will make sure you get to work on time, even if it means compromising the earnings you are about to make that day. If for some money is not a problem, the machine can also shred other important papers, such as holiday airplane tickets, homeworks, “to do” lists and so on.
#7. Are you a fan of secluded homes? This amazing residence stands on the highest site of a mesmerizing island located several miles away from Stockholm, Sweden. Don’t let its traditional, otherwise picturesque exterior full you, this place is in tip top condition and ensures an ideal living space. Stretching on an area of 137 square meters, the main building includes a beautiful living room, a guest room with kitchen and glass doors leading out to large a bridge deck, a sauna and many more.
#8. Two rectangular reinforced concrete blocks sitting atop of each other make up the primary architecture of the Paraty House. Located between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, on one of the islands near Paraty City, the residence cantilevers 8 meters outwards from the mountainside. Designed by Marcio Kogan, the two floor residence features the living room, kitchen and service area on the lower floor and bedrooms on the second volume. The roof acts like a mixture of outside places that offer the best of nature: an observation deck, green terraces and gardens for herbs, medicinal plants and sculptures.
#9. House on the Flight of Birds was designed by Portuguese architect Bernardo Rodrigues and is located on S. Michael Island in the Azores. With a highly original architecture consisting of curved volumes combined with unexpected sheltering panels and odd-shaped windows, this residence is truly spectacular. A creative architecture solution for sheltering a private residence-in at number 9.
#10. Casas del Sol is an amazing design project and a fascinating retreat, designed and owned by Christina Saenz de Santamaria. With a desire to offer a refreshing new definition of the luxury beach bungalow experience, Casas del Sol is located in the island of Koh Tao, Thailand. The resort embraces a new concept known as ‘Boutique Beach Chic’, which means understated luxury within a modern tropical design that captures the sensory island experience of sea, sun and stars.