Put this on the list of things that every wealthy island owner should have. Designer Yelken Octuri has created a flying yacht for Omani princes Aziz, Dawood and Hashim. The flying yacht was designed to allow the princes to enjoy sailing along the Omani coastline. Four masts retract to become wings as the yacht turns into a plane
On islands like Manhattan space comes at a premium and often large recreational centres like public swimming pools are the first things to be sacrificed. However if everything goes “swimmingly” Manhattan could soon become home to one of the worlds first floating swimming pools. Part swimming pool, part man made island, this floating pool concept could be providing summer respite to heat weary New Yorkers as soon as next summer pending final approvals. The best part of the project is it is completely sustainable taking dirty east river water and purifying it, making it safe for swimming. The Pool team still needs funding to make it a reality.
Solar Powered Catamaran This could all be possible if the Solar Powered Catamaran pictured here is built. The boat which seats four is adorned with a sheet of solar cells that provide enough power to propel the boat through the water. In addition when done the boat can be folded up and stored into the average sized rooftop car container. Although the catamaran has not been built yet it is another example of how technological development, particularly green technology is making island development easier and more accessible. Source: Inhabitat
Anyone who is familiar with Lemurs knows they are probably one of the cutest creatures in the animal kingdom. However, sadly they are also one of the most endangered. Billionaire Richard Branson says he wants to use one of his private Caribbean islands to help save an endangered species of African primate. The British entrepreneur plans to introduce lemurs to the undeveloped Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands.
Now that the Royal Wedding is over, people are speculating where the newly weds are planning on going for their honey moon. Some have reported that the couple will jet off to Mustique the ultra exclusive island community in the Grenadines.
After the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, designers and engineers began working together to developa plan to keep the residents of the Big Easy safe during times of flooding. One idea being proposed is a giant floating building called NOAH, which stands for New Orleans Arcology Habitat. The habitat boasts 20,000 residential units as well as 3 hotels and 500 timeshare units. Also housed within its triangular walls is loads of commercial space, 8000 parking spaces as well as cultural spaces, public works and schools
After the tragic earthquake in Haiti last year many engineers and designers are looking for ways to prevent this disaster from happening again. One amazing alternative housing concept that has been proposed comes from world famous architect Vincent Callebaut. His coral reef design is a floating housing concept designed to house up to 1,000 Haitian families. Built upon seismic piers off the coast of the mainland, the prefabricated, modular units can be fit into a wave-like matrix as space is needed. Each family would have a plot of land to grow their own food, and their passive home would minimize energy usage, while renewable energy sources would make the entire project carbon neutral. Source: Inhabitat
Many island owners are looking at ways to make their islands more sustainable and environmentally friendly. One way island owners achieve this is through the integration of their architecture into the natural landscape. Mandarin Oriental has taken this approach to the next level on their new island resort in the Turks and Caicos.
If there is anything that iritates island dwellers more than privacy intrusions its water pollution! Fortunately new technology is being developed to help clean up the oceans and make the water safer for both islanders and mainlanders! Serbian designers have recently proposed a series of giant underwater skyscrapers that would be tasked with cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that would collect and recycle the waste into a source of energy. The underwater sky scraper was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and flipped upside down in the water. The lower portion of the tower collects and stores plastic waste until it can be recycled in the middle section of the tower. Above the skyscrapers are office space and then residential units that sticks out above the water creating floating man made islands.
Traveling environmentally friendly no longer means camping in a forest with a compostable toilet, not that there is anything wrong with that. These days there are literally limitless opportunities for the island adventurer looking for luxury without negatively impacting the environment. Fiji is the latest local to hop of the environmentally friendly resort bandwagon. New for 2010 is Laucala an ultra-exclusive, luxurious private island resort in the waters of Vanua Levu in the North East of Fiji. Owned by Dietrick Mateschitz, the swiss owner of Red Bull, Laucala is the perfect island escape for those who are seeking total privacy.