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The Top High-Tech Airports in the World

The future is here. When it comes to high-tech airports, solar panelled rooftops aren’t the half of it. There are baggage carousels that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, vertical gardens, robots doing your checking in for you, and animated lifts that do their best to make you calm and relaxed.

Even some terminal seats come with their own air diffusers – it might even start to feel like the airport is the biggest part of the holiday.

To add to this, there is also an enormous boom in iBeacon technology and Bluetooth being used in an ever futuristic way. In fact, they in some airports, passengers can opt into a system which takes their location and gives them the promotions in shops they are close to, as well as information about which gate to go to and changes in flight schedules.

Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most impressive airports.

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The Top High-Tech Airports in the World

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The future is here. When it comes to high-tech airports, solar panelled rooftops aren’t the half of it. There are baggage carousels that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, vertical gardens, robots doing your checking in for you, and animated lifts that do their best to make you calm and relaxed.

Even some terminal seats come with their own air diffusers – it might even start to feel like the airport is the biggest part of the holiday.

To add to this, there is also an enormous boom in iBeacon technology and Bluetooth being used in an ever futuristic way. In fact, they in some airports, passengers can opt into a system which takes their location and gives them the promotions in shops they are close to, as well as information about which gate to go to and changes in flight schedules.

Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most impressive airports.

Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport, Singapore

Changi Airport in Singapore is getting ready to open their Terminal Four in 2017 which will have Biometric scanning, digital boarding via mobile, and self-service check-ins amongst other things. There is even talk of virtual caretakers, and Amazon-style stores with showroom products that you can scan to buy and have sent to your home. This is before mentioning a five-storey “vertical garden”, four cinemas and the world’s largest moving sculpture. Not the worst airport to visit.

San Francisco International Airport, USA

San Francisco International Airport, USA

San Francisco International Airport proudly advertises that it has a new, state of the art yoga centre within its walls to make sure all passengers are as relaxed as can be. This is certainly an unusual addition to an airport, but it has been a popular attraction.

Dubai International Airport, UAE

Dubai International Airport

Dubai airport has the biggest airport terminal in the world, and actually takes the crown for the second largest building in the world by floor space. It is a very popular airport with is yoga centres, mirrored spaces and beautiful nature spots with palm trees – it certainly gives a warm welcome to those visiting the country for the first time.

Incheon international Airport, South Korea

Incheon international Airport, South Korea

This airport has the title as one of the biggest airports on the planet. If you get bored there is even the Museum of Korean Culture to educate yourself. Additionally, it has an ice rink, a relaxing spa, a casino, indoor gardens and other various unique features to enjoy. To add to the features of this airport, there is soon to be a biometric immigration system that uses facial recognition, and machine-readable passports till take over from old fashioned boarding passes. The future is certainly upon us.

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The Winners Of The 2020 Underwater Photographer Of The Year Contest Might Take Your Breath Away (30 Pics)

The 2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year contest (UPY) has just crowned its winners. More than 5,500 images were submitted by over 500 participants from around the world and the judges have had a tough time choosing the very finest.

“I know how much effort photographers put into choosing their entries,” chair of the judges for UPY, Dr. Alexander Mustard MBE, said in a statement. “We try to put even more effort into picking the best of them. Our judging panel all have quite distinct tastes in underwater images, but we also all respect each other and listen to each other’s arguments and opinions. This has been the key to UPY producing such a jaw-dropping and diverse collection each year.” However, they did it and declared Greg Lecoeur from Nice, on the French Riviera, the Underwater Photographer of the Year.

The grand prize aside, contestants battled in twelve main categories and two additional ones, and UPY was once again kind enough to share the shots. Beauty really does lie beneath the surface!

More info: underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com

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Behaviour Category: ‘Together’ By Nadia Aly, USA

Behaviour Category: 'Together' By Nadia Aly, USA

I was very lucky to see this group of aggregating mobula rays off the coast of Baja, Mexico, on my annual expedition.

A truly lucky encounter with almost perfect visibility. This group was circling for what seemed like hours, ever so slowly and it felt like there could have been 10,000 or more of them.

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The Girl on Fire 2 days agoWow, this is amazing. It should have been the winner, I like it a lot better than the octopus one.

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“There is no prerequisite for winning UPY, apart from producing an amazing photo underwater,” Mustard told Bored Panda. “Some of our winners are professional photographers. Some just enjoy taking pictures as a hobby. But all of them have a real talent for photography.”

Past winners said that being named the Underwater Photographer of the Year is a fantastic experience. “Not just for the title, which remains very special, but it also opens up a network of contacts and is an opportunity to increase one’s profile in the media,” Davide Lopresti, the man who took home the 2016 award, explained. “All the biggest newspapers contact you; National Geographic, the Guardian, Focus, and Ansa. But it’s not just the printed press who are interested; I have been featured in most important national radio shows, too.”

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Portrait Category: ‘Angry Seahorse’ By Rooman Luc, Belgium

Portrait Category: 'Angry Seahorse' By Rooman Luc, Belgium

In June I heard that there was a seahorse at a certain dive site in the Eastern Scheldt, at a depth of 12m. From then on, I went looking for the seahorse every week, and eventually found it in August. It was posing so nicely around a pipe that I had ample time to photograph it with the snoot. This gives the seahorse an angry look, but that is fortunately a mere appearance.

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Smitttty 2 days agoWooo! Wasn’t expecting to see eyes when I was scrolling…

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Mustard was really impressed by this year’s winning picture as well. “Greg’s shot is amazing,” he said. “Not only did he travel to the end of Earth in a small sailing boat to photograph a world that very few people have seen, but he produced a fascinating and graceful composition of the four seals and the iceberg.”

Also, the UPY views 2020 as the strongest year in its existence. “As always, the category winners are jaw-dropping but this year, every single image is worthy of your attention,” Mustard commented. “UPY always aims to showcase the diversity of disciplines and photographic styles that comprise ‘underwater photography’ and we love seeing photographers pushing the technical and artistic boundaries of the genre. We also appreciate classic images when taken to new heights, and I am thrilled that UPY 2020 contains all these and more, with a real diversity of photos taken in waters from the polar oceans to the swimming pool.”

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Macro Category: ‘Dancing In The Dark’ By Katherine Lu, USA

 Macro Category: 'Dancing In The Dark' By Katherine Lu, USA

This shot was taken during my very first Blackwater dive trip in Anilao, in water over 200m deep. Every night the great vertical migration occurs in the ocean where creatures that live in the deep mesopelagic layers migrate up to the shallower epipelagic zone, returning to depth before dawn. I was very fortunate to have a rare encounter with the diamond squid also known as the rhomboid squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus). This squid was not very large, and was perhaps a juvenile, but incredibly beautiful as it put on a show of lights and colours for me. While my encounter was very brief I was lucky enough to be able to capture this image before it disappeared into the darkness.

