Storytelling through Architecture

By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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Lodha Casa Rio Gold Among The India’s Top Residential Apartment

Lodha Group the well recognized group in the real estate sector especially from the last few years. Now a day, if Lodha group launches any residential apartment or flats it automatically becomes the hot housing project in Mumbai. Mumbai sale regarding the residential apartments has increased in January 2013 and for this Lodha Builders are main solely responsible for the residential sale. Lodha has out competed all its rivals in recent past regarding the housing facility. Lodha builders are the second largest residential housing builder by revenue wise. Lodha Builders have their headquartered in Mumbai, state of Maharashtra and that’s why they mainly target the Mumbai area for their new or soft launch. They have been in residential as well as in the commercial sector. This particular group was formed by the Mangal Prabhat Lodha in the year 1980. Lodha Developers has tied up their connection with the New York-based architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The corporation has planned to build three housing towers, a high-end shopping street and a superlative office building. Structural manufacturing firm Lera is associated for the project.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the favoured residential properties by the Lodha Builders especially in the Mumbai Locality and its neighbouring areas. This particular project is located at the Dombivali- Kalyan road in Mumbai. This housing project offers 1 BHK and 2 BHK apartments with the size range of the 639 sq ft to 1386 sq ft. The price per sq ft is 5310. Lodha New Cuffe Parade has been the biggest land deals in Indian real estate history. The particular group tries to make a landmark each and every day starting from its initial point of the project. It has been very auspicious day for the Lodha builders, when achieve such huge landmark in real estate fields. From my point of view, if I have to rank the housing builders, then after the DLF group, I would rank Lodha Group as the 2 most promising real estate developers.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the promising housing projects in Mumbai launched by the Lodha Group. The group always aim to bring up the best facilities and services in residential areas. Since from very inception, this particular group tries to figure out the changing needs of the individuals and their increasing requirement. It’s the human nature that their needs go on increasing with the passage of time but is the Lodha Group, which can meet to their requirement.

Lodha Casa Rio Gold has been one of the promising housing apartments in Mumbai.

Why Oak Is Used To Make Bespoke Furniture.

When it comes to bespoke furniture most people only think of oak. Working with oak is a joy for any professional cabinetmaker, both dense and strong wood, oak is also tremendously attractive largely due to its endless permutations of grains and markings.

It is the grains in oak that adds immeasurably to its appeal, and allow it to be used in the construction of different styles of cabinet wood, from traditional to contemporary and even modern. While the most popular style of oak wood grain being the low grain natural brown colour finish. For those who want their bespoke furniture to be a little more exotic then they may well choose for it to be finished in Tiger Oak wood, which while brown and natural in colour comes with much more defined stripes. Burr Oak wood is another popular variation, with the burrs in the grain standing out because of their tightly knitted whirls.

No matter which variation of oak grained timber you choose for your bespoke furniture, it is sure to be a talking point in your home, office or business premises. Cabinets made from solid oak are fairly rare these days, although there is no detracting from a rich veneer to finish causing the same pleasing and solid effect that oak will always bring.

Cabinet furniture designed and produced in oak lends itself to a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary and even to modern, although, as most lovers of bespoke oak furniture will tell you, when it is made in the rustic oak designs of old. Then oak comes into its own.

Irrespective of the grain finish chosen , furniture made from oak requires very little in the way of maintenance, All that is required is a coating of natural furniture wax four times every year to keep that oak furniture looking its best in the living room, dining room or the bedroom.

Popular Types Of Housing In The Philippines

Looking to buy some homes in philippines? Well what kind of house are you looking for? There are many types of housing across the world today, including in the Philippines. According to several professions, there are 3 different types of homes in philippines. These are apartments, town houses, and condominiums. Apartments and townhouses were the oldest types of homes in philippines, while condominiums have recently become very popular in the Philippines.

What is an Apartment? Apartments can be classified into several types. There is the Studio, efficiency, bedsit, or bachelor style apartment. These all tend to be the smallest apartments with the cheapest rents in a given area which is why many Filipinos today are leaving in apartments. These kinds of apartment usually consist mainly of a large room which is the living, dining, and bedroom combined. There are usually kitchen facilities as part of this central room, but the bathroom is its own smaller separate room.

However, other than the usually small space apartments, there are also other types of apartments which are larger than the ones mentioned. The one-bedroom apartment is a type of apartment which one bedroom is separate from the rest of the apartment. Then there are two-bedroom, three-bedroom, etc. apartments. Small apartments often have only one entrance.

What is a Townhouse? Like the apartment, townhouses are also one of the few older types of homes in philippines. In most Asian countries, townhouses are generally found in complexes. Large complexes often have high security, resort facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, parks and playground equipment. There is also a town house called the condominium townhouses. This involves the purchaser owning only the interior, while the building itself is owned by a condominium corporation.

