Legoland Hotel launched in Florida is all set to make dreams of many children come true. With 5,000 mini Lego figures hanging near the lobby, 200 Lego models, and a massive Lego dragon with steaming nostrils and an 8-foot wing span greeting lodgers, the hotel is every kids paradise with rooms designed around Lego Pirate, Adventure, Castle and Friends´ themes. Each room also has a scavenger hunt that will unlock a safe with a little treasure for kids!
Housing for Nepal Architect Shigeru Ban, best known for his cardboard tube buildings and humanitarian work, has recently announced that his firm and the relief organization Voluntary Architects´ Network (VAN) will help in rebuilding after Nepal´s earthquakes. First, they´ll distribute tents made of membrane roofs and plastic sheets for walls, then Ban will lead a team of local architects and university students to build stronger, more culturally appropriate structures built using native materials and for the final phase, Shigeru will help provide permanent houses for families that lack the means to reconstruct their own.
Actor turns designer
Parineeti Chopra is currently off screen and on duty designing her new home in Bandra. She has included a library that stocks 1,000 books, eclectic furniture and lights picked from the streets of London and some custom-made pieces by an Italian designer. Sounds interesting, but what we are more interested in is, is she another Twinkle Khanna in the making?
Architect Raj Rewal´s futuristic design for the recently inaugurated Coal India headquarters in Rajarhat is inspired by the sensibilities of two doyens of Bengal Renaissance - Raja Ram Mohun Roy and Rabindranath Tagore. Besides, this building has integrated PV panels in its design that complement the architectural aesthetics of the building and make it green too. The building, with a built-up area of 2.75 lakh sq ft spread over nine floors, will generate 140 kWp electricity that is expected to meet 12per cent of its power requirement.
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority plans to create 50 more parks across the city. Of these the beautification work of 21 parks will be taken up in the current financial year, while 29 parks will be developed in the next financial year.