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LittleMissLotus 2 days agoThis has to be the most beautiful squid I’ve ever seen!

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“What is most exciting is that each year our entrants surprise us,” Mustard explained. “The great thing about underwater photography is that there are so many frontiers. Our photographers draw inspiration from the past and set out to top what has been done before. And there are so many parts of the ocean that are unexplored and there are major advances in underwater camera technology every year, which means the best keep getting better. This year is the best ever, but I wouldn’t bet against next year being even more amazing – although right now – I can’t imagine how.”

#4

Macro Category: ‘Eyes’ By Keigo Kawamura, Japan

Macro Category: 'Eyes' By Keigo Kawamura, Japan

The Unicorn shrimp usually inhabits around 200 to 300 m deep, but they rise to about 40m due to breeding behavior. There are thousands to tens of thousands of shrimps but there are only a few suitable places to shoot them. The direction and density of the tide may vary depending on the direction, strength, and brightness in the ocean. I went there many times because I could only stay for 15 minutes once a day. I was lucky to be able to find and shoot the ideal situation.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Kelgo Kawamura Report

LittleMissLotus 2 days agoLol I thought these little guys were plants at first

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Compact Category: ‘Coconut Octopus’ By Enrico Somogyi, Germany

Compact Category: 'Coconut Octopus' By Enrico Somogyi, Germany

On a sunny afternoon I dived on a sandy divesite in Sugar Beach. There I found a coconut octopus crawling on the sand.

When I got closer he started a nice pose for me and I got the shot.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Enrico Somogyi Report

Cat 2 days agoThe light. The pose. Perfection!

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Black & White Category: ‘Constellation Of Eagle Rays’ By Henley Spiers, UK

Black & White Category: 'Constellation Of Eagle Rays' By Henley Spiers, UK

A school of uniquely patterned spotted eagle rays passes beneath me on an unforgettable dive in the Maldives. Like most divers, I have always found these rays to be especially spellbinding, but also highly elusive! This school passed beneath me towards the end of our dive and it was one of those rare moments of huge admiration, as well as immense inspiration. I could visualise the image I wanted and, whilst the rays glided effortlessly, I swam my heart out trying to keep up and unlock the desired camera angle. The rays continued forward and deeper, giving me just a few moments to capture this frame. Scientists have just recently confirmed that the spotting on each ray is a unique identifier, the equivalent of a human fingerprint. I love how black and white reinforces that uniqueness, keenly displaying the distinctive spotting, as well as the subtle shading differences between each individual.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Henley Spiers Report

desert29rat 2 days agoThey’re beautiful!

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Wide Angle Category Winner: ‘Frozen Mobile Home’ By Greg Lecoeur, France

Wide Angle Category Winner: 'Frozen Mobile Home' By Greg Lecoeur, France

Massive and mysterious habitats, icebergs are dynamic kingdoms that support marine life. As they swing and rotate slowly through polar currents, icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying nutrients from land that spark blooms of phytoplankton, fundamental to the carbon cycle. During an expedition in Antarctica Peninsula with filmmaker Florian Fisher and freediver Guillaume Nery, we explored and documented the hidden face of this iceberg where crab-eater seals have taken up residence on icebergs that drift at the whim of polar currents.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Greg Lecoeur Report

Avery S Alberico 2 days agoThis could be a cool sculpture

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Behaviour Category: ‘A Fever Of Cownose Rays’ By Alex Kydd, Australia

Behaviour Category: 'A Fever Of Cownose Rays' By Alex Kydd, Australia

A rare encounter with a fever of cownose rays on the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. This was a once in a lifetime encounter with a species that is rarely documented in this region. We unexpectedly came across the rays whilst searching for whale sharks. The rays were spiralling up and down the water column from the surface to 20 meters for a brief moment until they disappeared into the deep. The images were taken whilst freediving to approximately 6 metres. The rays were circling and rubbing together in a behaviour that is still not clearly understood. It may have been possible mating or a social behaviour. The exact species of ray is still debated, it is either Rhinoptera javanica or Rhinoptera neglecta.

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desert29rat 2 days agoBeautiful underwater ballet.

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Behaviour Category: ‘Turtle & Friends’ By Henley Spiers, UK

Behaviour Category: 'Turtle & Friends' By Henley Spiers, UK

A large olive ridley turtle rests peacefully on the sea bed as it is manicured by an eager group of reef fish. Turtle shells are often populated by epibionts, or tiny ocean hitchhikers, who use the shell as a home and a way of spreading their gene pool to new areas. They do not harm the turtle in small numbers, but should their presence grow too great, the turtle will be uncomfortably encumbered. To prevent this from happening, turtles have been known to recruit the services of fish, who feed on these epibionts in a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship. Even so, this behaviour is rarely witnessed by divers, and I was delighted to find this scene upon dropping in for a dive at Cabo Pulmo National Park, where strict marine protection measures have resulted in a safe haven for marine life.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Henley Spiers Report

MagicalUnicorn 2 days agocannot decide if turtle looks tired of chill 🙂

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Macro Category: ‘Bling’ By Lilian Koh, Singapore

Macro Category: 'Bling' By Lilian Koh, Singapore

It is a slow black water night in Anilao where there is not many subjects in sight and mostly not suitable to use this foreground bokeh technique. I was drifting along the current until this juvenile wunderpus octopus (wunderpus hotogenicus) came along at around 25m depth.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Lilian Koh Report

Sterling Wible 2 days agoIt’s amazing

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Behaviour Category Winner: ‘Octopus Training’ By Pasquale Vassallo, Italy

Behaviour Category Winner: 'Octopus Training' By Pasquale Vassallo, Italy

At the end of a session of free diving, I noticed a soccer ball, in the distance and on the surface. Intrigued I approached it, and then I noticed that below it was an octopus that was being pulled along by the current. I do not know what it was doing under the ball, but I think it is training for the next football World Cup! There was time for me to take a couple of shots before the octopus let go of the ball and dropped back to the seabed.

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Peter Dylan 2 days agoi hope that ball was removed from the water….

