Thursday, January 31, 2013


If anyone in China is planning to get rid of their old music collection and discarding their old CDs and DVDs, well they should think twice. Their music collection could now get a second life! MINIWIZ Sustainable Energy Development Ltd recently announced their plans to build the Igreen. It will serve the purpose of an aviation museum featuring a 5D movie theater that will also play the role of the centerpiece to Dream World near Shanghai. At a diameter of 50 meters, iGreen will be one of the largest spherical structures in the world, and it will be constructed using 100% recycled CDs and DVDs. In addition to housing the museum complex, iGreen will create a microclimate allowing tropical plants to grow and flourish. Designed in a way that is will be immune to typhoon-strength gusts, acid rain and UV radiation, the futuristic building is slated to be one of China's most impressive landmarks.

Utilizing and recycling trash is nothing new for the company.MINIWIZ has also been involved in projects such as EcoArk Pavilion in Taipei that relied on Polli-Bricks made of recycled PET plastic. Up-cycling poly carbonate and agricultural waste for iGreen is the newest innovation resulting from the efforts of the organization's engines, architects and chemists. Turning waste and outdated into modern materials, MINIWIZ is on it's way to setting standards for sustainable building.

Expected to be completed in 2015, the iGreen will use cutting-edge recycling technology to turn post-consumer waste into a shining exterior, furniture, ceiling, flooring, and lighting fixtures. Visitors to the sphere will be able to enjoy a 5D flight simulator, coffee shops, and green rooftop. In addition to being environmentally friendly, using recycled materials had the benefit of also being cost-effective.
“Normally extravagant structures like iGreen come at a steep premium. Using up-cycled materials, modularization and speedy construction we were able to make this a commercially viable effort.” said Donald Saga Head of Project Management.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hotel made of snow and ice!

Ever dreamt of a hotel made of snow and ice? Well, Canada's ethereal Hotel de Glace recently opened specially for the winter season! Each winter season, this one of a kind hotel is built again with just snow and ice. Guests are specially invited to enter and wander the grounds. Not only that, they are invited to spend a night in the beautifully designed snow suites. Hotel de Glace launched this year with a spectacular display of fireworks, spell bounding all who witnessed!

This beautiful hotel has been built since the last 13 years. Hotel de Glace has been transforming a simple field outside of Quebec City into an ethereal winter wonderland for all age groups!

"Journey to the center of winter" was the artistic theme chosen by Hotel de Glace. Inspired by none other than Jules Verne himself, it is guaranteed to transport people thirty thousand leagues from their ordinary day to day lives into a frozen fantasy land.

Each room in Hotel de Glace is decorated to pay homage to winter. Evergreen snow sculptures are paired with tree shaped cut-outs glowing with LED lights. The hotel consists of forty four winter themed guest rooms that can accommodate couples and families for a warm and cozy night in the special Arctic sleeping bags.

Wish to indulge in something fun? People can visit the Ice bar, a place to imbibe from glasses made of ice while dancing and grooving under ice chandeliers to DJs. In the Ice workshop, guests can make their own ice glasses. They also have an option to visit the Old- Time Sugar Shack, where traditional maple syrup is poured onto snow, and spun on popsicle sticks to satisfy their sweet tooth.

This majestic Hotel is open for day visitors or overnight guests until March 24th, and it has an array of exciting events on their roster for the entire family!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Antony Gibbon's Treehouse

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jingyue Snow World Festival

Thousands of visitors travel all the way to China's Jinyuetan National Forest to feast their eyes on the beautiful yet fragile figures made from compressed snow. The "Jingyue Snow World Festival" , which opened a few days ago, is already creating news thanks to its delicate and wonderful ice sculptures. And last the visitors were very fortunate as they saw varieties of architectural designs on display - ranging from an intricately detailed Russian church to a Disney - style castle.

Jilin Province's annual ice festival opened with a flourish of frosty sculptures in many sizes and shapes. One of the main architectural attractions  was a detailed fairy castle with flashes of the Chinese Wall at its foot. A crystalline ice palace is yet another fantastic example of what talented craftsmen can achieve
with the simplest of tools and materials. The carved Russian church and a herd of galloping horses which were created from enormous amounts of ice were also on displayed in the annual ice festival.
It takes immense patience, time and efforts to create these magnificent frozen water sculptures. China's annual ice festival is definitely worth a visit before it melts.