Translucent pink box encloses florist at restaurant in southern China

Chinese studio 0321 has inserted a rose-tinted box into the front of this restaurant-cum-flower shop in Dongguan, China, allowing diners and passers-by a glimpse of the blooms inside. The Nous restaurant is situated in the city’s Dongcheng district, and offers both a dining space and florist where visitors are encouraged to explore the connection between

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Smelynes House / Kubinis metras

Smelynes House is located in the northern part of Vilnius, Lithuania, in a former neighborhood of summer houses, the spirit of which still lingers in its surroundings. The task was to design a house in a very limited plot of land for a young family fond of minimalism philosophy, which also inspired the architecture of the building. The limitations of a plot including its size and surroundings – neighboring houses on three boundaries of the plot as well as a road – evoked a challenge of creating a quality outdoor space. A conscious decision was made not to build a fence in order to not limit the space physically, visually or socially.

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Smelynes House / Kubinis metras

Smelynes House is located in the northern part of Vilnius, Lithuania, in a former neighborhood of summer houses, the spirit of which still lingers in its surroundings. The task was to design a house in a very limited plot of land for a young family fond of minimalism philosophy, which also inspired the architecture of the building. The limitations of a plot including its size and surroundings – neighboring houses on three boundaries of the plot as well as a road – evoked a challenge of creating a quality outdoor space. A conscious decision was made not to build a fence in order to not limit the space physically, visually or socially.

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ANTNA’S ‘un cuarto mas’ expansion prototype aims to solve the housing crisis in mexico

an arrangement of sliding doors in the lateral facade allows a natural crossed ventilation, that apart from lowering the temperature, promotes an opening of the interior to the urban set.

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'Austin Powers' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Powers” series, died on Saturday, according to a statement posted on his Instagram page.
He was 49.

Verne Troyer in 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember”©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Evere

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

Troyer’s height — two feet and 8 inches — was due to his longtime diagnosis of achondroplasia dwarfism.

Earlier this month, the actor and comedian was hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning, a year after he was in rehab.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.”

The social media announcement further explained the side effects of depression and urged followers to raise awareness of suicide. The announcement didn’t specifically state the actor’s cause of death and Troyer’s rep declined to comment further.

The statement concluded by asking for donations to Troyer’s two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.

Troyer was married in 2004 to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen and was most recently linked to actress Brittney Powell. The actor was also known for his roles in “The Love Guru,” “Bubble Boy,” and “Postal,” along with various stints on reality TV shows.

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Staggered pavilions form holiday resort on lush hill in Costa Rican surf town

Architecture firm Studio Saxe has stepped a series of pavilion-like guest rooms down a slope facing the Pacific Ocean, creating a hotel in a Costa Rican beach town. Mint Santa Teresa is located in Santa Teresa – a small coastal town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province that is a popular spot for surfers and yoga retreats. The hotel’s Swedish

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'No criminal suspicion' found in Avicii's death

Avicii‘s death has “no criminal suspicion”, according to an Oman police source.

The Swedish star – real name Tim Bergling – was found dead in Muscat yesterday at the age of 28, with no further details given.

According to Sky news, the source claims two post-mortem examinations have been conducted and they ruled out any criminal suspicion.

They told the website: “We absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of death.”

His heartbroken brother David Bergling has reportedly landed in Muscat less than 24 after the Avicii’s death, as the family “search for answers”.

According to TMZ, his hotelier brother is said to have checked into a hotel close to the Muscat Hills resort, where Avicii had been staying a week before his passing.

David is believed to have arrived there hours after the DJ’s shocking death was announced.

The website states that David is hoping to find out what happened to his little brother.

While no more details about Avicii’s passing have been given, he had previously been open about his health issues.

He had suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking, and went on to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.

The star then shocked fans in 2016 when he announced he would be retiring from touring for the sake of his wellbeing.

However, he later returned to music and one of his most recent singles was a collaboration with Rita Ora called “Lonely Together.”

Rita was among the stars who paid tribute to the DJ after his death was confirmed yesterday.

Other stars to mourn his loss include his close friend Nile Rodgers, Calvin Harris and pop star Dua Lipa.

Today hundred of fans gathered in Stockholm for a memorial dance party for the DJ.

Since the announcement, pictures of the star posing with fans have emerged, with him looking happy and relaxed in the days leading up to his death.

In a statement confirming his death, his rep said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.

“He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.

“No further statements will be given.”

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All-white home by Bloco Arquitetos sits on compact plot in Brasília

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil’s capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city. The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs. Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of

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7 Iconic Buildings Reimagined in Different Architectural Styles

Architectural styles derive their uniqueness by demonstrating the construction techniques, political movements, and social changes that make up the zeitgeist of a place in a particular moment of time. Whether it was the rebirth of art and culture with Renaissance architecture, or the steel skyscrapers that emerged in the post-war movement, each stylistic change tells us something different about the transitions of architectural history. But what if architecture rejected a critical regionalist approach, and buildings took on the characteristics of another place? These seven images made for Expedia provide a glimpse into what some of our favorite architectural icons would look like if they were built in a different style.

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Jenna Dewan in first public outing since split from Channing Tatum

Newly single Jenna Dewan stepped out for a good cause in her first public appearance since her split from Channing Tatum.

Dewan, 37, attended the St. Jude Hope & Heritage Gala in Manhattan on Friday night where she was honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Proudly sharing her award on Instagram, the “World of Dance” star wrote, “Thank you @stjude for this incredible honor! I am so proud of everything you do and continue to do for children.”

Since the news broke of the couple’s split, Dewan has maintained her presence on social media — dropping Tatum from all of her accounts — to include posting a fun lingerie pic this week.

After nearly nine years together, the couple announced their separation earlier this month in a joint statement saying they are “taking different paths.”

A source later told Page Six that their hectic work schedule and long distance relationship made a marriage difficult.

“Channing has been working non-stop, with four movies announced for 2018 alone. It is hard on a marriage to be apart so much, especially when you have a young child. Plus Jenna is in pre-production for the movie, ‘Berlin I Love You,’” the source said.

They are parents to four-year-old Everly.

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How to Grow Jade Plants That Look Like Shrek’s Ears (6 photos)

Take a look at the fleshy, medium green leaves of these jade plants and tell us, do they not look like Shrek’s ears? Comparisons to a certain big, friendly ogre and his spoon-shaped ears aside, it turns out that the names for these two jade cultivars, often used interchangeably, are just as fun.
The…

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A Guide to Modern Architecture in Lima, Peru: 16 Projects to Visit

As tends to occur in various Latin American capitals, the historical center of Lima —also known as Cercado de Lima— faces simultaneous processes of deterioration, conservation and transformation. Wandering through its streets, its neo-colonial and republican architecture mixes with some major architectural projects which came about during Peru’s modernist movement: “golden age” of public architecture during the mid 20th century.

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The Case for Buying Younger, Smaller Plants (4 photos)

If you’ve been to a plant nursery lately, you’ve probably seen plenty of grasses and flowers growing in 1-gallon containers. It’s the most commonly available size for containerized perennials at most nurseries.
But before you pick up a bunch of gallon containers for your garden this year, consider…

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Floating Farmhouse / Givonehome

Sited at the edge of a pristine creek, with a waterfall cascading over an ancient dam of hand-laid stone, the Floating Farmhouse was a sinking ship when first discovered. After a design and build process spanning four years, the 1820 manor home is now a study in contrasts: fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements, including a curtain wall of skyscraper glass in the kitchen, polished concrete and steel finishes, minimalist interiors, and a cantilevered porch “floating” on the surface of the water.

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