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Behaviour Category: ‘Say Me’ By Paolo Isgro, Italy

Behaviour Category: 'Say Me' By Paolo Isgro, Italy

This photo was taken in Tonga during a Naia liveaboard. On the second day, in the middle of lunch, the cruise director called us because there was a lot of whale action right around the boat. So in a fraction we climb out of the chair, jump into the wetsuit swallowing the last bite and dive into the water. A couple of young whales really want to play with us and minutes after minute they get closer and closer. And it was during a freediving at 10 m that I saw this whale caming so close to me: it looks at me very intensely and says “Hello” in one breath exhaling so many bubbles.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Paolo Isgro Report

Karen Dyer 2 days agoTiny bubbles, tiny bubbles

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Portrait Category: ‘Close Encounters’ By Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peru

Portrait Category: 'Close Encounters' By Pedro Jarque Krebs, Peru

The hippopotamus is one of the most dangerous animals because of its strength and territoriality. Approaching a hippopotamus in its territory and underwater can be fatal…

Therefore, my photograph was taken with a hippo in captivity, which has ideal facilities with ample space for immersion, so that I could focus on what really interests me in myp hotography, namely to portray the animals as closely as possible.

I specialize in animal photography and in general my portraits are taken either in a natural environment or in captivity and even in sanctuaries. I try to establish a more intimate relationship between the animal and the viewer, and in general I isolate the animal from any context to avoid distractions. This photograph is one of the few animal portraits I have taken without a black background.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Pedro Jarque Krebs Report

Sparrow Flying Free 2 days agoStunning photo!

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Wide Angle Category: ‘Dragon Split’ By J. Gregory Sherman, USA

Wide Angle Category: 'Dragon Split' By J. Gregory Sherman, USA

While Komodo Dragons are primarily land reptiles, they will venture into the water if something warrants investigation.

For this image we went out in a RIB to take a look at the Dragons and I had brought along my rig “just in case”. One particular Dragon came out and repeatedly got VERY close including trying to climb on and into the RIB on several occasions. I suspect that he has become habituated to humans and was looking for a handout.

In hindsight I’m not sure it was the safest thing I have ever done so I’d have to add the caveat ‘Don’t try this at home!”

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , J. Gregory Sherman Report

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Behaviour Category: ‘Mating Nudibranchs’ By Steven Kovacs, USA

Behaviour Category: 'Mating Nudibranchs' By Steven Kovacs, USA

Traveling 5 miles off the coast of Florida at night and jumping into the ocean to drift near the surface in 600 foot depth, one can come across many wonderful and strange pelagic animals. One of these amazing animals is this pelagic Nudibranch (sea slug) that swims and lives up in the water column.

Just coming across these wonderful creatures is rewarding enough but on one particular dive I was fortunate to come across two of them together. It took a moment to realize that they were connected to each other and were, in fact, in the process of mating. What made this super rare encounter even more special is that in the split moment the photograph was taken, it appeared as if the nudibranchs were introducing themselves face to face with a handshake. A truly unique encounter in an other worldly setting.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Steven Kovacs Report

Smitttty 2 days ago*Borat Voice* “He Get This”

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British Waters Wide Angle Category: ‘Octopus And The Sunstar’ By Mark Kirkland, UK

British Waters Wide Angle Category: 'Octopus And The Sunstar' By Mark Kirkland, UK

This was my first ever encounter with an Octopus and it couldn’t have happened in a more beautiful underwater landscape. I was on the liveaboard MV Halton, exploring the crystal clear waters of the far north coast of Scotland when we dropped onto the reef walls of Eilean Nam Ron. The visability and abundance of life made wide-angle photography a dream. I kept my distance from this small curled octopus as it traversed the reef wall. It kept it’s gaze on me as I followed it before it eventually stopped and changed from bright orange to pale yellow to blend in with the surrounding soft corals. I took this as a hint that I was outstaying my welcome and took this last photograph before leaving it to it’s day.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Mark Kirkland Report

desert29rat 2 days agoBeautiful photo.

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Portrait Category: ‘High Five – A Newly Hatched Hawksbill Turtle’ By Matty Smith, Australia

Portrait Category: 'High Five - A Newly Hatched Hawksbill Turtle' By Matty Smith, Australia

I flew out to PNG specifically to shoot this image. Upon arrival I knew I would only get one chance to get it right, so I spent the day testing lens & lighting experiments on a small piece of driftwood about the same size as the turtle (4cm) to get my technique perfected before the real event. In the end I opted for a 4”port with the fisheye with 2 snooted strobes. One strobe above the water pointing down and the other underwater pointing up at the hatching. When my chance came to get this shot I had less than a minute to nail it, the extensive preparation paid off.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Matty Smith Report

Sterling Wible 2 days agoIt’s so adorable!

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Portrait Category: ‘Close Encounters In The Swamps’ By Mirko Zanni, Switzerland

Portrait Category: 'Close Encounters In The Swamps' By Mirko Zanni, Switzerland

During my last trip to Florida to photograph Goliath groupers, I had to change my travel plans due to hurricane Dorian … so I went to visit the Everglades to be able to photograph the American alligator, it didn’t take long to find some alligators of considerable size and not at all afraid of my camera housing!

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desert29rat 2 days agoToo close!

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Behaviour Category: ‘Emperor Among Drummers’ By Scott Portelli, Australia

Behaviour Category: 'Emperor Among Drummers' By Scott Portelli, Australia

An Emperor fish tussles for position among a school of silver drummer fish in the shallows at Lord Howe Island, Australia, competing for prime position to devour any scraps left by tourists visiting to watch this behaviour. The Emperor fish spurts a stream of water out of its mouth in an attempt to distract the other fish from a potential free meal.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Scott Portelli Report

NanZ 1 day agoSuch an interesting photo! I love it!

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Wide Angle Category: ‘Her’ By Jingle Guo & Fdb, China

Wide Angle Category: 'Her' By Jingle Guo & Fdb, China

I have wanted to take a photo like this since the first moment I went underwater. The unprecedented quiet and solitude, and the feeling of mother nature’s embrace is what being underwater emotes in me. The aim of this photo is to express this, a feeling of being in the universe, like a baby in mother’s womb, when we’re underwater. The photo was taken at a diving venue in FuZhou, China. I used back lighting, which when it touches the tiles on the wall, creates a beautiful effect.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , JIngle Guo & FDB Report

Shannon Matthews 2 days agoThis is truly stunning. Very surreal

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British Waters Compact Category: ‘They’re Back’ By Colin Garrett, UK

British Waters Compact Category: 'They’re Back' By Colin Garrett, UK

The mighty Barrel Jellyfish to the best of my knowledge, had not been seen around Portland since the Summer of 2015. Myself and some diving friends had waited year after year for their return, as they make in our opinion beautiful subjects to photograph. Within the first few months of 2019 the wish became reality and I sighted my first of many. Snorkeling above this beautiful creature in clear blue water I snapped and snapped away taking seemingly endless photos. Reviewing them later, for me at least, one photo truly stood out… this one.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Colin Garrett Report

Gabi 2 days agoWow, that’s a huge cauliflower.

