Architecture: Swimming pool shopping

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I always find it fascinating when buildings get used for a totally different purpose, but you still can see what they were actually built for. Take this clothes shop in Tokyo, for instance, created in what was once the pool on the ground floor of an old 70s apartment building.  The floor and walls looked so nicely worn, so architect Nobuo Araki left them exactly as they were and only adjusted the decor a little. You can still see the old tiles and rails from the pool. Incidentally, if you’re a fan of uncluttered Japanese architecture, check out the architect’s website. I really like his other projects, too.

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Classical music meets twerking – classical music,…

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The B-Classic classical music festival will be held this June in Belgium. The organizers want to get young people interested too, so they teamed up with DDB Brussels and came up with a plan. They are advertising the festival in a very innovative kind of way, by pairing timeless classics with modern dance styles. Take a look at the bizarre choreography as these Asian girls in skimpy outfits strut their stuff to the fourth movement of Antonin Dvořák’s 9th Symphony. The performance closes on the following note: “You just listened to 3 minutes of classical music.” Dvořák would turn in his grave if he could see what they have done with his music…

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“Toothless Celebrities” – stars without their…

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These days, stars and starlets don’t have it easy. Several of them have just fallen victim to a new type of Photoshop prank. Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Gosling and a load of other famous people have gotten the Toothless Celebrities treatment and come out the other side minus their shining white teeth. Teeth certainly make quite a difference – their smiles are somehow not so contagious anymore…

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Porn for the Whole Family – Brian Steinhoff

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Just recently, we showed you this series of porn images, remember? At first glance, Brian Steinhoff seems to have had the same idea – cutting the people out of porn. The difference is, Brian filled in the gaps with pretty flower patterns, which throws the focus back on the people and not on the decor. Although there’s not even a bit of skin to be seen, somehow you get the feeling that there’s more on show than in the other series. Well, there are a few sex-toys here and there – and I get the feeling that the floral patterns aren’t always placed so very randomly…

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Hive-Inn – a hotel made from shipping containers

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Here’s a very exciting architectural concept from the OVA Studio in Hong Kong. Towers with interchangeable modules are nothing new, especially since the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo. We also sometimes hear about people living in containers, but the Hive-Inn concept is much more complex. It’s a hotel, consisting of a backbone framework into which any number of containers can be inserted and removed as necessary. Containers correspond to hotel rooms.pastedGraphic.pdf

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VIDEO: Interviews for the toughest job in the world

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“Director of Operations” – the title of a job that was advertised in the newspapers and online. The applications rolled in, but the candidates didn’t really have much idea what the job involved. The guy in the suit here was responsible for telling the candidates which qualifications they needed and what kind of work environment to expect: chaotic, on duty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with no breaks and no vacation. The requirements were excellent negotiation skills and outstanding interpersonal skills. The best thing of all was kept until the end – no pay at all! If you want to know what kind of a job it was and how the candidates reacted when they found out, you’ll just have to watch the video.

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#itouchmyselfproject – a hymn to the fight against…

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“… it really should be the breast cancer song” – these were the words of Chrissy Amphlett. Almost exactly a year ago, she lost her battle against multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. In 1990, with her band Divinyls, she released the song “I Touch Myself”, which hit #1 in Australia. The song also made her famous all over the world. “It is a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other.” After she died, Chrissy’s family and friends decided to launch the #itouchmyselfproject, to remind all the women out there to regularly check their breasts for lumps. The project video features 10 female Australian singers such as Olivia Newton-John, who teamed up to make Chrissy’s wish come true: a hymn to the fight against breast cancer was born. Incidentally, you can buy “I Touch Myself” for 0.99 € over at iTunes.

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Fruit porn at YouPomme

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Oasis, a drinks company from France, has treated their fruit to a special website, and it’s certainly fruity! The site is called YouPomm. Sounds like YouPorn? That’s no accident. It even looks like a porn site. There are four hot clips with suggestive music and moans, and plenty of juicy curves to bite into. I have to admit that although I understand what the first video is meant to be, I’m completely lost as far as the others are concerned, because I get so distracted by all that lousy lipstick and nail polish. What do you think of the idea?

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