Although townhouses are found in executive complexes, there are other townhouses in the Philippines which are found in a public urban area. These types of townhouses are usually similar to that found in the US and in Europe.

What is a Condominium? In law, a condominium is a form of housing tenure and other real property where a specified part of a piece of real estate is individually owned while use of and access to common facilities in the piece such as hallways, heating system, elevators, exterior areas is executed under legal rights associated with the individual ownership and controlled by the association of owners that jointly represent ownership of the whole piece.

Condominiums are practically new in the Philippines, however, condominiums have started to become more and more popular in the passing years, particularly because of its benefits and advantages. For more information visit to our site at

Architecture meets Industrial Design

Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Enterprise Software Architecture – Improving Business of an Organization

Enterprise Architecture or Enterprise Software Architecture is the organizing logic that is used for business processes and software development service. It reflects the integration and standardizing needs of any organization’s operating representation.

Enterprise architects implement several methods and tools to get an idea of structure of an organization. To accomplish this task they produce several documents and models. These models and documents are called -artifacts.’ Artifacts are used to illustrate logical organization of business strategies, metrics and capabilities of business, information resource and networking infrastructure within the organization. A complete set of such artifacts are enough to illustrate the -enterprise’ architectural description of any organization, including software development companies.

The framework of enterprise architecture is an assortment of tools and processing models and assistance applied by architects in production of organization based architectural descriptions.

The main motive of architectural description of an organization is to enhance the efficiency of the business. Hence, it includes an array of tasks. While describing the architecture of an enterprise, architects pay attention to innovative structuring of the enterprise, centralized or federal business processing, quality offering before deadline and a justified expense on information technology. Information availed by architectural description can be used in various ways but its main purpose is to bring an improvement in the business functioning. In the present scenario, it is widely used by numerous companies to improve their business architectures, its performance and productivity.

Currently, Enterprise Software Architecture has become the key component of information technology control in almost every organization. Such companies have used a basic process of enterprise architecture as an important part of their information technology management strategy. The team of enterprise architects stands for different functions such as several aspects of performance engineering, IT portfolio management, management of metadata as well as improvement on custom software development services.

You Can Have A Garden By Setting Up Your Terrace

Because of population growth we usually find out that we dont have enough garden space. However, you can still have the garden that you want with the use of garden planters. Planters enable you to grow ornamental plants in your home. There are many plant containers that are available today and they usually come in various colours, shapes, designs and styles. With the use of planters, you can place flowering plants inside or outside your homes.

Choosing a Planter

One of the things you should consider before purchasing a planter is how they are going to look inside or outside your house. You should also put in mind the plant that is going to be transplanted and decide which type of planters would match to those plants. Although appearance is important you should also put into consideration whether the type of planters will support the growth of your plants.

One of the most important factors to consider is the size. Size does matter for two reasons. First, big shrubs cant grow in smaller pots unless it is a bonsai. Secondly, you cant place large planters in the corners of the smaller rooms. When you are planning to buy a planter you should always choose the appropriate size.

Setting Up a Terrace Garden

If you dont have a backyard or lawn but have a terrace, you can set up a terrace garden of your own. You should always bear in mind the theme that you want to emphasize before buying a set of planters. Even if you are only planning to set up a simple shrubbery, having a good set of planters that harmonize with each other will make your terrace look majestic.

When choosing a planter you should always choose quality before anything else. Planters that have poor quality will easily crack when it is under pressure or even with slight movements. There is also a probability that they are going to break when sudden changes in temperature occur. If you want to set up a terrace garden without taking too much time in maintenance, you should invest in more sturdy containers.

You can find planters in your local store and it comes in various styles and designs. You can search the internet beforehand in order to get a good picture of the right type of planter for your plants. Once you have completed setting up your terrace you might be surprised that your simple terrace has been transformed into a majestic courtyard and became an ideal place to rest and relax.

Journaling Feng Shui

Journaling is an excellent tool for dealing emotionally with almost any issue in life. The therapeutic applications of journal writing are endless. But it’s also true that sometimes you feel stuck, unable to make a move in any direction, and not even able to sit down comfortably with your notebook.

For any number of reasons, known and/or unknown, you feel empty. You want to get answers, but you’re paralyzed in some limbo of inaction. You’re uninspired, listless, drifting. You haven’t even cleaned your house for the past month.

Hold it right there. When in doubt, simplify. Could it be that modifying your environment will energize you?

As sentient beings, people are affected by their environments. The flow of energy and the balance of forces in a given environment are studied in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui. Feng shui observes that clutter brings low, confusing, and draining energy into your home, which is detrimental to your own energy and well-being.

Clearing out physical clutter can seem like an overwhelming and tedious process, but when you live and work in a clear, open space, your mind also becomes free and uncluttered.