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Wide Angle Category: ‘Over The Reef’ By Nadia Aly, USA

Wide Angle Category: 'Over The Reef' By Nadia Aly, USA

I had just descended and was getting myself sorted. I had not even turned my camera and strobes on, when I saw this octopus crawling over the reef. The visibility was superb, the guides said it was the best they had seen it in a while. I quickly turned my camera gear on and took a few shots, before this octopus started hunting and moving quickly between the corals.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Nadia Aly Report

Sterling Wible 2 days agoWasn’t expecting that!

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British Waters Living Together Category: ‘Cone Home’ By Kirsty Andrews, UK

British Waters Living Together Category: 'Cone Home' By Kirsty Andrews, UK

It’s never nice to see discarded manmade items on the sea floor, but in this case, a common lobster (Homarus gammarus) was taking advantage of the situation. A traffic cone provided a handy vantage point to overlook the seabed as well as a large lobstersized shelter on an otherwise relatively flat landscape.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Kirsty Andrews Report

Peter Dylan 2 days agoThis is cute but sad at the same time… littering is awful 🙁

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Macro Category: ‘Lemons’ By Mika Saareila, Finland

Macro Category: 'Lemons' By Mika Saareila, Finland

I wanted to photograph a Lemon fish couple with backlight and bokeh balloons. The Dive into Lembeh dive guide found a suitable target and placed the light behind it, and I could take the picture I wanted 🙂

Background backscatter and backlighting did add nice bokeh balloons to the picture 🙂

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Mika Saareila Report

Gabi 2 days agoThe Shining twins.

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Up & Coming Category: ‘Bait Ball Of Life’ By Emilie Ledwidge, Australia

Up & Coming Category: 'Bait Ball Of Life' By Emilie Ledwidge, Australia

Ningaloo Reef is home to an array of unique marine animals, including numerous species of sharks such as this grey reef shark. When I found this bait ball I dove down, holding on to some rock to stay steady and motionless hoping that I would go unnoticed by the many sharks surrounding the reef bommie. As I held my breath, seeing nothing but a wall of tiny fish, I hoped that one of the sharks would go straight through and over my head and sure enough one did.

It is moments like these that I am forever grateful for sharks to exist. As the apex predators of the reef the grey reef sharks balance the ecosystem; feeding on the dying, weak, injured and slow fish so only the strongest survive. Without sharks, without healthy fish populations and without an ocean full of life who knows what the future looks life.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Emilie Ledwidge Report

Chaz83 1 day agoBeautiful shark

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Portrait Category: ‘Crab-Eater Seal’ By Greg Lecoeur, France

Portrait Category: 'Crab-Eater Seal' By Greg Lecoeur, France

During an expedition on a small sailboat, Guillaume Nery, Florian Fisher and myself explored the Antarctica Peninsula by diving below the surface. Although the conditions were extreme with a temperature of -1° C, we documented extraordinary marine life in a fragile ecosystem, such as on this image: crab-eater seal. We also saw leopard seals, gentoo penguins, Antarctica fur seals, and Weddel seals. All these marine animals are affected by global warming with the melting of the ice. Despite the name, Crabeater Seals don’t eat Crabs. Krill make up to 95% of a Crabeater Seal’s diet. Crabeater seals have developed a sieve-shaped tooth structure that filters krill, much like whale baleen. They suck up water containing krill, close their jaws, and push the water between their specialized teeth, trapping the krill inside.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Greg Lecoeur Report

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British Waters Compact Category: ‘Million Miles Away’ By Martin Edser, UK

British Waters Compact Category: 'Million Miles Away' By Martin Edser, UK

Diving with seals is always a privilege and I love the opportunity to photograph them. Like us they have different characters and moods. Trying to capture some of these traits in a photograph is what I have tried to accomplish this year on my visit to the Farne islands. Wide angle and ambient light is my preference. The water was clear enough here to take a picture at some distance and capture this seal in what seems to be a moment of far away contemplation. The lighting, haziness of the water and surrounding fauna help to give, I believe, an ethereal quality to the image adding to the ‘million miles away’ look. The reality is of course this seal is being very attentive of me and choosing to keep its distance!

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Martin Edser Report

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Wide Angle Category: ‘Sub Zero’ By Tobias Friedrich, Germany

Wide Angle Category: 'Sub Zero' By Tobias Friedrich, Germany

During an expedition in East Greenland under the ice, one diver took his video lights with him to swim underneath the iceberg. The water was minus 2 degrees with outside winds up to minus 27 degree Celsius, in which we sometimes only could do one dive per day. The whole fjord was frozen with the icebergs frozen into the surface. We had to get our gear on a snowmobile and man-powered sledge every day to an iceberg we thought could be nice and made some holes around it. Only in the water could we see the real dimensions of the whole iceberg.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Tobias Friedrich Report

Zara VP 2 days agoIncredible!

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Compact Category: ‘In My Place’ By Kathrin Landgraf-Kluge, Germany

Compact Category: 'In My Place' By Kathrin Landgraf-Kluge, Germany

I fell in love with the super tiny underwater critters only recently, less than 3 years ago during a holiday to Lembeh. I soon returned with my compact camera equipment upgraded for super macro photography by adding a 15+ macro lens. It was during one of my first dives with the new equipment when I took this photo. We spotted this tiny Bryozoan Goby and I really loved how he looked like peeking out from a window of his home. I was lucky to get the shot like this! I only learned later that this species was only discovered 7 years ago and that this one is on the list of many photographers which makes the photo even more special for me!

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Goli Soda 2 days agoI’m amazed how well nature colour coordinates!

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Behaviour Category: ‘Great White Bite’ By Kimberly Jeffries, USA

Behaviour Category: 'Great White Bite' By Kimberly Jeffries, USA

For several days we visited the resting site of a deceased sperm whale hoping to capture the natural events that unfolded. We were treated to visitations from some of the most beautiful and threatened species in the world and witnessed incredible and natural feeding events. One of the most memorable visitors was this newly identified white shark. The behavior of each shark was unique not just to the species but to individual and their reactions to various divers all very different. It was thrilling to document and witness these creatures, knowing that these images would go on to help scientists put together new knowledge and understanding to help protect our oceans.

