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The NYC penthouse with an 80-ft slide

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The SkyHouse slide and library. Copyright David Hotson
 

The SkyHouse takes a century-old skyscraper and turns its upper floors into a playful residential dream

Many of us dream of the house we would like to build, though, in reality, few of us realise these imagined residencies, and often settle for some kind of period conversion. The SkyHouse, a new penthouse apartment in the American Tract Society Building in Manhattan certainly is a conversion; the tower was constructed in 1896, and this crowning apartment occupies the highest floor of the block, as well as a three-storey hipped-roof tower, which tops the building off. However, few of us could imagine living here, even in our wildest dreams.
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House In Rainha, Portugal

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On a hillside rising high above a lagoon that flows into the Atlantic Ocean, the House in Rainha takes claim to two rectangular volumes constructed of concrete and glass. Brussels based architecture firm AABE designed the residence, which functions as the holiday home for a family who enjoys escaping the city for relaxing weekend getaways.
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Ferrari LaFerrari

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Ferrari has taken the wraps off of its new flagship heading into the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new Ferrari LaFerrari. The LaFerrari supplants the Ferrari Enzo as the new prince amongst prancing ponies, a hybrid-powered supercar capable of breakneck acceleration and 200+ top speeds. A 949 combined horsepower hybrid system is the heartbeat of the Ferrari LaFerrari, with a mated 6.3-liter V12 engine and a 160-hp electric motor. That power will push the LaFerrari past 62 mph in less than three seconds as it screams toward 205 mph at its peak.
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Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, Moscow

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Architects Alexey Goryainov and Mikhail Crimea of Moscow-based firm Arch Group, took the industry by surprise a few years back when they built the first Sleepbox Pods, affordable white sleeping quarters for travelers to have a quick rest, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The resting pods helped reshape the traveling experience for people going in and out of Moscow, in a positive way. Because of its success, Arch Group has teamed up with businessman leonid chernikov to open the first SleepBox Hotel near the Belorussky Railway Station, in Moscow.
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Nova Iskra / Design Incubator

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A design incubator. Somewhere to hatch chicks in style? A place to keep the offspring of the wealthy healthy in case of premature birth? No, the design incubator is a place to nurture fledgling artists from southeast Europe. Going by the name Nova Iskra, the building is an open-plan office-cum-studio where the artists of host city Belgrade and around the region can gather for development, collaboration and community.
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Tepoztlan Lounge

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In Mexico it was nominated as one of the 54 “Magic Cities”. Only 31 miles from the chaotic capital, Tepoztlan has been the destination of poets, artists and musicians for years. In the peaceful mounts and forests that surround it, the myth states that 1200 years ago was born Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent god worshipped in pre-Columbian Mexico.
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Amager Beach Park

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Amager Beach Park has been one of the largest urban recreational development projects, close to the city centre of Copenhagen. The beach park has transformed the coastal landscape of the city and the island of Amager facing the Sound. The new Amager Beach is designed to be a very special place in the city: a large-scale landscape that provides a contrast to the density of the Copenhagen waterfront. The open sky and wide horizon offer unique experiences. Wind and weather are clearly present. Aircraft flying to and from Copenhagen Airport and ships sailing through the Sound show Copenhagen’s status as a major hub in Scandinavia.
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Chanel Reinvents The Grand Palais

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Couture gowns do not belong on the runway. They belong on the stage. And nobody understands the theatrics of Haute Couture better than Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director and visionary for Chanel, who explained “I saw it in my dream, put it on my paper, gave it to the man that builds my set, and I think he worked it out beautifully.” Lagerfield transformed his dream, into an artistic instrument, which he then used to metamorphose Grand Palais in Paris into a dazzling forest wonderland to display Chanel’s Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection.
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