As its name suggested, the Zero Star Hotel means you have zero covering and can see star all night. Located 6,463 feet above sea level in the mountains of Graubünden, this open-air hotel has no walls, roof or bathroom. It is a new concept brought up by the brothers behind Null Stern Hotels who try to redefine the minimal hotel experience. And it is indeed truly minimal, because all the thing you are getting is a bed with a couple of nightstands and stools. Of course, the price of $250 / night is not for the room but the incredible view that comes from sleeping on a Swiss mountainside and full experience of country’s landscape. Not sure how you like this idea. I have to admit I am not that kind of person would like to travel 10 minutes to use facilities at a public bathroom and pay $250 for a night. I can get the same view and experience when I camp there.
Although not all manhole covers are as pretty as the ones in Japan, apparently they are still nifty graphics for shirts, hoodie and tote bag, especially for tourist. The artist collective behind Berlin-based Raubdruckerin (pirate printer) produces shirts and bags imprinted with public street fixtures such as manhole covers, vents, and utility grates. The overlooked geometric patterns and typographic forms of urban signage out of those utility covers are pretty retro and untie due to the “hand-made process”. To make a print, collective applies ink directly to the streets and prints on-site in locations like Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Paris and then sell their creations through an online shop. Hence, if you don’t mind where your t-shirt get printed, that might be an interesting collection you can have.
Ever since the earliest times architects have striven to make a statement with the buildings they design. In doing this they have both invented new styles as well as referencing the past and drawing inspiration from the world around them. The result has been some remarkable constructions all round the world and here are just four of them.
There are many things we want them portable, however, hot tub? Seriously? Called the Weltevree Dutchtub, the portable, stand-alone basin is powered by a wood-burning stove and supposed to travel with you if you want. The elegant half-sphere weighs around 165 pounds and holds 171 gallons of water—enough for four people to comfortably enjoy it. To warm the water, the tub connects to its heating system via metal hoses and derives energy from the coil structure that’s filled with lit wood. Preparing the Dutchtub is a cross between using a fireplace and boiling a pot of water—simply start a fire inside the coils, cover the tub, and regularly stir the water. You probably will wonder why you need a portable hot tub? So, let’s forget about the portable part, it seems a funny selling point for me anyway. Let’s just call it a wood-burning hot tub! A wood-burning hot tub means you don’t need to worry about the electrical demands needed to make a traditional one run. Hence, if you’re in a rental or plan to move in a couple of years but still want the luxury of having a hot tub you can take with you, that seems an option.