Underwater Photographer Of The Year , Kimberly Jeffries Report

Chaz83 1 day agoLooks more like a Mako from this angle

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Note: this post originally had 58 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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30 Country Flags Reimagined As Anime Characters For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By now, you’ve probably already heard that Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. To celebrate this upcoming event, a handful of Japanese artists decided to team up and reimagine some of the participating countries as badass warriors.

The artists took inspiration from each countries’ flags and history while giving all of them a unique twist. From Japan itself to South Africa, check out the countries reimagined as anime warriors in the gallery below!

More info: world-flags.org | Twitter

#1 Philippines

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#2 Mexico

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#3 UK

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#4 Vietnam

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#5 South Korea

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#6 Japan

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#7 China

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#8 South Africa

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#9 Sweden

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#10 Malaysia

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#11 Italy

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#12 Finland

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#13 Canada

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#14 Belgium

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#15 Spain

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#16 France

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#17 Switzerland

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#18 Germany

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#19 Argentina

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#20 Norway

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#21 Singapore

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#22 Thailand

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#23 Brazil

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#24 India

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#25 Indonesia

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#26 Netherlands

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#27 Venesuela

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#28 Denmark

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#29 Russia

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#30 USA

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People Share ‘Accidental Wes Anderson’ Photos Of Real-Life Locations That Belong In His Movies

There’s an interesting photo hunt going on online, which gets even more interesting if you’re a fan of the visual style seen in the iconic movies by director Wes Anderson.

I’m talking about the subreddit called ‘Accidental Wes Anderson,’ in which users upload the pics taken all around the world of buildings, sceneries or even people who seem to belong in the next Wes Anderson flick. And surprisingly, there are quite a few spots from North Korea to Ukraine, that compete for the attention of the famous director.

Maybe there’s a spot like this someplace near you? Then don’t hesitate to share your photos in the comments!

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#1 Moomin House In Naantali, Finland

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#2 Stadt-Bad Gotha In Gotha, Germany

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#3 Hotel Belvédère Near The Rhône Glacier, Switzerland

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#4 Swimming Pool In Hamburg, Germany

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#5 Dan Sully Photography: Singapore

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#6 A Chimney Sweep From Tallinn, Estonia

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#7 Grand Hotel Misurina, Italy

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#8 Good Records In Dallas, U.S.

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#9 Conservatory Of The George Eastman House In Rochester, U.S.

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#10 Door In Kiev, Ukraine

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#11 Metro Train In Brussels, Belgium

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#12 Malina Swimming Pool In Bratislava, Slovakia

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#13 Conference Room In North Korea

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#14 Train In Flåm, Norway

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#15 “Ebb Tide” At Gold Crest Resort Motel By Tyler Haughey

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#16 Spadina Road, Toronto

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#17 Berlin, Germany

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#18 Estoi, Portugal

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#19 “Chateau” By Jeremy Kohm In Ottawa, Canada

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#20 The Exchange District In Winnipeg, Manitoba

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#21 Hotel Saratoga In Havana, Cuba

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#22 Cinema

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#23 Home Office Of An Mcm House In Portland, Oregon

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#24 Hotel Principe Di Savoia In Milan, Italy

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#25 Mongolia

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#26 Choi Hung Estates In Hong Kong

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#27 Room In The Ostel Hotel In East Berlin, Germany

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#28 Jane Hotel In New York, U.S.

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#29 The Utter Inn Located In Västerås, Sweden

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#30 Lobby Bar Of The Graduate Hotel In Mississippi, U.S.

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#31 Pennsylvania Railroad Suburban Station, Pennsylvania

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#32 Locker Room

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#33 Beauty Salon Waiting Area In North Korea

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#34 Grand Hotel De L’europe, Bad Gastein, Austria

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#35 Ballet Class

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#36 Burabai Lake, Kazakhstan

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#37 Metro Entrance In Budapest, Hungary

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#38 Hippie

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#39 Hamble-Warsash Ferry Shelter In Hampshire, UK

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#40 Stenbock Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

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#41 Lighthouse In Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland

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#42 Empty Pool

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#43 Conference Room In The Former Palast Der Republik In Berlin, Germany

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#44 Employee Enters Room At Mount Kumgang Resort In North Korea

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#45 Ribersborgs Open-Air Bath In Malmö, Sweden

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#46 The View Out Of Train Heading Into Austria

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#47 Prada Marfa In Valentine, Texas, U.S.

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#48 Florida, U.S.

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#49 Hotel Polonia In Warsaw, Poland

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#50 Office Of Coccinelle

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10+ Times Hotels Blew Visitors’ Minds With Creativity

We’ve covered the most hilarious hotel fails before, but now let’s give the spotlight to the ones that put their creative efforts in the right direction.

Either using their sense of humor or going that extra mile to make sure the visitors get more than they bargained for, these hotels managed to take their facilities to the next level.

Have you ever been pleasantly taken aback by hotel staff’s creativity? Tell us your story in the comments!

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#1 Instead Of A Bible, This German Hotel Leaves A Copy Of The Un’s Declaration Of Human Rights

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#2 This Hotels Pet Policy

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#3 Looked Underneath My Bed At The Hilton Hotel

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#4 This Hotel Checklist Reminds You To Steal The Toiletries

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#5 My Hotel Gives You A Rubber Ducky

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#6 My Hotel Encourages Theft Of Its Stationary

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#7 This Hotel In Singapore Incorporates Landscaping Into Its Facade

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#8 This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit

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#9 This Hotel Has A Pillow Menu… With Pillow Samples

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#10 My Hotel Phone Has A Number For Bedtime Stories

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A Comic About An Unwanted Corgi And A Lonely Kitten Becoming Friends Is Warming People’s Hearts

Never underestimate the power of true friendship. Even if it looks unlikely.

Artist Bobble Jot is a full-time illustrator from Singapore, and she’s had a passion for drawing since she was young. After building her life around the craft she loves, Bobble Jot decided to celebrate the bond she has with her husband by dedicating a comic series to it. Only she put a little twist on it.

“I really love cute animals, and I love how cute corgis look like with their short legs,” she told Bored Panda. “I decided to draw a corgi, and then a munchkin cat with short legs to be its friend. My husband really loves the name Victoria, so we decided to call the corgi Tori for short, while we chose a classic name to describe the cat. The characters are loosely based on us and we draw inspiration from our interactions with each other, and with the people around us.”

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Ministry of Design Creates User Experiences at Durasport Flagship in Singapore

Between the Climb zone’s circular display cages is Singapore’s first “Freedom Climber,” a non-motorized climbing wall with a rotating surface upon which customers can test shoes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.

