Transparent Plane

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via dailymail. Yeh… I don’t think this will fly (pun intended). Anyways, Airbus (the makers of the 5 Star plane) recently unveiled this transparent-skinned plane concept in London and are billing it as ‘the plane of 2050’. Would this freak you out?

First, business and economy cabins are replaced by zones for relaxation in the front, work in the back, and a fully-stocked bar for socialising.Passengers will be able to see everything to the sides and in front of them. So blindfolds might be handy come take-off and landing time.

The aircraft’s walls change according to light conditions. There are holographic pop-up gaming displays and in-flight entertainment powered by the heat of passengers’ bodies.

Most of the basic technology such as moulding seats and ‘head-up displays’ already exist, but how Airbus plan to make the plant-based, transparent ‘skin’ of the plane remains a mystery.

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Sea Underwater Restaurant (Anantara, Kihavah – Maldives)

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Dining in style… under water! I want to go here! More info here.

Anantara Kihavah Villas unique underwater restaurant, Sea, is part of a quartet of culinary experiences aptly named Sea, Fire, Salt and Sky — each with its distinctive cuisine, atmosphere and location.

Sea offers Mediterranean buffet lunches and a degustation dinner with stunning views of the sea life in the channel. Sea is also a wine cellar stocked with 250 labels representing 14 countries, and serving more than 20 labels by the glass.

The luxury resort is located on Kihavah Huravalhi Island in the Maldives, half an hour by seaplane from the Male International Airport. Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is a group of 15 luxury properties in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and the United Arab Emirates with near-future openings in Vietnam, China, Bali, Thailand and Abu Dhabi. – Bill Tikos

Heaven On Earth

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The world’s largest salt flats in Bolivia create a striking illusion when the sky reflects off of its surface. When traveling across the flats, people and vehicles appear to be floating in the clouds…. More photos below.

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TREE Restaurant

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Koichi Takada Architects designed this cool TREE Restaurant in Sydney, Australia. More photos below.

Our practice explores how contemporary interior design can best embody the qualities and virtues present in nature. We propose a dining concept that recreates HANAMI, the traditional Japanese festival of the Cherry Blossom in bloom. Dining under the cherry blossom trees is a social gathering that celebrates the arrival of spring. This concept not only represents the serving of Japanese cuisines, but also hopes to capture a symbolic place for the locals to gather and dine under ‘one big tree’ and for the owner to nurture the business as if growing a tree.

We wish to emulate the comfort and tranquility the canopy of tree can create. Timber profiles create the branches of the tree, transforming the Sushi Train restaurant into a place of nature. Dappled light filters between the timber branches. The flairs of light change as you move throughout the restaurant, mimicking the irregularity of natural sunlight, while highlighting the path of the Sushi Train.

Conceptually the TREE has become symbolic of the nurture and care put into growing this successful business.  The branches extend to the perimeter, encompassing diners and workers alike.

The timber profiles have been cut using CNC technology, minimizing waste and allowing accuracy and detail in the design. Gaboon Marine Plywood, brings the warmth of timber to the interior, which compliments the texture of the rendered walls. The contrast of these elements highlights the central TREE and the Sushi Train below.

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Alice In Wonderland Restaurant (Tokyo)

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via hypebeast. Japanese design studio, Fantastic Design Works, created this Alice In Wonderland themed restaurant for the Diamond Dining company. More photos after the break.

Situated in a town fascinated with conceptual eateries, this latest Tokyo establishment features an imaginative combination of psychedelic decorations, dramatic designs and waitresses dressed in Alice costumes. Located in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district, the restaurant is situated in a 2254-square-foot space that’s divided into various scenes from the 1951 animated film.

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