Your ease and wellbeing have everything to do with your surroundings. Could it be that your ennui is a result of the mess around you?

Here are some ideas to make the task of de-cluttering more palatable.

1. In the room or space where you plan to do your journaling, set a timer for 15 minutes.

2. Turn on some favorite music, open windows if the weather allows, invite a loved one to join in if you wish.

3. Clean one area of the space for the 15 minutes. Throw out as much as possible.

4. Be merciless. If you can’t think of a reason to keep it in a few seconds, get rid of it! Hoarding is a generally unhealthy thing to do.

5. Stop when the timer buzzes. Take a step back and admire your work. Great job!

If you want to, set the timer for another 15 or 30 minutes, and continue. Or just do 15 a day for a while. At some point, the room will be clean and refreshed. Now open your journal and write about the experience.

What did you see and feel when you looked at this room before? What do you see and feel now?

What old baggage, physical or emotional, were you able to throw away while cleaning? What items were the hardest to get rid of? Why?

How do you plan to keep your writing space fresh, inviting, and clean in the future?

Big Residential Project In Pune

Pune real estate development is booming like never before. Many Residential and Commercial projects have come up in recent years. The reason for Pune real estate development is due to many IT companies as well as MNCs and auto companies having set up their manufacturing as well as corporate offices in Pune. The Radius of real estate development in Pune has extended to areas like Hadapsar, Pashan, Sinhagad road, Aundh, Hinjewadi, Balewadi, Wakad etc., which were once considered as suburbs of Pune.

The trend of real estate projects have changed over the years. Builders and Developers are coming up with innovative projects with international and state of art facilities and amenities. Pune has seen mega residential projects as well as townships.

Among the first mega residential township project was Magarpatta City Hadapsar and Nanded City Sinhagad road Pune.

Magarpatta City is an award winning and internationally appreciated model of integrated development and self-sustainability. Magarpatta City is a city within a city having commercial zone, residential neighborhoods, school, hospital, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and recreation places. This Integrated Township is spread over 400 acres with Residential, Commercial & IT development along with proper emphasis on Environment, Education, Healthcare, Fitness, Recreation, and Security. Large floor plates are provided for office space with high efficiency and offer seamless scalability options. Buildings are designed as per International norms, state-of-the-art amenities provided like multiple Internet Service Providers and telecommunication, 100% Power back-up, ample parking space, high-end security system etc. Magarpatta City features a walk to work-home-recreation lifestyle, futuristic residential marvels, a very contemporary commercial zone, and a globally renowned IT park. Magarpatta City has also won accolades for eco-friendly features and pollution free environ. With a fully fledged shopping zone, recreation facilities and offices in its campus, just take a walk daily to your office.

Nanded City Sinhagad road Pune.

Nanded City is the natural extension of the world famous and award winning Magarpatta City Model. Spread over 700 acres of lush greenery, Nanded City will house 1/2/2.5/3/4 BHK apartments, bungalows and villas, hospital, school and recreation facilities. The commercial district will boast of a presence of Corporate Houses, IT Players, Animation and Gaming Companies. And with 230 acres reserved for greenery, Nanded City will enjoy pollution free air, eco-friendly features and self-sustainable systems. A life in tune with nature!

Alyson Faraci and Edward Faraci Jr. Own The Laundry Room In Cromwell, CT

Alyson Faraci and Edward Faraci is a couple from CT who are also co-owners of The Laundry Room in Cromwell, CT. They have owned and operated this store for 5 years. The Laundry Room is a coin-operated store located in a convenient mall in Cromwell, CT. The store has a wash dry fold service for customers and also a drop off for dry cleaning and shirts.

Edward Faraci Jr. is also a trained sportsman who has more than two decades of experience in training and breeding Springer Spaniels. Over the years Edward Faraci Jr. has also participated in dog training competitions and won awards all over. A trained scatter gun shooter, Edward Faraci Jr. has participated in National Championships for Springer Spaniels. Given his experience in training Springer Spaniels, Edward has also been honored as a judge in various competitions for Springer Spaniels.

Edward Faraci Jr. was born in Middletown, CT in 1964 to Edward Faraci Sr. and Esther Faraci. Edward was interested in sports from an early age and he showed great interest in football, baseball and several other games in his school years. Edward graduated from high school in 1982 and operated two family owned Mobil Gas Stations for fifteen years and also managed and operated two auto repair shops that were highly successful.

Edward Faraci Jr. has also participated in US Olympic Skeet Shooting Team. An able instructor, he held the post of head instructor for National Gunners safety courses through the country. For more than ten years, he has been an active DJ in Middlesex County. Edward has also owned and operated Laundromats throughout the country. Edward lives in Middletown, Connecticut with his wife Alyson Faraci. With his passion for sports and talent for training and breeding Springer Spaniels, Edward Faraci Jr. has become an inspiration for the youngsters in the community.