 

“How do we make a physical store relevant?”

That’s what the team at Ministry of Design asked themselves, says founder and director Colin Seah, when they got the chance to design a Durasport sporting goods flagship in a new mall in Safdie Architect’s Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Their answer? Make the space an experience, make furnishings as high-performance as the products themselves, and—like any good athlete—ensure flexibility.

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LED tube lights by Unitrio Trading form an “X” logo across the entrance’s stainless-steel gates, featuring a hairline finish, by Sin Leong Ann Metal Supplies. Photography CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 

 

The result is as much an R&D lab as a shop, with 2,000 square feet divided into four zones of activities incorporating state-of-the-art products (co-curated by Ministry of Design) and futuristic displays that include virtual fitting rooms, foot-powered climbing walls, and bicycles ready for a test-pedal. 

A dynamic display at the entrance sets a mannequin within a ring of steel and LED tubes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 

 

“The custom display system required lots of design and prototyping,” Seah says, “but it enables a wide range of products which are different in shape, size, and display requirements. Also, each time Durasport brings in new products, they are able to ‘clip in and clip out’ to configure a new shelving display.” All that, plus new visual identities such as mylar shopping bags, silver foil name cards, and acrylic display tags create a true exercise in retail relevancy.

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The Cycling zone includes bikes, helmets, and shoes displayed within a faceted corner of stainless steel. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
Custom acrylic LED signage announces the Arctic zone, featuring a “Magic Mirror” that allows customers to photograph themselves in simulations of the skiwear. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
In the Trizone area, as throughout the Durasport store, ceilings are painted in Nippon Paint‘s Stiletto Grey and floors are Unitrio Trading’s Artigo high-performance anti-slip rubber. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.

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10 Questions With… Robert Cheng

Before setting up his own practice, Brewin

Design Office in Singapore, architect and interior designer Robert Cheng spent years soaking in the vibrant design culture of different cities around the world. He was born in Pittsburgh and spent his formative years attending school in Singapore and then the United Kingdom, before moving to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design, followed by Boston to finish his master’s at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His educational background led him to prestigious gigs, first with Tsao & McKown Architects in New York, where he met his mentor Calvin Tsao, and later at Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel’s firm in Paris. After years on the road, Cheng returned to Asia in 2011, founding his own practice that dips into his Asian heritage while being thoughtfully shaped by his global exposure.

Cheng’s work is discreetly luxurious, the opulence shining through in his choice of materials and the symbiotic relationship they create with the space. Some of his best-known projects include multimillion-dollar private homes and commercial properties across Asia, the most noteworthy being a restaurant in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands composed of modular pods fitted with white oak fins that allow light to stream in while diners dig into delicately folded dim-sums. He also created an immersive design exhibit at the National Gallery Singapore, where he designed multiple unique spaces to showcase multi-artist pieces while still cohesively creating a uniformed, immersive experience for the user. Here, Cheng talks about his recent projects, Asia’s growing impact on global design, and why extravagance shines the brightest when rooted in functionality.

Interior Design: What are you working on at the moment?

Robert Cheng: Most recently we won a competition to design the National Gallery of Singapore’s new Rotunda Library, an art library meant to house the gallery’s Southeast Asian Art reference and archival collection. This project entails the conversion of the existing Rotunda space of the former Supreme Court into what will be the Rotunda Library and Archives. This is an exciting project steeped in historical research and heritage preservation as we are working on a building built in the 1920s and 1930s that played an important role in Singapore’s history.

Cheng designed modular pods fitted with white oak fins that allow light to stream in as guests dine at Blossom in the lobby of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

 

ID: You grew up in Asia and then spent significant time in Paris and different parts of America. How have all these places influenced and shaped your design thinking?

RC: Architecture is so multidisciplinary and to be a good architect, one needs to be exposed. I am constantly trying to expose myself more through new experiences and travel, and growing up in various parts of the world has ingrained a natural curiosity and passion for learning about people and culture, observing how things are done similarly or differently around the world. In places like Paris and New York, what is wonderful is that they are cities that have an in-depth history. Good design comes when you can both borrow from the past and deal with the present.

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ID: What would you consider as one of your most career-defining projects?

RC: This would be in the early years when I was asked to work on my family’s house interiors with my mentor Calvin Tsao. It was a house designed by the architect Paul Rudolph. So many great lessons, which continue to stay with me until today, were learnt through designing extremely bespoke interiors, working with master craftsmen and furniture artisans on custom pieces of furniture that 16 years on, are still being used.

The Robert Cheng-designed Blossom restaurant, located in the lobby of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

 

ID: Your favorite materials to work with?

RC: Our design values hinge very much on integrity: In our designs we choose to reveal a given object’s structure and construction and abstain from needless decoration and pastiche. Stone and wood are two materials that echo this value. Their production involves minimal treatment and their finished look possesses a raw and natural appearance that respects their biological make-up. With glass, the material allows for many different ways of manipulation. We see glass as a versatile element that can be molded to suit the different environments that we build. We also use the material frequently to counter the visually ‘heavier’ materials that we use.

ID: Do materials dictate the design process, or do you have a vision of what you want to create and choose materials accordingly?

RC: Design and material selection have always been two intertwining processes. The choosing of materials is synonymous with the expression of a design concept as they give a tangible characteristic to an otherwise abstract and theoretical idea. One on-going project, for example, explores the relationship of a home to nature and biological forms. Much of the design hinges on materiality. The selection of raw, minimally refined materials serves to bring in the raw texture of nature into the confines of the home.

Robert Cheng designed this multimillion-dollar private home that sits atop The Morgan in Hong Kong. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

 

ID: What makes Singapore such an exciting design city?

RC: There is a very palpable shift in Singapore’s design industry in that it is starting to look outwards for creative influences and inspiration. It is in a frame of time where it is starting to challenge pre-existing norms and adopt more creative and daring approaches to design—the constantly increasing desire to push boundaries in the curriculum of its design schools in one exemplification of this movement. In comparison to cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai, these Asian cities are either more cosmopolitan or connected to a deep-rooted history. Singapore is nascent in that it is a young city that has all the right ingredients for becoming an international city of the future.

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ID: Asian designers are finally getting their due on a global platform. What do you think has been one of the key factors that has helped in changing the mindset?

RC: I the last 20 years, Asia has rapidly evolved to become more international. Cities like Hong Kong and Singapore have continued to grow steadily while cities like Shanghai and Beijing have made a mark to become world-class matured cities. Emerging markets like Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, and Jakarta have allowed for more urban development, greenfield property development, which in turn have allowed more architecture to happen. Coupled with this, technology—becoming more of a connected world—has allowed more international architects to work in Asia. Some of the best buildings in Asia are being designed by international designers from the west, and they have also felt the need to create results that are respectful to the Asia context. As a result, we are seeing better quality stuff out there. We are also beginning to see countries like China lead the construction industry internationally for fixtures that are built in China….China has become world class in its construction capabilities.

The exterior space of the Robert-Cheng-design penthouse residence at The Morgan in Hong Kong. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

 

ID: What is your biggest design pet peeve?

RC: When designs are extraneous, overly decorative, and insensitive to their context. Our studio’s approach to design is one that is rooted in problem-solving, and we see design ultimately as a tool to either address issues or reflect the environment that it occupies.

ID: Any interesting books you are currently reading?

RC: “Small Pleasures,” published by The School of Life Press. I picked this up during a visit to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles recently. It is a compilation of stories about the sometimes overlooked small pleasures of life, like going to a fish market, or touching the back of a tortoise.

Cantilevered structure designed by Robert Cheng holding Mona Hatoum’s “Impenetrable,” with Lee Ufan’s work in the foreground at the National Gallery Singapore’s “Space, Light, Object” exhibition. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

ID: What is the most recent thing you experienced that has deeply inspired you?

RC: Traveling is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Some of my recent travels have been to Walter De Maria’s “The Lightning Field” in New Mexico. I spent my 40th birthday in a hut for 24 hours with two other couples. “The Lightning Field” comprises 400 vertical stainless-steel poles grounded into the earth in a grid formation spanning exactly 220 feet apart from each other and were the only man-made structures in a 30-mile radius. Our task as viewers, was to take in the surreal experience of walking through these poles and observing them at different times of the day. For me, this installation embodies the best things about art and architecture.

A private art collector’s home in Jakarta designed by Robert Cheng. Photography courtesy of Robert Cheng.

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25 Sustainable Projects to Celebrate Earth Day

 

Happy Earth Day! Sustainability is becoming a standard in architecture, and LEED certification is only the beginning. These projects prove that green design is the new frontier.

1. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Strikes All the Right Notes With Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia

Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos won a two-phase competition to design this center with their thesis that links music and architecture. Considering the ratio of glass to metal also became essential because of the layers of thermal insulation needed to create a sustainable and easily heated structure. But first Nieto Sobejano decided what the project shouldn’t have: right angles, a main facade, and a discernable front or back. Instead, what emerged was a pattern of “continuous links echoing the trees,” Sobejano says. Read more

2. Sustainably Designed and Architecturally Significant Buildings in Singapore

Not only is the entire 27-floor external facade wrapped in a natural vine covered sunscreen, but the Oasia Hotel Downtown also has four lush sky terraces, 1,793 large planter boxes, and four large structural cores that allow for good cross ventilation reducing the overall energy cost. Designed by WOHA and completed in 2016, the hotel is home to over 33 species of plants and 21 species of creepers. In addition, the 314-room property is notable for its striking interior design by Patricia UrquiolaRead about 7 more sustainable buildings in Singapore

3. Warmth and Modernism Are at the Heart of 3XN’s Design for Olympic House

Two of the most poignant concepts International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach wanted the design to articulate were sustainability and transparency. 3XN certainly delivered; the build is LEED platinum-certified, and has reused 90 percent of the concrete from the previous headquarters that was demolished to make way for the new build. Read more

4. ACDF Architecture Partners With Architecture49 for Mega Project Parq Vancouver

Six stories high, capped with a 30,000-square-foot roof garden, this contemporary structure “is an urban oasis,”ACDF Architecture CEO Maxime-Alexis Frappier says. ACDF partnered with Architecture49 and their response was not a looming hulk but rather a curving, low-rise presence wrapped in a mirrored facade that reflects its surroundings. Aluminum louvers, capturing sunlight, reflect pixelated images of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. The daylight resulting from abundant glazing contributes to the project’s LEED Gold status, proving Parq fits into the global environment, too. Read more

5. Annapolis Residence by Bates Masi + Architects Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Waterfront House

When a prospective client in Annapolis, Maryland, told Bates Masi + Architects‘ principal Paul Masi that he and his wife had recently purchased a house on the water, he really meant it: The residence’s second-floor deck literally hung right over a cove in the Chesapeake Bay. However, the 1970s structure was sorely outdated, located in the flood plain, and didn’t meet current energy codes. Masi’s solution yielded a new, flat-roofed house, raised three feet higher than its predecessor—and LEED-certified to boot. Read more

6. TPG Architecture Makes Headlines With Its Office for the Associated Press in New York

The AP staffers have had a chance to settle into their new digs by TPG Architecture, which have since been awarded LEED Gold certification. As you might expect, good news travels fast. As Carmel says, the office “compliments who we are as an organization.” That includes a bit of spirit, as seen at the perimeter of the café. There the white floor tile bursts into a confetti of colors, as if celebrating the much-decorated news agency. Read more

7. Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Green

For Neri & Hu, this project entailed repurposing and renovating existing structures—including a former warehouse that now hosts a restaurant, a theater, and an exhibition space—as well as erecting new ones, among them a lakeside pavilion containing four of the 20 suites. “The rustic materiality and layered spaces redefine tradition via a modern architectural language,” says Neri. Read more

8. Studio Rianknop Creates Flexible, Sustainable Space for Amsterdam Tech Company

When an Amsterdam company that manages a file-sharing platform decided to move from the city center to a warehouse near the city limits, it shared a few tasks with local design firm Studio Rianknop: Create a flexible space for the company’s staff; make it sustainable; and take advantage of the industrial space in a relaxing, inviting way. In a clever nod to the wires funneling data across the globe, a “cable tree” grows from the lower level with branches powering first-floor public spaces and a tubular chandelier. Read more

9. The Center for Fiction by BKSK Architects Brings Books and Sustainability to Brooklyn

The Center for Fiction started out as the Mercantile Library in 1821 and moved locations throughout Manhattan over the years. In 2008, it was rebranded, and more than 10 years later, the Center has a permanent home in a LEED Silver-certified building in downtown Brooklyn by BKSK Architects. In the writers’ studio, locally-made custom wool felt panels are perforated with the Center’s logo, an open book. Read more

10. ASID Headquarters Becomes World’s First Space to Earn LEED and WELL Platinum Certification

The Washington, DC office, designed by Perkins + Will, is brimming with features that support health and wellness. One is a circadian lighting system that mimics natural daylight, paired with automated shades that follow the sun’s movement to help eliminate eye strain. The design team also implemented biophilic design strategies, for instance by using a range of natural materials and patterns. Read more

11. Mohawk Group’s New NYC Showroom Embraces Wellness

Located in a former textile factory in historic Chelsea, Mohawk Group‘s 13,000-square-foot showroom was designed by Gensler and incorporates LEED and WELL Building Standard qualifications, fully expressing Mohawk’s company ethos: Believe in better. Read more

12. Huntsman Architectural Group Downsizes McKesson for Maximum Efficiency

For McKesson’s San Francisco office, Huntsman Architectural Group went with undeniably contemporary furnishings. Sui generis, however, is a break room’s custom bench, a repurposed conveyor belt hinting at McKesson’s core business. Which brings us to the fact that the premises are going for Well Building certification as well as LEED Gold. Read more

13. Perkins + Will Creates a Contemporary Office for Nixon Peabody in New York

Perkins + Will designed this space to be easily reconfigured as needs change. A feature stair connects the office’s three levels with show-stopping views of the city, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls help foster synergy between practice areas. It was also awarded LEED Gold certification. In all, the office is a balance of functionality and design statement. Read more

14. Five Global Green Projects Pay it Forward

For Park + Associates‘s own office, minimal intervention transformed a 1960’s former school into a showcase of clean-lined design, thanks to vintage furnishings, a black-and-white palette, and painted-steel arches highlighting the reinforced-concrete barrel vaults. Read about all 5 global green projects

15. SKB Architects Creates Lively Lobby for Key Center Office Tower

No longer merely pass-through places, lobbies have become hotel-esque settings. They entice potential tenants to lease, and existing tenants get a perk that might entice them to stay. Such is the case at the Key Center office tower across the water from Seattle. After purchasing the 23-story building, Kilroy Realty Corporation opted to implement changes resulting in LEED Platinum certification and to transform the immense lobby into a “people place,” SKB Architects senior principal Shannon Gaffney recounts. “That’s our thing.” Read more

16. Mosa Tiles Enliven Venetian Villa by JM Architecture

Italian studio JM Architecture outlined a sustainable agenda to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency. Mosa’s LEED-contributing ceramic tiles, which received Cradle-to-Cradle® Silver certification, join the multitude of eco-friendly features that distinguish the villa, including inlaid photovoltaic panels and radiant floor heating. Read more

17. Venable by Alliance Architecture Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Large Law Office

Moving to a gleaming LEED Platinum palace in the booming East End, this 117-year-old law firm left behind the endless dreary silos of its former headquarters and embraced a cultural shift toward wellness and ergonomics. Thanks to Alliance Architecture, sunlight penetrates offices with clear glass enclosures, every employee has a motorized standing desk, and the café opens onto a terrace complete with barbecue grills, a fire pit, a bar, and a bocce court. Read more

18. 1 Hotel’s Miami Beach Debut by Meyer Davis Studio

Meyer Davis Studio was charged with transforming the lower eight stories of a 1968 building into 1 Hotel Miami. “We paid homage to the natural landscape of south Florida,” Meyer notes—versus the art deco razzle-dazzle typically associated with the area. Moves large and small rack up points in the quest for LEED Silver certification. Uses of reclaimed wood represent a virtual forest preserved. Dialing down to details, Meyer andDavis specified organic bed linens, hemp mattresses, and clothes hangers molded from recycled paper, while bedside note pads have disappeared in favor of chalkboards. Read more

19. Lotus Square Art Center by Shenzhen Dae Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Outdoor

It’s basically common knowledge these days that installing a green roof on a building helps reduce its energy use, absorb stormwater, and combat air pollution. This practice has become increasingly mainstream in hotter developed land masses known as urban heat islands. One such is Hengqin island, overlooking Macau. That’s where this sculptural verdant roof tops an art exhibition hall. Read more

20. Six Futuristic Projects Sprouting Green Roofs

From reducing storm water runoff and city dust to energy-efficient cooling, the benefits of green roofing go beyond beautification. As costs lower and technology makes installation easier, this environmentally conscious trend is increasingly defining the facades of both existing and new buildings. A 660-foot-long undulating wave of verdant green grass forms a rooftop park at Université Paris-Est’s technology and science center, the Espace Bienvenüe designed by Jean-Philippe Pargade. Read about all six green roofs

21. Kimpton Travels to the Caribbean

Amid the sea blues and sandy whites of this resort, there’s a good amount of green, too: A solar array generates electricity, rainwater is harvested for maintaining the landscape, and air-conditioning is geothermal. Read more

22. Mortenhals House by Stinessen Arkitektur Wins 2017 Best of Year Award for Green

The unusual configuration of this family compound by Snorre Stinessen, comprising multiple cabins, plays with the way that the visitor slowly discovers what’s hidden behind the wooden doors. Even the outdoor areas remain private, with only waterscapes or trees as neighbors. In addition to the aesthetic appeal of the design, it checks off all the eco-conscious boxes: The forest was protected during the building process, all wood was sourced locally, water is used with restraint, and electricity is primarily hydropower. Read more

23. HKS’s Loretta Fulvio Decodes U.S. Bank Stadium, Site of Super Bowl LII

When designing for a Super Bowl–sized audience, there’s no greater expert than Loretta Fulvio, lead interior designer for architecture firm HKS’s Sports sector. When tasked with designing the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Fulvio and her team sought to create experiences that extend far beyond Super Bowl Sunday. In the stands, visitors can feel good about making a positive impact: 91 percent of waste is recycled, composted, or donated, due to the concession stands using compostable packaging. And the entire venue is run on wind power. Read more

24. San Vicente 935 by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Rental Apartment Building

All apartments in this building have balconies overlooking the central courtyard. Its accessibility eliminates the need for interior, climate-controlled hallways, saving on energy consumption. For the solid faces, Lorcan O’Herlihy employed two materials that contrast each other for visual interest and also help to reduce scale. Siding is fiber cement made of recycled content. Screens, which act as a rain-shield system, are slats of ipe harvested from a local, sustainably managed forest. Read more

25. A Bamboo Kitchen Dominates This Super-Green House by Minarc

Built with prefab panels, this 2,500-square-foot structure by Minarc is sustainable to the max. Bathrooms overflow with eco consciousness. In the powder room, wood scraps stack up to form a vanity supporting a sink in recycled rubber. For a truly back-to-nature experience, right next to the soaking tub in the master bathroom, there’s a lush plant wall. Read more

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